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Chris Dombrowski is the author of a book of poems titled By Cold Water (Wayne State University Press), and his nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Orion and Outside. He lives with his family near Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, Montana, where whitetail deer often drink from their plastic kiddie pool and a doe ate pizza off their picnic table.
David James Duncan is a lifelong loiterer along riverbanks and fiction-writing contemplative who lives in Montana. He is working on a novel that fuses his love for Asian wisdom traditions with the land and people of the American West.
Tony Hoagland resides much of the time in Houston, Texas, which he thinks of as a center of the counterculture. His most recent book of poems is Unincorporated Persons of the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press).
Alison Luterman likes to dance with friends until the sweat pours, then feed her guests chili made from her friend Laurie’s [formerly] secret recipe (black olives, Dijon mustard, red wine, fresh dill). She lives in Oakland, California, and has published two award-winning books of poetry, The Largest Possible Life (Cleveland State University Press) and See How We Almost Fly (Pearl Editions).
Boomer Pinches has lived in London, Istanbul, New York, and Australia, and now makes his home in Northampton, Massachusetts. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Tin House and Best New American Voices 2010 (Mariner Books). He is currently at work on a novel set in Sarajevo and western Massachusetts.
Christine Poreba says that although she has received poetry awards from the Atlantic and the Potomac Review in recent years, she has never gotten over the excitement of winning first place in a national Shakespeare competition in high school. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
Jane Ratcliffe has been a journalist and a ghostwriter for authors she legally cannot name. Her novel The Free Fall (Henry Holt) was chosen by the New York Public Library as a notable book of 2002. She teaches writing at Washtenaw Community College and conducts private workshops in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Rainer Maria Rilke was a poet, novelist, and art critic. He was born in 1875 in Prague. His most famous prose work is Letters to a Young Poet, a collection of ten letters that he wrote from 1903 to 1908 to a would-be poet who sought his advice. Rilke settled in Switzerland in 1919 and died there of leukemia in 1926.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
William Carter lives in Los Altos Hills, California. His most recent book of photographs, Causes and Spirits (Steidl), is a fifty-year retrospective of his work. Four prints from the book are currently being shown at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. (www.editionsone.com)
Jennifer Esperanza’s photographs have been published in the New York Times, and she has self-published a book, Tears of Venus: It’s All the Goddess to Me, on Blurb.com. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Char Marie Flood’s photographs have appeared in Kalliope and SHOTS. She lives in Chicago.
Peter Ingrasselino works as a nurse in a dialysis clinic and lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Clemens Kalischer was born in Bavaria and has been taking photographs for sixty years. He lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he maintains Image Photos, an archive of more than half a million pictures.
Gary Matson’s work has been shown at the Queens Museum of Art. He lives in Sunnyside, New York, and likes to take pictures because it gets him out of the house.
Halle Merrill’s photos have been published in SHOTS and the Photo Review. She works at an animal hospital and lives in Berkeley, California.
Sandra-Lee Phipps’s photographs have appeared in the Village Voice, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair and are represented by Getty Images. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Cyndi Prince’s photos have been published in Nueva Luz. She lives in Camden, Maine.
Cindy Russell lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Victor Salvo quit his job as a newspaper photographer to help refurbish a 1954 Chesapeake Bay “deadrise” boat. He now renovates old houses and barns and lives in Springfield, Vermont.
Ellen Wallenstein is an artist and tarot-card reader who divides her time between New York City and Sherman, Connecticut. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute in New York.
Lynne Jaeger Weinstein has had work published in the New York Times, Parenting, and Orion and has received grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation. She lives in Putney, Vermont.
Duncan Green lives in Olympia, Washington, and is currently traveling with his wife in France, where they are witnessing protests against the government’s decision to raise the retirement age. He took this month’s cover photo in 1987 at a farm accessible only by boat on New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds.
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