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Sheryl Davis

Sheryl Davis is a certified permaculture expert with a deep and abiding drive to improve the Earth for current and future generations.

Otherwise known as “Daniela McFly,” this mother of two bright, squirrely 6-year-old twin boys has created the whimsical boy activist kid-in-a-kilt, Daniel McDougal McDouglas McFly.

After saving the forests in his first effort, Daniel is currently exploring the oceans for Book 2 in his series, to be illustrated by Daniel Fiore. Instagram: @kidinakilt

Sheila Cordner

Several things impressed us about Sheila Cordner when she approached our publisher at the IPNE 2017 Book Awards to pitch her book. Not only was she an accomplished literature professor at Boston University, but she had written a children’s book on diversity in literature while raising a newborn and a toddler!

Sheila’s book with Pierce Press went on to earn two Purple Dragonfly Awards from Story Monsters, Inc.

Author Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis

Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis was born in Athens, Greece, and spent her childhood steeped in the city’s ancient art and architecture.

From early on, Maria felt a strong calling to become an archaeologist, and went on to study archaeology in England in the late 1980s. She holds two degrees in the field, one with distinction. Maria’s experience as a field archaeologist and a researcher with Greece’s Hellenic Ministry of Culture spanned more than sixteen years. During that time, she worked in important archaeological sites throughout Greece, including Sparta, the Diros Caves, Patras, Aetolia-Akarnania, Epidaurus, the islands of Santorini, Lesvos, Zante and Kefalonia. Maria finished her career in Greece as a member of the 35th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Kefalonia.

Following her marriage to Carl Marangoudakis, Maria moved to the United States in 2008. The seeds of her venture into children’s literature were planted in 2012, during a stormy wintery night in New England. Maria had just emerged from a serious health adventure that left her with a strong desire to “seize the day” by reaching out to children.

The Adventures of Hope & Trusty: Sky Cloud City is a free adaptation of the most fairytale-like of his comedies, The Birds (Ornithes). It is the first book in a series inspired by the most popular comedies of Aristophanes.

Using her background as a Greek archaeologist, Maria turned to her favorite ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes, for inspiration.

The Adventures of Hope & Trusty: Sky Cloud City is a free adaptation of the most fairytale-like of his comedies, The Birds (Ornithes). It is the first book in a series inspired by the most popular comedies of Aristophanes.

James Dietz

James’s memoir on his storied life as an Olympic athlete & coach is due for publication in 2022. We just need to keep him writing! 

During one publishing consult, Jim Dietz asked our publisher, “I tell these stories, but do you think anyone will really be interested in reading a book full of them?” Those of you who’ve heard his stories will answer with a resounding YES!

One of the true legends of the sport of rowing, Jim started in Long Island Sound at the age of 16 and quickly rose to be a National Team standout, rowing in his first Olympics in the summer of 1972.  Since then, Jim has been to six Olympics as a rower or coach, many World Championships, and has recently taking up coastal rowing. He has participated in all but one of the 55 Head of the Charles Regatta, winning several times, and claiming the silver medal in 2019 at the age of 70.

Jim has developed a dizzying array of world-class athletes and coaches, and introduced many beginners to the sport he loves. He started his coaching career at the US Merchant Marine Academy and then moved to the US Coast Guard Academy, where he met Mark Wilson.  HE retired from coaching at UMass-Amherst in 2018. Jim co-founded and coaches with Mark Wilson at All-American Rowing Camp and lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his wife Pam.

Judy B. Wilson

Judy’s book on girls & women in running is scheduled for publication in 2022.

Coach Judy Wilson joined the Daytona State College coaching staff as the school’s first men’s and women’s cross country coach.  She holds an Exercise Science degree from Indiana University, where she competed in cross country and track and field.

While Judy was team captain her senior year at Indiana, the women’s cross country team ranked in the top 15 in the country, and the women’s track and field squad won a Big Ten title.  She attributes her transformation from a ‘walk-on who was last on the team’ to an Olympic Trials participant and national level runner to having great coaches and teammates, a strong work ethic, and low incidence of injury.

Wilson points out that consistent training and having a good support system was crucial to her improvement, and these principles will form the underpinning of her book for Pierce Press.

The Peeragogy Project

The Peeragogy project was convened by internet communities pioneer Howard Rheingold (The Well, etc.) in 2012. If you have a couple minutes to listen to Howard tell the story, here is a video in which he describes how he went from organising co-teaching in his classes at Berkeley and Stanford, to running collaborative courses online, to convening a group of people to collect practical know-how about how to learn any subject without teachers.

The Peeragogy Handbook collects the results of our investigations, distillations, and interactions. In capsule form, peeragogy centres on the process of learning together and making that learning available to others. We decided to early on to publish our book directly in to the public domain, via the CC Zero waiver, so that we could minimize friction for people adopting and adapting the contents.

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