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Contributors

April 2014

Writers

Poe Ballantine lives in Chadron, Nebraska, and is the author of five books, most recently the true-crime memoir Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. His eleven-year-old son, Tom, reads books on his father’s iPad and deletes any that contain bad words, so Tom was happy to discover T.E. Lawrence’s clean-living opus Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which he faithfully refers to as “Seven Cater­pillars of Wisdom.”

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Mark Brazaitis is the author of six books, including The Incurables: Stories, which won the 2012 Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. He was recently drafted to play Cinderella’s father opposite his younger daughter in an ice-skating production. His role consisted of doing a spin on two feet, then falling onto the ice. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Katy Butler has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2013 her book Knocking on Heaven’s Door was named one of 100 Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times and one of the ten best memoirs by Publishers Weekly. She lives in Northern California with her partner of fourteen years, who in his retirement leads sing-alongs in dementia wards. Sometimes she sings with him.

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Richard Lehnert continues to be surprised by how much time is required to write something good. He lives with his wife and occasionally finishes a poem in Ashland, Oregon.

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Stephen and Ondrea Levine live in the mountains of northern New Mexico. For more than thirty years they counseled the sick and dying and their loved ones through Conscious Living/Conscious Dying workshops, which used guided meditation combined with the teachings of Buddhism and other wisdom traditions. They have written several books together, including Who Dies?, Embracing the Beloved, and A Year to Live.

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J.B. McCray lives in the South and is a cupcake and dim sum enthusiast, despite having high blood pressure.

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Linda McCullough Moore lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and her latest story collection is This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon. She is celebrating the recent birth of Josh Gibson, her second grandson named after a Negro League baseball great. His big brother, named after Leroy “Satchel” Paige, throws right and bats left.

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Sam Mowe lives in Brooklyn, New York. His interviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Tricycle, and Spirituality & Health. A Buddhist for many years, he still hasn’t learned a thing about nonattachment.

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Photographers

Perry Dilbeck lives in Locust Grove, Georgia, and is a photography instructor at the Art Institute of Atlanta. He is the author of The Last Harvest: Truck Farmers in the Deep South, and his photographs have appeared in LensWork, Photographer’s Forum, and Black + White.

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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.

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Matt Kollasch is living in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he has become enamored with eating pomegranate seeds and photographing the chairs he comes across on the city’s sidewalks.

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Gary Matson’s photographs have been published in American Photo and Rolling Stone. He lives in Sunnyside, New York.

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Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay is from India and is studying photography at Louisiana Tech University, where he also takes photos for the university’s student newspaper, The Tech Talk. His work has been exhibited by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in Québec, Canada, and in galleries in Calcutta, India.

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Christine Saari lives in Marquette, Michigan, and spends three months a year on the Austrian farm where she grew up.

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Cole Thompson has gotten old enough and wise enough that he rarely does anything he doesn’t want to do. He lives in Laporte, Colorado.

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Anita Vizireanu is from Romania and is studying photojournalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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On The Cover

Andrew Hersey is a photographer, writer, and painter who lives with his girlfriend and a blind dog in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has self-published a collection of photographs and stories called Eleven Snows and is working on a second book. He took this month’s cover photo last May at Lake Drummond in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge near Suffolk, Virginia. Currently at 112,000 acres, the swamp lost nearly 90 percent of its original size to human encroachment before being designated a refuge in 1974.

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