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Contributors

July 2012

Writers

Thomas M. Atkinson is an author and playwright who lives with his wife and two sons in Anderson Township, Ohio. His first novel, Strobe Life, is available for Kindle from Amazon, and his story in this issue is part of an unpublished collection called Standing Deadwood. He won the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012.

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Krista Bremer’s essays have been reprinted in South Africa, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, and most recently Iran, where, in an accompanying photo, her T-shirt was photoshopped into a more modest but unflattering turtleneck. Her forthcoming memoir will be published by Algonquin Books. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, and works at The Sun.

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Sara Catterall was born a Peace Corps brat in Ankara, Turkey, and now lives near Ithaca, New York, where she works as a freelance book indexer and just completed a novel. If her house burned down, she says, she could build a livable shack out of her book and record collections.

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Ross Gay’s most recent book of poetry is Bringing the Shovel Down. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and teaches poetry at Indiana University and in the low-residency poetry program at Drew University. He is also a deeply mystified gardener. Occasionally he can conjure the voice of Al Green.

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C.G. Jung

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Steve Kowit edits the poetry section of the online literary magazine Serving House Journal and selects the poetry for the weekly San Diego Reader. His most recent collection is The First Noble Truth, and his poetry-writing guidebook, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop, is widely used in colleges and universities. He lives in the hills of California near the Mexican border and is “a loyal citizen of that nation which includes all sentient beings.”

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Scott London was born in Washington, DC, raised in Sweden, and now lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife and their two daughters. He is a journalist and photographer, and he hosted the public-radio show Insight and Outlook from 1995 to 2000. He has also done interviews for CBS Radio, CBC’s Radio One, and Weekend America.

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Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.

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Michael Ventura’s biweekly column, “Letters at 3AM,” has appeared in The Austin Chronicle since 1993. His most recent book is If I Was a Highway. A native of New York City and a longtime resident of Los Angeles, he has lived since 2004 in Lubbock, Texas — reportedly the second most conservative city in the U.S. When asked, “What are you doing in Lubbock?” Ventura answers, “Whatever I please.”

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Matthew Vollmer is the author of Future Missionaries of America, a collection of stories, and is the coeditor, with David Shields, of the forthcoming book Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Genie Zeiger was a longtime contributor to The Sun who lived in Shelburne, Massachusetts. She died in 2009.

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Photographers

Ian Bassingthwaighte is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Adbusters and Triquarterly and at Esquire.com. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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Ciara Futch lives in Calhoun, Louisiana.

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Mark Hedengren is the author of two photography books, Mormons and Three Mormon Towns, and is the director of the feature film Sundance Skippy. His photographs are represented by Getty Images, and he lives in Provo, Utah.

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Edis Jurĉys is a native of Lithuania who lives in Portland, Oregon. His latest book of photographs is The Hill of Crosses: Gardens of Life.

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Grant M. Ryan studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

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Jennifer Spelman lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, home of the world’s best green-chili hamburger. She has taught photography in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, and India.

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Peter Robert Thompson lives in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, where he offers individual tutorials as well as group instruction for photographers. His work is a part of the permanent collections of the Polaroid Corporation and the George Eastman House.

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Jerry N. Uelsmann’s most recent book of photographs is The Mind’s Eye, and his work is in the permanent collections of art museums worldwide. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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On The Cover

Michelle Feileacan is a full-time wedding photographer who lives in Sebastopol, California, with her husband and two sons. She took this month’s cover photograph of her son jumping over a hose in their yard in 2008, when he was four years old.

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