What Wildness is This:
Women Write About the Southwest

The Editors

Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert Susan Wittig Albert, Ph.D., is the founder and past president of Story Circle Network. She is the best-selling author of three mystery series (the China Bayles mysteries, the Robin Paige Victorian mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter), and her two non-fiction books, Writing From Life: Telling Your Soul's Story and Work of Her Own: A Woman's Guide to Success Off the Career Track, have received critical acclaim. For fifteen years, she taught college-level English and held administrative positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Newcomb College of Tulane University, and Southwest Texas State University. She leads workshops and teaches classes on journaling and memoir writing.

Susan Hanson

Susan Hanson Susan Hanson teaches in the English Department at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She also worked for 20 years as a newspaper journalist and has served as lay chaplain for the Episcopal campus ministry at Texas State since 1995. She is married and is the mother of a grown daughter.

Susan's favorite pastimes are native plant gardening, hiking, watching birds and other wildlife, traveling in the American West, photographing plants and landscapes, playing 12-string guitar, reading mysteries, and creating Web sites.

Besides mysteries, her reading interests include contemporary nature writing/creative nonfiction, memoir, social commentary, and the work of Christian mystics and contemplatives. One vein of her own writing focuses on the topics of nature and spirituality, while another takes a satiric look at the absurdities of everyday life. Her essay collection Icons of Loss and Grace: Moments from the Natural World was published by Texas Tech University Press in 2004. In addition, her nonfiction has appeared in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, EarthLight, The Nature Writing Newsletter, ISLE (the journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment), Southwestern Literature, Texas Books in Review, and Northern Lights. She will have an essay in the collections Let There Be Night, forthcoming from the University of Nevada Press, and The New Nature Writers: A Junction Anthology, from Texas Tech University Press.

Jan Seale

Jan Epton Seale Jan Epton Seale is the author of Airlift, a group of short stories (TCU Press); Homeland, a collection of essays (New Santander Press); Bonds and Sharing the House, books of poetry (RiverSedge Press); and she is one of four poets published in A Quartet: Texas Poets in Concert (UNT Press). Her latest publications include a writing textbook, The Nuts-&-Bolts Guide to Writing Your Life Story (The Knowing Press) and a book of poetry, The Yin of It (Pecan Grove Press). Her poems and short fiction have appeared in numerous publications, and her stories and scripts have been performed in various theatrical settings and on National Public Radio. She was the recipient of a 1982 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship.

Seale and her husband Carl, live in McAllen, on the Texas-Mexico border, where they raised three sons. Active in environmental causes to preserve the remaining natural habitat of the region, she edited Creatures on the Edge: Wildlife Along the Lower Rio Grande, a book of color photos and text featuring unique Valley flora and fauna.

Paula Stallings Yost

Paula Stallings Yost Paula Stallings Yost, personal historian and founder of LifeSketches/ Heirloom Memoirs Publishing in Yantis, Texas, is a memoirist, editor, and publisher with a background in journalism and public relations. Her edited works include Tales of a Scrapper, Profile of a Lone Star Legacy, A Country Cowboy, Cooking Up the Memories, and Miracles on the Amazon. She is the former vice-president of the Association of Personal Historians, served on the board of Story Circle Network, and currently is editor of the Story Circle Network Book Review Web site. She also offers memoir-writing workshops online and across the country and has organized numerous writing conferences.


Peggy Moody, Editorial Assistant

Peggy Moody

Peggy is the Executive Director and webmistress for the Story Circle Network. After a 22 year career in computer programming, web development, and project management at IBM, she now works full-time on her web development business. She lives in Austin with her husband, two children, and three cats.

Last updated: 10/16/06