Session Four

Session 4

2:35 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Dogs on the Page with Helen Peppe and Suzanne Strempek Shea

Author Helen Peppe to speak at Writers' Day at Bay Path University on October 24 2015Helen Peppe is a professional writer and photographer. Although she photographs all animals, she specializes in photographing horses. Helen is the former editor of Eastern Equerry and The Maine Stable Guide, which she created to help horse owners find the right barn, trainer, or riding instructor for their horse. Her short stories, articles, and photographs are in a myriad of anthologies, books, and magazines, including Practical Horseman, Equus, American Trakehner, Dressage Today, The Horse’s Maine, Arabian Horse Times, Dog Fancy, Dog World, Equine Journal, The Horse, and Cats Magazine. She has been on a variety of radio and talk shows, including the Marilu Henner Show, Live with Vickie St. Clair, 207, and Good Day Maine. Her horse images appear on book and magazine covers, in editorials, calendars, and on hundreds of web sites and Facebook pages. Her own Facebook page has over 68,000 horse-loving followers, and she is a regular contributor to Cowboy Magic. Helen speaks at libraries, bookstores, and graduate programs, using her horse images to illustrate perspective, honesty, and truth.

Helen’s photography and written work have received numerous awards and recognition, including placing first in the 2009 Word Worth Essay and Fiction Contest, and The Starving Writer Literary contest twice. She was one of seven finalists for the 2011 Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award, as well as a Maine Literary Award repeat finalist. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine where she returns as an alumna to teach and photograph. Helen’s debut memoir, Pigs Can’t Swim, published by Da Capo Press, is a 2014 Indie Introduce, an Indie Next Title, and 2014 New England Books Award and MWPA nominee. Helen lives in the Portland, Maine area with her husband, children, dogs, and her horse, Rua, a Gypsy cob. Visit her online at:

Suzanne Strempek Shea, authorSuzanne Strempek Shea is the author of six novels, including Make a Wish But Not For Money, and five works of nonfiction, including This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother's Grief, an African Village's Plight and the Medical Clinic That Brought Fresh Hope to Both. She has been featured on NBC's Today, National Public Radio and Voice of America, and in USA Today and the Washington Post. Her freelance work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN the Magazine, Yankee and Bark. Shea is writer in residence at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Mass., is a member of the faculty at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing. She also has taught in Ireland, at the Curlew Writers Conferences in Howth and Dingle, and in Dingle via the Stonecoast Ireland residency. She and her husband, Tommy Shea, longtime reporter for The Republican of Springfield, Mass., and most recently the senior foreign editor at The National Newspaper in Abu Dhabi, recently led a week of writing in Ireland for participants in Bay Path's new MFA program in nonfiction. She and Tommy live in Bondsville with dogs Tiny and Bisquick. Visit her online at: