WriteAngles is produced by a committee of volunteers. Biographical sketches for the panel organizers, who also serve as moderators for the panels they organize, are listed on the Panelists page. The following profiles are for conference volunteers who work behind the scenes.
Cheryl Malandrinos, WriteAngles registrar, is a book reviewer, blogger, freelance writer, and editor. Her first children’s book, LITTLE SHEPHERD, was published by Guardian Angel Publishing in 2010. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.
Daisy Mathias acts as coordinator for WriteAngles. She produces a weekly radio show, Poetry à la Carte, on the UMass station WMUA-Amherst, 91.1 FM, where she reads published poems each week and interviews local poets. The show airs at 6 pm on Mondays. It is streamed live at http://www.wmua.org. A hospital-based pediatric speech and language pathologist, Daisy specializes in craniofacial disorders. She writes poetry, and is working on a romance novel.
Chris Rohmann, who will read aloud submissions to the agents’ panel, is an arts writer, critic, author, theater director, teacher, and musician. His theater column, StageStruck, appears weekly in the Valley Advocate and he comments regularly on the arts scene for WFCR New England public radio. He has directed for numerous Western Massachusetts theater companies and teaches at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School. He is the author of A WORLD OF IDEAS: A DICTIONARY OF IMPORTANT THEORIES, CONCEPTS, BELIEFS AND THINKERS (Ballantine, 2000; also UK & Brazilian editions).
Jan Whitaker is the website editor for WriteAngles, as well as serving as liaison with the Willits-Hallowell Center. She is the author of two books: SERVICE AND STYLE: HOW THE AMERICAN DEPARTMENT STORE FASHIONED THE MIDDLE CLASS and TEA AT THE BLUE LANTERN INN: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE TEA ROOM CRAZE IN AMERICA. Her latest book on worldwide department store history, THE WORLD OF DEPARTMENT STORES, was published by The Vendome Press in December 2011. She writes a blog on restaurants called Restaurant-ing through history.
Kari Ridge is our publicist.