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Jeanne Bryner is an emergency-room nurse and the author of the poetry chapbook Breathless (Kent State University Press). She lives in Newton Falls, Ohio.
Kathleen M. Carr fulfilled a lifelong dream last summer when she tossed a ping-pong ball into a goldfish bowl and won a stuffed monkey. “Nothing is impossible,” she says. She lives in Falls Church, Virginia.
Debora Freund is working on a book of essays titled Life Humbles You, Dear. Her essay in this issue is part of a longer work. She lives in Antwerp, Belgium.
Janice Levy began writing five years ago when she sold her first story to The Sun. She says, “Having my work in your magazine is like giving birth again — only without the pain.” She lives in Merrick, New York.
Stephen J. Lyons is the author of Landscape of the Heart: Writings on Daughters and Journeys (Washington State University Press). He lives in Pullman, Washington.
Jarvis Jay Masters lives on death row in San Quentin, California. He is the author of Finding Freedom: Writings from Death Row (Padma Publishing).
Marc Petersen is a poet living in Santa Clara, California.
Scarecrow is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including and i the wind (Hummingbird Press). He lives in Taos, New Mexico.
Ruth L. Schwartz is a professional résumé writer and award-winning poet. She lives in Oakland, California, with her partner and a houseful of pets.
Jane Underwood writes poetry, song lyrics, essays, memoirs, and erotica. Her work has most recently appeared in The Ecstatic Moment, an anthology of erotic works from Libido magazine. She lives in San Francisco.
Laura Lee Washburn is the author of the poetry chapbook Watching the Contortionists (University of South Carolina at Aiken Press). She lives in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Clemens Kalischer is a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in Life, Newsweek, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
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