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Ally Acker is an author and filmmaker who lives in Roslyn Heights, New York. She has written three collections of poems: Surviving Desire, Waiting for the Beloved, and Some Help from the Dead.
Christiane Buuck lives in Columbus, Ohio, and though she is not a fan of Buckeye football, she does teach English to some of the football players at the Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in Seneca Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Rock & Sling. Her story in this issue is from a novel in progress.
Patricia Foster met her husband of thirty-two years in Venice, California. At the time she thought him a quiet, gentle man, only to learn later that he’d had the flu. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Iowa. She is the author of the memoir All the Lost Girls and a book of essays called Just beneath My Skin.
Leslee Goodman lives with her husband, mother, dogs, and chickens in Ojai, California. She studies shamanism with the spiritual leader of the Methow tribe and is working with him on a documentary film called Spirit of the Salmon.
Steve Kowit teaches poetry workshops in San Diego and is the author of a guidebook for poets titled In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. His latest collection of poems is The First Noble Truth.
Heather Kirn Lanier is the author of Teaching in the Terrordome: Two Years in West Baltimore with Teach for America and the poetry chapbook The Story You Tell Yourself. After a decade of moving — from Maryland to Japan to Ohio to California and back to Ohio again — she and her family have settled in Bennington, Vermont, where they live among unpacked boxes. She blogs about her special-needs daughter at starinhereye.wordpress.com.
Mary Jane Nealon is a registered nurse who works at a community health center in Missoula, Montana, and her most recent book is a memoir titled Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse’s Life. She is the proud owner of her father’s silk World War II escape map, which guided him from Germany to Belgium and is now guiding her through a writing project.
Lee Rossi lives in San Carlos, California. His poems have appeared in Poetry Daily, Escape Into Life, and Harvard Review Online, and he is an interviewer and reviewer for the online journal Pedestal. He says his assets consist solely of used clothing and some rapidly depreciating poems; he is still waiting for his government bailout.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Ruth L. Schwartz lives in the country outside of Cazadero, California — population 354. Her most recent book is Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living and Loving Your Human Life.
Samuel L. Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Born in 1835, he was raised in Missouri and worked in his early twenties as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain died of a heart attack in 1910.
Polly Chandler’s photographs have been published in B&W, View Camera, and Photo District News. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Rachel J. Elliott is half Swedish, yet she shuns cold weather, melancholy, and fish. She is an editorial associate at The Sun and lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with her husband and their eleven-year-old daughter.
Reinhard Gorn is a former social worker who has made his living as a photographer since 1982. He lives in Falkensee, Germany.
Clemens Kalischer was born in Bavaria, Germany, and lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he runs the Image Gallery. He has been taking photographs for more than sixty years, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Orion, and Ploughshares.
Michelle Masson is a nurse who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Gary Matson lives in Sunnyside, New York, and his photographs have been shown at the Queens Museum of Art.
Fawn Potash is an artist, photographer, and teacher who lives in Catskill, New York. Her work has been published in Harper’s, Mirabella, and Chronogram.
Larry Roggenkamp and his wife are both photojournalists and live in Parkville, Missouri.
Raphael Shevelev was born in South Africa and lives in El Cerrito, California. His photographs and articles have been published in Contemporary Photography, LensWork, and Photo Life, and he is the author of a book about the Holocaust called Liberating the Ghosts.
Harry Wilson’s work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fourteen Hills, and Alligator Juniper. He lives in Bakersfield, California.
John Rosenthal lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and his essays and photographs have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Huffington Post, and New York magazine. The boy in this month’s cover photograph is his son John Keats. Rosenthal took the picture in 1983, on one of their frequent visits to Valle Crucis, North Carolina.
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