Mingma, our visionary founder, was born to a humble family outside the village of Melemchi, in the Helambu Valley, Nepal. In 1971 Mingma met anthropologist Naomi Bishop and her filmmaker husband John Bishop, and began to study the lives of humans. (Photo by John Bishop)
Byron Barton created many picture books for young children, including My Car, Building a House, Machines at Work, and Little Red Hen before retiring south to paint.
John M. Brewer was born and remains in Pittsburgh where he is Special Consultant to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art and archivist of the extensive Pittsburgh Courier photographic collection. An active historian, his other books include Pittsburgh Jazz and African Americans in Pittsburgh. He is married to quilt and textile artist Christine Williams Brewer. They have two children, Kristine and John.
Natalie Vance Lewellyn was born somewhere west of Baton Rouge and, after studying French and art at Carlton College, trained and worked as a social worker in Wisconsin. She and her bio-researcher husband Eric currently live in San Francisco where they are raising their son and daughter, Misha and Annika.
Laurie Marshall was born in Pittsburgh, has gone back, but lives now in Novato, California. She paints, writes, and educates. In 2007, her 3rd grade class at Novato Charter School staged the first dramatic production of Take Me With You When You Go. See more of her art, life and work at soulemporium.com, or find out about her ongoing Singing Tree of Peace art project at Unity through Creativity.
Alan Venable was born in Pittsburgh and sojourned various other wonderful places before rooting again in San Francisco. Among editing and writing projects he has written many computer-enhanced books for students with reading disabilities. He lives with his wife Gail and is forever learning the accordion. Their daughter Noe writes music, sings and teaches. Her forthcoming 2014 album is called “Cascadia.” Their son Morgan bicycles, helps Microsoft invent stuff and writes poems about monkeys.