Craig Chalquist, PhD, is the founding editor of Immanence. As Associate Provost at Pacifica Graduate Institute and former department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, he teaches depth psychology, mythology from a psychological perspective, and ecopsychology, including his terrapsychological version. He has published several books, including Storied Lives: Discovering and Deepening Your Personal Myth.
Viola Chen is a doctoral student and contributes to Immanence Journal in the area of Chinese mythology, especially from a Jungian perspective.
Jacqui Dziak received her B.S. in Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and her M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has spent her career working in media, selling advertising and creating marketing programs. Jacqui currently has her own business, and represents Playbill on the west coast. She is also a yoga teacher and has had a life-long interest in depth psychology and mythology.
Kelly Lydick received her B.A. in Writing and Literature from Burlington College, and her M.A. in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at CIIS). Her creative writing has appeared in ditch: poetry that matters, Shady Side Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Drunken Boat, and others. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in Java, Western Art Collector, Santa Fean, and True Blue Spirit magazines as well as at ElephantJournal.com. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of the chapbook We Once Were, and the experimental work, Mastering the Dream. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops rooted in Jungian principles, and offers private consultations through her company Waking the Dream.
Lola McCrary read mythology and folklore in elementary school and science fiction in high school and graduated with a B.A. in history and religious studies from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. She has worked in the Bay Area as a medical claims examiner for over thirty years. In 2012 she received an M.A. in Integral Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Concord, CA, where she was teaching assistant in a number of courses. Her senior project explored Ken Wilber’s scholarship regarding C.G. Jung. She works as a first reader, fact checker, and proofreader of both fiction and non-fiction in her areas of interest. Her first published article, “Be the Story, Change the Story: Engaging Gender-based Archetypes in Online Science Fiction and Fantasy Fandom,” was recently published in Bonnie Bright Ph.D.’s anthology Depth Psychology and the Digital Age. She is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees at Grace North Church, Berkeley.
Melissa Ruisz Nazario earned an M.A. in English and American literature at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her thesis, “Parting the Shadowy Veil: Trauma, Testimony, and Shadow in Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” received UTEP’s 2006 Honors Convocation Award for Outstanding English Thesis. Melissa has taught college composition, literature, and drama, English as a second language in Japan, and has tutored children and adults. She was content editor and graphic designer for the U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Department in Okinawa, Japan, and is currently a technical writer and quality assurance specialist for Advanced Computer Learning Company in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Melissa is the webmaster and production manager at Immanence Journal.
Lisa Sawyer has worked, over the past three decades, as a paralegal, a civil investigator, and a grant writer; has served as an interpreter for the deaf; has operated a dance and drama studio; and has volunteered as an officer of the court in the Washoe County SAFE program, advocating for elders’ safety, dignity, and autonomy. Her children’s play, entitled Young Beethoven: An Ode to Joy, received funding from the Jon Ben Snow Foundation and was performed in numerous schools by Brüka Theatre Company. She presently is a MA/PhD student in the Mythological Studies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she seeks to understand better the intricate workings of our vigorously transmuting world and endeavors to produce the dynamic imaginings vital for giving form and meaning to our lives. Follow her on Twitter @Lisa_Sawyer.
Mary Antonia Wood, PhD, is the owner of Talisman Creative Mentoring, a practice that supports artists and creators of all types. Wood has been as a visual artist for over twenty years, with work featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and collected by a variety of individuals and institutions. Wood received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is currently adjunct faculty in the Engaged Humanities and Creative Life program. In addition to teaching and mentoring fellow artists, Wood is currently at work on a book for creators of all types based on her doctoral and post-doctoral research on the archetypal forces that shape a creative life.