Andi Ashworth and her husband, Charlie Peacock, are Co-Founders/Directors Emeritus of Art House America. Andi is a writer (author of Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring), gardener, cook, and lover of good books, walks, and connecting conversations. After providing hospitality to thousands of people over many years, it is Andi’s joy to be in a more private season of life, able to work on a new book and shift the focus of her Art House calling to the care of this unique space for readers and writers. Many of her essays on food, hospitality, place, vocation, and the artful life can be found on the Art House America Blog. Andi holds an MA in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. She and Charlie have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Jenni Simmons is a freelance writer and editor, the Social Media Manager for Peace Gospel International, a drummer’s wife, and caretaker of two cats and one dog. She enjoys many good things in her life, but she would always rather be reading. Her writing can be found on the Art House America Blog, Comment Magazine, The Curator, Proximity Magazine, and her personal blog, Dreams of Genevieve.
Jennifer Strange received an MFA at the University of Florida, and her poems have appeared in The Oxford American, Christianity and Literature, and Rock and Sling. For ten years, she taught writing at Centenary College of Louisiana, whose lawns she grew up on between Suzuki violin lessons. More importantly, she once survived Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk with three other women, she can make a mean fruitcake (Grandma's recipe) and good peanut brittle (other Grandma's recipe), and her cat wouldn't protect her from an invading gecko if she begged. Most importantly, she is married to a weekend pilot with whom she raises two young sons.
Barbara Lane is an editorial intern for the Art House America Blog and otherwise blogs at Lost Arrivals. She earned a degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership in 2011 and is currently looking forward to beginning an MFA in Creative Writing. She has lived in various places across New Mexico and Michigan and occupies herself with explorations in writing, bread-baking, and beer-brewing wherever she happens to find herself.
Sarah Duet earned a degree in Communication from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2011. Since then she's put down roots in Shreveport, LA, helping to create and establish The Yellow House of Highland, an intentional community for young adults. In addition to working as freelance graphic artist and a sometimes singer-songwriter, she has finally landed her dream job: serving coffee at a local coffee shop. Other affections include reading, obsessively listening to interviews online, pursuing beauty in all things, fruitful conversations, making home, and keeping her off-kilter kitten, Nash, entertained and out of trouble.