Judythe Guarnera, Tolsoa Press Editor and Submission Manager, who at 73 declares that she is “too old to die young," has been writing all her life—newsletters, reports, grants, letters to the editor, Viewpoints and love letters. Her first official newsletter was published when she was a Sophomore in college. It was a playful gossip column for a church young adult group. Her identity remains a secret to this day, the secret part probably accounting for the fact that she reached the age of 73.
A graduate of the “Breaking Into Print” Writing Program, Judythe now has time in retirement to write fiction, short stories and novels. Judythe continues her volunteer work as a mediator. Her volunteering and much of her writing is focused on connection through communication. Her essays and short stories have been featured in local publications, in an anthology and in a number of online literary journals. She is a 4-time winner of the Lillian Dean Writing Competition at the Annual Central Coast Writer’s Conference. The fourth time was a charm as she snagged a first place trophy.
Managing submissions for the NW column in the Tolosa Press publications has been an exciting experience.