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Poe Ballantine lives in Chadron, Nebraska, and will be a presenter at Wordstock, a literary festival in Portland, Oregon, this month. His latest book is 501 Minutes to Christ (Hawthorne Books). He wishes to tell Ismael Avila, his teacher and friend who died in March, “Vaya con Dios, mi amigo. Soon we will be together again for a cold Indio and a game of Scrabble.”
Stewart Brinton is an American expatriate living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he practices his saxophone every day.
Kathryn Kefauver’s recently completed, unpublished memoir, The Mother of Water, is set in Maryland and Laos, where she worked for two years for the United Nations Development Programme. She lives in Berkeley, California, and her work has appeared in Gettysburg Review and the Christian Science Monitor.
John Hodgen is the author of the poetry collection Grace (University of Pittsburgh Press). He lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and is a visiting assistant professor of English at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Danusha Laméris’s first name means “morning star” in Slavic and “bow” (as in “bow and arrow”) in Sanskrit. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she teaches poetry and dances and sings under the stars.
Gary L. Lark has been a carpenter, a janitor, a salesman, and a librarian — a children’s librarian for eleven years and a prison librarian for two. His latest book of poetry is Men at the Gates (Finishing Line Press). He lives with his wife in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Anna Mills lives in Menlo Park, California, and writes book reviews at www.onnaturewriting.blogspot.com. She will give a dramatic recitation of Robert Service’s poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee” for any audience that can endure it.
Madeline Ostrander is a writer, activist, and researcher of environmental policy. She lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is senior editor of YES! magazine.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Elana Zaiman is a rabbi and writer whose work has been published in Post Road, American Letters and Commentary, and Calyx. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Genie Zeiger recently began singing international music in a chorus. Her book What Happened Was . . . : Writing Memoir and Personal Essay is forthcoming in 2009 from White Pine Press. She lives in Shelburne, Massachusetts.
Robert Alexander is a features editor for the Daytona Beach News-Journal. One of his current photo projects is documenting Route 66, which his family drove every summer in the 1950s from their home in California to his grandparents’ farm. Once, when he was three years old, he opened the back door of the car and fell out onto the legendary highway.
Roy Arenella’s photographs have been published in the New York Times, Popular Photography, and the Village Voice. He lives in Greenwich, New York.
Kevin Bubriski takes photographs both in faraway locations and in his hometown of Shaftsbury, Vermont.
William Carter has been taking photographs for five decades. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.
Anders Goldfarb’s work has been published in the Boston Globe, Witness, and Artforum. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kari Haga is in search of the smoothest river rock that water has ever produced. She lives in Billings, Montana.
Gary Harwood is coauthor of Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community (Kent State University Press). He lives in Kent, Ohio.
Thomas Hyde owned and edited a community newspaper before reinventing himself as a photographer. He lives on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula with his wife, Sue.
Michael Kane lives in San Francisco.
R.A. McBride is working on a book of photographs and essays about San Francisco movie theaters. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Logan Mock-Bunting’s photographs have appeared in Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times. He lives in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
Cindy Schwartz is an American who has lived in London for twenty years and can drive exceptionally well on both sides of the road.
Eva Silverman lives in Oakland, California. She works for the nonprofit Workplace Fairness and credits her passion for workers’ rights to her punk-rock roots and her grandma Gladys, who worked in New York City sweatshops as a girl.
Halle Merrill lives with her husband, Bill, in Berkeley, California. She took this month’s cover photograph in Old Havana, Cuba. The man was relaxing in the doorway of his home, Merrill says, and she was taken by “how comfortable he seemed in his own skin.”
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