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Kathy Curto

Kathy Curto teaches at The Writing Institute/Sarah Lawrence College, Montclair State University (MSU) and across the metropolitan area engaging writers of all ages.  She currently serves as one of the 2016-17 Mentors in the MSU Engaged Teaching Fellows Program.  Her work has been published in the anthology, "Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now", and in publications including Barrelhouse, Drift, Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, Italian Americana, VIA-Voices in Italian Americana and Lumina. In 2006 she was awarded the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship at SLC and also served as a 2015-16 MSU Engaged Teaching Fellow. Visit her Facebook page or her web site.

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Thom Johnson

Thom Johnson is an arts educator with experience in both the visual and performing arts. He started his work with children at a summer camp for city kids in Harriman State Park where he ran a nature crafts program for a number of years creating projects from sticks and other natural found objects.

An art teacher for more than 30 years at Irvington High School, he has a strong interest in architectural ruins and their relationship to the environment, creating works based on Northgate (the old Cornish estate) and Bannerman’s Island Arsenal on Pollepel Island and co-author of the book Bannerman’s Castle

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Lisa Mechaley

Lisa Mechaley has spent 25 years educating children and adults about nature and science in settings ranging from classrooms to riverbanks. She was River of Words Program Coordinator and Educator for the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, and an Environmental Educator for Teatown Lake Reservation, Eliot Pratt Education Center, Greenwich Audubon and College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor Maine.  Lisa was a staff developer for Bank Street College working with teachers in struggling school districts, and bringing them to Tiorati; Bank Street's environmental outreach station in Harriman State Park.  She taught science at Rippowam Cisqua, Greenwich Country Day and Eagle Hill schools. She is author of Weather: An Illustrated History with Andrew Revkin.

Irene O'Garden

Irene O’Garden’s poetry has found its way to the Off–Broadway stage (Women On Fire), into hardcover (Fat Girl), into prize-winning children’s books, and into many literary journals and anthologies. Her latest children’s book, “Forest, What Would You Like?” emerged from her work with HHLT’s River of Words. She won the 2018 Scott Meyer Award from the Millbrook Literary Festival, and the 2012 Pushcart Prize for her essay “Glad To Be Human”, now available as an e-book from “Untreed Reads”.

Irene has received awards, fellowships and residencies for her writing, as well as an annual listing in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of American Women. Visit her web site.

Pete Salamansohn

Pete Salmansohn earned an M.S. in Teaching from the Environmental Studies Department of Antioch/New England Graduate School, and has taught children and adults about the natural world since 1980. He has visited dozens of schools as an environmental educator, including Putnam Valley, Cornwall, Peekskill, Beacon, Cold Spring and Garrison, and his Explorer's Clubs have been a popular after-school activity for many years. Pete spends his summers on the coast of Maine, where he directs and teaches at the Hog Island Audubon Camp. He is the co-author of two Audubon-licensed children's books and two curriculum guides.