Poet Laura Jo Provost
Author, newspaper journalist and lifelong Floridian, Laura Jo Provost (or L.J.) spent a decade as a Research and Writing Specialist with FEMA and now freelances full-time from her home bordering a bird sanctuary.
She co-authored Legendary Locals of Jacksonville a local history book telling the stories of 115 people who shaped the city. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in several Anthologies including the Writers Resist Anthology, Chasing Light, Potato Soup Journal and PenQuest.
L.J. earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside at Palm Desert. She is an active member of the National League of American Pen Women, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Florida Writers Association and Sisters in Crime.
When she’s not walking her Jack Russell, Nike, or traveling she can be found working on her next book.
Artist Patricia Setser
Patricia Setser traded her dolls for art papers at an early age. Soon after, she won a scholarship to the Dayton Art Institute. Pat has done commission work, wall graphics and sculptures. McDonald’s restaurants in Ohio used her illustration for Exceptional Children’s Week for placemats. She has illustrated books and book covers and created many paintings.
Recently she has been exploring mixed media in her work. She is a member of SoMMA (Society of Mixed Media Artists), JAG (Jacksonville Artist Guild) and the Jacksonville Branch of the NLAPW (The National League of American Pen Women, Inc).
Pat is an award-winning artist who strives to connect with other artists and promote their gifts. She sees beauty in people and nature, and she finds joy in sharing a glimpse of her view. Her education and employment background was Graphic Arts, starting in the Art department, and then moved into Client Services for several large printing companies before entering sales for commercial printing.
Pat’s artwork is featured in collections in Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Musician Lynn Rose Curtin
After a fall from a horse when she was a teenager, Lynn Rose Curtin used her sedentary recovery time to teach herself guitar. From that moment forward, playing and composing music became her passion and her path.
With encouragement from Columbia Records, and the likes of Chet Atkins and Bernie Silverman, who called her music "complete expression," Lynn toured throughout the United States in her twenties and thirties fronting a country-rock band, as part of a folk/pop duo, and as a single performer.
While Lynn's music today is rooted in her acoustic folk background, her lyrics have evolved and are influenced by her life as a Chaplain, Hospice Volunteer, Music Minister, wife and widow. Richly layered with guitar, piano, hand drums, chanting and prayers, her compositions express her deep connection to the natural world and to the Divine Joy that resides in all of us. Her desire and intention is that her music will bring comfort, hope, and joy to all who hear it.