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Greg Ames lives in Brooklyn, New York. His stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Brooklyn Review, Literal Latté, and Other Voices. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2002.
A native New Yorker, Arnie Cooper now lives on the edge of a national forest near Santa Barbara, California, where he writes about spirituality, environmental issues, technology, and the media. His work has appeared in Mother Jones, Context, Language Magazine, and various literary journals.
After working for twenty-five years as a professional gardener, Charles Goodrich has worn out his knees, so he’s retooling to become a fifth-grade teacher. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and has written two poetry chapbooks: Insects of South Corvallis (Knot House) and New Pests Every Day.
Stephanie Mills has been active in the ecology movement for more than thirty years, and in 1996 Utne Reader named her as one of the world’s leading visionaries. Her books include In the Service of the Wild (Beacon Press), Whatever Happened to Ecology?, and Turning Away from Technology (both Sierra Club Books). She lives in the Great Lakes bioregion in the upper Midwest.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Ruth L. Schwartz’s newest book is Edgewater (Harper Collins), a 2001 National Poetry Series winner. She teaches at California State University, Fresno.
At his thirtieth high-school reunion, Sparrow danced to “Play That Funky Music, White Boy” with a criminal lawyer. He lives in Phoenicia, New York, where he is rapturously reading George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance.
Carroll Susco lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Her essay in this issue is part of a larger unpublished work titled Mad: An Autobiography. “For me,” she writes, “the line between fiction and nonfiction blurs. And that’s a good thing. What I crave when I write and read books is: truth, insight, vision, comfort, and beauty.” She’s writing another book, a novel, still attempting to help people understand mental illness.
Lisa Zimmerman’s poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, most recently Heliotrope and Rhino. Her second chapbook, Traveling Among the Animals, is forthcoming from Pudding House Publications. She teaches creative writing at the University of Northern Colorado and keeps company with good people as well as three horses, a dog, two cats, and many wild creatures around the lake where she lives.
Peggy Sue Amison lives in Cobh, Ireland.
Roy Arenella lives in New York City.
James Carroll lives in New York City.
Leigh Davis lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Robert Graham lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Duncan Green lives in Olympia, Washington.
Lynne Jamneck lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Edis Jurcys lives in Portland, Oregon.
Jadina Lilien lives in New York City.
Christopher Lopez lives in New Paltz, New York.
John Milisenda lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Alysha Pitsicalis lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Craig J. Satterlee lives in Powell, Wyoming.
Mark Townsend lives in Brooklyn, New York.
In the fall of 1997, photographer Marshall Clarke traveled to Varanasi, a city on the Ganges River in India. Varanasi is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, who believe that dying and being cremated on the banks of the Ganges assures entrance into heaven. While there, Clarke took this photograph of two young boys who were taking turns jumping off a rock slab into the water. Marshall Clarke lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Rachel J. Elliott