Sue Partenheimer, writer
After a forty-three year successful career as a medical technologist at the Altoona Hospital laboratory, Sue enters the world of fiction writing with a big wave of powerful stories about little marine conservationists who are busy taking care of the ocean and of each other.
Sue currently lives in Pennsylvania with her furry friends, both domestic and wild, who are a constant source of tales and inspiration. She continues to write and share new stories with the Altoona Writers Guild.
In this video, Sue shares how the sea creatures from The Castor Oil Rig Tales have helped her stay creative during the 2020 pandemic.
Robert Brock Pronko, writer
Rada Alexandrova, writer-contributor
Rada Alexandrova brings to our team the experiences of a millennial newcomer to the U.S. and stories from her childhood of mysteries, prophecies, and Eastern European tales.
Michael Bourgo, writer
Michael started out to be a history teacher but ended up spending 34 years at IBM in sales and customer service. He began writing as a casual hobby some thirty years ago, but since retirement it has become a vocation that he pursues on a daily basis.
Michael has worked with us on several projects. He published his first audio book A to Z Animal Antics, a collection of poetry for children. Also, as a three-time winner of the Pennsylvania state Grand Prize poetry contest, Michael was invited to further share his passion for poetry in an experimental anthology for which he not only reviewed and guided the English translation but generously contributed to the collection as well. In this video Michael shares his experiences working with us.
More of Michael's work can be found at: http://theseasonsandotherpoems.blogspot.com
Robert Brock brings over two decades of experience as a journalist, three years of teaching courses on human space exploration for the NASA Space Grant Consortium, and lifelong battle scars from loves lost to bear on his first novel..
Mitka Angelova, writer
Mitka has worked as a science teacher, a scientist in the field of applied nuclear physics, and as a university instructor in Sofia, Bulgaria. Throughout her career, Mittie has passionately involved her students in fun learning activities.
Until recently Mittie was involved in consulting for the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences of Bulgaria. At age of 88, she lives in Sofia and enjoys playing with her great-grandchildren.
Pavlina Michailova, writer
Namrata Agarwal, writer
Cynthia Taylor Billotte, writer
Our debut poet is a well-known Bulgarian journalist, author, environmentalist, doctor, passionate hiker. A big nature lover, Pavlina uses Saturdays to climb the summit of Vitosha Mountain, ascend that can be challenging even for seasoned mountaineers. Only there, alone, she finds what had been lost over the week and loses what had been needless. Or writes a poem or two. In this anthology, Pavlina shares some of her poems as created up there, one season after another.
Namrata Agarwal is a children’s book writer. She has written picture books - Misha series and The Grasshopper and the Owl. She has also written for children’s magazines.
Her debut book was awarded Purple DragonFly award.
Connect with Namrata via Twitter @namrataagarwal and
in LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/namrata-agarwal-singhal-bb817b13/
With a mastery of an Altoona Writer’s Guild member and expertise of a Titanic memorabilia collector, our debut author lures us to the enchanted world of Sunbrook Mansion Bed and Breakfast and takes time to unveil its elegance and beauty, its breakfast smells and mysterious jasmine fragrance. Her style is calm and soothing even when trouble and deep secrets are unfolding. Her main characters are everyday people with big dreams and big hearts.
Slavy Stoev, author
Slavy is a child psychologist who uses his writing as a medium to promote children's personal development. Through his books, Slavy talks to children about important things that happen in and around them. His greatest reward as an author is when parents tell him how the texts have helped their child discover something important and valuable in her life.
His silent book City Hearts, illustrated by our longtime contributor Melina-Elina Bondokova, emphasizes the significance of one's ability to connect, understand, and accept.
All of Slavy's books can be found here:
Joshua S. Smith, editor
Joshua holds a Ph.D. in English from the Pennsylvania State University, where he specialized in early modern drama and object-oriented ontology. During his time there, he also began editing on the side, and he has been taking on projects ever since. His love of the language, for finding the right word and the proper rhythm of a sentence, has led him to edit pieces from dissertation chapters to Trauma-Informed Schools (a 2019 book published by Springer) to the rules of a Belgian boardgame.
Joshua has been working with us since early 2019. He can be reached at: