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Contributors

September 2014

Writers

Greg Ames is the author of Buffalo Lockjaw. His second novel will be out in late 2015 or early 2016. He splits his time between Brooklyn and Hamilton, New York, where he is an assistant professor at Colgate University.

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Wendy Brenner is the author of two story collections, Phone Calls from the Dead and Large Animals in Everyday Life, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is currently completing a book of essays titled Misfits.

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Doug Crandell won third place in a Bicentennial bike-decorating contest in 1976, after his mother sewed him an Uncle Sam outfit for the occasion. He lives in Douglasville, Georgia, and his most recent novel is They’re Calling You Home.

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Faith D’Aluisio is a former television news producer. She is currently the editor and lead writer for the book-publishing imprint Material World Books. She lives with her husband, photographer Peter Menzel, in Napa, California.

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Alison Luterman’s new e-memoir Feral City (available through shebooks.net) poses the question: Can a woman who is essentially doglike in nature find happiness with a man who is at one with his cats? She lives in Oakland, California.

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Peter Menzel lives in Napa, California, and has been producing “thinking people’s photography books” with his wife and coauthor, Faith D’Aluisio, for twenty years. They are currently working on a book about death rituals around the world, which they hope to finish before they die.

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Hanna Neuschwander is director of communications of graduate programs at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and managing editor of the academic journal Democracy & Education. She is also the author of a guidebook to West Coast coffee roasters, Left Coast Roast. She gave birth to a healthy daughter in May 2014.

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Sparrow lives in a doublewide trailer in the tiny hamlet of Phoenicia, New York. Recently a fifteen-year-old boy handed him a four-leaf clover. You can follow him — Sparrow, not the boy — on Twitter.

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John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 1902. He is best known for his 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath. He served as a war correspondent during World War II and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in New York City in 1968.

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Leath Tonino has studied goshawks on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and shoveled snow at the South Pole. He lives in Vermont and writes for Sierra, Orion, High Country News, and other magazines.

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Photographers

William Carter’s fifth and most comprehensive book of photographs is Causes and Spirits. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.

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Rachel J. Elliott has a large extended family that, like the von Trapps in The Sound of Music, will break into song on almost any occasion. When not working in The Sun’s editorial office, she can often be found singing in her car or improvising Broadway-style tunes with friends. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.

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Duncan Green is a photographer who lives in Olympia, Washington, where he works for the local transit agency, encouraging people to use bicycles instead of cars.

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Nicholas Guy lives in Alaska. He trains sled dogs and hopes to open his own kennel someday.

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Hannah Johnston is a student photographer from Louisiana. Her image on the Contents page of this issue is her first published photograph.

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Susan Lirakis’s photography recently appeared in the book A Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dance and Dance Making, by Andrea Olsen. She lives in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire.

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Brett Murphy lives in Corvallis, Oregon, but his job with an aerial-mapping company takes him from the tropics to the arctic — ideal work for a photographer, he says. He is proud of his accomplishments but laments his dwindling social life.

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Patty O’Brien lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and travels frequently between the Susquehanna River Valley and Philadelphia. She has photographed the local Amish community extensively, and her passion is equine photography.

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Alec Robinson is a student at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, where he is photo editor of the student newspaper, The Raven Review. His obsessions are the moon, the ocean, and bicycles.

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Markham Starr uses his camera as an excuse to hear people’s stories. He lives in North Stonington, Connecticut.

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Cole Thompson is a photographer who lives in Laporte, Colorado.

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On The Cover

Rob Perry lives with his partner and twin daughters in rural Vermont, where they raise chickens, goats, geese, and ducks and supply the local inn with fresh eggs and produce. He took this month’s cover photograph in his yard at sunrise. The ridge of the Green Mountains is just visible in the distance.

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