I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Robin Cunningham works as an ultrasound technician by day, attends creative-writing classes at night, and takes photographs in between. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Susan Donnelly is the author of the poetry collections Eve Names the Animals (Northeastern University Press) and Transit (Iris Press). She is one of forty-five first cousins in an Irish American family with a love of literature. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Steve Kowit awarded himself the Nobel Prize in Literature at a private ceremony at his apartment in 1987 but refused to accept on political grounds. His most recent collection of poetry is The Dumbbell Nebula (Heyday Books). He lives in Potrero, California.
Barry Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams (Vintage), Of Wolves and Men (Scribner), and thirteen other books of fiction and nonfiction. He is editor of the forthcoming collection Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape (Trinity University Press). He lives near Eugene, Oregon.
Linda McCullough Moore is the author of The Distance Between (SoHo Press), and is currently working on a book called The God You Don’t Believe in I Don’t Believe in Either, a conversation between a devout Christian and a New Age apologist extraordinaire. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Lydia Peelle lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her fiction appears in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006 (Anchor) and is included in the forthcoming Best New American Voices 2007 (Harvest Books).
Curt Rode’s writing has appeared in the Florida Review, Sycamore Review, and Poem. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and teaches American poetry and creative writing at Texas Christian University.
David Romtvedt’s most recent book of poetry is titled Some Church (Milkweed Editions). His band, the Fireants, plays dance music from different places, including Trinidad, Brazil, Cuba, Louisiana, and North Carolina. He lives with his wife and daughter in Buffalo, Wyoming.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Michael Shapiro is the author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk about Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration (Travelers’ Tales). He also volunteers for a group that takes disabled people on sea-kayak and river-rafting adventures. He lives with his wife and cat in Sebastopol, California.
Jan Shoemaker’s writing has appeared in The Other Side, Fourth Genre, Passages North, and a couple of slick, commercial magazines she’s too embarrassed to mention. A self-professed impatient driver, she once caused a three-car pileup (no one was hurt) on her way to a Buddhist monastery for a meditation retreat. She lives in Okemos, Michigan.
Tom Becker’s latest completed photography project is a series of portraits of Iowa farmers. He lives in Orange City, Iowa.
Rita Bernstein is a photographer and former civil-rights lawyer who would like to learn to play the harp. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
William Carter is a photographer who plays the clarinet and serves as chair of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation. He lives with his wife in Los Altos Hills, California.
Susi Eggenberger is a freelance documentary photographer who does most of her work for humanitarian nonprofit organizations. She lives in Arundel, Maine.
Sara Ferguson has lived and taken photographs in the American West and Australia. She currently lives in her hometown of Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Sharon Lee Hart is a photographer who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she’s just planted her first vegetable garden.
Rhonda Patzia is a photographer and new mother living in Pella, Iowa. She took this month’s cover photograph in 1992 beside the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Despite immense pollution, the river is revered as a goddess whose purity washes clean the sins of the faithful and helps the dead reach heaven. While pilgrims bathed, others washed laundry or drew water from the river to brew chai.
George Peer takes photographs with a pinhole camera. His work has been collected by the Walker Art Center, the Sierra Club, and the Plains Art Museum. He lives in Edina, Minnesota.
Doug C. Rhinehart teaches photography at a community college. More of his work can be found at and www.picassomio.com. He lives in Woody Creek, Colorado.
Marvin w. Schwartz is a photographer who lives in New York City. His work is in the permanent collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Keith Harmon Snow is a photographer and human-rights investigative journalist whose reporting on central Africa has won four Project Censored awards. He lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.
Debra Sugerman is a photographer living in Austin, Texas. Her first documentary film, Dear Mr. President, follows three Israeli and two Palestinian teenage girls as they take a road trip across America.
Cole P. Thompson is a photographer living on a small ranch in Laporte, Colorado.
Richard Whittaker takes photographs and publishes the nonprofit art magazine works + conversations. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Harry Wilson recently retired after teaching photography at Bakersfield College for thirty-four years. He lives in Bakersfield, California.
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Rachel J. Elliott