2019 ‘I Can Almost Taste It’ Contest Winners

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Congratulations to the Redwood Writers
2019 "I Can Almost Taste It" Contest Winners!

TERRI WUERTHNER

FIRST PLACE

Terri Pischoff Wuerthner

"Grandma Labauve and Her Glorious Gumbo"

Terri Pischoff is an award-winning culinary writer whose work has appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years. She is a chef-instructor and food writer with a passion for her 10th-generation Cajun roots, including the food, history, culture, and her many Cajun relatives. She grew up in California watching her Cajun grandparents, father, aunt and uncle prepare dishes from gumbo to bread pudding. She is the author of two cookbooks: In a Cajun Kitchen: Authentic Cajun Recipes and Stories From a Family Farm on the Bayou and Food for Life: The Cancer Prevention Cookbook. Terri is a Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) and Certified Dietary Counselor (DC).

PAMELA HECK

SECOND PLACE

Pamela Heck

"Angel Soup"

Linda-Reid

THIRD PLACE

Linda Loveland Reid

"1964 Soiree"

Pamela Heck writes memoir, poetry, short story, and picture book. She is also an artist, special education teacher, and Redwood Writers board member. Last summer, Pamela enjoyed an artist residency in Nérac, France, completing the layout for her children's book, Amazing Animals. Look for it in 2020!

Linda Reid is past president of Redwood Writers and a Jack London Award recipient. She is author of two novels. Linda graduated cum laude with two BA degrees from SSU, and currently teaches art history for SSU and Dominican Universities through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Linda is a figurative oil painter and theater director. Linda's website is LindaLovelandReid.com.

KIM McGRATH

RUNNER UP

Kim McGrath

"Pot Roast vs. Pasta"

Kim McGrath is currently finishing My Year On The Road, an account of her travels with her husband after the Tubbs fire put them on the road. She is also finishing a novel with the working title The Guilty Sleep. She lives once again in Santa Rosa with her husband.

Judges

EMILY CONWAY

Emily Conway

Emily Conway is a writer, freelance editor, and Children's Specialist at Copperfield's Books. She holds a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and loves all genres for kids and adults alike. "The more eclectic, the better!"

GUS LOPEZ

Gus Lopez-

Gus Lopez has been in the kitchen cooking since the age of four. The kitchen was Gus' preschool class. Over the years Gus has been a chef and cooking teacher and has mentored many young people in the art of the kitchen. His motto is, "You are not too young or too old to learn the art of the kitchen." Gus and his family have donated more than a thousand books to the Pelican Bay Prison Library.

NOELLE OXENHANDLER

Noelle Oxenhandler

Noelle Oxenhandler's essays have appeared in many national and literary journals, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, VOGUE, Tricycle, and Parabola. The author of three non-fiction books, she teaches Creative Writing at Sonoma State University.

CO-CHAIRS

HARKER BRAUTIGHAN

Harker Brautighan

Harker Brautighan is a writer and editor in Sonoma County, California. Her previous work has appeared in the acclaimed “black-and-white anthology” series from Outrider Press, in Quill and Parchment, and in Untold Stories. She lives with her husband, children, and two mischievous cats.

ROGER DeBEERS, SR.

Roger-DeBeers

Roger DeBeers earned a BA in History from San Francisco State University, an MA in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Roger’s varied background as an English instructor, commercial pilot, flight instructor, government functionary, househusband, single parent, layabout, remodeling contractor, red diaper baby, street kid, Marine Corps corporal and Army Officer lends richness to his writing.