August/September 2018

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S.J. Henschel photo by Annette Dragon Contributors Jessie C. Grearson Jessie Grearson (Tanya Eby profile, page 44) is a freelance writer and a writing teacher living in Falmouth, Maine. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she has co- authored two essay collections (Swaying: Essays on Intercultural Love and Love in a Global Village: A Celebration of Intercultural Families) published by the University of Iowa Press. She is currently at work on a practical handbook on college essay writing tentatively titled Irresistible You. When not writing, teaching, or coaching her high school speech team, she can be found visiting lighthouses, search- ing for sea glass, or in her kitchen garden, dreaming up new recipes. S.J. Henschel Contributing Editor S.J. (Sandi) Henschel (Joel Froomkin profile, page 38) starts her 18th year with AudioFile with this issue. She is the voice of AudioFile Magazine on WXXI's Reachout radio, a service for the blind and visually impaired based in Rochester, NY. Sandi recently had one of her most gratifying personal experiences in her many years working in theater as writer, actor, and director. L.A.-based playwright Wendy Kout was commissioned to write a play recounting the experiences of 10 holocaust survivors who settled in Rochester, NY, after WWII. Sandi directed the piece, meant to tour middle- and high schools across the country. A company of 6 actors portrayed all the survivors, their families, their helpers, and their tormentors. Survivors proved to be an absolutely riveting experience for the 600 students who have seen it so far, and a transformative expe- rience for Sandi. Randy O'Brien Randy O'Brien (Marin Ireland profile, page 30) has been a reviewer for AudioFile since 2003. He is a veteran journalist and anchor for WLAC-AM and Rock 105.9 in Nashville, Tennessee. He's working on a new novel that he is hoping to self-publish in the near future. Ellen Quint A mystery writer, audiobook reviewer, and Audies judge, Ellen Quint is currently the program chair of Sisters in Crime-NY and has published two crime short stories: "Crossing the Line" (Family Matters) and "Taking the Brooklyn Bridge Back" (Where Crime Never Sleeps). Ellen also writes the "Solve" column on AudioFile's blog, posted twice a month. Read more about it in "On the Blog," page 10. Tom Walken Contributing Editor Tom Walken ("Learning By Ear," page 52) began writing reviews for AudioFile in the mid- 1990s while he was still practicing clinical psychology. His "Learning By Ear" column started a short time later with a set of reviews on parenting audios. He says the 2000- plus audios he's heard on personal growth and business topics have kept him current on how people can make their lives better and how work groups become more effective. From his adopted home in Raleigh, NC, the Baltimore native now works with entrepreneurs, evaluates executive candidates, and spends his free time cooking, playing music, and enjoying his friends and family. Ellen Quint 6 n AudioFile/ S.J. Henschel Randy O'Brien Jessie Grearson Tom Walken

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