He has lived, worked, and travelled extensively in the Middle East, eastern and Western Europe, and Central America. While living in Cyrenaica, he wrote The Ptolmeda Elegies which will be published by Oxford University Press. He spent nine summers in the Yucatan studying Mayan language, culture, and civilization. He wrote The Canticles of the Maya (available on Amazon.com). He is currently working on another book of poetry.
After marrying in London, he has lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife, Nadia, a British doctor. They have two children : Yasmin (also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Arkansas) who works for the U,S. State Department and is in the Middle East, and Damon who is. PhD R&D laser scientist living in California.
Poet Mark Fleisher
Mark Fleisher journeyed from the Finger Lakes Region of New York to Albuquerque in October 2013. He is an active member of the local poetry community, reading at open mics each month as well as contributing to the 2015 Fixed and Free Anthology and the Arkansas Free Press. His book, “Moments of Time,” published by Mercury Heartlink, appeared in December 2014. Fleisher is participating in the Spring 2015 NowSeeHear project sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council. The project involves each of six poets creating a poem to interpret a work of art by one of six artists.
Fleisher grew up in Brooklyn, NY, received a journalism degree from Ohio University, and is an Air Force veteran, serving in Vietnam as a combat news reporter. Following a 22-year newspaper career, he held positions in Chemung (NY) County government as director of public information and veterans’ counselor. His freelance writing has appeared in Life in the Finger Lakes magazine, the New York State Historical Journal, the Black Athlete Sports Network, and upstate New York newspapers.
Columnist Rachel Birdsell
Rachel Birdsell says she is originally from Kansas City, but now spends her time
winding around the hills in Eureka Springs, AR.
A freelance writer, artist and semi-professional cat wrangler, she dreams of
living in a Utopian world filled with peace, love and free margarita fountains
on every corner.
Film & Television Star
Felisa Womble has traveled the world shooting documentary films, worked in animation 'The Simpsons', 'Rugrats' and had her fifteen minutes of fame. She is the animated character the Gromble on 'Ahhh Real Monsters.' She worked as an assistant director on countless films and television shows while living 23 years in Los Angeles. She currently works for a record label Afro Acid in Chicago booking DJS globally. You will find her spinning her 5000 vinyl records at UNION on Saturday nights. She will be our new Marketing Director here at the Arkansas Free Press. Email her at:
Poet Robin Temple
“I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. I was injured through a sexual assault by my boss. I reported it on base and subsequently was locked up for months to force a retraction,” she said. “I did not concede. After my release I wandered through Many jobs and relationships. After Many years I won a decision.”
She continued, “My medical benefits revealed a tumorous ovary. I went to day surgery....provided by the VA. The surgeon removed a piece of my colon...Not my ovary.” Following a dozen surgeries and endless treatments....Temple says she will Never be alright again. “Writing is the form of therapy that most suits me,” she said. “I also make jewelry.”
Rev. Cornelia DeLee, Artist & Spiritual Leader
Cornelia says she started out as an artist and had some early success with a Dallas gallery & regional shows. God, however, soon called her into the ministry. Two decades later, she is picking up her art skills and using them for God's purpose, not what she says "her own glory." This is why all her work has spiritual themes and why she donates 30% of her proceeds to missions that further the kingdom.
A few of her credentials include: Master of Fine Arts, 1974 Tufts Univ & School of the MFA, Boston Master of Divinity, 1997 Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas Graduate, Academy XX of Spiritual Formation, Upper Room, UMC, 2006 Spiritual Director of the Heart of the Ozarks Emmaus Community, 2002-2004. Served in 6+ Emmaus Communities as part of the spiritual team or as the lead clergy member. Conference Chair of Spiritual Formation, 2000-2006. Taught art grades K-5 through 12 in Louisiana & Texas from 1982-87. Designer for the Red River Revel sculptures for kids, creator of "The Great Macaroni Multimedia Traveling Art & Icon Show", as well as leader of spiritual retreats & hands on art retreats.
Alice Chambers Columnist, General News & Features Writer
Alice has worked for a variety of newspapers and a monthly publication, where she served as writer, editor and publisher. She says her, “passions in life are writing, photography, the arts, and prevention of cruelty to animals.” Along with joining the Free Press, she also works as a freelance writer and editor for other news outlets.
A native of Arkansas, she lives on a small farm with her husband, Larry. They have two dogs, Sadie and Gus. In her free time, she volunteers with the North Central Arts Foundation for Arts in Education. She also works with the Van Buren County Fair Association, Greers Ferry Lake, and the Little Red River Association.
Musician, Artist, Poet, Genius
Billiter - Anti-hero, the Damned, the cursed; In the Bible it talks of
"Legion" -little did he know, he would become Legion. First published in
the fourth-grade for an emotional contribution to a lost student
friend. Tested as reading at college level in elementary. Published by
some as being highly creatively, eccentric, and not of this world for
his controversial artwork. Winner of South Eastern Art and Science
Competition of 97' for evocative sculpture and multimedia graphic
artwork. Attended Pines Vo-tec (now Seark) for computer aided design and
engineering briefly, then returned for two semesters at Seark for
Computer animator, character sketch artist, sound designer,creative
savant, actor, drama, and speaker. Charles is also an accomplished
musician, recording and performing all original material. His primary
interests include art: Mucha, Nagel, Giger, Anime/Manga. Music
interests: Folk, electronic/industrial, jazz, Metal, Dub step, and
instrumental. As of 2011, Charles has been in over ten bands of all
styles. He has released one official CD entitled "Intimacy" under the
pseudonym "Cire Lowrimore" to test the market waters. Unofficially, he's
released a handful of free music collections, and is always working on
art, music, and writing.
"I'm all about the pulse of life. Yes, I know I am rough and seem
controversial, but really, my heart is a perfect diamond wrapped in
solid gold. As long as you are cool with people, they will be cool in
return," he says. "It's like the Dali Lama said to embrace compassion in
order to live life. That is what I do. Namesta." He continued, "Say
what you will about me, but, when the chips are down, I will always be
on your side." Long Live the Fighters!!!"
Returning to the Arkansas Free Press to provide coverage of the Hot Springs Blues Festival is Dannielle Davis. Writing about Music and Entertainment has always been a great passion for this particular Music Reviewer/Interviewer. Throughout the course of her career, Davis has interviewed several artists and bands from around the world, including Gospel Quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Reggae artist Mishka, Folk/Country Duo The O’s, and Alternative group Shirock.
Davis has had the opportunity to write for several online websites, including Associated Content, Examiner, and most recently Austin Music City. Davis currently serves as the Media and Public Relations Representative for Hot Springs, Arkansas’ Spa City Blues Society.
When Sid is not writing or photographing for the Free Press, he works for a major retail chain as an electronic technician supervisor. He has been there for 24 years. He holds an Associate in Electronic Engineering from SAU Tech in East Camden, AR, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Marketing- University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Ed Greenhaw Writer, Photographer
Ed has been a member of the Memphis Camera Club for five years. He has been working with his great friend and mentor Allen Sparks, who he says has been very generous with his advice and camera equipment. Ed works as a POS Analyst and has been for 17 years. He has two degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration and an Assoiciate of Electronic Engineering. He enjoys photography, fishing, tennis, history, investing and the sciences. Ed is single and lives in Memphis, TN.
Tim McNeill, WeatherGuy
Who can grow up in Arkansas without being influenced by the weather? Arkansas, which is in a weather region called Dixie Alley, offered Tim a hands on education in meteorology. Staying abreast of changing weather conditions in Arkansas is a passion for him.
This week's forecast can shape the way you live your life. Getting information to the general public using online media and social networking is what he strives to do. "Some people are just too busy to catch the weather and would rather have it delivered to their daily stream of information," he says. "We're here if they need us, though." He can be reached at
Tracy Crain Managing Editor, Publisher
An award winning writer, Tracy has worked for a variety of news organizations and advertising venues. You can find her work on websites, in magazines, trade press, billboards, facebook, tv, and newspapers. It is also featured on Sirius Satellite Radio and various independent broadcasts. From interviewing music professionals to managing websites, she loves the variety in her work.
Along with being a 2010-2011 featured photographer/artist of the local arts cooperative, she is a correspondent for several media outlets and teaches occasional art, writing, and psychology courses.
She is a designated delta blues writer and a benefactor of the Market Street Cinema Arts Partnership. She also works as a photographer for the Little Rock Film Festival and in conjunction with entertainment venues such as the BOK Center in Tulsa, Creature Films, VH1 and more. She has interviewed and photographed a range of performers and celebrities including: KISS, Jamie Foxx, Poison, David Cook, Cinderella, Kris Allen, Bob Seger, James Taylor, David Frizzell, Heart, Jeff Nichols, and many more. Based in Arkansas, you can reach her through email at
Michelle Canulla Arkansas Free Press Food Critic and Reviewer
Canulla serves as our very own “Food Critic and Reviewer.” Be sure to look for her food column each week. She also writes additional features that are published randomnly. Canulla has extensive experience in the food industry and the Free Press is pleased to have her onstaff.
“I come from a Italian household where food is central to everything and ‘good taste’ is revered. I trained in traditional French kitchens. I traveled around US & abroad working as a Sous Chef,” Canulla said. “I taste everything all the time. My mother taught me the basis of all good food and I live by the Italian saying ‘Life is too short for bad wine’ or food.”
In "real" life, Vicki is an attorney for the state of Arkansas, working for the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board.
She is also a mom to five beautiful daughters, ranging in age from 6 to 14. Needless to say, the drama is always on high! For fun, Vicki and her husband, Larry, of the Larry Lee Cheshier band, are involved in the local music scene.
Vicki enjoys covering live music around the state, interviewing and photographing musicians and their fans. She is very excited to be a part of the Free Press!
Kienlen is central Arkansas based for over 25 years, a husband and father. By day he works in aircraft salvage, by night he writes (in a fair but firm manner) for publications including this one, as well as Managing Editor for the American Bicycle Association, a BMX sanctioning body’s, monthly magazine.
He likes to think of himself as James Bond for the new millennium, but is willing to acknowledge reality shines a harsher light.
Dotty first started the Little Rock Free Press on April 20, 1993. She turned it into the Arkansas Free Press 12 years later. Before that, she worked at Spectrum Weekly as the sales manager. Her influence on Arkansas publishing during the last two decades has been extensive.
Out of State Contributors
Billy Nardozzi Contributing Poet Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sy Hoahwah Contributing Poet Little Rock, Arkansas
Donald Asher Columnist, Actor, Editor
"After 40+ years as a journalist, I am transitioning into new careers including SAG acting, internet ventures, and legal assistant," said Donald Asher, who recently had a role in the film “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cottiard and directed by Michael Mann. He wrote a book about the experience.
Cindy Sheehan Anti-War Activist
Cindy Sheehan is an American anti-war activist. Her son, specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed during his service in the Iraq War in 2004. She attracted national and international media attention following that with extended anti-war protests.
She has been quoted telling the members of Veterans for Peace, the following, “And the other thing I want him (President Bush) to tell me is ‘just what was the noble cause Casey died for?’
Was it freedom and democracy? Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East.”
She vowed not to pay her federal income tax for 2004 because that was the year her son was killed. Her actions led supporters such as Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Ceo of the Hip Hop Caucus, to describe here as “the Rosa Parks of the antiwar movement.” Sheehan has also earned the label of “Peace Mom” from the mainstream media. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
Most recently, Cindy was featured in Time Magazine. September 2011.
R. Lee Wrights Columnist
A libertarian writer and political activist, Wrights, 53, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end he has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty for All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.
Helen Thomas Syndicated Column, Stories of Interest
Thomas is a former reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years.
She is a former White House bureau manager and was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs and the White House.
She has covered every President of the United States from the last years of the Eisenhower administration until the second year of the Obama administration.
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