Having grown up in the Bronx in New York City, Tommy Acosta was no stranger to the sounds of police sirens, fire engines, people laughing, singing, dancing and even fighting in the streets. His early life was exciting, colorful and full of family and pleasant times.
Now, Tommy writes for Sedona.biz, a Sedona cyber-news outlet that has become a reading staple of the community.
Tommy also plays with an original rock vocal group called “Green Light” formally the “Tommy Chicky J.R. Band.”
Dr. Marta Adelsman practices in the Verde Valley as a Life Coach in Communication and Consciousness. She received her doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Life Coach training from The Institute for Global Listening and Communication.
James Bishop, Jr. is an author and creative writing instructor. Bishop is committed to grass roots organizing, the arts and environmental sanity.
In addition to creating screenplays and novels, Bishop is actively advancing the cause of Sedona Recycles, Keep Sedona Beautiful, public art, and Vision Sedona, the nonpartisan citizens group. His creative writing classes are ongoing at various Elderhostel locations, Northern Arizona University, Yavapai College and the Canyon Moon Theatre in the Factory Outlets in the Village of Oak Creek.
Bishop’s newest book, The Pink Nectar Cafe is available at on Amazon.com.
Tom Carroll is a writer whose work appears online in blogs, news sites, and on his own website, SacredSpace.org. He offers these articles knowing that all that is true – all truth already resides in the heart mind of the reader. With this reminder, Tom’s wish is simply that every reader would feel secure in the fact that he or she possesses all any person needs to enjoy a sense of purpose and peace of mind. Tom travels much of the time but makes his home in a beautiful small town in Eastern Oregon.
Tom Carroll’s latest book, “The Oracle: Guidance for Growing a Soul” is available online at Amazon.com and in Sedona at the Center for the New Age.
Paul Chevalier is a retired Senior Executive of a major retailer where he was responsible for law and personnel. He holds a Degree in Government from Columbia College, a Law Degree from Columbia Law School and Business Degrees from both Columbia and Harvard Business Schools. Mr. Chevalier has served the City of Sedona as a member of the Arts & Culture Commission, the Personnel Board, and the Youth Commission Study Committee, as well as serving on the Sedona Community Foundation.
Artist, Photographer & Author in Sedona, AZ. Founder of Atlanta Models & Talent and Georgia’s first film representative. “Many people ask “WHY?” I always seemed to ask “WHY NOT?””
With more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience to her credit, Mary Cravets is a sought-after presenter who makes everyone in the room feel like she is speaking directly to them with her engaging, down-to-Earth style. She delivers compelling, practical topics in a way that not only gives participants simple, actionable ideas, but also the clarity and motivation to put them into practice right away.
Mary is a Business Coach and Speaker who works with highly driven small business owners who are tired of working all the time, and who want their business to run like a well oiled machine and get paid what they’re worth. Mary’s entrepreneurial journey includes successful careers in Real Estate, Direct Sales, business-to-business Networking Events and now Business Coaching.
“I developed a strong interest in photography when I was nine years old and by age fourteen had my own darkroom and was engaged in professional photography. Photography has been a constant in my life.
My work is focused on the beauty that surrounds each of us every day. Most images are taken of subjects and in lighting that is ever changing. The beauty is there for all to see if you but take the time to look and this is what I share with others … the transient beauty found.”
Gary Krupa is a CPA in Arizona, with more than twenty-five years experience providing accounting, tax, audit and computer services to organizations of all sizes. He’s especially attentive to the needs of his clients. He moved to Rimrock, Arizona in late May 2008. He has offices in Rimrock and Peoria, AZ.
Barbara Mayer is an InterFaith/InterSpiritual cleric, author and teacher who resides in Sedona, Arizona.
“To put it succinctly, I am a member of the One Percent with a very different perspective on issues 99 Percenters might find troubling.”
Dr. Elizabeth Oakes (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, in Shakespeare and American Poetry) is a poet, spiritual writer, and former Shakespeare professor. After she and her husband traveled for several years to “arty, spiritual” places, they came to Sedona, and within two days were looking for a house. Red Rock fever had struck!
Since moving here in 2012, Elizabeth (who also goes by her nickname Libby) has been asked to read her poems in every available venue in town, helped sponsor the Pumphouse Poetry and Prose Project, and organized reading events, such as for the Max Ernst/Dorothea Tanning program this year for the Sedona Art Museum. She was also a member of the Arts and Culture Initiatives Work Group in 2015.
Elizabeth, who is the author of academic articles on Shakespeare and poetry, is also the author of six books. Her first book of poems, The Farmgirl Poems, won the 2004 Pearl Poetry Prize, a national prize based in California. It was followed by three other volumes: The Luminescence of All Things Emily (about Dickinson and her friends and family); Mercy in the New World, a volume in the voice of an actual early American Puritan woman; and Leave Here Knowing, which contains poems about spiritual pilgrimages, Bardo, reincarnation, and meditation. She is also the author of Solace: Readings for Transforming Childhood Trauma and the newly published Healing Words: A Series of Interlocked Affirmations.
Currently, she is included in Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women along with poets, both male and female, from fifteen countries. It will be published in April 2016 in Israel.
Her four books of poetry are available on Amazon, as is Solace on Amazon’s Kindle. Healing Words will soon be available on Amazon and in stores in Sedona. She blogs on Art and Writing from the Spiritual Imagination at etherealpub.com.