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Poe Ballantine, as of this writing, has worked 117 consecutive days maintaining the floor at the Safeway in Chadron, Nebraska. He notes that the boxes of low-gloss floor wax are very similar in appearance to the boxes of cheap wine that janitors like him often consume in large quantities. So far there has been no confusion between the two: the floor stays waxed, and so does the janitor.
Rob Brezsny writes the widely syndicated column Free Will Astrology and is the author of three books. He is also the creator of “Sacred Uproar,” a pagan revival show featuring prayers, meditations, rituals, and music. He lives north of San Francisco.
Chris Bursk’s book The Improbable Swervings of Atoms (University of Pittsburgh Press) won the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry and is dedicated to the five swerving atoms that are his grandchildren: Maggie, Josie, Tyler, Jake, and Zack. He lives in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania.
Dane Cervine lives in Santa Cruz, California, where he serves as chief of children’s mental health for Santa Cruz County. His work has recently appeared in the Hudson Review, Porcupine, Studio One, and the Monterey Bay Poetry Anthology (Chatoyant Press).
Arnie Cooper is a freelance writer living in Santa Barbara, California, where he does all the typical California things: eats organic food, practices yoga, and bikes up mountains. He also teaches English as a second language, which has helped him to master several foreign accents. His writing has appeared in Orion, the Ecologist, Hemispheres, and Backpacker.
Robert McGee recently completed Rational Managers for Irrational Times, a collection of stories set in American offices. His work has appeared in Carve Magazine and NPR’s National Story Project anthology, I Thought My Father Was God (Henry Holt and Co.). He lives in a forest near Asheville, North Carolina, where he’s at work on a novel, a screenplay, and an unruly horse.
Sybil Smith is a writer and a psychiatric nurse living in Norwich, Vermont. She recently spent two weeks in New Orleans helping to care for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Her novel, Hannah Dustan’s Sister (iUniverse), will be available in November on both Amazon.com and the author’s website.
Genie Zeiger has a new book of poems, Radio Waves, from White Pine Press. Contrary to the stereotype of the lonely writer, she works mostly in the presence of others at the writing workshops she leads in her home in Shelburne, Massachusetts.
Geoff Oliver Bugbee is a photographer who documents social issues in developing nations. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Tikkun. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
William Carter is the author of several books of photographs, including Illuminations (Editions One), a collection of nudes. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.
Susie Forrester is a fine-art photographer specializing in weddings and portraits. Aside from the one day a week she spends in her studio, she stays at home in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, with her two young daughters.
Bayard Taylor Horton spent twenty years as a newspaper and wire-service photographer. He lives in Palm Bay, Florida, and is writing a novel.
Erin Rachel Hudak is a photographer, painter, and writer who lives with the love of her life on a crooked river in Kent, Ohio. She is moving to New York City in December.
Alan Mass is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kevin J. Miyazaki is a portrait and travel photographer who loves airports, doesn’t own a television, and secretly devours the wedding section of the Sunday New York Times. His work has appeared in Time, the Washington Post Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Anna Kaufman Moon lives in Cobleskill, New York, and has self-published a book of photographs titled Reflections of NYC, 1963–1972.
Karen Morgan is a photographer living in Richmond, Virginia.
Brian Peterson is a photographer and art-museum curator who lives in Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.
Mark Townsend is a photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.
Jenny Warburg is a freelance photographer and political activist living in Durham, North Carolina.
Kate West is a photographer living in Washington, D.C. She recently completed a project titled “Disarmament Begins at Home,” which documents one family’s experience in the peace-and-justice movement.
Bill Witt is a photographer who has also been a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan, an assembler of tractor transmissions, and an Iowa state legislator. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Jennifer Esperanza is a photographer and activist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She recently returned from the Gulf Coast, where she photographed the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She took this month’s cover photograph as part of a series on artists’ studios. The woman pictured, Amy Westphal, is a blacksmith and sculptor in the Santa Fe area.
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Rachel J. Elliott