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Cheryl Romo, our fourth Eludia Award winner, is from Roseville, California.
In her career as a professional journalist, Cheryl has received numerous awards for both her writing and investigative reporting. She is the former editor of Common Cause Magazine, Sacramento Magazine and Public Utilities Fortnightly. As a freelance writer, her award-winning stories and personal essays have appeared in publications such as American West Magazine, In These Times, Catholic Digest, The Cornish Pagan Wheel, Orange Coast Magazine, Sacramento Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner Magazine, Quill, Daily News of Los Angeles, In Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and The Daily Breeze.

Prior to becoming a full-time freelance writer, Cheryl was an editor and legal affairs reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal where her ground-breaking reporting launched federal investigations and changed state law regarding the treatment of children living in government-controlled institutions (chiefly foster care and juvenile justice).

She tells us that when she is not writing and researching, she volunteers with victims of domestic violence and tends to her garden.

Cheryl’s novel, Ruby Hands, reflects her many years of investigative training. Her sharp observational eye, and her understanding of the complexities of character shine throughout the manuscript.

Ruby Hands tells the story of Daisy Sandoval, a young mother who teaches school on a Native American reservation in Arizona, who is found near death one morning at the bottom of a ravine. Tribal members suspect foul play, and focus their attention on Harlan Sandoval, the woman’s ex-husband. Harlan is a defrocked Pentecostal preacher who now heads a family-run criminal enterprise on the reservation.

Meanwhile, Kate Thorsen, a burned-out freelance writer for National Geographic, is in Washington, D.C., when she learns that her only niece is barely clinging to life. Kate drops everything and flies to Arizona. After Daisy dies, Kate moves to the reservation and attempts to solve the riddle of her niece’s death. Only then does she discover that Daisy’s two children are missing. In a part of the world where cultures clash and people distrust outsiders, few are willing to talk. Kate soon finds her life radically changed by Nopah, a Mohave shaman, who helps her stand up to Harlan and his gang of “ruby hands”.

We are very proud that this beautiful novel will be published on our Sowilo Press imprint, as the fourth in our Eludia series. Two of our winners have already been launched: Sleepers Awake, a collection of short stories by our first winner, poet and writer Tree Riesener, and Inscription, a beautiful novel by our second winner, Christine Whittemore, who also happens to be both a poet and a writer.

Our third Eludia Award winner, the very talented Orla McAlinden, will have her collection of short stories, The Accidental Wife and Other Stories, published by this spring.

The Eludia Award is an first-book award, for a work of fiction – either a novel or a collection of short stories – given to women writers age forty and above. The award
was established to bring attention to the many important voices of mature women writers, a demographic too often overlooked in our youth-obsessed culture. The winning manuscript receives a $1,000 prize and publication on the Sowilo Press imprint of Hidden River Publishing.   The submission deadline for the fifth Eludia Award is extended to April 15, 2016.  Guidelines can be found here.

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Please join us on Sunday, November 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Rigger Room of Cavanaugh’s Head House Pub in Society Hill, 421 S. 2nd Street, to celebrate the publication of our first two Eludia Award Winners. Both authors will be present for reading, discussion and book signing. We’ll also welcome the very talented young musician, Monique Canniere, who will be performing for us and talking about her work in the music community.

Tree Riesener, our first Eludia winner, is a very popular — dare I say beloved — writer and poet from Bryn Mawr. She has long been a well-loved reader on the poetry circuit, and will be reading from her winning story collection Sleepers Awake. 

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Christine Whittemore, our second Eludia Award winner, will be here all the way from the UK — Gloucestershire, England to be exact — where she has received quite a bit of popular attention already – giving readings and signings in a variety of book stores, festivals and gatherings. Christine is also a poet and an essayist as well as a writer of fiction. She will be reading from her novel, Inscription.

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Monique Canniere is a singer, violinist, guitarist — a multi-talented musician who has performed in a variety of venues locally, including the Ethical Society, the Ardmore Music Hall, the Tin Angel….and the “Concert Atop the Crypts” at the famous Laurel Hill Cemetery! She has also appeared at Kimmel Center, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, World Cafe Live, the Trocadero, the Liacouris Center with Kanye West. Monique released her first solo album project, “Preachin’ to the Choir,” in June 2015.

We’ll be gathering at Cavanaugh’s Head House Pub, which was originally The Dickens’ Inn, owned by a relative of Charles Dickens, and an absolutely wonderful and charming place in Society Hill, Philadelphia. Cavanaugh’s has been a wonderful host to our arts events and our writers’ workshops now for several years, and we are ever-grateful to them!

Please join us for a lovely evening of good literature, good music and great company! The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

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Hidden River Arts will host a Live Arts Event on Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Head House Tavern, 421 South 2nd Street in Philadelphia. We will be celebrating the wrap-up of our summer writers’ workshop, and our workshop members will be offering some readings of their work. We’ll also be celebrating the work of our first Eludia Award winner, Tree Riesener, who will be reading a bit from her winning collection of short stories, Sleepers Awake, which is forthcoming on our Sowilo Press imprint.

We’ll also be having some live music — more details on that as they are available!

We’ve had some wonderful live arts events both at Cavanaugh’s and at other venues around the city. Terrific readings and wonderful musicians, like Rosa Diaz at Live & Lit, or Alex Kruchoski and Zeke Francis, or Teresa McCann. It’s always a joyous event, with a focus on celebrating art and artists.

This event is free and open to the public. Come, and bring friends!

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