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John Bargowski’s book of poetry Driving West on the Pulaski Skyway was selected for the Bordighera Prize and was recently published in a bilingual English-Italian edition. He lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
John Brehm’s latest book of poems, Help Is on the Way, has an invisible subtitle: But It Will Not Arrive. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Brian Doyle is a shambling, grizzled student of wonder who edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon. His new essay collections Reading in Bed and The Thorny Grace of It will be published this fall.
Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the novel Bone Worship. She lives in Connecticut and teaches in the MFA creative-writing program at Manhattanville College — though this means nothing to her dog.
C.J. Gall is a constantly cheating vegetarian who loves to cook. She spent twenty years as a corporate writer before going to graduate school, and she now teaches philosophy, ethics, and critical thinking at DeVry University.
Danusha Laméris lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she grows (some) of her own vegetables, practices yoga, and teaches poetry in her barn.
Michael McColly teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of The After-Death Room: Journey into Spiritual Activism, which chronicles his reporting on AIDS activism in Africa, Asia, and America. He is currently at work on a book about urban walking.
Jane Roberts was a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She was conducting research for a book on extrasensory perception in 1963 when she began to channel messages from a male entity who called himself “Seth.” Seth described himself as a teacher from an adjacent plane of existence whose task was to educate humans on a variety of metaphysical topics.
Bruce Holland Rogers leaves this month for Japan, where he plans to walk the Tōkaidō Road between Tokyo and Kyoto, visiting the fifty-three stations, or overnight stopping points, that were the inspiration for Ando Hiroshige’s nineteenth-century woodblock prints.
Lad Tobin lives in Kittery Point, Maine, and commutes to his teaching job at Boston College. He has spent the past decade crafting painfully personal essays about his teens. He figures that at this rate he won’t be writing about what is happening to him now until he is in his nineties.
Joel Whitney’s writing has appeared in The New York Times and Salon. He is cofounder of the online magazine Guernica, for which he has interviewed dozens of writers, activists, and politicians. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Christian Zwahlen lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife and children. His writing has appeared in Open City and Stone Canoe, and he is currently at work on a novel and a collection of short stories. He spent this spring coaching his son’s little-league team, the Green Machine.
Melana Bontrager lives with her husband and four children in Everett, Washington, amid the beautiful chaos of laundry, dishes, diapers, and art.
Emily Brown lives in Monroe, Louisiana.
James Carroll lives in New York City, where his work is appearing this summer in a group show at the Leica Gallery.
Rachel J. Elliott works at The Sun and lives with her family in Carborro, North Carolina.
Carl Evans is now retired and getting ready to move back to North Carolina after living for thirteen years in Bethel, Alaska, a town accessible only by plane or boat.
Paul Giguere takes photographs for nonprofit organizations and his own documentary projects. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Lewis Koch’s most recent book, Twentyone Yellowstone Parking Lots, is available from Blurb.com. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Mark Townsend lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Morgan Tyree photographs small-town high-school football, and one of his photos has been selected by the Smithsonian Institution for an upcoming exhibit titled Hometown Teams. He lives in Powell, Wyoming.
J. Eliza Wall is an art-education major at Tyler School of Art. She lives in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
Lloyd Wolf recently completed a photography assignment documenting Jewish social-service programs in Ukraine and Israel. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Natalie Young’s photographs have been published in LensWork and SHOTS and are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California, where she plays a lot of beach volleyball.
Monica Denevan lives in San Francisco and travels annually to Burma. She took this month’s cover photograph there in 2009 at the edge of the Irrawaddy River. The banyan tree is more than a hundred years old and sits far from the waterline in the dry season, but during the wet season it becomes submerged. The young man holding on to the branches was there with friends, who were jumping into the river from higher branches.
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