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John Bargowski is the recipient of a 2009 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and his work has been published in Poetry, the Gettysburg Review, and Prairie Schooner. He lives in northwestern New Jersey.
Alan Barstow was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2002 to 2004 in Namibia, where he learned to speak Oshiwambo and ate everything from caterpillars to goats. His writing has appeared in American Literary Review and 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, and he is working on a book about the effect of AIDS on an African village. He lives in Redondo Beach, California.
John Brehm is the author of the poetry collection Sea of Faith and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His new book, Help Is on the Way, is forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2012. He has a special fondness for cows and talks to them whenever he gets the chance.
Barbara Hurd’s most recent book is Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains, and her essays have appeared in Best American Essays, the Georgia Review, and Orion. She lives in Frostburg, Maryland, and teaches part time in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.
Gillian Kendall lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although she gave up eating chicken three years ago, she remains the author of the New York Times notable book Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet. She will donate 20 percent of the income from her interview in this issue to an animal charity.
John Muir was a Scottish-born naturalist and writer who immigrated to the U.S. in 1849 with his family at the age of eleven. He cofounded the Sierra Club in 1892, and his activism helped save the Yosemite Valley and other wilderness areas. Muir is often called “the father of the U.S. National Park Service.” He died in 1914 at age seventy-six.
Bruce Holland Rogers lives in Eugene, Oregon, and is trying to simultaneously learn Finnish, Hungarian, and Japanese.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Anne Templeton is the pseudonym of a writer and nurse who lives in northern California.
Danielle Austen is a photojournalist, artist, and environmental advocate who lives in New Jersey.
Tom Becker’s latest photography project centers on the county fairs of northwest Iowa. He lives in Orange City, Iowa.
Terra Brigando writes songs on her piano, though she doesn’t read music. She lives in San Francisco and is a student in the MFA creative-writing program at Mills College.
Bill Emory has been a janitor, plumber, auto mechanic, and CAT-scan technologist and has also taken photographs for more than thirty-five years. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ann Fuller lives in Big Horn, Wyoming, where she raises red worms in her basement for fertilizer.
Sharon Lee Hart teaches photography in Nashville, Tennessee, and recently completed a photography project about farm-animal sanctuaries.
Abraham Menashe was born in Egypt and lives in New York City. He is the author of eight books of photographs, including The Face of Prayer.
Dorothy S. Neagle is a new photographer who likes the way it feels to disappear behind the viewfinder. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Rhonda Patzia is a writer and photographer who leads workshops for women. She lives in Pella, Iowa.
Sondra Peron teaches photography at Springfield Technical Community College and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Michael Roche’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Colorado, Texas, Montana, and New York. He lives in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Melissa Shook recently retired from teaching photography at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Celeste Small lives in Ruston, Louisiana, and is a photography student at Louisiana Tech University.
Linda Smogor’s photographs have been published in American Photo and the New York Times. She lives in Homer, Alaska, known as “the end of the road” because Highway 1 ends there.
Traveler Taj Terpening is a photographer and Web-page designer who divides his time equally among Homer, Alaska; Bisbee, Arizona; and Berlin, Germany.
Barry Wolf has directed commercials and films for Fortune 500 companies and ad agencies for thirty years and has been a photographer for almost as long. He lives in Chicago.
Yetish N. Yetish lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Sharon Seligman decided to pursue photography in earnest after surviving breast cancer, and she is now a photographer and real-estate agent living in Spicewood, Texas. She took this month’s cover photo in 1997 at an Arabian horse ranch in Galisteo, New Mexico.
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