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Poe Ballantine is writing a glossary of literary terms: for example, honorarium is a big word meaning “small pay.” His essay “Free Rent at the Totalitarian Hotel,” which appeared in our June 2012 issue, was selected for The Best American Essays 2013, and his new book, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, will be out in September. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska.
Paul A. Broome taught literature at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, where he built his own house from the ground up. He now lives with his wife in Trinity, Alabama. His work in this issue is his first published short story.
Doug Crandell’s most recent novel is They’re Calling You Home. He often forgets his own age, but he is ever vigilant about food expiration dates. He lives in Douglasville, Georgia.
Jim Daniels’s new collection of poems, Birth Marks, will be published later this year. The Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Annie Dillard is a writer and poet. After graduating from Hollins College with an MA in English she wrote Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, a nonfiction narrative about the natural world near her home in Roanoke, Virginia. Published in 1974, the book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
Michael Hettich’s most recent book of poetry is The Measured Breathing. He collaborates with visual artists in making limited-edition posters of art and poetry through the Sweat Broadside Project in Miami, Florida, where he lives with his wife.
Danusha Laméris lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she writes and teaches poetry workshops. This past May marked two years since her son, Santiago, died. She writes about him in her poem in this issue.
Brenda Miller is a professor of English at Western Washington University, where she is editor-in-chief of Bellingham Review. She’s a recipient of six Pushcart prizes, and her latest book is The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, coauthored with poet Holly J. Hughes.
Laura Oliver is the author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland. Though not a therapist, she is the daughter of a therapist, the sister of a therapist, and the close friend of a therapist. She has also spent years in therapy herself and has watched every episode of the HBO series In Treatment. She believes this qualifies her to give lots of advice.
Leath Tonino traveled the length of Vermont, his home state, seven times last year: hiking, hitchhiking, skiing, biking, canoeing, swimming, and flying. His work has been published in Sierra and Orion.
Marion Winik lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches at the University of Baltimore. Her new book is Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled through the Joys of Single Living.
Elisabetta “Betty” Bastai is a native of Italy who now lives in Oak Harbor, Washington. She is an avid scuba diver, and her photographs have been published in Northwest Dive News.
Katherine Clayton is a speech-language pathologist who lives in Illinois. She devotes herself to photography at night, after getting her three daughters to bed.
Perry Dilbeck lives in Locust Grove, Georgia, and teaches photography at the Art Institute of Atlanta. He is the author of The Last Harvest: Truck Farmers in the Deep South.
Zbigniew Fitz was born in Kraków, Poland, and lives in Laurens, South Carolina. He has been a devoted painter and husband for forty-five years.
Roger German is the author of the nonfiction book The Promise of Peace. He lives in Jupiter, Florida.
Frank Hamrick lives in Ruston, Louisiana, where he is head of the photography program at Louisiana Tech University. Copies of his handmade books of photographs are available at www.frankhamrick.com.
Carol MacLeod lives on the coast in southern Maine, where she is a psychiatric nurse. Her photography has been published in B&W and Zephyr.
Rob Perry is a photographer and garden designer who lives near Lake Champlain in Vermont. He grows historic irises and is restoring a 1968 Saab 96 in his barn.
Susan Rae Tannenbaum has been a wedding photographer for twenty years. She lives in New York City.
J. Eliza Wall is a waitress, an assistant arts-and-crafts teacher at a day camp, and an art-education major at Tyler School of Art. She lives in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
Lloyd Wolf is the chief photographer for the Columbia Pike Documentary Project. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Jennifer Zarro lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she teaches art history.
Dorothy Gantenbein lives in Fremont, California. She has published five books of photography and poetry with poet Andrea Satin, the most recent of which is titled Mercurial. Her photograph on this month’s cover is from her “Obscura” series, in which she weaves together two or more photographs to create a single image.
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