About GPS

Greater Portland Scribists (GPS) is a group of speculative fiction writers who live near Portland, Maine. We formed in 2011 with the intention of publishing an anthology, which we have done every year since. We meet throughout the year to discuss writing, publishing, and to submit our stories to intense group workshopping sessions. Creating worlds and crafting stories is a fun way to live, and we do our best to help each other become the best writers we can be. Plus our discussions tend to go off-topic on some pretty epic and entertaining tangents.

Live near Portland, Maine and want to join us? Visit our Recruiting Page.

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Richard Veysey is the current leader and facilitator of the Greater Portland Scribists. He has been telling stories since he could put words together to form a sentence, and writing since he learned how to read. In his free time, he likes to write, program and play video games, make all-natural moisturizers, face washes, etc., and hang out with his friends. He also hates writing about himself in the third person.

Richard has contributed stories to Scribings Vol 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Jamie Alan Belanger earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Computer Science and worked for a small software company in Tampa for eight years before moving to Maine to pursue his own projects. He currently works for a company he started with his brother Paul, Lost Luggage Studios. His interests include computers, writing, photography, and designing worlds he'd rather live in.

Jamie has contributed stories to Scribings Vol 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Timothy Lynch is Reference Librarian at The University of Southern Maine. He Graduated with a BA in English Literature from St. Bonaventure University and has also earned an MLS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. He enjoys reading, writing and walking around Back Cove in Portland. At least once a month he can also be found swimming mythical rivers and hiking the endless trails of dreams.

Timothy has contributed stories to Scribings Vol 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Shelli-Jo Pelletier has been determined to write stories for book-eager children ever since third grade, when a teacher assigned her additional coursework because she "read too much." Born and raised in southern Maine, she received her bachelor's in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington. Her previous publications include a chapter in "Telling Their Stories: Women Business Owners in Western Maine," a project by the Western Mountains Alliance to honor women entrepreneurs.

Shelli has contributed to Scribings Vol 3, 4, and 5.

Steven Inman finds his many jobs to be an interesting diversion from his writing obsession. He lives in Portland where his B.A. in Classical Literature comes in handy in his daytime maintenance work, where reads Candide to air handling units. He has worked in cemeteries, hotels, churches, shelters, and M60A1 tanks. In his spare time he reads, writes, runs, eats meals, plays with old movie projectors and office equipment, and eventually goes to work.

Steve has contributed to Scribings Vol 3, 4, and 5.

D.L. Harvey has a degree in Anthropology-Geography with a side focus in economics that helps with creating her universes. Her pursuit of a Master's of Psychology aids in both the development of her fictional characters and in managing her real life family of five. She has an eclectic range of interests from genetics to psychics, from singing to quantum theory, from linguistics to motorcycles. She hopes her writing shows that the universe is an amazing, beautiful, and scary place, worthy to be explored and shared.

Dea has contributed to Scribings Vol 3, 4, and 5.

Robin Hansen is a folklorist who loves stories that ring true but have a twist of magic or off-ness—a blond European tribe kept as livestock in central Africa, mittens that become a compass when you’re lost, a boy who speaks only in the presence of plants; kids who fall through snow down a pine tree; a World War II Zero pilot who can't stand killing. Robin has her writing background in journalism and knitting folklore. She has articles and stories in regional and national publications from Yankee Magazine to Family Fun and Piecework. Her writing hero, Pierre Boulle (Planet of the Apes, Bridge on the River Kwai), was also a fan of off-ness.

Robin has contributed to Scribings Vol 5.

Matthew Stephen D. has always been drawn to adventure. From the dawn of adolescence, to the long late night hours of adult life, be it wandering with his trusty wooden blade, or relaxing in his sanctum whilst guiding his comrades through the treacherous labyrinth of his creative mind, one constant is his love of adventure. To Matthew, the hero's journey translates to everyone in all aspects of daily life. As an artist, he communicates this love in the purest way he knows.

Matthew has contributed to Scribings Vol 5.

Cynthia Ravinski just wants to create. Residing in a coastal northern New England setting she crafts stories in other worlds and otherworldly gemstone jewelry. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from UMaine Farmington and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. To say she is obsessed with drinking tea is an understatement.

Cindy contributed to Scribings Vol 1 and 2.

Christopher L. Weston is an artist with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in writing, literature, and publishing. He has traveled in the US and Europe and worked in a variety of occupations. He maintains a self-imposed isolation to minimize adverse effects he may have on society or its members. If you feel you may have come in contact with him please seek immediate medical attention.

Chris contributed to Scribings Vol 2.

Lee Patterson has worked as a software developer for over 17 years, at companies like Electronic Arts and IBM. He enjoys long weekends curled up with iPad, gazing at a nice screen full of source code, and thinking up cleaver ways to kill characters in his short stories.

Lee contributed to Scribings Vol 1.