Dennis Eamon Young - President
Photographer and Art Director: Dennis is a writer and professional photographer living in Shell Beach. Though he photographs everything, he specializes in portraits and commercial photography, and works on his stories and novels between photography sessions.
Dennis began his photography in New York City in 1969, with magazine and advertising assignments. He is a genuine people person and enjoys being a member of SLO NightWriters as both a writer and as staff photographer.
Shell Beach, CA 93449
Acting Vice President:
Treasurer Chair and Newsletter Editor: Susan Tuttle
Assistant Newsletter Editor:
Elizabeth Roderick grew up, so to speak, in Washington State. She most recently lived in the Seattle area, where she was a member of several working rock bands, a paralegal, and a chemistry student. When she moved to California in the fall of 2013 she started writing, taking to it with a sort of compulsive mania.
She is currently working on the seventh book in a young adult fantasy series, as well as some autobiographical vignettes, and is researching publishing options for the first YA novel.
When not writing, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and backpacking. She is married to a wonderful biochemist, and has a charming daughter.
She keeps a blog at pimentointhehole.com, and news on her series will be available at talesfrompurgatory.com
Hanje's role is to convey members suggestions or concerns to the board, to listen to members and bring their issues, needs and interests to the board; to identify potential problems and possibilities; to survey the members at least once a year to determine the degree of satisfaction experienced by the members and to identify concerns and problems; to write a monthly column for the newsletter.
Contest Director: Tom Snow
After twenty-two years in Sydney, Tom Snow recently moved back to his native U.S. with his Australian wife and daughter. He is on the board of San Luis Obispo’s premier authors’ guild, SLO NightWriters, where he is currently serving as the contest director of their annual Golden Quill Award. As well as working on his upcoming novel, Tom coaches and critiques for various organizations within the community.
Tom has a newly published crime thriller, Gut Shot on the River, about Bobbie Swann, a former poker pro and casino security consultant, and his genius, wheelchair-bound brother who are kidnapped from their farm by a brutal crime baron and held captive to train a team of handpicked players to cheat at the lucrative World Series of Poker in Las Vegas using a collaborative signalling system.
Tom has also written a romantic comedy set in Sydney, called The Pope Goes Speed Dating, due out later this year. It explores the life of a young woman as it is turned on its head by her unexpected inheritance of a perpetual endowment, a mansion on Bondi Beach and the services of her late grandfather’s English butler. It incorporates many of the rich experiences of the author’s years spent in Australia, including its quaint traditions, diverse and strikingly beautiful landscape, and its fun-loving people with their quirky wit and vernacular.
Photograph by Dennis Eamon Young.
Secretary: Carol Schmidt
Assistant Secretary: (open)
Social Media Coordinator
Tolsoa Press Editor and Submission Manager
Andrea is a blogger and a stay at home mom of two. She was born in Slovakia and came to the Central Coast two years ago with her husband, son and daughter, and two cats. Andrea mainly blogs about challenges of motherhood, but also comments on other topics, ranging from identifying home to dealing with death. She was honored to be chosen a featured member at BlogHer.com. Andrea's current book and blogs can be found at
Kudos Reporter (open)
Historian: Sharyl Heber
Friends of the Board: Anne Marie Woodward
Anna Unkovich - Welcome Committee:
Anna retired from teaching for 31 years in Michigan, and moved to California in 2001. She had her own newspaper column titled “Classroom With A View” and is co-author of Chicken Soup For The Soul In The Classroom. She teaches part-time at Hancock College and continues to write poetry and short stories.
Kalila Volkov - Sunshine Chair: Kalila loves being in the Hi Hopes workshop. She's the author of Fishing for Equilibrium: The Power of a Diary (self-published in 2008), and she enjoys writing poems, several of which have appeared in Women's Press and the local Sierra Club newsletter. She works as a clerical sub for the school district and sings with Cuesta Master Chorale. See her listing on the Members' Publications page.
Photograph by Dennis Eamon Young