The River Junction Writers

The River Junction Writers have been meeting for a few hours every month for longer than any of us care to admit. We keep close to the Connecticut River. Though we occasionally haunt the hallowed halls of the Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, our usual gathering place is a comfortable conference room on the ground floor of the Howe Library in Hanover, NH.

The Writers:

Lis Barfield

Lis Barfield, itinerant former toxicologist and incognito technical writer of expert reports and other legal documents, fled the high-stake stresses of toxic tort litigation and resurfaced by the railroad tracks of White River Junction, VT. After taking some time to make new friends and admire the local nightshade, Lis now writes essays and novels, composes and plays music, and does whatever else seems fun while not busy stocking shelves at the local co-op.

S.J. Cahill

S. J. Cahill is a long-time member of River Junction Writers. He is a Pushcart Prize and Dzanc Book Award nominee and his work may be found in Gemini Magazine, Arlington Literary Journal, Good Living Review, and The Vermont Troubadour. His fiction appears in a number of anthologies including the Best of Gival Press Short Stories which won a Book-of-the-Year Silver Award for Anthologies. His novel-in-stories featuring a paramedic serial-killer protagonist is forthcoming.

Chris Collins

Chris Collins, a charter member of the River Junction Writers, graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in English/Education. As a pilot in the USAF, he flew over 500 combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses, 20 air medals, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He and his wife live in Springfield, VT, where he divides his time between writing, woodworking, cross-country skiing, and frequent outings with Scooter, his Jack Russell terrier.

Alison Hine

Alison Hine has published articles in periodicals such as AutoWeek, Formula Magazine, and the online magazine AutoSimSport. Her racing-related websites, including, have had over 1.5 million visits.

Alison’s racing experience spans four decades, from dirt track karts to 750 horsepower race-prepared sports cars. Drawing on her background in engineering and physics, she has built two race cars (and an aerobatic airplane) and served as driver, crew chief and team manager for endurance racing teams. She spent several years as an on-track instructor and in 2003 won a regional championship in a race car built with her racing brother, Nate Hine.

Alison lives in New Hampshire, surrounded by cherished friends and family, suspiciously shiny tools, and way too many computers.

Judith Janoo

Judith Janoo won the Soul-Making Keats Award, the Vermont Award for Continued Excellence in Writing, the Anita McAndrews Award for human rights poetry, and was Reader’s Choice in the Mountain Troubadour. Tala’s Garden, which appears in this collection, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Judith’s work also appears in The Main Street Rag, Evening Street Press, Euphony, Puckerbrush Review, Kind Of A Hurricane Press, and Vermont Magazine. Her short stories are included in two volumes of Murder Ink from Plaidswede Press. Her poetry chapbook, After Effects, is available for purchase through Finishing Line Press, or from Judith lives and writes in East Burke, Vermont, where she shares the hiking trails with black bears and white-tailed deer.

Virginia Ramus

Virginia Ramus writes from her home in White River Junction, Vermont. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her work has appeared in several literary journals and in the anthologies Mourning Sickness: Stories and Poems about Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Loss and Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita. Her novel Hothouse can be read at

The Artists:

Julia Ramus O’Shaughnessy

Julia Ramus O’Shaughnessy of Julia Oshay Art created the cover illustration for Short Tall Tales. Julia lives in New England and has recently written, illustrated, and published a children’s book, Dax Dragonfly Becomes…Himself, currently available on Amazon.

Matthew Gauvin

Vermont artist Matthew Gauvin created the story illustrations that evoke the tales in this collection, and he also created the Lynx Paw Press logo. Matthew obtained a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has illustrated several children’s books, among numerous other illustration projects.

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