Through her controversial weekly political, social and cultural columns for the op-ed pages of the Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer, Joyce Marcel (www.joycemarcel.com)has become the voice of an entire county – Windham – in southern Vermont. In May 2006, she published a collection of essays called A Thousand Words or Less. Her weekly columns can be found on-line Thursdays at The American Reporter (american-reporter.com) and often on Common Dreams (commondreams.org.) She is also a free-lance journalist and music critic whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, Vermont Life Magazine, Vermont Business Magazine, Newsday, The New York Post and many other places.