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Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, better known as Colette, was born in 1873. Hailed as France’s greatest woman writer, she scandalized French society with her career as a racy music-hall performer; her three marriages, the first of which ended after a much-talked-about affair with her stepson; multiple lesbian relationships; and an onstage kiss with another female artist that nearly caused a riot. When Colette died in Paris in 1954, she was given a state funeral.
Leslee Goodman is a freelance writer, artist, and a consultant to nonprofits. She divides her time between Washington State’s Methow Valley and Santa Barbara, California.
Josie Charlotte Jackson lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her writing has appeared in Takahe, Bravado, and Poetry NZ. In 2008 she was a finalist for the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award for Young Writers. She is currently working on a novel.
Anna Belle Kaufman was a costume and set designer in her first life. When her son died of AIDS at age five, she became an art psychotherapist working with AIDS and cancer patients. Her writing has been published in Calyx and Psychotherapy Networker, and she lives with her husband and their dog in Sebastopol, California.
Nikolina Kulidžan considers herself an extroverted introvert, a feminine tomboy, and an aggressive pacifist. She lives in Monterey, California, where she is working on her first novel.
Dave Lucas reviews poetry for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and his first book of poems, Weather, will be published next spring by the University of Georgia Press. He divides his time between Cleveland, Ohio, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Lad Tobin lives in New Hampshire and teaches at Boston College. He is the author of Reading Student Writing: Confessions, Meditations, and Rants and Writing Relationships: What Really Happens in the Composition Class (both Boynton/Cook). He is completing a memoir about his return, in midlife, to rock-music festivals, random acts of rebellion, and other teenage obsessions.
Theresa Williams’s novel The Secret of Hurricanes (MacAdam/Cage) was a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize. She is addicted to bubbly drinks, watermelon, and cowboy boots and lives in northwest Ohio with her husband, two Boston terriers, and an assortment of cats.
Rita Bernstein has missed only five days of running in thirty-five years. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, who also runs but likes to take the occasional day off.
William Carter lives in Los Altos Hills, California. His new book of photographs, Causes and Spirits: Photographs from Five Decades, will be published this year by Steidl.
Thomas Clark is a part-time photographer, writer, tennis player, and recluse. He lives in St. Albans, New York.
T. Paige Dalporto is a photographer, poet, and songwriter who lives in Charlton Heights, West Virginia.
Anders Goldfarb’s work has been published in the New York Times, Art Forum, and the Boston Globe. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Steve Hanson’s photography has been published in the Photo Review. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Gary Harwood is coauthor of Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community (Kent State University Press). He lives in Kent, Ohio.
Joan Kocak’s photographs have appeared in Digital SLR Photography and Shots. She lives in Carlisle, Massachusetts, and is pretty sure she drives her loved ones crazy with her obsessive picture taking.
Igor Malijevský is a photographer, poet, and short-story writer living in the Czech Republic.
Judy Nisenholt is a photographer who teaches English as a second language and studies Italian and Japanese. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Tara C. Patty lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she owns a portrait studio.
Valdomiro Peixoto studied graphic design in his hometown of Felgueiras, Portugal, and now lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Jennifer Spelman lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and teaches photography in order to fund her photo projects and her expensive sushi habit.
Jessica K. Stelling considers herself “domestically challenged.” Her husband calls her “domestically disastrous.” She lives with him and their two cats in Savannah, Georgia.
Chip Thomas works as an Indian Health Service physician at a remote clinic on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. In 1993 he earned a Guinness World Record with two others for cycling twelve thousand miles from the northernmost point in Africa to the southernmost point in nine and a half months.
Patricia Soliván Vélez lives in Coamo, Puerto Rico.
Harry Wilson’s work has been published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fourteen Hills, and Alligator Juniper. He lives in Bakersfield, California.
Lisa Wiltse is a photographer who lives in New South Wales, Australia.
Logan Mock-Bunting’s photographs have appeared in the New York Times and USA Today. He lives in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. He took this month’s cover photograph in March 2008 at a cooperative limestone quarry outside the city of Matanzas, Cuba. Anyone could take stone from the quarry, provided that they cut and left an equal amount for the nearby town.
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