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Poe Ballantine does not need bifocals, he says, as he slides his glasses to the tip of his nose to read. He is the author of the true-crime book Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, due out in 2012, and the subject of the documentary Poe Ballantine, A Writer in America (copies of which can be purchased for $13.99, shipping included, from Al Saperstein, P.O. Box 111, Earleton, Florida, 32631). He lives in Chadron, Nebraska.
Robert P. Cooke is finally retired and lives with his wife in Highland, Indiana. He’s been writing poems and sending them to friends instead of sending them out for publication.
Chris Dombrowski is the author of the book of poems By Cold Water. Since moving to Montana in 1995 he has worked as a river guide, a poet-in-the-schools, and a creative-writing instructor. He finds that the back and forth between river and classroom often creates what writer Norman Maclean calls “a recipe for schizophrenia.”
Brian Doyle lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is the editor of University of Portland’s Portland Magazine. He is the author of the novel Mink River, and a collection of his short stories, titled Bin Laden’s Bald Spot, will be published in October.
Josie Charlotte Jackson was born in 1992 in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she still lives. She says someday she is going to move to Paris, take a suite at the Ritz, fill her rooms with flowers, write several masterpieces, and be wooed by the crown prince of a minor European country.
J. Krishnamurti was born in India in 1895. He was raised under the tutelage of the Theosophical Society, which proclaimed him to be a “world teacher” and established the Order of the Star to support his work. In 1929 Krishnamurti denounced the concept of saviors and spiritual leaders and dissolved the order. From then until his death in 1986 he traveled the world, speaking on philosophical and spiritual issues and emphasizing the need for radical change in the human psyche.
Barbara Platek is an author living in Ithaca, New York. She has been listening to people’s dreams as part of her Jungian psychotherapy practice for seventeen years.
Eric Paul Shaffer is the author of five books of poetry, a novel, and several chapbooks. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and teaches at Honolulu Community College. Of the top ten sentient beings who have had the greatest impact on his life, more than half are not human.
Martín Weber was born in Argentina and now lives in Los Angeles. He studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the International Center of Photography in New York and has received numerous awards and grants, including a Silver Eye award and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Christian Zwahlen’s writing has been published in Open City, and he is at work on a novel. He lives with his wife and two young children in an old house with a big front porch in Rochester, New York.
Ian Bassingthwaighte was a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt and now lives in Missoula, Montana. His writing and photography has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Adbusters, and Esquire.com.
Rita Bernstein says all the females in her family are insomniacs while the men sleep easily and often, sometimes at their children’s piano recitals. She lives, and occasionally sleeps, in Philadelphia with her well-rested husband.
Edis Jurčys’s latest book of photographs is The Hill of Crosses. Gardens of Life. He was born in Lithuania and now lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon, where he recently fell in love with tango dancing.
Matt Kollasch is a photographer living in Warsaw, Poland.
Jadina Lilien’s photographs of the Lakota Nation of South Dakota were recently shown at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She lives in New York City.
Robert Meier has had work published in The New Yorker and exhibits and sells his prints. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Alma Rivera’s twenty-year-old Toyota Camry was stolen and then found a week later, with all her belongings missing except for a pillow that read, “Miracles happen to those who believe.” She lives in Astoria, New York.
Lynne Jaeger Weinstein’s photographs have been published in O: The Oprah Magazine, Orion, and Parenting. She lives in Putney, Vermont.
Chris Whitney has been a photographer for twenty-five years and his work has appeared in B&W. When not spending time with his wife in their garden, he roams the Eastern Sierra Mountains, camera and pen in hand. He lives in Chula Vista, California.
Barry Wolf produces commercials and films for ad agencies and Fortune 500 companies. His photographs have been published in B&W, Lenswork, and People. He lives in Chicago.
Yetish N. Yetish is a photographer who lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Lloyd Wolf’s most recent book of photographs is titled Jewish Fathers: A Legacy of Love. He took this month’s cover photograph of his daughter, Emma Sky, in their front yard when she was eight years old. She went on to study art in college and will be starting a master’s program in counseling this fall. Meanwhile she lives just a few doors away from her father in Arlington, Virginia, in the oldest house in the county.
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