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Poe Ballantine’s latest collection of essays is titled 501 Minutes to Christ (Hawthorne Books). He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, and writes: “When I dropped my son off for his first day of kindergarten, I saw that he had no idea what was going on, and that it would probably be a long time before he did. Like father, like son.”
Larry Colker’s poetry has been published in the Cortland Review and the Los Angeles Review. He is the managing editor of the online magazines Speechless (www.speechlessthemagazine.org) and Poetix (www.poetix.net) and has cohosted a weekly poetry reading in Los Angeles for nine years. He lives in San Pedro, California.
Michele Herman’s writing has been published in Another Chicago Magazine and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art as well as her local paper, the Villager. She teaches writing online through the Writers Studio in New York City, where she, her husband, and two sons live and use their bicycles as their primary mode of transportation.
David Kupfer lives in northern California, where he is an avid artist, mountain biker, and gardener. His writing has appeared in the Progressive, Earth Island Journal, and Whole Earth, and he produced the San Francisco Green Map, a map of environmental-education resources.
Adrie Kusserow lives in Underhill Center, Vermont, and teaches anthropology at St. Michael’s College. Her book of poems is called Hunting Down the Monk (BOA Editions). She and her husband cofounded the New Sudan Education Initiative (www.nesei.org), which has built the first school for girls in Yei, Sudan.
Aharon Levy’s father was in the U.S. Foreign Service, and as a child Levy lived in Romania, Tanzania, and Malta. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Opium Magazine and Lullwater Review, and he is working full time on a screenplay. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Courtney E. Martin is the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body (Free Press). She is currently assisting Marvelyn S. Brown, a twenty-three-year-old AIDS activist, with her memoir, to be published later this year. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Faith Shearin has had jobs teaching high-school English, interviewing elk hunters, and reading tea leaves. She is the author of a book of poems titled The Owl Question (Utah State University Press), and her second book, The Empty House, is forthcoming from Word Press. She and her family divide their time between Baltimore, Maryland, and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Rachel Abbott is a photographer who believes she was a fish in a past life. She lives in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
Rita Bernstein is a photographer and former civil-rights attorney who fantasizes about being a neuroscientist or a veterinarian. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
James Carroll is semiretired after working as a photographer for more than thirty years. A recovering perfectionist, he recites his mantra: “It doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to get done.” He lives in New York City.
Marshall Clarke is a photographer who runs Youthlight, a children’s photography and media-literacy program in Baltimore, Maryland.
Cybelle Codish is a photographer who lives in Clawson, Michigan.
Peg Díaz is a photographer who lives in Barstow, California.
Toby Maloy is a photographer who lives in Carnation, Washington.
Michelle Masson is a school nurse who takes photographs only because she cannot sing. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
John Rosenthal is a photographer and a commentator for National Public Radio. His book of photographs is called Regarding Manhattan (Safe Harbor Books). He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Helen M. Stummer is the author of No Easy Walk: Newark, 1980-1993 (Temple University Press). As a photographer she has been documenting the lives of the poor for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Metuchen, New Jersey.
Cole Thompson’s photography has been published in B&W, Focus, and Photographer’s Forum. He raises llamas on a small ranch in Laporte, Colorado.
Edwin Toone is an official photographer for Paradise Weekend, a bike-messenger race in Barcelona, Spain, where he lives with his wife.
Mark Townsend is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
John Free is a photographer who lives in Tujunga, California. His father, who was in the automobile-restoration business, would often take him to junkyards in search of car parts. Free took this month’s cover photograph at a California salvage yard in 1975. The man in the photo would find parts for customers and use hand tools or a cutting torch to remove them from the junked cars.
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