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Erin Block lives in the mountains of Colorado and is a librarian and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Flatirons Literary Review, Guernica, American Angler, Trout Magazine, Waterlog and Gray’s Sporting Journal. She is a staff-writer for MidCurrent and editor-at-large for Trout Magazine. Block’s debut book, “The View from Coal Creek” was published by Whitefish Press in 2013.
Gloria Dickie was born and raised in the snowbelt of Ontario, Canada. She is currently a master’s student studying environmental journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. She covers a wide variety of environmental and outdoor topics, but often focuses on human-wildlife conflict, as well as wildfire in the West. Dickie earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Ontario in media studies and geography. Her work has appeared in National Geographic News, High Country News and OnEarth. She also works for the Center for Environmental Journalism, located in Boulder. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, photography and painting. She was a 2014 recipient of the OWAA Bodie McDowell graduate scholarship.
Robin Follette was born and raised is Maine. Her writing career began at age 10. She learned to fish when old enough to hold a pole and learned to pick wild mushrooms and berries with her parents. Today, Follette lives in the middle of hundreds of thousands of acres of forest. She’s an avid angler and still forages, and she’s learned to hunt. In 2014 she filled her turkey, black bear and white-tailed deer tags. She also hunts upland game birds. Kayaking, camping and hiking are on the list of outdoors activities she enjoys. Follette is an outdoors skills educator. She is a Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs instructor and leads workshops in cooking wild game and campfire cooking for Becoming an Outdoors Woman in Maine. She writes a personal blog and as well as one for the Bangor Daily News, and she freelances for various publications.
Tony Humeston was born and raised in game-rich southern Iowa, an area renowned for upland game, waterfowl, and trophy deer. After serving a hitch in the U.S. Army, where he earned a berth on the Fourth Division Rifle Team, he graduated from Saint Ambrose University and the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. Upon retirement Humeston decided to pursue a career writing and photographing his passions: hunting and fishing. His articles have appeared in Iowa Game and Fish, The Iowa Sportsman, FurFishGame, MidWest Outdoors, Far West and the Iowa Historical Journal. He is the author of four books.
Johnathan Olivier is a devoted journalist and photographer from south Louisiana, as comfortable on an alligator hunt down the bayou as he is backpacking through the mountains. His work has appeared in publications such as Backpacker, Outside, Louisiana Sportsman magazine and Coastal Angler Magazine, as well as regular features in local newspapers across Louisiana. His passion for nature and outdoor recreation has taken him from the Rockies to the Appalachians and a few places in between. When he’s not at home tracking down a story, you can catch him on a backpacking trail, soaking up a mountain sunset. Olivier’s next adventure: a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, with pen, paper and camera in tow, of course.
Frank Saccente lives in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and has spent the majority of his life on and around the waters of the Jersey Shore. He has been freelance writing since 1989. He spends the winters with his wife in the Florida Keys where they fish, kayak, windsurf and generally warm their bones. He has a master’s degree in education from Montclair State University and spent 33 years educating the youth of America. His program has been featured on several PBS broadcasts. He has built several wooden boats, refurbished several others and has owned a marine cabinetmaking business. He is an avid boater, fisherman, windsurfer and traveler whose writing credits range from the Gannett Newspaper Group, Soundings, On The Water, Florida Keys Magazine, Gibbons-Humms Guide To The Florida Keys, American Windsurfer, New England Windsurfing Journal, Coast Magazine, Time Out Magazine and various professional journals.
Master Maine Guide, author, columnist and songwriter Randy Spencer operates his guiding and outfitting business in the Canadian border waters region of Downeast Maine. His first book, “Where Cool Waters Flow: Four Seasons with a Master Maine Guide” won the New England Outdoors 2010 Book of the Year Award. He was named one of the “Ten Most Intriguing People in Maine” by Portland Magazine, and Yankee Magazine included Spencer as one of the “25 people you need to meet most.” His second book, “Wide and Deep: Tales and Recollections of a Master Maine Fishing Guide” was released April 1, 2014, from Skyhorse Publishing. Spencer has released five CDs of his own music. He was been the subject of features on CBS Sunday Morning, Boston Channel 5’s Chronicle and ESPN2 as well as in The Wall Street Journal. When Spencer isn’t guiding or writing, he’s chasing Atlantic sålmon on some of Canada’s most storied rivers.
Charles A. Witek, III, caught his first fish when he was barely 2 years old, and has been an active saltwater angler ever since. By the time that he was graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1976, he had already sold his first articles to The Fisherman and was dedicating most of his free time to fishing, hunting and shooting. By then, the coastal striped bass stock was beginning to crash, and he found himself being drawn into the world of fisheries conservation. That experience kindled a lifelong interest in preserving and restoring fish stocks. He has held seats on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the New York Marine Resources Advisory Council and other advisory panels. He is an active freelance writer, concentrating on fresh and saltwater angling and, particularly, on conservation issues. Along with his freelance work, he writes a regular column for On the Water magazine, and publishes a blog, One Angler’s Voyage, which focuses on marine fisheries issues.
Jay Zimmerman grew up in rural Ohio reading the hunting and fishing notes his father kept in a three-ring binder. Zimmerman worked as an archaeologist for the University of Toledo’s anthropology department. He became an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Zimmerman worked as a commercial halibut fisherman out of Kodiak Island, Alaska. He later worked as a moose-hunting
guide out of Galena, Alaska, and as a bear hunting guide in Ontario, Canada. Zimmerman worked construction for a time, both as a carpenter and with concrete before he fled to Colorado and the fly-fishing industry. He has guided,taught casting and fly-tying classes, managed fly shops and is now a commercial fly-designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Zimmerman has written three books, “In Neck Deep: Stories from a Fisherman,” “Top Ten Guide to Fly Fishing” and “The Best Carp Flies, How to Tie and Fish Them.”

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