Sue Carmichael Spitulnik

Sue is the current president of Lilac City Rochester Writers and has a short story published in their No Page Left Unturned anthology.

In 2015, Sue, having been an Air Force wife in the past, attended a meeting of the Rochester Veterans Writing Group in search of an Air Force pilot to interview for a writing project. She remains active in the group and has a memoir essay published in the group’s first book, United in Service, United in Sacrifice. Sue also creates 99-word flash fiction stories based on a weekly prompt presented at Carrot Ranch Literary, an international online writing group. She has added each scene to a serial entitled “Michael’s Circle” about an Army double-leg amputee and his close family and friends for three years on her blog at Both books mentioned are available on Amazon.

Fairport NY, is where Sue now lives with her husband and two cats. When she isn’t writing or spending time with family and friends, she is quilting, specializing in patriotic and t-shirt quilts.

Sally Valentine

Sally Valentine is a native Rochesterian, who has been both a student and a teacher in the Rochester City School District. After teaching math for 25 years, she is now off on a tangent of writing. Her love for kids, books, and Rochester led her to write a series of novels for intermediate-grade kids, which are each set in a different Rochester landmark. The titles thus far are The Ghost of the Charlotte Lighthouse, Theft at George Eastman House, What Stinks? An Adventure in Highland Park, Lost at Seabreeze, and STORMED. She loves to do school visits.

Sally is also the author of an award-winning book of poems entitled There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo. Her latest book is Martha the Hairpreneur, the true story of a Rochester woman who turned $60, a formula for hair tonic, and her own floor-length hair into an empire of 500 salons worldwide. Sally feels blessed to be a part of the rich Rochester writing community. You may contact her through her website at