Milford Alive to Host Local Authors
This year’s Milford Alive event will feature several local authors from Hunterdon County. The Authors’ Room will be located by the grist mill near the Milford Bridge. The following authors will be featured this year:
Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Felicia is a writer and poet whose critically acclaimed books include: Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes; Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting; Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color, and Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of opposites. This series of rhyming concept books was inspired by visits to farms in Hunterdon County, where her family lives. All are beautifully illustrated by Susan Swan and published by Albert Whitman.
Her latest book, From Apple Trees to Cider, Please!, was just released, and her first prose picture book, The Boy Who Said Nonsense will be published by Albert Whitman in the spring of 2016.
Thérese Halscheid’s new collection Frozen Latitudes, the barren and timeless landscape of Alaska becomes a metaphor for places frozen in time when her father Charles, suffered brain damage. Woven among these pages are journey poems of other locales, which share the interchangeability of nature and human nature.
Previous poetry collections include Powertalk, Without Home, Uncommon Geography, which won a finalist award for the Paterson Poetry Book Prize; and Greatest Hits, a chapbook award from Pudding House Publications. Her poetry, essays and short stories have appeared in magazines such as The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Sou’wester, Tiferet, among others. She has received Fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and NJ State Council on the Arts.
Tommy Reynolds was born in New York City and raised in Long Beach, Long Island seven houses from the beach. As a kid he played sports in the street with his friends, then in organized leagues, during all three seasons; football/soccer, basketball and his favorite, baseball.
He attended Chaminade High School, an all-boys prep school run by the Marianist Brothers. After Chaminade he attended Manhattan College. At Manhattan Tommy was a sports writer and co-sports editor of the school newspaper, The Quadrangle. He covered the Jaspers’ basketball, baseball and crew teams. Upon graduation he entered the business world, embarking on a successful twenty four year career in the world of finance. Tommy is an active racquetball player, runner and softball player, currently residing in beau colic Clinton, NJ with his three children. In his spare time he umpires men’s baseball games. The Game is his first novel.
Myrna J. Smith grew up on a farm in Eastern Oregon, married young and completed a masters degree before giving birth to three children. During her 34-year career as a professor, she wrote extensively in the field of education. After her midlife divorce, her exploration of the world’s religions brought her to India four times . Today she enjoys competitive bridge and continues to travel at every opportunity. God and Other Men is Myrna’s first book that explores her life through the lens of spirituality. For her next writing project, about the healing power of sound, she hopes to visit Australia and learn about the didgeridoo from the aborigines. Myrna lives in Hunterdon County, NJ.
Ed York is known to many people in our area as the crossing guard for Milford public school, posted at Milford’s traffic light. He is also an assistant librarian at Milford Public Library.
Ed is known for writing books about local history. In 2015 he authored two books; Abigail Roberts: Revival Preacher, is a biography of the remarkable woman who, in 1827, founded what would become The First United Church of Christ in Milford. The second book is Researching Family Life 3000 Years Ago on the Delaware River Floodplains of Central New Jersey, which prominently features the archaeological site near the old farmhouse where Ed lives with his wife, Marguerite. Earlier publications included A History of the Pennington Area Presbyterians and Opportunity Valley: A History of the Delaware River Before 1800.
Denny Daikeler, is a retired Interior Designer and an ordained Interfaith Minister. She is the author of WHAT COLOR IS YOUR SLIPCOVER? published by Rodale Press, and MESSAGES, Published by Balboa Press. She also has written for the magazines, Good Ideas for Decorating and Visions Magazine, and was the designer on AM Philadelphia from 1980-1985. Ms Daikeler is on the teaching staff of School of Sacred Ministries and makes her home in Milford, New Jersey.