Amy Lyon has been keeping journals since she was thirteen. She is the author of The Couple’s Business Guide, How to Start and Grow a Small Business Together, A Perigee Book, 1997 and co-author of In A Vermont Kitchen, Foods Fresh from Farms, Forests, and Orchards, from HP Books, 1999. In her twenties and thirties, she was a member of, and subsequently a co-facilitator of, Longmeadow Writers and Artists, a writing group in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, based on the work of Pat Schneider and Amherst Writers and Artists. At age fifty Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer. This mid-life crisis, in the form of illness, compelled her to leave her job as Director of International and Special Sales at Merriam-Webster, Inc., after 14 years, to pursue a more creative life.
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Joe Zarantonello, teacher, poet and the Creator of The Integral Journal. Joe’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame where he majored in The Great Books. His M.A. is from University College, Dublin, where he studied the Irish Poets.
Joe spends time on the road leading retreats in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Tennessee, but most of the time he’s at home running Loose Leaf Hollow, a guesthouse for solitary or guided retreats in the rolling knobs of Kentucky.
His website is Loose Leaf Hollow.
Diane Hause is a native of New York who moved to Wilmington, North Carolina almost 40 years ago. She graduated from UNC-W in 1978 with her B.F.A. in painting. Ms. Hause credits her theorist knowledge and vivid use of color to her 4 years of study with Claude Howell, her professor at that time. Diane has lived in Phoenix, Baltimore, Tampa, Santa Barbara (where she attended graduate school and received her M.F.A. at UC-Santa Barbara) and most recently Atlanta but is returning to North Carolina after 30+ years.
While living in Atlanta, Ms. Hause was a professor at The Atlanta College of Art teaching Fundamental Drawing, Collage and Color Theory. In 1999, Diane bought and renovated a century old warehouse in downtown Atlanta to open 3TEN HAUSTUDIO located at 310 Peters Street, the main street to run through the heart of the oldest warehouse district in Atlanta known as Historic Castleberry Hill. 3TEN operated as a working studio but also as an alternative exhibition space where Diane hosted dozens of benefits and Art events that covered a spectrum from a collaboration with Eve Ensler, playwright and activist, an exhibit and benefit for “The Lost Boys of Sudan” of which about 50 “Lost Boys” attended Opening night, a benefit for Women Navajo Weavers of Utah that involved a night of Navajo Hoop dancing, storytelling and flute playing.
Ms. Hause was credited with being an original pioneer, one that hosted such memorably diverse and widely attended events and Art Openings, that led Castleberry Hill to become a destination place. This inspired dozens of other artists and galleries to also move to the “hood” to renovate spaces that eventually had The New York Times boasting Castleberry Hill as the “Arts District of Atlanta” and referenced it as being “The Chelsea of the South”.
Her website is 2TEN HAUSTUDIO.