A Boston native, Annaliese Jakimides spent many years on a dirt road in Mt. Chase in northern Maine before moving to Bangor. Her first essays were published in The Houlton Pioneer Times, where its then-editor Doug Fletcher gave her a break she will always be grateful for. Cited in national competitions and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her work has been broadcast by NPR and published in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, including This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women.
Melita Westerlund splits her time between her birth home of Helsinki, Finland, and her chosen home of Bar Harbor. Her colorful sculptures are a hit worldwide.