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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Keith Althaus was accepted for a writing fellowship in 1969 at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has lived on Cape Cod ever since. He is the author of two books of poetry, Rival Heavens (Provincetown Arts Press) and Ladder of Hours (Ausable Press).
Michelle Cacho-Negrete lives in Wells, Maine, and her essays appear in The Sun’s new book The Mysterious Life of the Heart and in Thoreau’s Legacy, an anthology from the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists. She teaches writing both in person and online and is recovering well from surgery, thanks to Dr. Jeff Thurlow.
Tony Hoagland’s most recent collection of poems is What Narcissism Means to Me (Graywolf Press). His next book, Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, will be published in January. He lives in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and his favorite spiritual practice is taking his clothes off and leaping into cold water.
David Kupfer lives in northern California, where he strives to reduce his carbon footprint. He is the creator of the Green Map for San Francisco: www.sfgreenmap.org.
Lee Martin is the author of the novels The Bright Forever, River of Heaven (both Three Rivers Press), and Quakertown (Plume). He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches in the MFA program at Ohio State University.
Carly Reitsma lives in Canaan, New Hampshire, where she works as a gardener and fishes for brown bullheads.
Mattox Roesch and his wife sold their house in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to a 340-square-foot home in Unalakleet, Alaska, in an attempt to simplify their lives. They have since learned that simplification is not for the lazy: “It’s a lot of work to catch and process enough fish for a year,” he explains. In addition to being a stay-at-home dad to his one-year-old daughter, Ayuu, he passes the long winters by skijoring (cross-country skiing while harnessed to dogs) and dog sledding.
David Romtvedt lives in Buffalo, Wyoming, where he has spent much of the past year building his house — digging the foundation, framing, insulating, hanging drywall, and now, finally, painting. His most recent book of poems is titled Some Church (Milkweed Editions).
Joe Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Montana and now directs the writing program at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He writes, “Last night, my newborn son’s eighth at home, I read aloud chapters of Little House on the Prairie in the wee hours of the morning. I estimate I got just over three hours of sleep.”
Sandy Carter is coauthor of the book of photographs Women in Medicine: A Celebration of Their Work (Firefly Books). She lives in Anacortes, Washington.
Radek Cermak lives in Prague, Czech Republic.
Jason Dorfman took this month’s cover photograph of a friend diving off a boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam. “It was a foggy, murky day,” he says, “which only added to the mystique of the towering limestone crags reflected in the emerald green water.” He takes photographs for MIT and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Morgan Frith bought her first camera in the tenth grade and took photographs of children playing Little League baseball, which she then sold to their parents. She lives in Rayville, Louisiana.
Gary Matson lives in Sunnyside, New York. He recently received an e-mail from his ex-wife, with whom he had lost contact, after her daughter from another marriage told her, “That guy you used to be married to? I think he’s got a photo in The Sun.”
R.A. McBride is working on a book of photographs of San Francisco movie theaters. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Doug McMains is a photographer and cinematographer who lives in Herman, Nebraska. His work is represented by Getty Images.
Logan Mock-Bunting lives in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where he surfs and feeds the sea gulls.
Gerald Parker lives in Manomet, Massachusetts.
Jerry Portelli photographs people and architecture for a living, but his passion is taking pictures of fine art. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Doug Rhinehart lives in Woody Crest, Colorado, and is a retired administrator for Colorado Mountain College in Aspen.
Jennifer Spelman takes photographs for both love and money and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Cole Thompson works as a manager of private vocational colleges and lives on a small ranch in Laporte, Colorado, where he raises llamas.
Dave Westover is a freelance photographer and graphic designer who lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
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