Our Board & Staff
Serving the fund as a board member is a labor of love. Most board members are writers or artists and read and judge applications submitted in one or more categories (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art) and help make the final award decisions from the shortlists. We also rely on carefully chosen writers and visual artists, many of whom are former grantees, to volunteer their time and help select outstanding projects in collaboration with the board. Board members attend business meetings twice yearly to direct the fund, oversee fundraising and provide ideas for further development. Former board members include: Darla Bjork, Lisa C. Moore, Susan Sherman, Sarah Van Arsdale, Nancy Fried, Cheryl Grau, Sarah Sutro, Karla Jay, Yvonne Klein, Ginger Legato, Morgana MacVicar, and Anita Page. Former staff include: Susan Pliner and Pam McAllister, who each served and directed for many years. Grants Administrator, 2015, Tara Shea Burke; present Grants Administrator: Karen St Pierre. Current board members are featured below.
Maureen Brady is the author of the novels, Ginger's Fire , Folly and Give Me Your Good Ear , the short stories, The Question She Put to Herself , and three books of nonfiction including Daybreak: Meditations for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins/Hazelden). Recent short stories and essays appear in Sinister Wisdom, Bellevue Literary Review and the anthology, Just Like a Girl. Others have appeared in Cabbage and Bones: Irish American Women's Fiction; Mom; In the Family; Intersections: An Anthology of Banff Writers; Conditions and Sinister Wisdom, among others. An Adjunct Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New York University, she also teaches at The New York Writers Workshop at the Jewish Community Center and The Peripatetic Writing Workshop. She was a co-founder of the publishing company, Spinsters Ink, and The New York Writers Workshop and serves on the Board of The Peripatetic Writing Workshop. She has also served on the New York State Council on the Arts Literature Panel and the Publishing Triangle’s Whitehead Award panel. She lives with her partner in New York City and the Catskills and is currently at work on a collection of short stories while her novel, Getaway, is making the rounds with her agent. She joined the MFW Board in 1998, and has served as President since 2000.
Martha Ellen Hughes is the editor and author of Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts, 2016, Bacon Press Books, as well as Precious In His Sight, a novel published by Viking/Penguin; A Buyer’s Guide to Cosmetics, Random House; The Woman’s Day Book of Household Hints, Wm. Morrow/Fawcett. Her work has also appeared in Out of Her Mind: Women Writing on Madness , Rebecca Shannonhouse, ed., Random House; and “Details,” “Bomb” and Cosmopolitan magazines. In 1991 she founded The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, a nonprofit offering intensive workshops in such diverse locations as Antigua, Guatemala; Achill Island, Ireland; Siricusa, Sicily; Anna Maria Island, Florida; Woodstock, NY; and in 2017, Deal, England. A freelance editor and fiction teacher in New York University’s SCPS program, she has also taught at Hunter, Marymount and Bronx Community College, NYC; Mount Saint Mary’s, Newburgh; and English as a Second Language for NYANA in New York City. A native of New Orleans, she lives in New York City and the Catskills. She has served on the MFW Board since 2007.
Roz Kuehn is the author of the novel "Various Stages of Undress" (loosely based on her six years as an exotic dancer in Washington, D.C.), which was named runner-up for the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, and finalist for the Breadloaf Bakeless Prize and the Bellwether Prize. She has received numerous Delaware State Arts Council fellowships, including a $10,000 Master of Fiction fellowship, as well as a Barbara Deming Memorial Award for feminist writing. Her work has appeared in "Gargoyle" and "Letting Go - An Anthology of Attempts." She has recently completed a memoir based on a coterie of well-meaning women who make a royal mess of a close friend's dying days. She has worked as fiction editor for "The Washington Review."
Alice Templeton is a poet and playwright whose work has appeared in Calyx , Poetry , Asheville Poetry Review , Nimrod , and elsewhere. Her chapbook Archaeology won the 2008 New Women’s Voices Prize in Poetry from Finishing Line Press. She is also the author of a critical book on Adrienne Rich’s poetics, titled The Dream and the Dialogue , and scholarly articles on contemporary poetics, cultural criticism, and literary theory. Originally from Tennessee, Alice now lives in Berkeley, California. She teaches creative writing and humanities at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, and writing workshops for the Writing Salon in Berkeley. She was a MFW grantee in 2000, and has been a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, le Moulin á Nef (France), Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center, and the Millay Colony.
Lise Weil is a Chicago-born writer, editor and translator who has been based in Montreal since 1990. Her stories, essays and translations have been published in numerous literary journals in both the US and Canada. She was founder and editor of the US feminist review Trivia: A Journal of Ideas and of its online offshoot Trivia:Voices of Feminism and currently teaches in Goddard College’s individualized MA program. Her collection of Mary Meigs’ writings on aging, Beyond Recall , was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Recently her translation of Verena Stefan’s « Doe a Deer » was included in Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction of 2011 . Lise joined the MFW Board in 1985.
Crystal Williams , a poet, essayist, and arts advocate, has published four collections of poems, most recently Detroit as Barn, finalist for the National Poetry Series, Cleveland State Open Book Prize, and the Maine Book Award. Her third collection, Troubled Tongues, was awarded the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award, the Idaho Poetry Prize, and the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize. Her work has regularly appears in the nation’s leading journals and magazines, including: American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, PEN: America, The Indiana Review, The Sun, Tin House, Ms. Magazine, Ploughshares, and Callaloo.
Likewise, her poems appear in numerous anthologies, including: Angles of Ascent: The Norton Anthology of African American Poetry, American Poetry: The Next Generation, Efforts and Affections, and Rainbow Darkness. She currently serves as Professor of English at Bates College where she is also Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. As a senior administrator and advocate, she focuses on improving educational outcomes, institutional culture and climate, and advancing arts and culture as a means by which to address inequity.