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Eric Anderson recently graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and must now, alas, look for a job. His novella Isn’t That Just like You? is available as part of the Duo: Novellas series from Cleveland State University’s Poetry Center. He lives in Elyria, Ohio.
Mark Brazaitis is the author of An American Affair: Stories (Texas Review Press), which won the 2004 George Garrett Fiction Prize. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Morgantown, West Virginia, and prefers swimming, hiking, bike riding — just about any recreational activity — to golf.
Michelle Cacho-Negrete lives in a small house in Wells, Maine, that in winter is surrounded on all sides by far too much snow. Her work has appeared in Psychotherapy Networker, Sierra, and Persimmon Tree. She tutors writing students both in person and online.
Ann Humphreys is a poet, manuscript reader for The Sun, and professional hula-hooper. She occasionally sings country music at small venues in and around Carrboro, North Carolina, where she lives with her beloved dog and equally beloved boyfriend.
Diane Lefer sometimes goes out in public dressed as a Guantánamo prisoner as a form of protest. Once, she found herself with her hands in the air and two guns pointed at her head after she was mistaken for a terrorist by the police. She is the author of the short-story collection California Transit (Sarabande Books) and collaborated with theater artist and therapist Hector Aristizábal on Nightwind, a play about his arrest and torture at the hands of the U.S.–supported military in Colombia. She lives in Los Angeles.
Alison Luterman blogs about art, life, performance, and poetry. She lives in Oakland, California.
Bonnie J. Rough’s essays have appeared in the anthologies Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion (Three Rivers Press) and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin). She teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and walks around the neighborhood lake almost every day, no matter what the weather.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Chad Simpson has been a security guard, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and a juvenile-probation officer. His stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Sycamore Review, and Georgetown Review. He lives in Galesburg, Illinois (birthplace of poet Carl Sandburg), and teaches fiction writing at Knox College.
Saint James Harris Wood is the father of three perfect sons. He has worked in radio, construction, and at a pineapple factory. While traveling with his band, the Saint James Catastrophe, he picked up the heroin-smoking habit, which led to prison.
Geoff Oliver Bugbee has worked in more than twenty countries as a photojournalist, documenting such issues as HIV/AIDS and curable blindness. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
William Carter has been taking photographs since the 1960s, and his work has been acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is also a clarinetist and serves as chair of the San Francisco Jazz Foundation. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.
Marsha Cleary got more serious about her photography after turning forty. She has worked as a nurse for eighteen years and lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Cruz, California.
Robert Curran’s bachelor’s degree in visual arts led him straight into construction; he is a concrete finisher by day and a photographer by night. He lives in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Gloria Baker Feinstein is the author of two books of photographs: Among the Ashes and Convergence (both Yellow Bird Press). She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and has recently become an empty nester.
Roberto Guerra is a photographer who lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Mildred Joyner Long is a photographer who lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Lee Ann McGuire is a photographer who lives in Dover, Ohio.
Julia McHugh is a photographer who lives with her two daughters in Port Townsend, Washington.
Kerry St. Ours is a photographer who lives with her husband and daughter in Huntington, New York.
Harry Wilson is retired after having taught photography at Bakersfield College for thirty-four years. He lives in Bakersfield, California.
Rita Bernstein is a photographer and former civil-rights attorney who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The girls on this month’s cover are the daughters of a good friend. Bernstein took their photograph on a spring afternoon in 2003, in the garden behind their home.
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