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Writer’s World Judges

Michael H. Rand, Margaret Eckman and Deahn Berrini

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Michael H. Rand holds a master’s degree in English from Salem State University, where he was an editor of the school’s literary journal, Soundings East. His work has appeared in various online literary venues, such as Crack the Spine and NoiseMedium, and is forthcoming in Grub Street Magazine. Mike works as a copywriter at a marketing agency in Burlington, MA, and lives in Beverly, MA, with his fiancée, Sarah.



An editor by trade, Margaret Eckman has come to love the rigor that poetry demands—telling a complete story, well and beautifully, in a few short lines; she continues to strive toward that goal. Her award-winning poems have appeared in the Broadkill Review, Aurorean, Nantucket Magazine, and other publications. Her book Hope Runs Through It (authored as M.W. MacKay) is a collection of poetry that explores the beauty and mystery of nature, the struggles and hope of spirituality, and the challenges and blessings of raising a child with special needs.



Deahn Berrini grew up in the Greek-American community in Ipswich, MA. Although she travels widely, she has spent most of her life on the North Shore of Boston, where she now lives with her family, writes, and teaches. A graduate of Brown University, Deahn is the author of two published novels, Milkweed and How to Earn Your Keep, and she is putting the finishing touches on her third, A Song for the Roanoak.