San Diego Writers, Ink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We offer classes, groups, workshops, readings and other literary events at The Ink Spot and other locations throughout San Diego County.
San Diego Writers, Ink, nurtures writers and fosters a literary community by
- Serving as a hub for the literary community
- Promoting literature
- Providing artistic development for writers at all levels, and
- Facilitating artistic collaboration
You can read our San Diego Writers Ink Annual Report 2011 and 2012 for more detailed information.
Executive Director: Kristen Fogle
Marketing, Membership and Communications Director: Kim Keeline
Bookkeeper: Linda Lyons
Our Board Officers:
Patrick Stewart, President
Dean Nelson, Secretary
Justin Salas, Treasurer
John Van Roekel
Kristen Fogle, Executive Director
Kristen Fogle is a freelance editor, writer, instructor, tutor, teaching artist, and theatrical performer/director. Over the last decade she has been the Editorial Director for three national college entertainment publications (Warning, ForUs, and CLIQ). She earned a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies (teaching emphasis) from San Diego State University. She also recently received a Teaching Artist training certification from Young Audiences San Diego. You can find her weekly theatre reviews at www.sdtheatrereviews.com.
Kim Keeline, Membership and Communications Director
Kim Keeline is a freelance writer and publicist who has been working in marketing and social media for several local arts nonprofits. She discovered her love of the field while she was teaching college composition and literature courses and she started pursuing it as she finished her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Southern California. She was awarded a 2012 STAR award from the SD Performing Arts League for marketing and event planning work with the San Diego Shakespeare Society. Her favorite recent freelance gig was as an editor for the second edition of the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture where she not only edited and updated hundreds of articles but also wrote new articles on topics like Google, Twitter, and the film trilogy of the Lord of the Rings. More info can be found at: www.keeline.com/portfolio.
Patrick Stewart (President)
Patrick is the Executive Director of Words Alive, a local nonprofit specializing in the development of literary enhancement programs for large education partners. Prior to this, Patrick has been the Producing Artistic Director for Sushi Performance & Visual Arts, the Executive Director for the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC, and the Managing Director for the theatre and performance programs for the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.
In addition to his managerial roles at nonprofit arts and culture organizations, Patrick has maintained a prolific career as a presenter, producer and director of performance and visual art. A specialist in new work and contemporary art, Patrick has led the presentation of regional and world premieres, as well as a rich history of presenting international artists and art work. Patrick has represented the Unite States through a shared cultural exchange program in Australia with the Australian Embassy, is a current committee member for Space 4 Art’s programs, sits on the board of directors of Rebuild Global, and works in close partnership with the region’s cultural community providing curating and creative consulting services.
Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from San Diego State University with distinction, and graduated from the Executive Non-Profit Management Program at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy in Washington, DC.
Dean Nelson: Secretary
Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Christianity Today, Sojourners, and several other national publications. He has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 14 books, mostly on spirituality themes. Nelson is a frequent speaker at writing workshops and conducts retreats that focus on spiritual depth.
He has traveled throughout the world covering stories of human interest. Nelson also hosts the annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing. Nelson has interviewed Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Gay Talese, Anchee Min, Ray Bradbury, George Plimpton, Otis Chandler, Kathleen Norris, Donald Miller, Bill Moyers, Jim Wallis, Chitra Divakaruni, Joseph Wambaugh, James Fallows, Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Philip Yancey, Michael Eric Dyson, Bill McKibben and dozens of others. Many of those interviews are viewable on the interviews tab of this site and on UCSD-TV’s website. They have been broadcast nationwide.
Nelson came to San Diego from Minneapolis, where he was working as a business writer. He has a Ph.D. in journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a bachelor’s degree in literature from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas City. He grew up in Minnesota, is a die-hard hockey player and fan, is married to his college sweetheart, Marcia, and has two adult children, Blake and Vanessa. Visit his website to read more.
Justin Salas: Treasurer
Justin Salas is an associate attorney at the Conway Law Group, Inc. where he practices trusts & estates and taxation law. Justin is a member the California State Bar. He completed his undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, with a B.A. in International Economics, graduating with distinction in Economics and a minor in Spanish. He obtained his Juris Doctor at California Western School of Law.
John Van Roekel
John is long-time active member of SDWI, having participated in dozens of classes and workshops. He is the author of two books of historical fiction, Braver Deeds and Prisoner Moon. His third, Lorenzo’s Assassin, will be published in early 2016. He has also edited the World War II letters of his father, Paul Van Roekel and made them available atjohnvanroekel.com/warletters.
John was a software engineer for forty years before retiring in 2012. He worked for a number of computer companies, including Sony for eleven years. He still likes to keep his hand in and released an iOS game in 2015 called Walkers 3D.
For more information about John and his books, see johnvanroekel.com.
Laurel Corona attended graduate school at the University of Chicago (MA 1972) and UC Davis (Ph.D, 1982). She was both an instructor and an administrator of academic support programs at San Diego State University and the University of California at San Diego, and served as dean and then as a full-time professor of English and Humanities at San Diego City College. She also freelanced in the 1990s, writing 17 Young Adult titles for Lucent Books. Her fiction includes Penelope’s Daughter from Penguin/Berkley Books and the Four Seasons. You can find out more at her web site, laurelcorona.com.
Richard Farrell is the Creative Non-Fiction Editor at upstreet and a Senior Editor at Numéro Cinq. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he has worked as a high school teacher, a defense contractor, and as a Navy pilot. He holds an MFA from the Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is currently at work on a collection of short stories. His work, including fiction, memoir, essays, interviews and book reviews, has appeared in Hunger Mountain, A Year in Ink, upstreet, New Plains Review, Descant (Canada) and Numéro Cinq. He lives in San Diego.
A former reporter and Assistant Metro Editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Susan Gembrowski is currently a research and writing specialist, and a Reservist at Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.