Meet the Authors of Bear Spirit Press

Gary W. Babb

Gary W. Babb is originally from Oklahoma, but work has taken him to South Florida, to South Texas, and finally to Southern California where he spent the last 25 years. He served in the Navy and traveled the world. His education includes, Amarillo College, DeVry Institute of Technology, National Cable Television Institute and Western Oklahoma State College.

As a business executive, his previous writing experience has been directed toward letters, memos, proposals, and reports, however, he has always enjoyed the magic that can be spun with words to sell, convince, or inform those targeted. Earth is Ours was his first effort toward spinning a tale of entertainment. This first literary effort won him “Best Science Fiction/Fantasy 2005” from the prestigious San Diego Book Awards. The saga continued with the sequel, Target Earth, which made the three “Finalist” list in the same awards in 2006. The third of the Earth Series and finale of the series, Earth’s Dragons, was published in 2012. He has also began a new series with his latest book, Genesis Log, published in late 2013.

Mr. Babb is now semi-retired and has returned to Oklahoma, where he resides in Muskogee, Oklahoma (Green Country). Being an “Okie” again has been good for his writing, and his writing credits now include five published works, another non-fiction book currently pending publication and a young adult fantasy, Dark Angeles of Zeus, in the final stages of completion.

Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas

Expressions of identity, decolonization & NDN stories.

Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) artist/author with roots in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. Working with oils on canvas (although he has dabbled in stone and wood carving, clay, photography, water color, acrylic and print-making), he now illustrates children’s story books and creates cover art with more than a 1000 cover images to his name.

He continues to work within his favourite medium and signs his oil paintings with his Kanien’kéha name as he did more than 40 years ago. The artist is currently working on a group of paintings that examines Native North American/First Nations/Aboriginal/NDN identity and culture within today’s society, as well as traditional storytelling and its characters. They can be found within private collections across Canada and the USA, and can be viewed at http://www.derondouglas.ca.

The artist/author grew up within a culture of oral storytelling, and remembers the many stories told by his father and grandmother around the kitchen table. His favourite story, which was told by his father Wishé, is called Raké:ni’s Farm and is a true ghost story which has haunted his family for generations. This story along with his version of the Three Brave Hunters and the Great Bear are scheduled for release within the 2016-2017 time frame. In 2015 he released an illustrated children’s story book entitled Coyote Boy: An Original Trickster Story.

He is currently an “Artist in Residence” for the York Region District School Board, as well as a First Nations Storyteller and First Nations teaching advisor. He has formal training in the fine arts (art history and photography), visual design, computer science, social science, education and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

His paintings will be on exhibit May 28th to July 29th, 2016 at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford Ontario, Canada.

A.D. Ellis

A.D. Ellis was elected as the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to a second four-year term on November 3, 2007.  He served as Second Chief from January 2000 to December 31, 2004. Prior to that, he served four consecutive two-year terms as a National Council Representative from the Okmulgee District.  

In August 2007, he was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission by Governor Brad Henry. Another special recognition he received was a personal invitation from President George W. Bush, to visit the White House, for a second time.

Chief Ellis was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Doolie Ellis and Nellie Bruner Ellis of Concharty, Twin Hills Community. He graduated from Twin Hills in 1953, attended Tulsa Business College, later enlisted in the United States Air Force and then the Oklahoma National Guard. He retired from the International Teamsters Union in 1989 with thirty-five (35) years of service.

He married the former Gail Billings of Morris, Oklahoma. He and his family reside at this lifelong home on his mother's original allotment on Bixby Road. He and Gail have five (5) daughters and five (5) sons residing throughout the United States.

The Principal Chief Ellis is of the Turtle Clan, his tribal town is Locvpoka, and his church is Concharty Indian Methodist Church.

B. Jeff Monague

B. Jeff Monague whose Ojibwe name is Myiingan, is an Ojibwe Language teacher with Georgian College in Barrie Ontario, Canada. He has also taught Grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 and has been a teacher of the language since the year 2000.

He is a musician, a Veteran of the Canadian Military, and a former Chief of his home community of Christian Island, (G’chi Nme Mnissing) Ontario, Canada. It is here that he was raised and where he learned the Ojibwe language as it was the first language he spoke as a child.