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Nasrin Alavi is a journalist who grew up in Iran. She has studied and taught engineering in Britain and the U.S., and currently lives in London.
Robert Bly is the author of nineteen collections of poetry, as well as numerous books of translations and prose. He has also been a prominent antiwar activist and leader in the men’s movement. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Krista Bremer is circulation director of The Sun. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with her husband, who lulls their two children to sleep by singing old Arabic folk songs. Every few months she talks by phone with her mother-in-law in Libya. Neither understands a word the other says, but they laugh a lot.
Michael Chitwood is the author of four books of poetry and has a collection of essays and stories titled Condition Reports forthcoming from Tryon Publishing. The wisteria that he transplanted from his grandmother’s yard has bloomed only once since he’s had it — in the spring following her death five years ago. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Steve Kowit teaches at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, and lives in the San Diego backcountry near the Mexican border. His teaching guide, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop (Tilbury House Publishers), is in its twelfth printing. His most recent poetry collection is The Dumbbell Nebula (Roundhouse Press).
Joan Marcus lives with her husband and young daughters in the hills outside Ithaca, New York, where she spends half the year tending her vegetable garden and the other half huddled over her wood stove. Her fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Puerto del Sol, and the Beloit Fiction Journal. She is seeking a publisher for her first novel, titled Saturn Returning.
Bruce Holland Rogers lives in Eugene, Oregon, where the winter rains have taught him the virtues of antidepressants. He is the author of Word Work: Surviving and Thriving as a Writer (Invisible Cities Press).
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Jason Schossler’s stories and poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Confrontation, and Willow Springs. He lives in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, where he works as a legal journalist and remains convinced that reading a judgment non obstante veredicto beats the pants off Ulysses.
Al Barna is a photographer living and working in San Francisco, California.
Jacob Cowgill is a photographer doing graduate work in the environmental-studies program at the University of Montana. His bicycle collection is bordering on an obsession, and he is currently seeking the ultimate single-speed mountain bike. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
Ellen Giamportone’s work was included in a book of photographs called Our Beautiful Children (PQ Blackwell). She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she works in an attic office making reservations for vacation rentals.
James LePore is a photographer who lives in South Salem, New York.
Igor Malijevský is a poet, fiction writer, and photographer who lives in the Czech Republic.
Gary Matson is a photographer who has lived in every borough of New York City except Staten Island, although he has woken up there a number of mornings. His work has been published in American Photo, Rolling Stone, and Wildlife Conservation. He lives in Queens, New York.
Jenn Reidel is a photographer and writer who lives with her son, Robyn, in Vashon, Washington.
Craig J. Satterlee teaches photography at Northwest College and lives in Powell, Wyoming, with his family and two fox terriers named Picasso and Pokey.
S. London Schertzer is a photographer living in Dillon, Colorado.
Ramin Talaie is a journalist and photographer who was born in Iran and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Jennifer Warren has worked with nongovernmental organizations in Rwanda and Kenya, and has taught photography classes for the Peace Corps and the Art Institute of Boston. She lives in New York City.
Lynne Jaeger Weinstein’s photographs have been published in Parenting, Orion, and the New York Times. A New York City native, she lives with her family in Putney, Vermont.
Beb C. Reynol lives in Seattle, Washington. He took this month’s cover photo of an Afghan man in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 2000. It’s part of a series documenting the Pashtuns, who are the largest tribe in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Rachel J. Elliott