André Spears- President is a scholar-poet, who worked for many years in the field of maritime transportation. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature, with an area of concentration in the interrelation of literature and archaeology; recent work includes En Terre Perdue (2013), his expanded translation into French of Letters from Mu (Part I), from work in progress. He is a co-founder of the Gloucester Writers Center, where he has led the effort to install the Maud / Olson Library as a local Gloucester landmark.
Rev. Wendy Fitting- Vice President is the Pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Gloucester where she has served since 1989, after receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. Prior to entering the ministry she worked for the Mass Department of mental health. She shares with Charles Olson and Vincent Ferrini a love of Gloucester and the appreciation of the particularity of place — a theme that is central to her ministry.
Anne Thomas- Clerk is a co-founder of Gloucester Writers Center. Vincent Ferrini was her close friend for 37 years and the godfather of her children. Annie brings years of nonprofit management experience to the project, including expertise in volunteer coordination and 12 years experience of highly successful fundraising as Development Director of Wellspring House, Inc. She also brings a commitment to maintaining the Vincent Ferrini House as a place of hospitality and nurture, in his honor.
Brenda Hiltz- Treasurer is a partner at Anthony & Dodge, PC, a CPA firm in South Hamilton, MA. Brenda has over 15 years of experience in tax preparation for non profit clients and has worked with many non profit boards during that time.She has worked extensively with the Internal Revenue Service and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of non-profit entities. She has worked with non-profits that meet the requirements for Audited and Reviewed financial statements as well as Compiled Financial Statements. She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and Massachusetts Society of CPA’s. She has lived in Gloucester for more than 30 years and has two children and one grandchild.
Henry Ferrini is a co-founder of the Gloucester Writers Center, the President of the North Shore Jazz Project and a documentary filmmaker. His work has played on PBS and at museums and galleries around the world. His films include: Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place, Poem in Action, a portrait of his uncle Vincent Ferrini and Lowell Blues: the Words of Jack Kerouac. He is developing a new film about the iconic jazz stylist Lester Young. He lives in Gloucester with his wife and son.
Amanda Cook reads, writes, and raises children in Gloucester. She pieces together a life of making things, teaching writing and trying to play the fiddle.
Amielle Major was born and raised in the Bahamas. A recipient of the Harry Moore scholarship and Vassar’s Ann E. Imbrie Prize in Fiction, A.L. received her MFA from the Helen Zell Writer’s Program at the University of Michigan, where she received a Hopwood Novel Award. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2013. Her work has appeared in *Vice *and *Subtropics*.
Greg Gibson, is a writer, publisher, and has been an Antiquarian book dealer since 1976, specializing in old and rare maritime books, documents, manuscripts and ephemera, and in the Literature of Cape Ann, about which he compiled a lengthy bibliography in 1979. His publishing house Ten Pound Books has published 30 books, including Vincent Ferrini’s autobiography Hermit of the Clouds and Peter Anastas’ Maximus to Gloucester. He is the author of Gone Boy (Random House), Demon of the Waters (Little Brown) and Hubert’s Freaks (Harcourt) as well as numerous small press publications.
JoeAnn Hart is the author of the social satire Addled,(Little, Brown, 2007) and the novel Float, (Ashland Creek Press, 2013) which mixes bankruptcy and conceptual art with plastics in the ocean. Her work explores the relationship between humans and their environment, natural or otherwise. Her short fiction, essays and articles have been widely published, including The Boston Globe Magazine, The Sonora Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Writers Digest. She lives in Gloucester with her husband and some rescue livestock.
Daniel Duffy worked for 25 years in leadership positions in community college educational administration , private industry and business management. In 2011 he and his wife bought the Beech Tree Bed and Breakfast in Rockport. He is working on putting story of his brother’s disappearance into a memoir called “Brother, Brother.”
William Taylor is a semi retired antiques and art dealer. Founding member and current director of non profit marine educational organization Maritime Gloucester, former newspaper reporter for the Portland Press Herald, former director of public relations for Quinn & Johnson advertising, former advertising manager for Photon, Inc. Resident of Gloucester for over thirty years. Father of two and grandfather of two.
Charlee Bianchini A Lanesville native and fourth generation Gloucester resident, Charlee grew up surrounded by the myth and lore of the Gloucester’s writers and artists. She has written for the Cape Ann Beacon and taught classes for the Gloucester Writers Center. Now a full time musician, she continues to teach and is committed to helping others find depth, joy and meaning in writing’s creative journey.