In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Joseph Bathanti teaches creative writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which, This Metal (Saint Andrews Press), won the Oscar Arnold Young Award. His first novel, East Liberty (Banks Channel Books), won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. He lives in Statesville, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons.
Colin Chisholm lives in Missoula, Montana. His book Through Yup’ik Eyes: An Adopted Son Explores the Landscape of Family was published in the fall of 2000 by Alaska Northwest Books.
Steven Donoso is a freelance human being living in Hope, Maine. He was a baseball resister until his two sons became avid Red Sox fans. Now he displays classic symptoms of baseball fever, such as whooping at the radio.
Alicia Erian’s first collection of short stories, The Brutal Language of Love, is currently out in paperback (Random House). A second collection, The Finer Points of Men, and a novel, Welcome to the Moral Universe, are forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. Her fiction has appeared most recently in Playboy, Zoetrope, and the Iowa Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Susan L. Feldman’s essay “On Writing a Screenplay” appeared in the Southern Humanities Review and was chosen as one of the Notable Essays of 2000 in The Best American Essays 2001. Her essays have also appeared in Ontario Review, Epoch, Connecticut Review, the Massachusetts Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Room of One’s Own. She lives in San Francisco and is currently working on an essay collection.
Alison Luterman is a poet and essayist living in Oakland, California, where she teaches creative writing classes in her living room. Her book of poetry, The Largest Possible Life, is available from Cleveland State University Press. She recently completed a play called Saying Kaddish with My Sister.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Eckhart Tolle is a German-born spiritual counselor and teacher working in Europe and North America. He is the author of The Power of Now and Practicing the Power of Now (both New World Library). He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Peter J. Crowley lives in Willimantic, Connecticut.
Gina Kelly lives in Forestville, California.
Anders Goldfarb lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Duncan Green lives in Olympia, Washington.
Jerry Marcaccini lives in Eveleth, Minnesota.
Dana Pianowski lives in Davidson, North Carolina.
Virginia Sorrells lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Ellen Wallenstein lives in New York City.
Jennifer Warburg lives in Durham, North Carolina.
During the Holocaust, human ashes were dumped into a pond at the Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. In Gloria Baker Feinstein’s cover photograph, visitors have left roses on the water. The flowers may be a tribute to the White Rose, a resistance movement formed by German students Hans and Sophie Scholl in 1943. The group’s founders and many of its members were eventually arrested and killed by the Nazis. The photos that accompany her essay “Among the Ashes” in this issue are from her Concentration Camp Series, a project she embarked upon after photographing Holocaust survivors. Her first book of photographs, Convergence, was recently published by Yellow Bird Press of Kansas City, Missouri. It includes work from the past five years. She and her family live in Kansas City.
Gas chamber windows, Mauthausen concentration camp, Austria
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