Our Writers

In the pages of West Coast Maine Magazine you’ll find the pictures and stories of those people who live and do business here every day, and are proud to call West Coast Maine their home. We’ve put together a great group of local and talented individuals who are helping to tell those stories.

About Our Writers

Adelyn Bell

Adelyn Bell is a graduate of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, where she concentrated her studies on creativity and well-being. She is an avid musician, dancer, and writer, and has performed in various productions throughout the state. She loves dessert, summer in Maine, and spending time with her husband and two daughters, Isana and Constanze.


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James Bell is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, and has served as chef at such esteemed restaurants as The Cafe at Pat’s, and Ri Ra in Portland, Maine, and The Hearth and Candle in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Currently, he is the Campus Director of Resident Dining at Avita of Stroudwater, and Stroudwater Lodge in Westbrook, and is committed to providing residents and families with nutritious, scratch prepared meals that foster wellness and community. He resides in New Gloucester with his wife and two daughters, Isana and Constanze.


William Clunie

Registered Maine master guide, outdoor writer, and nature photographer, William Clunie has spent a lifetime in the outdoors. He is presently living life to the fullest, hunting and fishing from his home in the rugged mountains of Western Maine. He can be reached at william.clunie@gmail.com


Barbara Daigle has been a quilter for many years. She has created many costumes and quilts for her six grandkids, and loves to share her knowledge with others. She is a certified instructor for Sue Pelland Rulers, licensed by Martha Pullen to teach Beginner Sewing and Serging, and an Education Center for Westalee Rulers. She loves to teach and create in all aspects of sewing at her quilt shop, Sew Orchid Design on Main Street in Norway.


Ron Fournier

Ron Fournier is the Director of the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. He serves as Maine’s 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, overseeing the states 4-H Shooting Sports clubs and activities. Ron is also a Master Maine Guide operating a guide service that focuses on hunting, fishing and family recreation in Western Maine.


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Kelsey Goldsmith, a freelance writer and public relations strategist, is a lover of old barns, unexpectedly cozy coffee shops, and South Paris’ Mount Mica, atop which she was raised. The mom of two young daughters, Rosemary and Millicent, Goldsmith has a master’s degree from The University of Vermont and lives in the Portland area.


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Kim Hamlin is a fiber artist, designer and dancer living in Western Maine.  She  knits, crochets, spins, sews, quilts, needle felts, weaves, gardens, dances, thinks and dreams, and tries to do at least three of these on a daily basis.  Kim co-owns Fiber & Vine, a spacious and creative fiber shop that also specializes in wine, located on Main Street in Norway.


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Sarah Carter-Hill grew up in western Maine, and is proud to call this neck of the woods her home. She lives with her husband, Jesse, and two children, Fern and Gus, on the family farm on which she was raised. She spends her days playing in the dirt (some call it farming), knitting, skiing, baking and reading to her children. Photo by Emily Delemater.


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Judith Hayes worked over twenty years in broadcast journalism and spent sixteen years as a book and magazine editor. Photography has always been a part of her writing, and she currently writes travel articles for magazines, as well as for online travel and photography blogs. She grew up in Maine and finds it to be a never-ending source of inspiration for her writing.


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David R. Jones lived for many years in Australia, but has been a West Coast Maine summer person since the 1960s. He now lives full time in Bethel, and teaches history for the University of Maine at Augusta, at the South Paris and Rumford centers.


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Shellie Leger holds an MFA in fiction writing from Stonecoast. She is a native Mainer and has just completed her third novel. She lives in West Paris with her partner, pigs, goats, cats and dogs.


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Emily MacCabe is an Outdoor Educator at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Emily grew up in Rockport, Maine, and went on to study Environmental Science at Unity College. She enjoys spending time outdoors, and strives to provide opportunity and inspiration for others to join her. She now lives in Wilton with her husband and two black labs.


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Victoria Mares is a lifetime writer, journalist and playwright, as well as an artist in fiber and mixed media. She is also a musician, playing the violin since 4th grade. She has worked and lived in Maine for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Michigan State University in political science, with a certificate in electronic journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She has written and reported for New York news media, as well as in Maine. Writing, making art, exploring life and places in her “hometown of  Western Maine,” and spending time with her family are interwoven into her everyday life.


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Writing about Western Maine is a favorite subject of Aranka Matolcsy. Born and raised in the Oxford Hills, she spent 20 years traveling and living in different regions across the country to return home with the realization that this region is truly one of the best places on earth to live and raise children. Aside from writing and working to promote the arts, Aranka spends most of her time with her young son Colby, raising chickens and tending vegetable and flower gardens.


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Lisa Moore of Harrison has been a professional writer and teacher for more than 35 years. She is an accomplished poet who leads the Mountain Poets Society every month, and has self-published six collections of her own poems. Moore is President of the Board of Directors of Fare Share Co-op. She shares life with two sons, two dogs, one cats, and a scientist, and loves living in western Maine.


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Rijah Newel is a multi-talented artist and Licensed Massage Therapist, who lives and works in Norway. Rijah received a BA in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, with a special interest in dance as a healing art, and performance for social change. You can find her frolicking around in giant theatrical puppets, dancing under a full moon, riding with gypsies in a cardboard car, or juggling the life of a performance artist, writer, mother, dancer, painter, body worker and so much more! Rijah is multi-faceted, and most enjoys dancing on the edge, and exploring the possibilities of magic.


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Currently teaching Culinary Arts at Oxford Hills Technical School, Erik Person has been in the restaurant industry since he was fourteen. After graduating from the University of Maine, Orono, he found his way to Oxford Hills, where he helped remodel and design the kitchen, and infuence the menu and dining at Cafe Nomad. When not teaching or behind the line, he can be found in the mountains, on a lake, or pedaling along the back roads.


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Drew and Margaret Lindsey Sanborn recently retired to Bridgton from the academic worlds of New England liberal arts colleges. Now they joyfully spend their time photographing, writing, weaving, drawing, and enjoying the arts of all kinds. They are looking forward to attending as many summer performing arts experiences as possible.


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David Sanderson writing draws mostly from his interest in local history, and includes a series of biographies done as part of the Norway Arts Festival and articles for local publications. He lives in Waterford at the 1854 Sanderson family homestead, where he is retired but fully employed with various preoccupations, including history,fiddle music, writing and performing occasionally as Civil War humorist Artemus Ward.


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As a teenager, Brendan Schauffler accidentally hit himself in the head with a croquet mallet hard enough to knock him to the ground, which may explain some things. In subsequent years, he went on to study psychology, English, and community planning, marry, sire two children, and successfully avoid mallets. These days he bides his time, singing poorly, cultivating his t-shirt collection, and harassing the family cats at his home in Norway.


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A.M. Sheehan is a journalist, newspaper editor and former theater teacher, currently living in Norway.


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A professional writer for half a century, Toni Seger is the author of ‘The Telefax Trilogy,’ available at Amazon. An award winning filmmaker, her plays have been produced in California, Canada, London, New York City and Maine. NYC Review: “I was impressed overall at playwright Toni Seger’s ability to dabble in the surreal and the ironic, as in the three short one acts we saw that night, and the straight-forward realism of ‘Rope of Sands.’”


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Deborah Sutton is a communications consultant and freelance writer who has worked extensively with non-profit arts and music groups. Born and raised in Toronto, she lived in Montreal for a decade, and has called Kingfield home for the past 17 years. She lives there with her son, two dogs and two cats. An active volunteer in the community, she is a passionate supporter of music and the arts, champions local musical traditions, and promotes young people’s involvement with music.


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Scott Vlaun is a writer, photographer, and permaculture designer. His photography has recently been featured in two major publications: The Organic Seed Grower, and The Seed Garden. As the Executive Director of the Center for an Ecology Based Economy in Norway, he has recently shifted his focus from documenting the organic seed and agriculture movement to raising awareness about climate change and resource depletion, and engaging his local community in developing practical, ecological solutions to the challenges ahead. Scott lives in Otisfield were he enjoys growing and sharing food with his family and friends.