ACW Board of Directors
Russell Banks Russell Banks is an author of 22 books across the genres of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and short story collection. Throughout his lengthy writing career he has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for fiction, two works, Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter, were finalists for the 1986 and 1999 Pulizter Prize for Fiction, and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Joseph BruchacFor over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.
Jim GouldJim Gould is professor of writing and literature in the environmental studies program at Paul Smith's, The College of the Adirondacks. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Outside, and The Washington Post.
Sue HalpernSue Halpern's sixth and most recent book, A Dog Walks Into A Nursing Home, was published in May, 2013 by Riverhead. She has written for any number of magazines--from Rolling Stone to The New Yorker and everything in between: The New York Times Magazine, Glamour, The New York Review of Books, Good Housekeeping, Mother Jones, and Conde Nast Traveler to name more than a few. At Middlebury College, where Sue is a scholar-in-residence, she runs the Narrative Journalism Fellowship, and at The New York Review of Books, she is the editor of NYRB Lit, the electronic imprint of NYR Books. She is also the human half of a therapy dog team, was a Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, and remains hopeful that ice cream is the key to world peace.
Christine Jerome Christine Jerome is a former managing editor of Car and Driver and New England Monthly magazines. Her work has also appeared in Boston Globe Magazine, Outside, Adirondack Life, and Countryside. She lives in western Massachusetts.
Christine McDonald Christine McDonald was the Director at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls for 33 years and in her time initiated and coordinated the library's popular film program in 1980. She applied for and received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as increased business and foundation support for the program. She started the Black History Month Film Program in 1999 with the cooperation of the Glens Falls Chapter of the NAACP. She served as the treasurer for the New York State Library Association through 2013, and is athe secretary for Saratoga Opera (formerly the Lake George Opera), as well a as a member of the board of the Glens Falls Medical Mission and is a Glens Falls Rotarian.
Bill McKibbenBill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
Ellen Rocco Born and raised and schooled in Manhattan, Ellen Rocco moved to the North Country farm she still lives on in 1971. She has been at the station since 1980; station manager since 1985. Ellen served six years on the NPR Board (tenure ended about 18 months ago), and has been a panelist for CPB, the NYS Council on the Arts, and other media and cultural organizations. She's at NCPR because it’s great to do good work…in this place. She has never had ambitions to climb the ladder to bigger, better known stations. She works there because she lives there, and is part of that community.
Bill Smith Bill Smith, who’s also well known as a traditional Adirondack ash splint basket maker and storyteller, learned old songs as a boy from his mother and from the radio. Here he talks about his early life on the Featherbed section on the northwestern foothills of the Adirondacks, his early musical influences, getting his first guitar as a boy, how itinerant local men shaped his love of stories and storytelling, his career as a performer of old songs and stories in the last 30 years, writing his own songs, and planning for a show— for local audiences and for outsiders.
Chase TwichellTwichell’s early books of poetry include Northern Spy (1981), The Odds (1986),Perdido (1991), The Ghost of Eden (1995), and The Snow Watcher (1998). More recent work includes the poetry collections Dog Language (2005), and Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010), which won the Kinglsey Tufts Award. With Tony K. Stewart, Twichell co-translated Rabindranath Tagore's The Love of God (2003). And with Robin Behn she co-edited the volume The Practice of Poetry (1992). Twichell’s work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artists’ Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Fran Yardley Fran Yardley leads the Storytelling Workshop. For over 25 years she has told stories and conducted storytelling workshops nationally and has served as a bereavement group facilitator. As a co-founder of the original Adirondack Arts and Healing Retreat, Director from 1999-2011 and former Program Manager, Fran believes in the healing power of storytelling.
Michael Coffey was raised in the small town of Saranac, in upstate New York. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from Leeds University in Anglo-Irish Literature. After university, he moved to New York City and began a career in publishing. He has authored three books of poems; a book about baseball’s perfect games; and co-edited a book about Irish immigration to America, which was a companion volume to a PBS documentary. In 2014, Michael left his full-time role as co-editorial director at Publishers Weekly to devote more time to writing and living upstate. He has two sons and is married to the artist Rebecca Smith. His first book of fiction, The Business of Naming Things, will be published in January 2015.