Flumes Volume 2: Issue 1, Summer 2017 - Page 120

Brandon Lee Dyer

Brandon Lee Dyer is a student of life, nature, and art. Once i feel that I have gained a stronger understanding of the role I will play as an artist, I will go on to be a teacher inspiring and unleashing other young artist’s potential. I aspire to enrich others through art by engaging conversations and provoking thoughts to gain and gauge reactions.

Diane Funston

Diane Funston lives in Marysville CA and is active in the Sacramento poetry community. She previously lived in the Tehachapi mountains and ran a poetry critique group there since 2001.

I have a very strong drive to create. I began writing poetry at age 14 in an English class that compared Simon and Garfunkel lyrics with Walt Whitman. The lyrics resonated with me, as an angst-ridden teenager in the inner city of Rochester New York. I lost several family members around that time and I wrote my way out of that loss. Writing for me is a way of creating something from the ground up, much like my love of gardening.

Lara Gularte

Lara Gularte was featured with an interview and 18 poems in the Autumn 2014 issue of The Bitter Oleander. Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Bitter Oleander, California Quarterly, The Clackamas Review, Evansville Review, Permafrost, The Monserrat Review, The Water-Stone Review, The Fourth River, The Santa Clara Review, and she has been published by many national and regional anthologies. Her manuscript “Kissing the Bee,” will be published by The Bitter Oleander Press in 2017. She is an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine.

"To write is my life's journey. I write to find meaning and uncover the mysteries of the self and world around me."

Grace Hagborn

Grace is a second year art student at Yuba College working on her fine arts and illustration major. She has had training in drawing and composition, design, and color theory. She works in a variety of mediums including graphite, charcoal, ink, and pastels; however her current medium is watercolor. Grace hopes to continue her career and training in art, and eventually receive a Masters in fine arts.

I create art because it’s a way for me to zone out and become connected to a single thing. Everything about life is busy, but when I do art, it all just falls away and it becomes a moment of peace. If anything, art to me is therapeutic.