A fifth-grade bully, a blossoming romance, a late-night crash
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Andrew Alexander is a graduate of Vassar College and the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. His short fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Red Cedar Review, Crescent Review, and New Stories from the South. He is a recipient of the Henfield Prize and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is working on his first novel.
Poe Ballantine’s novel God Clobbers Us All is now available from Hawthorne Books. Three thousand copies of his book of essays, Things I Like about America (Hawthorne), recently burned in a mysterious warehouse fire, making the few remaining copies virtually priceless. He lives in Nebraska.
A freelance writer based in Santa Barbara, California, Arnie Cooper covers environmental issues, organic farming, and the impact of technology on our lives. His work has appeared in Mother Jones, the Ecologist, and New Renaissance. He has an article about fighting development on the California coast in this month’s Orion.
Cortney Davis’s most recent poetry collection, Leopold’s Maneuvers (University of Nebraska Press), won the 2003 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in poetry. She is also the author of I Knew a Woman (Ballantine), a memoir about her work as a nurse practitioner, and co-editor of two anthologies of poetry and prose by nurses, Between the Heartbeats and Intensive Care (both University of Iowa Press).
Stephen Elliott’s fourth novel, Happy Baby, was co-published this year by MacAdam/Cage and McSweeney’s. He lives in San Francisco and has a new book forthcoming about the 2004 presidential campaign.
Alison Luterman is working on her curveball in Oakland, California. She’s also acting in the improvisational theater group Wing It!, teaching poetry to children and adults, and writing.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Irene Svete lives in Seattle, where she splits her workday between freelance writing and a NASA program at the University of Washington. Her fiction has appeared in Bricolage and Gargoyle.
Ptolemy Tompkins is the author of This Tree Grows out of Hell (HarperSanFrancisco) — a study of Aztec myth and ritual — and two memoirs: Paradise Fever (Quill) and The Beaten Path (William Morrow & Company). He lives in New York City.
Arond Alexander is a photographer living in Portland, Oregon.
Bob Bayles is a photographer and movie buff who lives in Van Nuys, California.
Cary Clifford is a photographer living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Susi Eggenberger took up photography five years ago, after retiring from a long career as a registered nurse. She lives in Arundel, Maine.
Bill Emory is a photographer who lives and works in the Rappahannock and James River watersheds of Virginia.
Martin Fishman is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Amanda Paralee Hart has lived in Ireland, Costa Rica, Massachusetts, and California, and now lives in Virginia. Wherever she goes, she documents life with her camera.
Ira J. Hawkins is a photographer from Seattle, Washington.
Matt Kollasch lives and takes photographs in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Karen Landmann assists seriously ill children and their families as a social worker in New York City. When not taking photographs, she writes poetry and plays the flute.
Photographer Dion Ogust is a New York City native who fled upstate to Woodstock.
Laurie Sermos is a photographer living in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys photographing in-between places that are neither here nor there.
Suzi Q. Varin’s passions are photography, ice hockey, and mashed potatoes. She grew up in Idaho but currently lives in a suburb of San Francisco.
Bill Witt has been a freelance photographer since 1976. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and is a member of the Associates of the Iowa Cistercians, a group of men and women who incorporate monastic practices and values into their daily lives.
Rita Bernstein lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but in the summertime she retreats to a cottage in a rural lakeside community, where she took this month’s cover photograph. Although she values the anonymity of urban life, the familiarity of small-town living grants her the freedom to photograph her neighbors without attracting suspicious looks. “I have photographed these two children frequently over the years,” she says. “I’m drawn to their earnestness and their eloquent body language.”
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Rachel J. Elliott