Draw Near is currently closed for submissions. Please connect with Draw Near on social media or check back soon for new opportunities. Draw Near’s next free ebook entitled Laments is currently in progress. It is my pleasure to introduce some of the extraordinary authors who donated their talent to make this publication possible.
Erika B. Girard is a graduate of Saint Leo University in Florida with her B.A. in English Literary Studies and a minor in Hospitality Managament. Originally from Rhode Island, she loves her family, friends, faith, and finding suitable words to express concepts beyond herself. She claims writing, proofreading, and photography as some of her greatest passions and says, “Challenge yourself to great things; if you find something you can’t do, try harder.”
Gerard Sarnat MD’s won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize; has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards; authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016); and is widely published including recently by New Ulster, Gargoyle, Stanford, Oberlin, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Commonwealth, Harvard, University of Edinburgh, Columbia, Brown, Main Street Rag, American Journal Of Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Magazine, New York Times. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH for distribution nationwide Inauguration Day. Poetry was chosen for a 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids, five grandsons and looking forward to future granddaughters.
Ross Archer is a retired Colonel from the US Army where he served 23 years. He is an active Rotarian and a Gideon. He and his wife reside in Thomasville, Georgia and share five children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Jane Beal, PhD has created many collections of poetry, including _Sanctuary_ (2008), _Rising_ (2015) and _Song of the Selkie_ (forthcoming) as well as three audio recording projects: “Songs from the Secret Life,” “Love-Song,” and “The Jazz Bird.” She also writes magical realist fiction, creative non-fiction, literary criticism, and music, and she teaches at the University of La Verne in southern California: http://janebeal.wordpress.com.
Judy K. Haught, Christian 48 years. She began with short stories, and poetry. She discovered her writings were always ending with Christ as Victorious, showing Him as the “Great I Am.”
Molly ~ wound dresser These are desperate days and people are losing hope in record numbers. “People need the LORD” just like the old Steve Green song said. My desire is to bring the gifts God has given me, of encouragement and teaching, to a world dying for hope and searching for the healing, I believe, only Jesus Christ can bring to the wounded heart.
Rachelle Larsen was born and raised in Spring, Texas. Currently, she is pursuing a Creative Writing MFA at BYU while teaching high school Physics and Chemistry.
Sandra Lynn Hickman is an Australian author, writer, poet and songwriter. A mother of two adult daughters and a grandmother of 12 wonderful blessings. Born in Fremantle Western Australia, she currently lives south of the capital city of Perth, Western Australia. Sandra is the Australian Headquarters Ministry Leader and Staff Writer for the Lamp Newsletter in Detroit USA. She considers writing as a marvellous mission to spread the name of Jesus. Sandra is a Contributing Author to six Christian Publications. Her ambition is to see her beloved book entitled “The Letter” published.
Sandy Loam is the pen name of a wife and mother from Los Baños and Bay, Laguna, Philippines. A researcher at heart, she occasionally writes as the Lord leads. She also loves to sing and play some instruments, making melody in her heart, as well as gardening and sketching for the Lord.
Susannah Cragwick holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from The University of Montana and is the granddaughter of WWII Veterans. She currently resides in Missoula, Montana and runs her own business teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and beginner and intermediate level Arabic.
Wanda J. Burnside is an author, poet, teacher and publisher/founder of The Lamp Newsletter. She is the founder and president of Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions, Int’l. She has been married to Simmie Lee Burnside, Jr. since 1972. They reside in Detroit, MI.
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