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Adams, William

William (Bill) Adams received his Ph.D. in history from Florida State University and presently serves as director of the Department of Heritage Tourism for the City of St. Augustine. He has taught history at FSU and served as executive director of the Florida Bicentennial Commission. He also presided over the... Read More >>

Adicks, Richard

Richard Adicks, a sixth-generation Floridian, grew up in Lake City and attended the University of Florida. He earned a Ph.D. in English literature from Tulane University and taught at Georgia Tech. In 1968, he joined the charter faculty of the University of Central Florida, where he is now a professor.... Read More >>
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Ake, Anne

The author of Everglades: An Ecosystem Facing Choices and Challenges, Anne Ake has written five previous books for adult and young adult audiences, as well as numerous magazine articles on the arts, people, and nature. She has edited an arts magazine and published a children's magazine, and her photography has... Read More >>
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Alderson, Doug

Doug Alderson is a Florida naturalist and writer. He has published many articles in magazines such as Wildlife Conservation, Sierra, and Florida Wildlife, and has written a number of books on natural travel in Florida. This time he writes about not-quite-natural Florida, but maybe more so than the Worlds overtaking... Read More >>
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Ames, John

John Ames entered the University of Florida intending to major in drama. After a season of summer stock, he decided he wasn't the dramatic type and changed his major to English, becoming a Ford Fellow and eventually graduating with a master's degree. After graduation, he built a rustic house and... Read More >>
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Andersen, Lars

Lars Andersen's lifelong love of outdoor exploration began with his childhood forays into the remotest reaches of Paynes Prairie. Thanks to a patient mother, who drove him out in the morning and picked him up at sunset carrying a sack full of the day's finds (usually snakes), he developed the... Read More >>
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Aronson, Virginia

Virginia Aronson has authored or coauthored thirty books. She has written nutrition textbooks for students, medical guides and biographies for young readers, and health books for readers of all ages. Among her titles for young readers are Konnichiwa Florida Moon, Gift of the Unicorn, and Iguana Invasion (with Allyn Szejko). Read More >>
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Ashton, Patricia S.

Patricia S. and Ray E. Ashton Jr. worked together as field biologists and educators for nearly 30 years. They conducted a wide range of studies and projects, covering topics from salamander and frog behavior to sustainable tourism and management of protected areas. In 1997, they established Finca de la Tortuga... Read More >>
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Ashton, Ray E

Patricia S. and Ray E. Ashton Jr. worked together as field biologists and educators for nearly 30 years. They conducted a wide range of studies and projects, covering topics from salamander and frog behavior to sustainable tourism and management of protected areas. In 1997, they established Finca de la Tortuga... Read More >>
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Epps, Susan Allene

Susan Allene Epps was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University. She lived for seventeen years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she enjoyed scuba diving, competitive swimming, and, of course, bird watching. In 2005 she moved to the coast of Mississippi. Read More >>
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Jones, Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson Jones is a professor of English and humanities at the Venice, Florida, campus of Manatee Community College. Her publications include a young adult biography of Frida Kahlo and numerous articles on medieval and twentieth-century literature. She coedited Florida in Poetry with Maurice O'Sullivan. Read More >>
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Bansemer, Roger

Roger Bansemer has painted the sea—its people, its ships, its shores, and its lighthouses—all his life. After graduating from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and serving in the Navy, he built a unique home and studio/gallery in Clearwater, Florida. His paintings cover a wide spectrum of subjects, from his early  >> READ MORE

Bardon, Doris

Doris Bardon coauthored Florida’s Museums and Cultural Attractions with Murray Laurie. For more than forty years, she was involved in many civic organizations, including the Center for Modern Art in Gainesville.

Barrett, Ken

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Benshoff, Paula

Myakka author Paula Benshoff is a Florida native who grew up in Sarasota when the nearest woods were just down the street and the road to Myakka was a dirt road. She worked as park ranger at Myakka River State Park for fifteen years before assuming the role of park naturalist in 1995.

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Benzing, David H.

David Benzing received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Michigan and retired from teaching biology at Oberlin College. In addition to Native Bromeliads of Florida with coauthor Harry E. Luther for Pineapple Press, his publications include four books, chapters in 20 more volumes, and approximately 75 reports in technical journals, mostly about the  >> READ MORE

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Biehl, Michael

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Michael Biehl is a partner at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, where he specializes in law governing health care systems. He’s also a professional musician, playing keyboard with regional blues bands. He and his wife, Cathleen, live in Sarasota, Florida, and Mequon, Wisconsin. He is the  >> READ MORE

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Boning, Charles R.

Charles R. Boning is a naturalist, illustrator, and attorney who has written numerous books, including Florida’s Best Fruiting Plants, Florida’s Best Herbs and Spices, and Florida’s Rivers. He has a deep appreciation for Florida’s plants, animals, and history, and he visited and photographed each of the 60 rivers described in Florida’s Rivers.

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Bowles, Melanie Sue

Melanie Sue Bowles, along with her husband, Jim, is the founder of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary, located in Mena, Arkansas. Since its modest beginnings in the early 1990s on just five acres of land in southwest Florida, Proud Spirit has evolved into an award-winning, 320-acre facility and one of the most successful, longest-running sanctuaries for  >> READ MORE

Bradley, Paul

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Bradley, Sandy

Sandy Bradley is an auctioneer for nonprofit and arts organizations. She is also a musician, a writer, and, for 13 years, host of “Sandy Bradley’s Potluck” on National Public Radio. She served on the Seattle Arts Commission and the Bumbershoot Commission. In 1991 The Seattle Times named her one of ten “people of the year”  >> READ MORE

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Brennen, Carlene Fredericka

Carlene Fredericka Brennen, long a newspaper editor and publisher in southwest Florida, spent over 30 years researching Hemingway’s life in Key West, Bimini, and Cuba. She co-wrote Hemingway in Cuba with Hilary Hemingway and worked on the award-winning documentary film by the same name. She coordinated the International Hemingway Festival on Sanibel Island and the  >> READ MORE

Briskey, Regina Stahl

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Brooks, J. Stephen

Born in Alabama and raised in Florida, J. Stephen Brooks has been telling tales throughout his life and has performed as a storyteller across the country. With both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from the University of Central Florida, he is also a writer, speaker, and emcee. He is the coauthor with  >> READ MORE

Brown, Alan

Dr. Alan Brown has been a professor of English at the University of West Alabama since 1986. For the past few years, Dr. Brown’s interest in Southern folklore has manifested itself in several collections of Southern ghost stories, including The Face in the Window and Other Alabama Ghostlore (1996), Shadows and Cypress (2000), Haunted Places  >> READ MORE

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Brown, Robin C

Robin C. Brown grew up in Tampa and received his M.D. degree from Tulane University. He practiced medicine in Fort Myers for thirty-six years. A lifelong interest in the early history of Florida led to his first two Pineapple Press books: Florida’s Fossils and Florida’s First People. He wrote The Crafts of Florida’s First People  >> READ MORE

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Bruce, Annette J.

Annette Bruce grew up in a large family where daily stories were the norm. A native of Eustis, Florida, she founded the Cracker Storytelling Festival and cofounded the Florida Storytelling Guild and the Florida Storytelling Camp. She has been honored by the Florida Storytelling Association with the first Annette J. Bruce Lifetime Achievement Award for  >> READ MORE

Burke, J Wills

J. Wills Burke is the author of The Streets of Key West: A History Through Street Names, as well as Origines: The Streets of Vietnam. A graduate of Florida State University, he lives in Tallahassee with his wife and son.

Burnett, Gene M.

Gene Burnett was raised in Tampa and educated in Tallahassee at Florida State University. He served as a reporter and editor with a number of newspapers throughout the state—ranging in size from a small country weekly to the Miami Herald—and was also a freelance writer for many Florida magazines. He is the author of three  >> READ MORE

Author76

Gill Blank, Joan

Joan Gill Blank has been a resident of Key Biscayne since 1951. The author of Key Biscayne, a comprehensive history of the barrier island, she also wrote Born of the Sun, the official bicentennial history book of the state of Florida. Ms. Blank has also authored or edited numerous books and articles on Florida’s cultural,  >> READ MORE

Author159

Shaw, Marilyn Bishop

A fifth-generation Floridian, Marilyn Bishop Shaw writes from her roots for young readers, an audience she knows well after thirty years of teaching. She holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Florida. Bitten by the travel bug during a summer at Oxford University, she now leads groups on European tours every other  >> READ MORE

Caemmerer, Alex

Alex Caemmerer, author of The Houses of Key West, is a psychiatrist in private practice in New Jersey. Since the 1950s, when he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Key West, he has been captivated by the architecture of the island. He and his wife, Li Browne Caemmerer, have three sons.

Author205

Cain, Suzy

Suzy Cain holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida. She has been a ghost tour guide in St. Augustine. She now lives in New Zealand and works for the biennial, multi-arts New Zealand Festival.

Author53

Caldwell, Wilber W

Wilber Caldwell is an independent writer and photographer who lives in the mountains of north Georgia. After a long career in the music industry, he began to actively indulge a variety of interests, including history, architecture, photography, philosophy, and food. In addition to Searching for the Dixie Barbecue, he has also written Cynicism and the  >> READ MORE

Cameron, James

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Campion Devney, Darcy

Darcy Campion Devney entered Boston University’s College of Communications in 1984 and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Corporate Communications and Management in 1986. She has worked at Harvard University in various department, including Harvard Magazine, Cabot House, and the Office for Sponsored Research. During her life, Ms. Devney has belonged to many  >> READ MORE

Cano, Carlos J.

Carlisle, Loretta

Loretta Carlisle is a professional photographer who has published photography in a number of books.

Carlisle, Rodney

Rodney Carlisle is professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University and the author or editor of more than forty books.

Author57

Carroll, John

John Carroll, author of Club Board Members Guide, practiced law in Indiana for more than forty years and was president of the Indiana State Bar Association. He has served as a member of more than twenty educational, charitable, professional, and corporate boards and as president of most of those. Mr. Carroll and his wife, Patricia,  >> READ MORE

Author188

Chapman, Herb

Dr. Herb Chapman is professor emeritus of the University of Florida, where he served for 28 years conducting research to improve the Florida cattle industry. Muncy Chapman, along with raising a family and pursuing a career in citrus and nursery management, has won numerous awards for her poetry, stories, and articles in newspapers and magazines.  >> READ MORE

Author188

Chapman, Muncy

Muncy Chapman is the author of nine novels and has won numerous awards for her poetry, stories, and articles. Both Herb and Muncy were raised in Florida and still call the state home.

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Clark, James C.

James C. Clark is the editor of Orlando magazine and teaches at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of 200 Quick Looks at Florida History, Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers Vols. 1 and 2, and Presidents in Florida. He and his two sons live in Orlando.

Clunies, Sandra MacLean

Sandra MacLean Clunies is a certified genealogist, prolific author, and a member of several professional organizations.

Coleman, Barry

Barry Coleman has been playing beach games with his kids since they were old enough to carry a sand bucket. His family has tested and enjoyed all of the games in this book. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and two children and dogs Rascal and Boomer.

Cook, Sandra G

Cook, Thomas

Thomas Cook is a photographer and historian who specializes in the history of central Florida. He has called Orlando home since 1984 and has worked for the University of Central Florida’s History Department, the Orange County Historical Society, and the Orlando Public Library. He has also lectured and written numerous magazine articles on central Florida  >> READ MORE

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Cope, Janet

Janet Cope has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a registered dietician. Born in Tennessee, she now calls Georgia home.

Curtis, George

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Cussen, Sarah

Sarah Cussen is the author of Those Beautiful Butterflies, Those Peculiar Pelicans, Those Perky Penguins, and Those Terrific Turtles. She lives in London with her husband, Mark, and works for a charity that helps build peace across the globe.

Author81

Cutchins, Judy

Judy Cutchins is the author of numerous award-winning science books. In both 1991 and 2001, she was honored as Georgia Author of the Year in Juvenile and Young Adult Nonfiction. She has specialist degrees in elementary education and more than 25 years of experience as a writer and educator at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta,  >> READ MORE

Author84

Campion Devney, Darcy

Darcy Campion Devney entered Boston University’s College of Communications in 1984 and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Corporate Communications and Management in 1986. She has worked at Harvard University in various department, including Harvard Magazine, Cabot House, and the Office for Sponsored Research. During her life, Ms. Devney has belonged to many  >> READ MORE

Dandrea, Don

Don Dandrea lives and works in Arizona. He is also the author of The Snow Warrior.

Author217

Davis, Richard A.

Dr. Richard A. Davis Jr. was a professor of geology at the University of South Florida until 2005. He is now an emeritus distinguished university professor at USF and visiting professor/research associate at Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. His area of specialization is coastal geology with emphasis on beaches, barrier  >> READ MORE

Author97

Dean, Love

In the 1970s, Love Dean embraced a life on the water, living on and operating sailboats and powerboats. She qualified for a U.S. Coast Guard license and operated her own boat, specializing in environmental and birding tours throughout the Florida Keys. Her book Reef Lights was published in 1982. Ms. Dean moved to Hawaii in  >> READ MORE

Dennis, David M

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DeWire, Elinor

Elinor DeWire is the author of many articles and books about lighthouses, including Guide to Florida Lighthouses, Florida Lighthouses for Kids, The Lightkeepers’ Menagerie, and The Lighthouses of Greece (with Dolores Reyes-Pergioudakis) by Pineapple Press. She also wrote Sentinels of the American Coast, Lighthouse Activity Book, and Lighthouse Almanac. A full-time writer and lecturer, Ms.  >> READ MORE

Author98

Donovan, Laurence

Miami poet and graphic artist Laurence Donovan taught courses in literature and creative writing during his thirty-five-year tenure at the University of Miami. He also edited and illustrated The Carrell, a literary magazine, and regularly wrote book reviews for The Miami Herald. He illustrated numerous books, and his art has been exhibited widely throughout the  >> READ MORE

Author103

Downs, Dorothy

Dorothy Downs is an art historian who has curated exhibitions of Native American art at several south Florida art institutions. She has taught Native American art history at the University of Miami and is a founder and president of the Tribal Art Society at the Lowe Art Museum. She is the author of Art of  >> READ MORE

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Dudley, Charles F.

Attorney Charles Dudley is in private practice in Tallahassee, where he is regularly involved with state lawmakers and policy administrators. He has consistently contributed to the development of laws affecting Florida residential communities. He is coauthor with Peter Dunbar of The Law of Florida Homeowners Associations.

Author85

Dunbar, Marc W

Marc Dunbar is a partner in the firm of Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson & Dunbar, P.A., in Tallahassee, Florida. Before joining the firm, he served in the Florida Department of State as assistant general counsel, then director of communications for the secretary of state.

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Dunbar, Peter

Peter Dunbar is one of the most respected and frequently quoted authorities on matters relating to the laws governing condominiums and community associations. He has drawn on his more than 34 years of experience to write The Condominium Concept, The Law of Florida Homeowners Associations (with Charles Dudley), and The Homeowners Association Manual (with son  >> READ MORE

Author215

Dunn, John M.

John M. Dunn is a writer and high school social studies teacher. He has authored many young adult non-fiction books, numerous articles, scripts for audio-visual productions, and a children’s play. Several of his books have received national recognition. He lives with his wife in Ocala, Florida. He is the author of Jose’ Marti’: Cuba’s Greatest  >> READ MORE

Author207

Durbin, William

William Durbin was born in Minneapolis and lives on Lake Vermillion at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. He and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children. A former teacher, Mr. Durbin has published biographies of Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer, as well as several books for young readers,  >> READ MORE

Author69

Stoneman Douglas, Marjory

Marjory Stoneman Douglas is considered by many to be the first lady of the Everglades. What others called a worthless swamp, she dubbed the “river of grass,” and she fought fiercely to protect and revive the Everglades in her lifetime. Her autobiography, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, is the story of a strong-willed,  >> READ MORE

Elizabeth, Norma

Norma has worked as a book, magazine and newsletter editor for more than fifteen years, including ten years with Southern Living and Cooking Light magazines and three years with Crane Hill Publishers. She assisted with the writing and research for several books, including Plantation Homes of the James River (The University of North Carolina Press)  >> READ MORE

Author86

Epps, Susan Allene

Susan Allene Epps was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University. She lived for seventeen years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she enjoyed scuba diving, competitive swimming, and, of course, bird watching. In 2005 she moved to the coast of Mississippi.

Author141

Moore, Joyce Elson

Joyce Elson Moore is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in major newspapers and national publications, poetry journals, and anthologies of selected writers. She enjoys speaking to book groups, at library events, and at book festivals, and she offers workshops on the craft of writing. Joyce lives on Florida’s Gulf coast with a variety  >> READ MORE

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Farley, Charles

Charles Farley has worked as a teacher, librarian, and salesman. He has written for American Libraries, Library Hi Tech, Library Journal, and Living Blues. His first book, Soul of the Man, was a biography of Bobby “Blue” Bland. Secrets of San Blas is his first novel, based on events surrounding an actual murder that occurred  >> READ MORE

Author87

Farrant, Don

Don Farrant, a Michigan native and retired corporate editor, has been a freelance writer for more than twenty years. His articles, mostly on business and historical subjects, have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines. Don and his wife, Jean, live on St. Simons Island in Georgia.

Author67

Feeney, Kathy

Kathy Feeney is the author of more than twenty-six books for children, including Those Amazing Alligators for Pineapple Press. She earned her degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. She lives in Tampa with her husband, RJ, and their two border terriers, Miss Muggle and Maxwell Smart.

Author88

Feil, Charles

Author89

Fenton, Frank

Golf is all in a day’s work for Frank Fenton, who has conducted golf research, development, and design for twenty-seven years at companies such as MacGregor Golf Company, the Ben Hogan Company, and Spalding Sports Worldwide. He has designed clubs and milled putters used on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour and has  >> READ MORE

Fichter, George S

George Fichter was a professional biologist. He was the editor of a national fishing magazine and wrote numerous guides and textbooks.

Fink, Robert

Author77

Finotti, M. C.

M.C. Finotti is a jounalist and former teacher who grew up imagining what it would be like to live in the “olden days.” She often dreamed of going back in time to live in the past. The Treasure of Amelia Island is a byproduct of those imaginings. Ms. Finotti lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida, with  >> READ MORE

Fitzpatrick, Jean E

Florida Sea Grant College

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Frank, Nance

Nance Frank is the author of three books about Mario Sanchez and his art: Mario Sanchez: Before & After, Mario Sanchez: Once Upon a Way of Life (with Brewster Chamberlin), and Mario Sanchez: Better Than Ever. She studied with Sanchez for ten years and currently owns The Gallery on Greene in Key West, which represents  >> READ MORE

Frattino, Andre R.

Frattino, Andre R.

Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Andre Frattino graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with a BFA in sequential art and has worked as an illustrator for various clients. He is also an active contributor to the Independent Florida Alligator and is pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts at  >> READ MORE

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Friend, Sandra

Climbing through caverns, sliding into sinkholes, and clambering up volcanoes is all in a day’s work for Sandra Friend. She has written more than 150 articles on travel, the outdoors, and geological topics and is the author of Sinkholes, as well as the Exploring Planet Earth series of children’s science books. An Orlando resident, Friend  >> READ MORE

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Gallagher, Dan

After seventeen years as a college professor, Dan Gallagher came to the Florida Keys in 1988 to become a professional boat captain, environmental guide, editor, and writer. The history of the Keys, particularly the Florida East Coast Railway, quickly became his main interest and the subject of his book Florida’s Great Ocean Railway: Building the  >> READ MORE

Gallagher, Peter

Peter Gallagher has been writing about Florida for more than forty years and has a special fondness for Seminole history and legend. He served as the special projects writer and producer for the Seminole tribe of Florida, producing a videotape of storyteller Betty Mae Jumper telling Seminole tales.

Gault, Ashley E.

Ms. Gault’s practice focuses on Real Property and Administrative law. While completing law school, she served as a law clerk at the Florida Department of Financial Regulation and her former law firm, Pennington, P.A. As a member of the Florida State moot court team, Ms. Gault took first place in 2012 Kaufman Memorial Securities Competition  >> READ MORE

Gersing, James

Author76

Gill Blank, Joan

Joan Gill Blank has been a resident of Key Biscayne since 1951. The author of Key Biscayne, a comprehensive history of the barrier island, she also wrote Born of the Sun, the official bicentennial history book of the state of Florida. Ms. Blank has also authored or edited numerous books and articles on Florida’s cultural,  >> READ MORE

Author91

Gioia, Robyn

Robyn Gioia teaches full-time and has been active in children’s literature since joining an eclectic group of writers during a three-year stay in England. She is a former board member of the Florida Writers Association and has been a judge for several national contests. She reviews children’s books for the School Library Journal and is  >> READ MORE

Author93

Gluckman, Mark

Mark Gluckman, a land planner for thirty-five years, is currently consulting with governments in north central Florida on greenways, trails, and nature tourism projects including the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail. He actively kayaks and fly-fishes the Suwannee River and Big Bend coastal region.

Author133

Goss, James

James Goss is an author and theater enthusiast who lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, Virginia Aronson, and their son.

Author54

Graham, Thomas

Thomas Graham, the author of Flagler’s St. Augustine Hotels, is a professor of history at Flagler College, once the Ponce de Leon Hotel, in St. Augustine, where he has taught since 1973. A Miami native, he can trace his ancestry back to early Spanish Colonial times in Florida. He holds a Ph.D. from the University  >> READ MORE

Author78

Gramling, Lee

Lee Gramling is a sixth-generation Floridian who lives in Gainesville. He is an admirer of the late Louis L’Amour and was inspired by the tales of the Florida frontier he heard from his grandparents.

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Griffin, George

Author90

Grimes, David

David Grimes is a humor columnist for the Sarasota Herald -Tribune. He has won several awards for his writing, including the coveted Tin Kazoo from the Venice Community Center and a rubber chicken from Sarasota magazine. (Dave Barry, on the other hand, has only one Pulitzer to show for his work.) Grimes lives in Manatee  >> READ MORE

Grunwald, Michael

Gunn, Thomas H

Author102

Haase, Ronald

Ron Haase formerly taught architecture at the University of Florida. The old Cracker farmhouses of Florida were the focus of his academic research and continue to be the foundation of an active private practice. Mr. Haase designs contemporary houses that have a strong identity with the climate and culture of Florida’s small towns and rural  >> READ MORE

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Haines, E.H.

A Pennsylvania native, E.H. Haines was educated at Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin. He spent five years researching For God, Gold and Glory and visited every major site on the de Soto route through the Southeast. He has also written historical novels about the Indians of the American West, Kit Carson, and the  >> READ MORE

Hale, Wendy A

Hale, Wendy A.

Wendy Hale has served as vice president of environmental education for the Florida Audubon Society. She now lives in Wales, United Kingdom.

Hammond, Roger

Author80

Harper, Shannon

Shannon Harper has been a writer, college instructor, social worker, librarian, and researcher. She has traveled widely, always in search of good meals and new cuisines. A North Carolina native, she currently lives in DeLand, Florida.

Author40

Harrison, Marie

Marie Harrison is the author of Southern Gardening, Flowering Shrubs and Small Trees for the South, Groundcovers for the South, and Gardening in the Coastal South. A master gardener, she serves on the board of directors for the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. She also writes gardening columns for a number of newspapers and other  >> READ MORE

Author108

Harvey, Karen

Karen Harvey has written books and articles about St. Augustine since her arrival in the Ancient City in 1978. She was the arts and entertainment editor of the St. Augustine Record for seven years. It was there she met her first ghosts (or they met her). Ms. Harvey also conducts ghost tours and educational tours  >> READ MORE

Hemingway, Hilary

Hilary Hemingway is the niece of Ernest Hemingway.

Author109

Hemingway, Leicester

Leicester Hemingway was the archetypal kid brother, sixteen years younger than his famous sibling, Ernest. He followed in his older brother’s footsteps, becoming a respected writer, sharing Ernest’s love of risk and adventure, and, when his health failed, choosing to end his own life. Leicester’s warm, intimate biography of the famous author, adventurer, sportsman, and  >> READ MORE

Author111

Henderson, Ann L.

Ann Henderson has a Ph.D. in American civilization from George Washington University and has taught history at all levels. She served as a U.S. foreign service officer in Peru and Honduras and was executive director of the Florida Humanities Council.

Author104

Herreros, Mauricio

After working in the corporate world for fifteen years, Mauricio Herreros felt a lack of purpose in his career. He embarked on a personal journey that led him to discover the world of spirituality that exists all around us in Florida and the Southeast. His journey resulted in Spiritual Florida. Mauricio’s other passion is running,  >> READ MORE

Author112

Huffstodt, James

James Huffstodt is a former journalist and college public relations specialist who has served as Everglades public information officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission since 1986. His more than one hundred feature stories have been published in dozens of magazines, including Civil War Times Illustrated, Florida Wildlife, International Game Warden, and Florida Game  >> READ MORE

Hume, John

Author113

Humphreys, Jay

Jay Humphreys served as the communications director for the Florida Sea Grant College Program at the University of Florida from 1989 to 1999. He’s now a freelance writer, and much of his writing is devoted to explaining complex scientific subjects in easy-to-understand language for lay readers. He lives in St. Augustine with his family.

Author180

Hunn, Max

Max Hunn began his career as a freelance writer and photographer in 1954. A graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa, he became a reporter and later a photographer on his hometown newspaper, Moline Dispatch. Following service in World War II as a U.S. Navy gunnery lieutenant, he moved to Florida, first living in Miami and  >> READ MORE

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Hunt, Bruce

Bruce Hunt is a native Floridian author, photographer, and artist living in Tampa. He has authored nine books on Florida travel and history, and has written and photographed numerous articles for newspapers and magazines during the last twenty years. He spent five years as a regular feature writer and photographer for DuPont Registry Tampa Bay  >> READ MORE

Author182

Hupp, Susanne

Susanne Hupp has written about homes and historic preservation in Orlando since 1979.

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Iversen, Edwin S

Dr. Edwin Iverson was a professor of marine science at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Atmospheric Science for 37 years. He published many books and articles. The Rosenstiel School established the Edwin S. Iversen Prize in Aquaculture to honor Dr. Iversen and to promote the career of students interested in the field.

Jacobs, Sandra M

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Jacoby, Dianne

Dianne Jacoby, a fourth-generation Floridian living in St. Au­gustine, is an actress and historical dramatist. Previ­ously an adjunct professor of art at Flagler College, Dianne now coordinates Stetson University’s Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs in St. Augustine.

Author114

Jarrett, Amanda

Amanda Jarrett is a horticultural consultant, writer, photographer, instructor, and lecturer. She is a Florida certified horticultural professional and a member of the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association and the Garden Writers of America. Born in England, she has lived in Libya, Malta, and Canada. She now lives with her family in Cape Coral, Florida,  >> READ MORE

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Jenkins, Greg

Greg Jenkins is the author of the three-volume series Florida’s Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore, as well as Chronicles of the Strange and Uncanny in Florida. Since an early age, Greg has had a profound interest in the supernatural and fringe science, and after a personal experience with the unknown in 1987, he embarked on  >> READ MORE

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Jewell, Susan D

Susan Jewell is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C. She spent twelve years studying wildlife in the Everglades and Florida Keys with the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the National Audubon Society. Ms. Jewell is also a freelance writer of environmental issues and is  >> READ MORE

Author115

Johnson, Annie P.

Russ and Annie Johnson have been teaching young children to read for over twenty years, always using music and movement. They now teach in St. Augustine, Florida, and often go around the state presenting workshops on their method. Their website is www.bldgfoundations.com.

Author115

Johnson, Russell W.

Russell and Annie Johnson have been teaching children in early grades for more than twenty years, using music and movement to enhance learning. They now teach in St. Augustine, Florida, and present workshops nationwide.

Johnston, Ginny

Ginny Johnston is the author of numerous award-winning science books. In both 1991 and 2001, she was honored as Georgia Author of the Year in Juvenile and Young Adult Nonfiction. She has specialist degrees in elementary education and more than 25 years of experience as a writer and educator at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta,  >> READ MORE

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Jones, Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson Jones is a professor of English and humanities at the Venice, Florida, campus of Manatee Community College. Her publications include a young adult biography of Frida Kahlo and numerous articles on medieval and twentieth-century literature. She coedited Florida in Poetry with Maurice O’Sullivan.

Jones, Maxine

Maxine Jones is an associate professor of history at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She has written a book and several articles about African Americans and is especially interested in people who have made a difference in Florida.

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Jones, Robert

Robert Jones was born in Archer, Florida, and spent most of his life in Jacksonville. He served in the U.S. Navy in Japan and earned five black-belt degrees from the Kodokan Institute. Retired from the Department of Corrections, he now lives in Starke, Florida. He has written numerous short stories and is the author of  >> READ MORE

Judson, Susan Ryan

Susan Jane (Ryan) Judson has been a Florida elementary school teacher for more than thirty years, as well as a consultant on several award-winning activity guides for Florida State University’s Energy and Environmental Alliance. She has also written several environmental books for children.

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Jumper, Betty Mae

Betty Mae Jumper was almost killed as a baby because her father was a white man. Her mother’s family intervened, however, and she grew up to be the first Seminole to graduate from high school. She worked for many years as a nurse and spent most of her career in tribal government positions, including tribal  >> READ MORE

Justice, Donald

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Kale, Herbert

Dr. Herbert Kale II was vice president of ornithology for the Florida Audubon Society, as well as president of the Colonial Waterbird Society, chair of the Committee on Birds for the Florida Committee on Rare and Endangered Plants and Animals, director of the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas, and field associate for the Florida Museum of  >> READ MORE

Kaminsky, Stuart

Stuart Kaminsky was the author of forty novels, five biographies, four textbooks, and thirty-five short stories. He also had screenwriting credits for five films, including Once Upon a Time in America, Enemy Territory, and Hidden Fears. He served as president of the Mystery Writers of America, was a member of the Florida Chapter of the  >> READ MORE

Karalus, Karl

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Keane, Gerald

Gerald B. Keane received his legal training at the University of Florida and has practiced in Sarasota since 1973. Board-certified in martial law and family law, he has been president of the Sarasota County Bar Association, chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and author of child support and contact guidelines for the 12th Judicial  >> READ MORE

Kelly, Everett A.

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Kennedy, Stetson

Native son Stetson Kennedy was the author of many books, including Palmetto Country and South Florida Folklife. Born in Jacksonville in 1916, he devoted his life to human rights, traditional culture, and the stewardship of nature. A founding member of the Florida Folklore Society and Oral History Association, he was also a recipient of the  >> READ MORE

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Kirk, T Kent

T. Kent Kirk is a retired research scientist for the USDA Forest Products Laboratory of the U.S. Forest Service in Madison, Wisconsin, and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. He studied forestry as an undergraduate at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, then plant pathology and biochemistry for his master’s and doctor’s degrees at North Carolina State  >> READ MORE

Kish, George R

George R. Kish is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey who studies plant/water interactions in Florida ecosystems. He is coauthor of The Right Plants for Dry Places: Native Plant Landscaping in Central Florida. He is also the coordinator of the Florida Phenology Network, designed to understand the impact of climate on life cycle events  >> READ MORE

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Kleinberg, Eliot

Florida native Eliot Kleinberg is the author of ten books about Florida history. A staff writer for The Palm Beach Post, he lives in Boca Raton with his family and collects tacky Florida souvenirs like plastic flamingos and snow globes. He is a member of the Florida, South Florida, and Palm Beach County historical societies.

Konetzni, Al

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Kramer, Jack

Jack Kramer has been growing and writing about orchids for more than half a century. He is the author of Growing Orchids at Your Windows, Rare Orchids You Can Grow, Botanical Orchids, A Passion for Orchids, The World Wildlife Fund Book of Orchids, and Growing Orchids in the South. His books are based on personal  >> READ MORE

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Labossier, Wil

Wil LaBossier grew up fishing the rivers and lakes of Washington State before bringing his love of fishing to Florida. An engineer by education, he has worked in a variety of disciplines assisting in the design and manufacture of everything from robots to rocket engines. In 1998 he founded Saltwater Software, which for several years  >> READ MORE

LaBree, Guy

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Lane, Jack

Jack Lane was a Weddell professor of American history at Rollins College and published four books on American regional history.

Lanier, Virginia

Born in Madison County, Florida, Virginia Lanier wrote her first book, Death in Bloodhound Red, at age 65. She went on to write five more novels featuring bloodhound trainer Jo Beth Siddon.

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Lantz, Peggy Sias

Peggy Sias Lantz is a native Floridian and former editor of publications for both the Florida Native Plant Society and Audubon of Florida. She has written four books and numerous articles. She lives in central Florida on the same lake where her grandfather settled in 1914 and her father grew up.

Author124

Lapham, David

Dave Lapham is a retired Marine officer with a mystical side. He is a project manager for a small training and simulations company in Orlando, Florida, where he lives with his wife. He has published two prize-winning short stories and two books about ghosts, and , yes, he does believe in ghosts.

Lapham, Tom

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Laumer, Frank

Frank Laumer is the author of two histories of U.S. Army Brevet Major Francis Dade’s soldiers, Massacre! and Dade’s Last Command. He was the first recipient of the D.B. McKay award of the Tampa Historical Society for “Distinguished Service in the Cause of Florida History.” Mr. Laumer is president of the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation  >> READ MORE

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Laurie, Murray

Murray Laurie has been a museum docent and has served on the boards of many Florida museums. She is also a historian and historic preservationist.

Leatherberry, Steve

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Leon, Coralee

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Lewis, Terry

Terry Lewis is a trial judge in Tallahassee, where he lives with his wife, Fran, and Bordoodle, Pepper.

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Lloyd, Rob

Rob Lloyd is the writer behind TV game show classics such as <i>Family Feud</i> with Richard Dawson, <i>To Tell the Truth,</i> Burt Reynolds’ <i>Win, Lose or Draw,</i> and many others. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Tampa, where he lives with his family.

Author126

Lohan, Frank

Frank Lohan has been an adult education art instructor for more than twenty years. He is the author of eight drawing books, including The Drawing Handbook, Pen & Ink Sketching, Countryside Sketching, and Drawing Florida Wildlife.

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Luther, Harry

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Harry Luther is the director of the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center and curator of the living collections at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. He has studied bromeliad habitats for 40 years and is a sought-after speaker for horticulture and botanical groups nationally and internationally. He has  >> READ MORE

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Lynch, Lonnie T

Lonnie Lynch is a world-class chef who has worked at some of the finest restaurants in the country, including Stetson’s in Dallas and the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

Wicker, Jan Lee

Jan Lee Wicker has taught pre-kindergarten through first grade for twenty-nine years. She loves to teach children about animals and finds great joy in writing nonfiction for young children. She and her husband, Chris, live in Roanoke Rapids, NC. They have two grown sons and one grandchild, Hannah. Jan is the author of Those Big  >> READ MORE

Clunies, Sandra MacLean

Sandra MacLean Clunies is a certified genealogist, prolific author, and a member of several professional organizations.

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Macomber, Robert N.

Robert N. Macomber is an internationally recognized, award-winning maritime writer, lecturer, and television commentator. He is a lecturer at the Distinguished Military Author Series of the Center for Army Analysis in Washington, D.C.; Caribbean/Latin American lecturer at the U.S. Southern Command’s Notable Military Author Series; guest author and lecturer aboard the Queen Mary 2 since  >> READ MORE

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Maehr, David S.

Dr. David Maehr was associate professor of conservation biology at the University of Kentucky. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife ecology at the University of Florida. Dr. Maehr studied Florida bird communities, cerulean warbler and golden-winged warbler ecology, and a variety of large mammal species in the U.S. and Mexico. He was  >> READ MORE

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Magellan, Marta

Marta Magellan is the author of Those Colossal Cats, Those Lively Lizards, and Those Voracious Vultures. She teaches English, creative writing, and Survey of Children’s Literature at Miami Dade College. An avid nature lover and admirer of wildlife, she often travels to Brazil. She lives in Miami with her husband, photographer James Gersing.

Magill, Ron

Mann, Maybelle

Maybelle Mann wrote books, catalogs, and articles on many topics in American art history, including Francis William Edmonds, the American Art-Union, Walter Launt Palmer, and American landscape prints. She served as guest curator for a number of traveling exhibitions and was an art critic and teacher at newspapers and colleges in New York and Florida.  >> READ MORE

Manucy, Albert

Manucy, Albert

Marth, Marty

Marty Marth is a third-generation Floridian and nationally known horse journalist. She writes from her Willoughby Farm near the Suwannee River.

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McCarthy, Kevin M

Kevin McCarthy is professor emeritus and a distinguished alumni professor of Florida studies and English at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he taught for 33 years. He has written many books for Pineapple Press.

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McCreight, Brian

Brian McCreight of Charleston is a featured storyteller and musician at festivals and events throughout South Carolina. He is the children’s librarian and storyteller-in-residence at the James Island Library.

Author131

McGoun, William

William McGoun is a senior editorial writer for The Palm Beach Post and has been a journalist since 1957, having held a variety of positions with newspapers in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Miami Beach. His areas of interest include the environment, growth management, transportation, and higher education. Mr. McGoun holds bachelor’s and  >> READ MORE

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McIver, Stuart

Stuart McIver was the author of eleven books on Florida. In addition, he wrote more than four hundred stories and articles for both regional and national publications and was the editor of South Florida History Magazine. A North Carolina native, McIver has been called “south Florida’s tribal storyteller.”

Author138

Means, D. Bruce

D. Bruce Means grew up in Alaska, received his Ph.D. in biology from Florida State University, and is president of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the rich biodiversity of the vast coastal plain of the southeastern United States. He is an adjunct professor of biological science at  >> READ MORE

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Meltzer, Milton

Milton Meltzer was the author of more than one hundred books for young people and adults, and he gained a wide reputation for his interest in social reform. Among many other honors, he received two awards honoring his lifetime body of work: the American Library Association’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Catholic Library Association’s  >> READ MORE

Author140

Montrose, Jack

As a boy growing up in rural Ohio, Jack Montrose read and dreamed about one day fishing Florida’s famed St. Johns River. He eventually settled in Melbourne, Florida, with the headwaters of the St. Johns virtually in his backyard. As he became an adopted member of the society of fish camp regulars, Jack started to  >> READ MORE

Moore, H G

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Moore, Joyce Elson

Joyce Elson Moore is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in major newspapers and national publications, poetry journals, and anthologies of selected writers. She enjoys speaking to book groups, at library events, and at book festivals, and she offers workshops on the craft of writing. Joyce lives on Florida’s Gulf coast with a variety  >> READ MORE

Moran, John

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Mormino, Gary

Gary Mormino holds the Frank E. Duckwall professorship in Florida history at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. He is the author of two award-winning books, Immigrants on the Hill and The Immigrant World of Ybor City. His most recent book is Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern  >> READ MORE

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Morris, Allen

Allen Morris was a historian, journalist, and former clerk of the Florida House of Representatives. Dr. Morris published many books and articles on Florida history and government.

Author144

Nellis, David W.

David Nellis is chief of the Bureau of Wildlife of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he has lived and worked for more than 40 years. He earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia. He has walked the beaches and studied the strand plants of major tropical island groups in all the oceans and the  >> READ MORE

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Nelson, Gil

Gil Nelson has spent many years exploring, teaching, and writing about Florida’s natural communities. He is the author of twelve books and regularly writes for a number of magazines on natural history, ecology, outdoor recreation, and native plant gardening. He is a research associate in botany at the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State  >> READ MORE

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Nickel, Bonnie

Bonnie Nickel is the author of Those Kooky Kangaroos and Those Mischievous Monkeys. She teaches people about conservation and sustainability—how to use less water, fuel, electricity, etc.—so we can live in harmony with animals and plants. Originally from Canada, Bonnie lives in Florida with her husband, Jim, and their dogs, Cooper and Joie.

Author145

Nikolopoulos, Daphne

Daphne Nikolopoulos is the editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group, which oversees Naples Illustrated, Weddings Illustrated, Palm Beach Charity Register, Naples Charity Register, and palmbeachillustrated.com. Born in Athens, Greece, Ms. Nikolopoulos has worked as a journalist in the U.S., U.K., and Greek markets since 1990, specializing  >> READ MORE

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Nolan, David

David Nolan, always a fan of history and architecture, hit the jackpot when he landed a job working for the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board. The Houses of St. Augustine evolved from the countless hours he spent walking the streets of the Ancient City, notebook in hand, carefully jotting down every detail of every historic  >> READ MORE

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Nolan, Peggy

Peggy Nolan’s short stories and poems have appeared in numerous magazines. A graduate of the University of Miami, Ms. Nolan lives in Florida with her husband and belongs to the Writers Round Table of St. Petersburg.

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O’Sullivan, Maurice

Maurice O’Sullivan is a professor of English at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He coedited the award-winning anthology The Florida Reader with Jack Lane. He also coedited Florida in Poetry with Jane Anderson Jones and cowrote Shakespeare Plays the Classroom with Stuart Omans.

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Oliphant, Ashley

Ashley Oliphant has spent the last 20 years searching the eastern seaboard for shark teeth. She has a Ph.D. in 20th-century American literature and serves as an associate professor of English at Pfeiffer University. A lifelong North Carolinian, a dedicated auto-racing enthusiast, and a vocal animal welfare advocate, she lives with her husband and son  >> READ MORE

Author148

Omans, Stuart

Stuart Omans is a professor of English at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches Shakespeare and drama. He is the founding artistic director of the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, founder of the Young Company, and cofounder of the Drey Shakespeare Institute.

Author149

Oswald, Tom

A native of Naples, Florida, Tom Oswald began taking bike riding seriously when he was thirteen years old. He has since participated in nearly every facet of cycling and even journeyed around the country, looking for the most interesting places to ride his bike. He logged thousands of miles in Florida alone on a bike  >> READ MORE

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Owens, Janis

Janis Owens was born in a small town in the Florida panhandle, daughter of a preacher-turned-insurance-salesman who job took his family to live in New Orleans and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, before returning to north Florida. Janis was greatly influenced by her grandmother, a poet and noted reformer in Marianna, Florida, who raised her on storytelling—everything from  >> READ MORE

Paschal, Margaret

Margaret Paschal has taught in Florida for thirty years, and has used A Land Remembered: Student Edition to teach Florida Challenges and Choices, as well as U.S. and Florida history, to middle school students at Tarpon Springs Middle School.

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Penniman, Nick

Nicholas G. Penniman IV spent 38 years in the newspaper business. He retired in 1999 as publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and as senior vice president of newspaper operations for Pulitzer Publishing Company, responsible for 23 daily newspapers from Hawaii to Vermont. Penniman is a graduate of Princeton University and did graduate work at  >> READ MORE

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Perez, Larry

Larry Perez is a lifelong resident of Miami and has spent more than fifteen years working in south Florida’s natural areas. During his career, he has worked as a naturalist for Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation and as a ranger for Biscayne and Everglades National Parks. Larry is a graduate of Florida International University, where he  >> READ MORE

Pinkas, Joseph

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Post, Janet

Janet Post has been a reporter and photographer for several north Florida newspapers, garnering multiple Florida Press Awards for agricultural and sports stories. She lives on a Suwannee County ranch with her husband, who makes his living shoeing horses and cowboying. Around their place, everything is counted by the head. They have thirty head of  >> READ MORE

Powell, Jack

After spending twenty years in the military as a pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist, Jack Powell retired – but not for long. He was recruited to set up a practice in central Florida, where he and his wife, Jean, still live today. The state’s unique history and folklore sparked his interest, leading to research and, eventually,  >> READ MORE

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Reyes-Pergioudakis, Dolores

Dolores Reyes-Pergioudakis is a multilingual cultural liaison and freelance writer and photographer who has lived in Greece for two decades. Her articles and photographs appear in numerous Greek and American publications. Married to a Helenic naval officer, she has researched and photographed Greek lighthouses with the permission of the General Hellenic Navy Staff and Hellenic  >> READ MORE

Rabun, Julie

Raffa, Edwina

Edwina Raffa graduated from Florida State University and Florida Atlantic University before becoming a classroom teacher and counselor. She is the coauthor with Annelle Rigsby of the children’s novels Kidnapped in Key West and Escape to the Everglades. She divides her time between Florida and North Carolina.

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Reilly, Benjamin

Benjamin Reilly received his B.A. at New College of the University of South Florida before venturing north to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in European history at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Reilly’s writing has appeared in several scholarly publications, including the Social Science History Journal and French History. He currently lives with his wife  >> READ MORE

Author150

Reyes-Pergioudakis, Dolores

Dolores Reyes-Pergioudakis is a multilingual cultural liaison and freelance writer and photographer who has lived in Greece for two decades. Her articles and photographs appear in numerous Greek and American publications. Married to a Helenic naval officer, she has researched and photographed Greek lighthouses with the permission of the General Hellenic Navy Staff and Hellenic  >> READ MORE

Rigsby, Annelle

A graduate of Ohio University and Georgia State University, Annelle Rigsby taught in elementary and middle schools and served as a curriculum specialist. She is the coauthor with Edwina Raffa of the children’s novels Kidnapped in Key West and Escape to the Everglades. She lives in Florida with her husband.

Roberts, Bruce

Bruce Roberts, a former director of photography and senior photographer for Southern Living magazine, began his photojournalism career at The Tampa Tribune. Bruce’s photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time, Life, and Time Life Books. Bruce has won numerous international, national, and state awards, and some of his photographs are in the permanent collection of  >> READ MORE

Robinson Clancy, Anne

Transplanted from his native Vermont, Calvin Robinson was a successful businessman in Jacksonville, Florida, during the Civil War. Loyal to the Union and finding slave-holding repugnant, he refused to join the secessionist movement in the South. Targeted for his Union sympathies, he would eventually lose his business, home, and money. As Jacksonville burned—set ablaze by  >> READ MORE

Robinson, Calvin L.

Transplanted from his native Vermont, Calvin Robinson was a successful businessman in Jacksonville, Florida, during the Civil War. Loyal to the Union and finding slave-holding repugnant, he refused to join the secessionist movement in the South. Targeted for his Union sympathies, he would eventually lose his business, home, and money. As Jacksonville burned—set ablaze by  >> READ MORE

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Rothchild, John

John Rothchild edited 200 hours of taped memoirs to produce Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, the remarkable account of the full and inspiring life of “the tiny woman in the floppy hat.”

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Rudloe, Anne

Anne Rudloe earned her Ph.D. in biology from Florida State University. She lived with her husband, Jack, in Panacea, Florida, where they ran the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit environmental education center. Ms. Rudloe’s writing appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, and various scientific journals.

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Ryals, Mary Jane

Mary Jane Ryals has lived near the northern Gulf coast of Florida most of her life. She teaches writing at Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University. She has also worked as a waitress and bartender, office manager, pharmacy tech, features writer/editor, typesetter, yoga teacher – and a mother. She is Poet Laureate of the  >> READ MORE

Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl

Cheryl Shelton-Roberts taught school in North Carolina and Virginia for twenty years before retiring to work alongside husband Bruce, traveling the country to collect lighthouse stories and producing books about them.

Briskey, Regina Stahl

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Lantz, Peggy Sias

Peggy Sias Lantz is a native Floridian and former editor of publications for both the Florida Native Plant Society and Audubon of Florida. She has written four books and numerous articles. She lives in central Florida on the same lake where her grandfather settled in 1914 and her father grew up.

Sammons, Sandra Wallus

Sandra Wallus Sammons moved from Pennsylvania to Florida and became an elementary school librarian in Lake County. Learning of the dearth of books on Florida history aimed at fourth graders, she began writing biographies of Floridians who lived fascinating, inspirational lives. She wrote Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Florida Everglades, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and the  >> READ MORE

Sanchez, Mario

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Schiller, Laurel

Laurel Schiller and coauthor Dan Walton have spent the past fifteen years growing Florida native plants for their landscaping business and nursery called Florida Native Plants in Sarasota. They have transformed many a Florida yard into a shady, plant-rich oasis that attracts local wildlife.

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Shaw, Marilyn Bishop

A fifth-generation Floridian, Marilyn Bishop Shaw writes from her roots for young readers, an audience she knows well after thirty years of teaching. She holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Florida. Bitten by the travel bug during a summer at Oxford University, she now leads groups on European tours every other  >> READ MORE

Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl

Cheryl Shelton-Roberts taught school in North Carolina and Virginia for twenty years before retiring to work alongside husband Bruce, traveling the country to collect lighthouse stories and producing books about them.

Author160

Singer, Steven

Steven Singer has been diving for fifty years, first in New Jersey, where he grew up, and now in Florida, where he has been a certified scuba instructor and has worked on a number of archaeological and treasure salvage projects. He earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from New England College and studied underwater  >> READ MORE

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Skinner, Renate H

Dr. Renate Skinner earned her Ph.D. in biological oceanography as a student of Dr. Iversen at the University of Miami. She worked at Biscayne National Park in the fisheries program and later was district biologist for the State of Florida in Key Largo. Dr. Skinner received a number of environmental awards for her initiative in  >> READ MORE

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Smith, Patrick

Born and educated in Mississippi, Patrick Smith moved to Florida in 1966. In 1995 he was selected by the Southern Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences for its highest literary award, the Order of the South. In 1999 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the state’s highest cultural honor. A Land  >> READ MORE

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Smoot, Tom

Tom Smoot, a native and lifelong resident of Fort Myers, has observed firsthand the impact of the Edisons’ long winter residency in the City of Palms. A graduate of the University of Florida, he has practiced law in Fort Myers for the past forty-five years. He was the chairman of the Edison Winter Home Board  >> READ MORE

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Songdahl, Harold

Harold Songdahl is a respected horticulturist who has planted, grown, transplanted, and propagated just about every kind of plant that grows in south Florida. He was educated in botany at the University of Miami and for many years was known as the Tropical Plant Man as he hosted a popular call-in radio show heard all  >> READ MORE

Author161

Stamm, Doug

Doug Stamm has ventured, camera in hand, to the depths of lakes and oceans, has joined Cousteau’s team beneath winter ice in the Mississippi River, and has traveled to the rain forests of the Amazon headwaters. As a diver/biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stamm wrote and photographed his first book, Underwater: The Northern Lakes.  >> READ MORE

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Stebbins, Mark

Mark Stebbins moved to Florida in 1978 to begin a career in engineering after receiving a degree in photographic science from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He became interested in tropical plants and landscaping and acquainted himself with the work of the late Edwin Menninger, a pioneer in the introduction and propagation of  >> READ MORE

Author163

Steitz, George

George Steitz is a documentary film producer whose work for network television ranges from American history to legends and lore. He lives in Florida and Pennsylvania.

Stewart, Laura

Laura Stewart has taught art history at several central Florida colleges and universities and is a fine arts writer for The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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Stick, David

Historian David Stick wrote many books about North Carolina, and his books are well loved by many North Carolinians for their graceful style and intimate knowledge of the state.

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Stoneman Douglas, Marjory

Marjory Stoneman Douglas is considered by many to be the first lady of the Everglades. What others called a worthless swamp, she dubbed the “river of grass,” and she fought fiercely to protect and revive the Everglades in her lifetime. Her autobiography, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, is the story of a strong-willed,  >> READ MORE

Swing, Michael

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Swoboda, Lois

Lois Swoboda lives in Apalachicola, Florida. She currently works as a staff writer for the Apalachicola and Carrabelle Times, the second oldest newspaper in Florida. She has three dogs, three cats, and loves the outdoors, the beach, and uncrowded places. Old Neb was inspired by stories told by Joe “Snooky” Barber, who spent over 70  >> READ MORE

Taylor, Paul

Paul Taylor was born “way up north” but proudly claims Florida as his native soil since his family moved to the Sunshine State pre-Disney. He lived in Florida for more than thirty years before moving to Virginia. He is the author of Discovering the Civil War in Florida.

Taylor, Thomas

Thomas Taylor was the historian at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. He was also the president and one of the founders of the Florida Lighthouse Association, which is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Florida’s lighthouses and related maritime history.

Temple, Hollee

Michigan native Hollee Temple has lived in New Zealand, Guatemala, and all four corners of the United States. South Florida is currently her home. She has worked as a computer programmer and teacher.

Thoemke, Kris

Kris Thoemke writes about the outdoors and travel in Florida and is one of Florida’s leading experts on fishing. An avid angler, he has had the opportunity to travel, explore, and fish throughout Florida and to share his experiences through his writing and photography. With a Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Florida  >> READ MORE

Thuma, Cynthia

Cynthia Thuma grew up in Wilton Manors, Florida. A graduate of Broward Community College, Florida State University, and Nova Southeastern University, she was formerly an award-winning journalist for the Boca Raton News and the Hollywood Sun-Tattler before becoming a college administrator and freelance writer. She lives in Boca Raton with her family.

Tonyan, Rick

Rick Tonyan learned to ride and use a whip about the same time he learned to walk. A graduate of the University of Florida and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, he spent 17 years as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel before turning to fiction.

Tozier, Christopher

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chris Tozier was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida in 2011. He lives in an unnamed Florida scrub, where he often sees black bears and otherworldly creatures. Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island is the second novel in the award-winning Olivia Brophie series.

Valentine, James

James Valentine is a visionary naturalist, photographer, artist, poet, speaker, and videographer, applying many cinematic techniques. His works have helped preserve millions of acres in the heart of wild lands. He coordinates his photography with leading environmental groups and cultural organizations throughout the world. He has published ten large-format photography books featuring some of the  >> READ MORE

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Van Atta, Marlan

Marian Van Atta shared her knowledge about exotic fruits and vegetables for many years. Her children and grandchildren helped her grow plants, send out seeds, and develop recipes. Her husband, Jack, worked in the garden.

Varnes, Paul

Paul Varnes is a retired professor from the University of Florida. An eighth-generation Floridian, he drew on official documents and his own family history to write Black Creek, as well as his first novel, Confederate Money.

Burke, J Wills

J. Wills Burke is the author of The Streets of Key West: A History Through Street Names, as well as Origines: The Streets of Vietnam. A graduate of Florida State University, he lives in Tallahassee with his wife and son.

Sammons, Sandra Wallus

Sandra Wallus Sammons moved from Pennsylvania to Florida and became an elementary school librarian in Lake County. Learning of the dearth of books on Florida history aimed at fourth graders, she began writing biographies of Floridians who lived fascinating, inspirational lives. She wrote Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Florida Everglades, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and the  >> READ MORE

Waitley, Douglas

Douglas Waitley is the author of nineteen books on Americana, ranging in subject matter from regional histories to accounts of the era of steam locomotives. He wrote Florida History from the Highways and two volumes of Easygoing Guide to Natural Florida as well as the Best Backroads of Florida series, which includes The Heartland (Volume  >> READ MORE

Walton, Dan

Dan Walton and coauthor Laurel Schiller have spent the past fifteen years growing Florida native plants for their landscaping business and nursery called Florida Native Plants in Sarasota. They have transformed many a Florida yard into a shady, plant-rich oasis that attracts local wildlife.

Walton, Timothy

Timothy Walton has a Ph.D. in modern European history, with a concentration in diplomatic history, from the University of Virginia. He also holds a B.A. in philosophy from the College of William and Mary. A U.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Walton is currently an instructor at the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, where he teaches  >> READ MORE

Waters, Zack

A fifth-generation Floridian, Zack Waters has a B.A. degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Memphis State University. For the past twenty years, he has taught literature and language arts at Rome Middle School in Rome, Georgia. He is a frequent contributor to Civil War publications on the topic of Florida’s  >> READ MORE

Wells, Millard

Millard Wells was a member of the American Watercolor Society and a founder and past president of the Florida Watercolor Society. He exhibited his art widely and won awards throughout the United States and abroad.<p> While in his last year of high school, Mr. Wells won a full scholarship to the Flint Institute of Art  >> READ MORE

Whitney, Ellie

Ellie Whitney grew up in New York City, was educated at Harvard and Washington Universities, and has lived in Tallahassee, Florida, since 1970. She has taught at Florida State and Florida A&M Universities and has authored numerous college textbooks on health and related topics. She has spent nearly 40 years exploring Florida and its ecology.

Wicker, Jan Lee

Jan Lee Wicker has taught pre-kindergarten through first grade for twenty-nine years. She loves to teach children about animals and finds great joy in writing nonfiction for young children. She and her husband, Chris, live in Roanoke Rapids, NC. They have two grown sons and one grandchild, Hannah. Jan is the author of Those Big  >> READ MORE

Wilson, Donald R.

Donald Wilson served in the U.S. Navy at the very end of World War II and then was a teacher and school principal for 42 years in New England. Upon retirement, he moved to southwest Florida and turned to writing.

Wilson, Jon

Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Jon Wilson has lived in Florida since 1956. Beginning in 1971, he was a reporter, editor, and editorial writer for the St. Petersburg Times. He won various national and state newspaper awards for his writing and is the author of ‘Days of Fear: A Lynching in St. Petersburg,’ published in Tampa  >> READ MORE

Witherington, Blair and Dawn

Blair and Dawn Witherington are professional naturalists. Blair is a research scientist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in Florida. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Florida. He has contributed numerous scientific articles and book chapters  >> READ MORE

Wunderlin, Richard

Richard Wunderlin is professor emeritus at the University of South Florida and an internationally known botanist. He has written more than one hundred papers and books about plants, including Flora of Florida, Volume 1 and Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida.

Wyatt, Laura

The author of Those Outrageous Owls, Laura Wyatt is the curator of wildlife at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. One of her specialties is falconry. She is a caretaker of permanently injured, endangered, and non-releasable Florida native wildlife. She provides these animals with naturalistic habitats and proper care and pairs them with mates. The healthy  >> READ MORE

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Zettler, Dr. Francis William

Pennsylvania native Francis “Bill” Zettler received his doctorate from Cornell University. A resident of Alachua County for 45 years, he retired as professor emeritus from the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture in 2003. He has had a life-long interest in the subjects of biology and history. He was a faculty member for 37 years  >> READ MORE