Stewart Coffin ’52 is the author of Tall Trees and Wild Bees, a personal history of the village of North Amherst, the town of Amherst, and Massachusetts State College in the 1930s and 1940s.
Sheldon Saltman ’53 writes from Palm Desert, California, “My new book, Fear No Evel, was published in November. The book deals with my 50 years behind the scenes at major sports events around the world, from my stint as president of Fox Sports to playing tennis with Boris Yeltsin.” Reach Sheldon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Fibkins ’57 is an education consultant and adjunct professor in the counseling and human development program at Long Island University, Brookville, New York. He is the author of five books: Teen Obesity: How Schools Can Be the Number One Solution to the Problem; Innocence Denied: A Guide to Preventing Sexual Misconduct by Teachers and Coaches; Students in Trouble: Schools Can Help Before Failure; An Educator’s Guide to Understanding the Personal Side of Students’ Lives; and An Administrator’s Guide to Better Teacher Mentoring. He lives in Peconic, New York, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Ron Peters ’66 retired last year after 40 years in the business world to pursue his passion full-time. “I began a writing career at age 60 and since then have published three novels in the Dun Wheeling tongue-in-cheek private-eye/romance series: SOS, Night Before August, and Castles of Deceit.” His fourth, Sphere of Reason, was published last fall. Visit www.ronpeters.net for more info.
Gail Langer Karwoski ’70 lives in Watkinsville, Georgia. Her novel for young readers, Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906, is on the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award List, as well as state award lists in Florida, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Nevada. She has a new book out this year, Tsunami: The True Story of an April Fools’ Day Disaster.
Harry Morgan ’71G teaches development, learning theory, and research at the University West Georgia in Carrollton and is the author of Early Childhood Education.
Bill Meissner ’72G, a creative- writing teacher at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, is the author of numerous books. His most recent is The Road to Cosmos.
Bob Abramms ’76G ’80G is an international expert on designing, conducting, and evaluating management training and executive development programs. He has published five books and more than 50 articles on leadership, motivation, human relations training, prejudice, stereotyping, and cultural differences. His most recent book is Seeing Through Maps: Many Ways to See the World.
Jack Rosenblum ’77G lives with his wife, Corinne Dugas, in Deerfield, where they are avid bikers, tennis players, and Red Sox fans. Together, they have published The Five Secrets of Marriage from the Heart, a self-help book in a parable/fictional format that allows readers to learn lessons through one couple’s journey to the brink of divorce and back.
John Lowney ’79 ’86G, associate professor of English at St. John’s University, New York, is the author of History, Memory, and the Literary Left: Modern American Poetry, 1935-1968.
Lisa Watts ’82, editor of Winston-Salem Monthly magazine, is the editor of Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Unita Blackwell ’83G, the first black mayor in Mississippi, has written Barefootin’: Life Lessons from the Road to Freedom.
Michael Burke ’84G, an associate professor in the English department at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is the author of The Same River Twice. He has been a whitewater guide for 35 years.
Ray Calabrese ’84G, professor of educational leadership at Wichita State University, recently published The Elements of an Effective Dissertation and Thesis: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting It Right the First Time. He writes, “My work is a quick reference, user-friendly book that will help doctoral students overcome many dissertation challenges.”
Nina Shandler ’84G is a licensed psychologist and family therapist in Amherst. She is the author of Estrogen: The Natural Way; Ophelia’s Mom; and The Strange Case of Hellish Nell: The True Story of Helen Duncan and the Witch Trial of World War II.
Steven Beeber ’85, ’95G is the author of The Heebie Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk. He is also the editor of Awake: A Reader for the Sleepless, an anthology of poems, stories, art, blog entries, and other miscellanea by Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, James Tate, Arthur Bradford, Charles Simic, Dara Wier, Simon Armitage, and many others. He lives in Jamaica Plain.
Gregory Feist ’85, assistant professor of psychology at San José University in California, is the author of The Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind.
Mike Maranhas ’85 lives in Rockport with his wife, Bela, and is the author of Re’enev, a mystery, romance, and suspense novel.
Grace Bauer ’87G was recently awarded the 2006 Idaho Poetry Prize for her collection of poems, Retreats & Recognitions. She is co-editor of the anthology, Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox. Bauer is an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Richard Trombetta ’90 is the author of two books, Mustard Doesn’t Go on Corn! How respect, openness, and a simple process for innovation can lead to great ideas and Siamese Sam and the Things He Will Eat, a children’s book from which 100 percent of the proceeds goes to a literacy program in Boston. He lives in Acton and runs The Innovation Company, www.innovationiseasy.com.
Steven Sullivan ’91 the author of two books in the Campus History Series published by Arcadia: the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Massachusetts Amherst Athletics: Images of Sports. He also serves as the secretary of the Pond Club, the fund-raising arm of the men’s ice hockey program.
Stephen Sanzo ’93 works for Communities United, a nonprofit organization that runs Head Start preschools in the Boston area and is the author of the children’s book, Cranky Pants. He lives in Arlington with his wife, Skye, and their daughter, Virginia.
Priya (Arora) DasSarma ’94G has published a children’s book called Tales From a Faraway Land. She writes, “This book makes Indian children’s stories accessible to a broad audience, something I’d looked for while raising my own two children.”
Sean Kay ’97G, associate professor of politics and government and head of the International Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, is the author of Global Security in the Twenty-First Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace.
Khyati Joshi ’01G, an assistant professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, is the author of New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground, a look at the ways that second-generation Indian Americans develop and change their sense of ethnic identity.