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Arnie Cooper is a freelance writer who teaches English as a second language. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, and his writing has appeared in Orion, the Ecologist, and Backpacker.
J.R. Helton’s memoir Man and Beast (Abiqua Press) chronicles his experience co-founding one of the largest no-kill animal sanctuaries in the South, where he once lived among more than three hundred rescued dogs and knew every one of their names. He now lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Jack Hitt is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and the public-radio program This American Life. His work recently appeared in The Best Science Writing 2006 (Harper Perennial). He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Beth Mayer likes to write fiction and essays while standing up. Her work has appeared in the Threepenny Review and the Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. She lives in Lakeville, Minnesota.
Victoria Patterson recently won the Snake Nation Press prize for her nonfiction. She lives in South Pasadena, California, and has worked as a waitress for most of her adult life.
Jim Ralston has been commissioned to write an original play for a baseball conference in November at Frostburg State University in Maryland. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland.
Bruce Holland Rogers teaches writing in the Whidbey Writers MFA program, the first graduate writing program not affiliated with any college or university. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Mark Smith-Soto teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has published two books of poetry: Our Lives are Rivers (University Press of Florida) and Any Second Now (Main Street Rag). He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Kim Stafford directs the Northwest Writing Institute. His most recent book is A Thousand Friends of Rain: New and Selected Poems (Carnegie-Mellon University Press). He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Carroll Ann Susco’s writing has been published in Gulf Coast and the Beloit Fiction Journal. She teaches English at Halifax Community College and lives in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Velvy Appleton is a photographer who plays guitar in a Brazilian dance band. He lives with his wife and daughter in Fairfax, California.
Bob Bayles began taking photographs when he moved to California as a way to share his new life with his family back in Illinois. He lives in Van Nuys, California.
Ben Boblett is a family physician who also surfs and takes photographs. He lives in Half Moon Bay, California.
Peg Díaz lives in Barstow, California, where she juggles a lover, twin boys, reading, gardening, and taking photographs.
Steve Donoso is a photographer who lives in Camden, Maine. He is director of the International Film Festival of the Spirit.
Gina Kelly has been photographing her family and friends for more than fifteen years. Her photographs have been published in Shots, Hope, and Ascent. She lives in Santa Rosa, California.
Noëlle Gaberman is a photographer who lives in Occidental, California. She takes photographs of weddings to make money and of her son to capture his smile.
Carlos Gustavo hopes one day to spend a year photographing his home state of North Carolina before encroaching development covers it all. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Nancy Hill is working on a photography project about fools and has a closet full of jester and harlequin costumes. She lives in rainy Portland, Oregon.
Clemens Kalischer was born in Bavaria and has been taking photographs since 1947. He lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Gary Matson’s latest photography project is taking a picture of every person in America. Since he has fallen behind schedule, he has begun taking group portraits and may soon switch to aerial shots of packed stadiums. He lives in Queens, New York.
Anna Kaufman Moon has been taking photographs since 1963, and her images were used to illustrate Steal This Book, by Abbie Hoffman. She lives in Cobleskill, New York.
Pamela Hope Moseley lives in Chicago, Illinois, and is learning digital photography. She has been a Montessori elementary-school teacher for twenty years.
Doug C. Rhinehart is a photographer living in Woody Creek, Colorado. More of his work can be seen at www.picassomio.com.
Carol Samour is a photographer and natural-born voyeur. She lives with her husband and two cats in Germantown, Maryland.
Cole P. Thompson read the biography of Kodak founder George Eastman when he was fourteen years old, then bought a photo-developing kit. He’s been taking photographs ever since. He lives on a small ranch in Laporte, Colorado.
Robert Hannan lives with his wife in Concord, Massachusetts. Occasionally they get away to a crooked old Vermont farmhouse that has been in his wife’s family since the 1930s. Gnarled sugar maples shade the place, and cows peer in the kitchen window. It was on a sultry July day at the farmhouse that he photographed the antique fan on this month’s cover.
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Rachel J. Elliott