Contributors

STUART MITCHNER Born in Kansas, raised in Indiana, a graduate of Indiana University, Stuart worked at the Eighth Street Bookshop in Greenwich Village, as a college rep for W.W. Norton, hitchhiked to India and Nepal and back for a year and a half, which he wrote about while doing graduate work at Rutgers; the book was Indian Action, published by Little Brown, which also published his novel, Rosamund’s Vision. He’s been writing about books and the arts for Town Topics since 2003; he’s published poetry, fiction, essays in Poetry, Partisan Review, Raritan, and the Village Voice.

ELLEN GILBERT Ellen is a staff writer at Town Topics, a regular book reviewer for Library Journal, and an exhibit reviewer for SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) News. A native of New York City, she has a doctorate in library science from Columbia University, and has published books and articles on American publishing history, librarianship, and intellectual freedom. She was a fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, and has delivered papers at conferences in Oxford, London, Canada, and throughout the U.S. She has lived in Princeton for over two decades, and is an avid swimmer at the Princeton YWCA and, in the summer, at the Community Park Pool.

ANNE LEVIN Anne writes about arts, culture, and other topics for Princeton Magazine; Connections, Princeton Public Library’s magazine; U.S.1; and Town Topics. She also contributes articles regularly to Playbill, WHERE Guestbook New York, The Times of Trenton, and other publications. She was a staff writer and reporter at The Times of Trenton for two decades, winning an award from Preservation New Jersey for her coverage of preservation issues. She lives in Trenton.

LINDA ARNTZENIUS Linda has been a professional freelance writer for almost two decades with stints along the way as an adjunct college professor, marketing communications specialist, editor, newspaper reporter, and now oral history interviewer. A native of Scotland, she came to Princeton by way of London, Pittsburgh, Boston and Los Angeles. She holds master’s degrees in philosophy from the London School of Economics and in professional writing from the University of Southern California. She is a member of both U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative and the Princeton Research Forum. Her most recent book publication is a pictorial history Images of America: Institute for Advanced Study (Arcadia, February, 2011).

DILSHANIE PERERA Dilshanie is a freelance writer and an M.A. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. A longtime resident of Princeton, she grew up in town, attending John Witherspoon Middle School and Princeton High School before moving to Chicago. Upon returning to her home state, she worked for a number of years as a staff writer for Town Topics, a weekly newspaper based in Princeton. She currently resides in New York.

LESLIE MITCHNER Leslie is the associate director and editor in chief of Rutgers University Press, where she acquires books in the humanities. A native Californian, she completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. She also holds advance degrees from the University of Michigan and Rutgers University. Her appreciation of good food, particularly ethnic and regional foods, started at a very young age in Los Angeles where fresh and local were the norm, along with home-style Mexican cooking. Reading and watching classic films are her other passions, along with travel and long walks in fine weather.

NIKKI STERN Nikki is the author of Because I Say So: the Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today; and she blogs on 1 Woman’s Vu, Open Salon and Does This Make Sense, an online magazine. As well as publishing and editing, Nikki has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors and retains an interest in public diplomacy and in communications. Originally from Wisconsin by way of Washington, DC and New York, she has lived in Princeton for twenty years, the first eleven with her late husband, James Potorti.

WENDY PLUMP Wendy has been a writer and reporter for 20 years. Her travel stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey Monthly magazine and Islands magazine. She works as a reporter for The Trenton Times and lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania, with her two sons and many pairs of hiking boots.

ILENE DUBE The Artful Blogger, penned by Ilene, is a weekly feature on WHYY’s Newsworks New Jersey. In addition to freelance writing she works in public relations for the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA, and in communications for D&R Greenway in Princeton. In nearly two decades at the Princeton Packet, where she was Lifestyle Editor, TIMEOFF Editor and Editorial Director, Magazine Group, she consistently won top awards from the New Jersey Press Association and Suburban Newspapers of America.

PAM HERSH A resident of Princeton and native New Jerseyan, Pam has been working as a newspaper editor, writer and government and community relations specialist for various Princeton area institutions for the past 35 years. Her very public passion is walking/slojogging (i.e., slogging) through the neighborhoods of Princeton.

BILL ALDEN Bill has been the sports editor of the Town Topics since 2002. During that time, he has received nine sports writing awards from the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, New York Newsday, and the New York Law Journal. A native of McLean, Va., Bill earned degrees from Amherst College, the Washington and Lee School of Law, and the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science. He lives in Princeton with his wife and two daughters.

ANDREW WILKINSON With a background in print media and photography, Andrew has worked in marketing communications for over 15 years. Starting in London for a public relations and design firm specializing in film clients such as Disney and Virgin Interactive. In New York, he worked for Ernst & Young LLP in creative services and furthered his media experience with Merrill Lynch in Princeton. Andrew has been exhibiting fine art for over ten years, exploring both photography and sculpture. He currently lives in Titusville. Artwork projects can be viewed at: www.arwilkinson.com.

BENOIT CORTET Benoit is a self-taught and award-winning photographer. He was born and grew up in Dijon, France, moved to New York and now makes his home in Pennington. He likes his images to be as natural as possible, capturing the emotions and spirit of his subjects. His magazine work includes Smart Money, Parenting, Vanity Fair, Self, and New Jersey Life.

TOM GRIMES Tom is a New York City-based photographer. After assisting fashion photographers Mike Reinhardt, Bruce Weber and printing for Richard Avedon, he shot fashion on his own for several years. He shifted his business to architectural photography and now works with architects, interior designers and magazines. He lives in Pennington with his wife and two sons.

JEFFREY EDWARD TRYON Jeff is currently Art Editor at Princeton Magazine, involved with graphic design, photography and production. He is a board member and volunteers for the West Windsor Arts Council at the West Windsor Arts Center (Historic Princeton Junction Firehouse). He learned key photography techniques from notable architectural photographers while working in the Architecture/Interior Design industry. Jeff’s design and photography work have appeared in AIGA 365 30, GD USA, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Fine Homebuilding, Princeton Magazine, Town Topics, U.S.1, Philadelphia Inquirer, Healthy Living, and LifeStories Magazine. Jeff and his wife, Cristina frequent eco-tours in Brazil.

FRANK WOJCIECHOWSKI Frank is an award-winning, free-lance photographer with over 25 years experience in the news gathering business having worked for publications such as the News Tribune of Woodbridge, The Star Ledger, the Asbury Park Press and most recently Town Topics and the Princeton Packet. He has photographed 6 U.S. Presidents, numerous celebrities, as well as professional and college sports, and his most notable recent project was a photo essay on the Go Vap children’s orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Frank resides in North Brunswick with his beagle Sammi, a rescue from SAVE.

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