Brenda Gilchrist

Brenda Gilchrist spent her childhood in London and settled in New York City as a young adult, making excursions to such  “enticing” locales as Paris, Karachi and Kashmir to visit with her mother and diplomat father. But it wasn’t until middle age, when she inherited her ancestral summer house on Deer Isle, that she truly found her place in the world.

Rebecca Givens Rolland

Rebecca Givens Rolland is a speech-language pathologist and doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her poetry has previously appeared in journals including Colorado Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Witness, and the Cincinnati Review, and she is the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, the Clapp Fellowship from Yale University, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Dana Award.

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Leaf Seligman


Leaf Seligman


Writer, teacher, and pastor Leaf Seligman is the settled minister at First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. She earned a master’s degree in writing from the University of New Hampshire, and has taught writing at that university, at Franklin Pierce University, at Keene State College, and in New Hampshire prisons and jails. Her essays have been published in Creative Nonfiction and New Thought Journal.  A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where she won the Billings Prize for Preaching, she has served as a volunteer chaplain in both a hospital and a jail. Leaf lives joyfully with her dog among the trees of southwestern New Hampshire.

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Christian McEwen

was born in London and grew up in the Borders of Scotland. She has edited four anthologies, including Naming the Waves: Contemporary Lesbian Poetry, and Jo’s Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, True Grit & Real Life. She has written for the Nation and the Village Voice, and her poems and essays have been widely published. McEwen has taught poetry, environmental literature and creative writing at a number of different venues, including The Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, Williams College, Smith College, and Lesley University. She has been a fellow, several times, at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, and currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Jeanne Braham

The author of five books on American arts and letters, Jeanne Braham has taught literature and creative writing at a number of colleges and universities including Allegheny College, Smith College, Hampshire College, the University of New Hampshire, and Clark University. She is the founding editor of Heatherstone Press, a fine arts publisher of poetry chapbooks.


Judson D. Hale, Sr.

<empty>Judson Hale in his “museum” at the Yankee office.

Judson D. Hale Sr. joined Yankee Publishing Incorporated in September 1958 as an assistant editor. He then progressed as associate editor, managing editor, and then editor of both Yankee and The Old Farmer’s Almanac. In 2000 he assumed the position of Editor-in-Chief for both publications, and is now also Chairman of the Board of Yankee Publishing.In his capacity as editor in Chief of Yankee Magazine and The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Jud has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows throughout the country, including the Today show, Good Morning America, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on CNN.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Jud servers on the Board of Directors of the Sharon Arts Center, and has been awared Honorary Doctorate degrees from New England College, Franklin Pierce University, and Keene State College.

Born in Boston and raised on a dairy farm in Vanceboro, Maine, Jud graduated from Dartmouth College in 1958, having served with the Third Armored Division as a Tank Commander from 1955 to 1957. He lives in Dublin, new Hampshire with his wife Sally.

Jud’s other books include his autobiography, The Education of a Yankee (Harper & Row, 1987) and

Discovering Our Faraway Brother (PublishAmerica, 2007), a book about his autistic brother. Books he has edited include The Best of Yankee Magazine, The Best of the Old Farmer’s Almanac: The First 200 Years (Random House) and The Old Farmer’s Book of Every Advice (Random House).

Jud is available for speaking engagements and media appearances to promote Inside New England.