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Jane Braswell is the pseudonym of an author in the Pacific Northwest who divides her time among parenting, writing, and volunteerism. She is currently at work on a collection of essays.
Michelle Cacho-Negrete lives in a historic granite quarry in Wells, Maine, where she leads writing workshops and contemplates the frightening decline of the frog population. Her essay “Heat” [January 2004] was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2005 (Houghton-Mifflin).
Ronald F. Currie Jr.’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Swink, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Cincinnati Review. His fiction in this issue is an excerpt from a novel-in-stories, for which he’s seeking an agent. He lives in Waterville, Maine.
Corey Fischer cofounded the Traveling Jewish Theatre in 1978 and has worked in film, television, and theater for more than thirty-five years. He lives in Kentfield, California.
David Brendan Hopes is the author of several books, including A Childhood in the Milky Way (Akron University Press), which was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. His latest volume of poetry, A Dream of Adonis, is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Audubon, and Christopher Street. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Stuart Kestenbaum lives in Deer Isle, Maine, and is the author of two books of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press) and House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions). His poems in this issue are from a recently completed manuscript titled Prayers and Run-on Sentences.
Steve Kowit lives in Potrero, California. He is the recipient of a National Endowment Fellowship for poetry and two Pushcart Prizes, and his most recent collection of poetry is The Dumbbell Nebula (Heyday Books). He teaches at Southwestern College.
Jeremy Lloyd lives in Townsend, Tennessee, where he teaches natural history and leads wilderness trips in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. His work has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal and North Carolina Literary Review.
Martin Steingesser lives in Portland, Maine, where he dances on stilts and teaches poetry to children through Artists in the Schools. He has a book of poems called Brothers of Morning (Deerbrook Editions). His sweetheart says he makes the best damn sliced-egg sandwiches in Maine.
Jeff Walt has worked as a bill collector, a pizza-delivery guy, a cowboy at Walt Disney World, and an English instructor. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Runes, Clackamas Literary Review, and the Comstock Review, and he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize three years in a row. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.
Santo Barbieri is a photographer living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He recently completed a photo essay titled “Imagined Communities,” which examines urban public spaces and the relationships they foster.
Maureen Beitler is a photographer and nurse living in New York City.
John Camara is a photographer who lives in Mill Valley, California, and spends his free time exploring the ruins of industrial-age America.
Sandra Louise Dyas is sometimes called the “rock-and-roll photographer of Iowa City, Iowa,” because she often photographs musicians. She lives with her two daughters and teaches in the art department at Cornell College.
Duncan Green first discovered photography at a YMCA camp when he was eleven, and he has been taking photographs ever since. He lives in Olympia, Washington, and is the staff photographer for the Washington State House of Representatives.
Carlos Gustavo is a photographer living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He enjoys hiking, camping, and “living outdoors for weeks at a time,” though he never brings his camera on these trips.
Brian Jolley created his photographs in this issue by dropping his Polaroids where he took them, then returning weeks later to retrieve the pictures and “see what nature had to say for itself.” He lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.
Fawn Potash is a photographer, educator, curator, and volunteer firefighter living in Catskill, New York.
Cole P. Thompson is a photographer who lives on a small ranch in Laporte, Colorado.
Karen Tweedy-Holmes photographs bugs, beasts, buildings, plants, people, and large rock formations. She lives in New York City.
Jerry N. Uelsmann’s photographs have been exhibited in more than one hundred individual shows and are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, and his latest book is titled Referencing Art (Nazraeli Press).
Hiroshi Watanabe closed his TV-commercial production company at the age of fifty in order to pursue surfing and fine-art photography. He now surfs at least once a week and takes photographs full time. He lives in West Hollywood, California.
Anna Kaufman Moon lives in Cobleskill, New York, and has self-published a book of photographs titled Reflections of NYC, 1963-1972. She took this month’s cover photograph in midtown Manhattan in the midsixties. Her two friends are looking up at the city’s skyscrapers.
Editorial & Photo Assistant
Rachel J. Elliott