Joel Fotinos

Joel Fotinos is a Executive Vice-President of St. Martin's Press and has his own imprint for books on mind, body, spirit.  the  is a businessman, motivational speaker, and author. He speaks nationwide on prosperity and success and is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including "Think and Grow Rich"

Joel Fotinos is the Spiritual Businessman.  Before joining St. Martin's Press, he was vice-president and publisher at Tarcher/Penguin, and the co-author of THE PRAYER CHEST, which Judy Collins called “a wonderful and enlightening book.”  The book was a Family Circle “Book of the Month,” as well as endorsed by Christiane Northrup, M.D., Julia Cameron, Catherine Ponder, and many others.  Fotinos has also written or co-written several other books, including MULTIPLY YOUR BLESSINGS, A LITTLE DAILY WISDOM, and THE THINK & GROW RICH WORKBOOK; his books have over 120,000 copies in-print, and have been published in 14 languages. Fotinos has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, and was given Science of Mind magazine’s first “Spiritual Hero of the Year” award.

A licensed minster with the Centers for Spiritual Living, Fotinos travels the country giving talks and workshops on spirituality and inspiration.  He also speaks once a month and gives on-going classes at the Center for Spiritual Living North Jersey.  Fotinos has narrated a dozen audiobooks, including the nationally best-selling audio editions for Napoleon Hill’s THINK AND GROW RICH and THE LAW OF SUCCESS, and he is the male voice for Penguin Classics’s “Poems By Heart” and upcoming “Bible Verses By Heart” apps.  He consults with businesses and individuals with his Soul Compass work, to help them create success, fulfillment, and purpose.

His new books, MY LIFE CONTRACT (Hampton Roads) and THE THINK & GROW RICH STARTER KIT (Tarcher/Penguin), were both released September 2014.

Toinette Lippe

Toinette Lippe – retired publisher at Random House, artist, writer.  Illustrator for botanicals.  Lippe worked in the publishing industry for more than thirty-five years including Simon and Schuster and Alfred A. Knopf.   In 1989,  Lippe founded Bell Tower, an imprint of Crown/Harmony, where she was editorial director and published seventy books.  Lippe authored two books Nothing Left Over: A Plain and Simple Life and Caught in the Act: Reflections on Being, Knowing, and Doing.   Lippe is now retired and devotes her time to Chinese ink painting.  

Rachel Corbett

Rachel Corbett - is the author of You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin, which won the 2016 Marfield Prize, the National Award for Arts Writing. It has been translated into German, Czech, Turkish, Korean, Serbian, Taiwanese and Russian. She has also written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the BBC, and New York Magazine, among other publications. She grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa and Columbia University. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

James Glenn-Anderson

James Glenn-Anderson, PhD is a mathematician, electrical engineer, and Founder/CEO of Supercomputer Systems, Inc. a small R&D consultancy specializing in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Scientific Supercomputing. Over the span of his career James has worked as designer and architect for a lengthy series of Silicon Valley startups where he generated numerous publications and patents in support of emerging Supercomputer-on-Chip (SCOC) technologies. He is also an acclaimed musician with three CD’s to his credit and number-1 rankings worldwide for his various compositions.


His creative work in both the arts and sciences eventually gave rise to a realization the creative process in one is fully equivalent to that of the other and further there is ample opportunity for a profound synergy between the two. In this manner, art informs science and science informs art at a level and intensity unavailable to either alone. With this newfound awareness, his ‘QuantumNoesis’ project was born.


In simplest terms, ‘QuantumNoesis’ refers to a formal investigation of all aspects of human consciousness pertinent to the creative process; what creativity actually is, how it is invoked or made available to us, and most importantly how it might be rendered more powerful. Note the appearance of ‘Quantum’ in ‘QuantumNoesis’ isn’t at all whimsical as the most advanced thinking concerning the ultimate nature of consciousness (and thus, creativity) point to an essential quantum mechanical basis.

John McCleary

John McCleary - Mr. McCleary has worked as a writer, art director and photographer in the newspaper, music, publishing and advertising industries for the last fifty years.


During the 1960s and 70s, John McCleary was a music industry photographer in Los Angeles and was on stage and in the dressing rooms with The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, Tina Turner and others.  In the early 1970s, he produced a series of twelve posters and The People’s Book, a photographic essay of the counterculture of the era.

John participated in and photographed many anti-war demonstrations across the United States during the 1960s and 70s. His photographic essay of the 1960s counterculture was published in 1972 by Celestial Arts in San Francisco, and in 1998, he self-published Monterey Peninsula People, a book of photographs and bios of peninsula residents. John is also the author of The Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s, published by Ten Speed Press in 2002, revised in 2004, and now published by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House.

Mr. McCleary is considered “The Authority on the generation that questioned authority.”  John is soon to publish two other books on the hippie counterculture entitled Mother’s Heart, Father’s Mind; The Sexual Revolution of A Young Man: 1955 to 1985, and Common Sense and Reason Again.  These two books and the Hippie Dictionary will complete The Hippie Trilogy!

Magnus Toren

Magnus Toren - Library Director since 1993, Magnus Torén is responsible for creating a vital cultural and educational resource at the Henry Miller Library during the past twenty three (!) years. Magnus holds a skipper's license and he spent the years between 1977 and 1984 (and 1994-95), delivering yachts across 5 of the seven oceans of the world. He made landfall in Big Sur and is married to Mary Lu. They have a son, Stefan, 26 years old, now with the United States Coast Guard. The family lives on Partington Ridge in Big Sur. (Stefan currently onboard the USCGC Stratton)

Specialties: Sailing. Writing songs. Giving talks about sailing, maritime history, island ecology, Big Sur and Henry Miller.   

breakout sessions

Rick Acker 

Rick Acker  - Presents two related workshops, Author Law 101 and Author Law 102, a look at everything a budding author needs to know about the law, copywriting, reviewing contracts with a publisher, etc.

Rick Acker writes novels during his commute to and from his "real job" as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. His unit prosecutes corporate fraud lawsuits of the type described in the #1 bestseller, WHEN THE DEVIL WHISTLES, which award-winning author Colleen Coble describes as "a legal thriller you won't want to miss!"

Rick has led investigations and lawsuits that made headlines in and out of California. Most recently, he and his team won a string record-breaking judgments and settlements against the Wall Street players who created the toxic mortgage securities that triggered the Great Recession.

Harriet Lynn
Harriet Lynn - will use in "Play to Stage" an effective and “painless” brief writing exercise) sharing (if so desired) with fellow participants resulting into developing a group performance piece. Participants will write, share verbally, cast, produce and perform one of the selected stories.  This original performance work will be presented for the conference goers. 

The use of improvisation, characterization, imagery and the various talents of participants are used in this story/theatre bonding experience.  Facilitator, Harriet Lynn, will guide this creative and empowering individual/group process “from page to stage”.

Harriet has a long and diverse background as a producer, director, actor, choreographer, dancer, arts educator, public speaker, communications consultant, oral historian, radio/television host, museum theatre consultant, writer and t’ai chi instructor. Harriet Lynn has been featured in National Broadway Companies and recently seen performing on various Monterey Peninsula stages and director of 200th Anniversary of Battle of Monterey. Ms. Lynn has a B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory in Dance and Theatre and a M.S. degree from the University of Maryland University College.  

 “Do not go where a path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  

Ralph Waldo Emerson