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Publishing Company
Blake House Publishing, LLC

Editor and creator of Joy
Amy Barnes

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Bob Arnold, columnist,  "The Networker" 
D.J. Barnett, Resident Poet, "The Reading Nook"
Jordin Bragg, columnist, "Bite Me" and "Getting Reel"
Tyler Hatfield, layout, and columnist “From a Technical Mind”
Amanda Liptak, columnist, "Of Mind and Body"
Hannah Magrum, series "When the Call for Help is Answered"
Mary Olson, columnist, “Off the Shelf”
Chris Pickens, columnist, "Vegan Vittles"
Stephanie Polinski, columnist, "Back to Our Roots"
Michelle Riley, columnist, "Dig It!" 
Rachel Shepard, columnist, "The In Box"

Past "The Reading Nook" Authors and Stories
Amy Barnes: "Toby's Story," "What Grief Eats: The Unintended Lesson" and "Dead Sheep Don't Breathe"
Christopher Barnes: "Little Truths" and "One Week With Kyle Hodge"
Kevin Oney"Life and Recovery of an American Addict"
Janine Smalley:“The Duck Who Would Not Swim,” “Gomer and Henry Save Christmas,” “Forever Friends,” “Trapping the Leprechaun,”  “April Showers Bring Blossom,”  and “The Girl With The Crooked Smile.”
Robert Soroky"Ringworld"

Past Photographers:

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