Cynthia has served as the Mensa Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG)
Coordinator and Calliope
General Editor since 1994, when the previous
editor, Donna Curry, asked for a volunteer. Cynthia teamed with Sandy Raschke
(fiction editor) and the late Deb’y Gaj (poetry editor) and after 15
years—thanks mainly to
Sandy--she’s still at it.
When not working on the next issue of Calliope
, Cynthia keeps
busy with a more than full-time job in the aerospace industry. She volunteers
as a judge for the Arizona state quality awards, is a member of the Community
Advisory Board for Northern Arizona University’s Tucson campus, and was an
examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards from 1998-2003.
Cynthia’s writing interests include both fiction and nonfiction. She
wrote a chapter in the last two editions of the Mechanical Engineer’s
, the first Lowe’s Garden Center Manual
for the home
improvement chain and frequently writes user manuals and instructions at work.
Cynthia has published articles in The Marketing Educator
Mobile Press Register
, and has won a few awards for her short fiction and
one for an essay. She is currently working on a mystery novel, and her goal for
2010 is to finish that book and begin another.
Cynthia is married to Calliope
’s self-proclaimed “web weenie.”
She first noticed Ralph when he sent her a membership renewal with an extra $20
to “buy yourself a bottle of wine.” And the rest is history.
Sandy Raschke, Calliope
’s Fiction Editor, began writing in the
late 1980’s as a way to decompress after tax season. She began with a guest
commentary in response to a column that appeared in her local newspaper, and
ended up winning second place in a national writing contest for her effort.
Poetry, personal essays and short fiction followed, with more than two dozen
publishing credits in various small press magazines and anthologies. She spent
a few years as an associate editor for three small circulation science fiction
magazines and an anthology, doing some freelance editing when the opportunity
In 1994, Sandy and Cynthia Sabelhaus volunteered to be co-editors of
, and fifteen years later are still talking to each other.
In 2005, Sandy closed her tax practice of more than twenty years and
retired with her husband to Central Oregon, where she still writes the
occasional poem and/or story, and enters a contest or two, just to keep the
creative juices flowing.
After the relative success of her first self-published chapbook of
speculative poetry—Female of the Species
(1998), Sandy recently began
work on a mini-chapbook of her country and nature poems —Prevailing Winds
is almost ready to go to the printer, and should be out by late spring.
Jerry Airth, Poetry
Calliope’s Poetry Editor for the past 10 years, worked as an English
teacher on an Indian reservation in Arizona for 17 years before changing careers
and working as an electronics technician in the aerospace industry. Now retired,
he spends his days doing the final edits on his first novel and beginning the
first draft of his second.
Jerry is a member of the Society of Southwest Authors and has served as
a judge for short story and poetry contests. He teaches a poetry class at the
Marana, Arizona Community Center.
Jerry’s publication credits are numerous. He has published articles in
Arizona Highways, The Writer, and several magazines specializing in Southwestern
history. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Calliope
as in a number of web ‘zines.
Mark Fewell, Horror Editor
Mark Fewell started writing in late 1988 when he was laid off from his
current employer--he works for a company that manufactures artificial Christmas
trees and plastic swimming pools. The following year he made his first sale to
New Blood Magazine
. The magazine would go out of business before his short
story, "The Telephone" would see print.
It wouldn't be until the Summer of 1990, that his first published story,
"A Quiet Man," would appear in After Hours #7
. His third sold story,
and the second one to see print, was "The Man Who Slipped Between Years," which
was published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine
Since then Mark has had over 200 works of poetry and fiction published
in such places as Afterburn SF
, Cosmic Speculative Fiction
, and Flash Me Magazine
. His story "A Taste Of
Time" is included in Phase Shift,
a time travel anthology from Sonar
Publications which will hit the bookshops in February.
Editor at Large
Loring Emery is a retired physicist with five U.S. patents to his
credit. When he retired in 1988, he dodged boredom by writing, and has had more
than 300 stories published in the small press. His children's novella,
, was printed by Sanbun Publishers in India. Merrimack Press
published his Locura Barata
, a chapbook of horror stories. For the same
publisher he wrote many chapters for A New Age
, an encyclopedic guide
for writers dealing with religious issues.
Together with his cousin, Penny Towne, he edited and published three
small circulation magazines: FAYRDAW
, a political paper: La Pierna
, a poetry read, and UpDare
, a sounding ground for people
He's also found time to do work on two encyclopedia for Salem Press and
write a column for Calliope
. He has written three novels (mentioned in
a recent Calliope
In Albuquerque, where he lives with his wife of over fifty years, he
serves as a mentor for budding local writers.
Pat Laster, Editor at
Pat Laster is newly retired from a church musician's job making her
completely retired from employment for money. Her grandson/ward is a sophomore
at a state university 45 minutes and miles away. Her 2010 goal is to finish her
long-in-progress novel and get it revised, critiqued, proofed and to iUniverse
ASAP. After that, she wants to compile and publish some poetry collections and
perhaps a collection of weekly newspaper columns. Pat still writes those weekly
columns plus her quarterly Calliope
column, “Generally Speaking.”
Pat is looking forward to spending two weeks at Dairy Hollow (writers’
colony) in April, and two separate weeks--in June and November-- at the
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Writers Retreats. Monthly critique group submissions (see her
column in this issue) keep her working on something. Watching the kittens, the
squirrels and the birds outside her window keep her in ideas for haiku.