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Steve - Born in 1944, Los Angeles, California area. Raised in racially mixed, working class neighborhoods of South Gate and Downey, liked the beach. Always made Art, in high school made Art in the Drama department and in Saturday classes at Chouinard Art Institute. Was a civil-rights supporter/activist. After high school graduation, was in the Navy in the North Pacific when Kennedy was President, after Honorable Discharge, was an anti-war activist and art student at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo 1966 - 1968 and Sonoma State College, 1968 - 1971. Living in Penngrove as a single parent, I was a community organizer for child health and education programs. Supported myself and son through restaurant cooking and other jobs, including Movie Theater Projectionist and Janitor. Was a co-founder of Lincoln Arts Center and co-director of Lincoln Gallery in Santa Rosa, California 1977 - 1980. Had a weekly Punk Rock radio show on KMLS 1978 - 1980. Was Development Director of National Public Radio Bi-lingual Radio Station, KBBF, 1979 - 1980. Lived in San Francisco 1980 - 1981. When my son lived with his mother in Miami, Florida, I moved to New York City, 1981 - 1982, short stay in Dallas, Texas 1982 and San Francisco, then Georgetown, El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills 1982 - 1983, back to San Francisco 1983 - 1990. Was Building Manager for global slum-lord, Gunter Kaussen in infamous drug and prostitution building at 990 Geary, 1983 - 1985. My 15 year-old son returned to live with me, we moved to Inner Mission District, I began at Elite Cafe as Sous-Chef, San Francisco. My son was in Metal Rock bands. He began his current career in Sound Production. I re-connected with girlfriend, Ruth Parson in 1990. Lived in coastal Sonoma County town of Bodega, California, 1992 - 1994. Ruth and I moved back to San Francisco, I returned to cooking at Elite Cafe until we and Ruth's daughter moved to downtown Manhattan, New York in 1997. I've worked as a web designer for an eCommerce website since 1998. I continue to paint and make other kinds of art and media.

Mary - I'm a novelist, playwright and teacher living just north of Vancouver, British Columbia in an area known as the Sunshine Coast. I was born in Joliet, Illinois, married at 18 and moved to New York where my husband attended Columbia University for a year before we decided to change coasts. My first daughter Elisabeth was born in January, 1965, at Queen of Angels hospital in Los Angeles. After her father separated, Elisabeth and I moved north, to Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County, California where I eventually met Steve Harlow. During my years in southern and northern California, I worked as a waitress and read a lot of books, fooled with writing. It was not until I moved to Canada, in 1970, and settled in the Yukon, in 1972, that I began writing fiction seriously. Ideas inspired by some of my experiences as editor of the Yukon News formed the basis for the stories that made up my first book, Suburbs of the Arctic Circle (Penumbra Press, 1986). Since then I have published four other books, and had many radio plays broadcast and published. The month I gave birth to my second daughter, Annie, I saw the PBS broadcast of a documentary film I directed for the National Film Board of Canada, and received copies of my story collection, Suburbs of the Arctic Circle. After the death of her father in 1993, Annie and I moved to the Sunshine Coast, where she was able to indulge her love animals. Annie is now enrolled in the International Development Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My first daughter Elisabeth lives on a small acreage about a half-hour walk from my house, with her husband Tyson, her daughter Oola and son Harris.

I work as an instructor of Creative Writing and Chair of the CW Department at Douglas College and I'm working on a re-write of my first stage play, Casting the Angel, as well as a new novel.

Interests

Steve - blogs, vlogs, podcasts, convergence, semantic markup, videography, new media, multi-media, art, painting, writing, music, roots music, blues, country music, jazz, swing, be-bop, post-bop, alt rockers, roots cultures, civil rights activists, beats, surfers, skaters, hippies, anti-war activists, feminists, punkers, bohos, geeks, dot comers, survivors.

Mary - Books, mostly fiction, music, mostly classical but also jazz, Celtic and World Music; Theatre, non-formulaic movies; some opera; NHL hockey, especially the Vancouver Canucks; gentle yoga, walking, swimming, Spanish language and culture; art and people who can teach me about it; people who care about the kinds of lives we live, their quality and integrity, and want to participate in contemporary conversations about important issues; most things I've just heard about, because I'm curious.