Photography - John Hill Schwartz, has had a lifelong interest in photography,
encouraged by family members working for Kodak in the Rochester, New York area. In Vietnam he flew visual reconnaissance taking handheld aerial photos, and later ran an Imagery Interpretation section.Photography has grown as a hobby over the years, aided by living in scenic Maine, and has transitioned into a second career. Schwartz currently works in film while exploring digital,
and the never-ending learning of software.He maintains an available stock inventory, but continues to shoot adding to his stock. Outdoor scenery, landscape, wildlife,and auto racing are favorites, but he he also has an extensive file of sailing and nautical photos.
Poetry - Recent poems by H. R. Coursen have appeared in Amoskeag,Animus, A Sense of Place, Café Review, Hollins Critic, Jung Center Newsletter, Literary Review, Maine Poetry Anthology,Maine Scholar, Monkey's Fist, Off the Coast, Puckerbrush, Shakespeare Newsletter, Small Pond, Sonnetta Poesia, Sports Illustrated, South Carolina Review, Stanza, Tar River Poetry, and Wolf Moon. His poetry has been featured twice on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. His poetry has been a runnerup for the Pushcart Prize. He has won the best book and best poem awards from the New England Poetry Club and the best poem award from the Maine Poets Society. H. R. Coursen was born in New Jersey, attended Amherst College, Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut.
He served as an Air Force pilot during the Korean war. He still teaches college and resides in Maine.