2018 Memoir Contest Winners


Congratulations to the Redwood Writers
2018 Memoir Contest Winners!


Marlene Augustine-Gardini


Marlene Augustine-Gardini

"The Yard"

Marlene Augustine-Gardini enjoyed her long career as a major label record promoter for Country music. Along with her love for music (all genres) she has been active in animal rescue, specifically TNR, the trapping, neutering/spaying, and releasing of feral cats and the socializing of feral kittens. She retired to Sonoma County from San Francisco with her husband, Larry, and their menagerie. She is a hot-air balloon enthusiast, gardener, knitter, and a reader of great books. One year ago she discovered and joined Redwood Writers. Her first piece, “The Doe” appears in Redemption, the upcoming Redwood Writers Anthology for 2018. She is grateful for the guidance, the seminars and for a safe place to fall.

Beth Ann Mathews


Beth Ann Mathews

"Perfect Tide"



Linda Loveland Reid

"Only Jewelry"

Beth Ann Mathews, M.S., is a marine biologist from Alaska and mother of one son. “Perfect Tide” is a chapter from her upcoming memoir. Catching the Hundred-pound Halibut begins when her adventurous husband, a scientist, suffers a rare type of brain stem stroke. The story reveals the family’s intimate struggles and triumphs through setbacks and victories in his recovery. Forced to face her own deep-seated fears, expeditions on their sailboat in Alaska steer the family toward more fulfilling, connected lives.

Linda Loveland Reid is a past president of the Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club. She is the author of two published novels, Touch of Magenta and Something in Stone. Her writing has won short-story contests and is published in many anthologies. Linda is an instructor for Sonoma State University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute where she teaches art history courses for which she has designed the curriculum. As well, she serves on the institute's curriculum committee. Linda graduated cum laude in history and art history from Sonoma State University. She is the founder of a family insurance business in Santa Rosa, as well as a theater director, and figurative oil painter.

Ilene English


Ilene English

"A Gift from the Universe"



Crissi Langwell

"The First Time"

Ilene English-Paul has recently completed a memoir entitled Adventures of a Hippie Chick. This Honorable Mention award is based on the first chapter of her soon-to-be-published memoir. Ilene is a licensed psychotherapist and divides her time between Sebastopol and Jenner, California.

Crissi Langwell is a Northern California writer, and the author of 10 books. Her passion is the story of the underdog, and her novels include stories of homeless teens, determined heroines, free spirits, and much more. She writes literary fiction, magical realism, women's fiction, and young adult stories. Find her at crissilangwell.com.



Skye Blaine

Skye Blaine writes memoir, fiction, poetry, and blogs, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and awakening. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2003. Her novel, Unleashed, was just released.

Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude, published in 2015, has won three prizes. She is included in seven anthologies, and in national magazines: “Yes” and “Catalyst.” Her debut novel, Unleashed, was released in November 2017. She teaches creative writing to older adults as Santa Rosa Junior College Adjunct Faculty.



Andrea Granahan has been an award-winning journalist, publisher, and travel writer for more than 30 years. She has published two memoir books: It's Greek to Me and Backstories from the West Edge. She has also published a volume of poetry called The Man with the Portable Love Room and Other Stray Thoughts. She makes her home in a redwood forest near the town of Bodega in Northern California. For some years, she published the Bodega Bay Navigator, a weekly newspaper on the California coast.


Jean Wong pix

Jean Wong is author of Sleeping with the Gods, and Hurtling Jade and Other Tales of Personal Folly. She is an award-winning poet, fiction, and memoir writer. Her work has been produced by the Petaluma Reader’s Theater, Sixth Street Playhouse, Off The Page Theater Group, and Lucky Penny Productions.

Jean writes from the bottom of a well, always amazed to look up and see the sky.



Adele Layton

Adele Layton worked for many years as a verbatim court reporter, with offices in San Francisco and Oakland and has been on assignment with federal and state courts and large law firms across the United States. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe, providing litigation testimony for cases impacting big business and government. She is currently working on film scripts based upon her experiences, ranging from medical stories to international food competitions. She has been published in Sonoma: Stories of a Region and Its People and has just completed a new screenplay.