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Contributors

December 2014

Writers

Akshay Ahuja is the production manager for Ploughshares. He lives in an apartment in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his wife and young son, but dreams of returning a piece of land to wilderness and roaming it with a miniature Sicilian donkey.

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Ellery Akers is a writer and artist who lives on the Northern California coast. Her forthcoming book, Practicing the Truth, won the 2014 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize.

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Beth Alvarado divides her time between Tucson, where she teaches at the University of Arizona, and Bend, Oregon, where she practices her Spanish by reading aloud to a dog named Ollie. She is the author of a memoir, Anthropologies, and a story collection, Not a Matter of Love.

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Poe Ballantine once dropped acid and burned a hole in his shoe. Later he discovered LSD. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, with his wife, Cristina, his son, Tom, and his notoriously slow dog, Lightnin’.

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Alison Clement lives a life of moderation and reason in Corvallis, Oregon, where she teaches at a rural community college.

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Lisa Gray Giurato is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with her two sons, who hope she’ll one day write a story with wizards and cats.

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Philip Kelly plans to take a long walk in Europe next year, following the trade route the ancient Greeks took to the Baltic Sea in Lithuania. He lives in Newport Beach, California, where he paints his walls a different color every month.

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Stephen J. Lyons is the author of Landscape of the Heart and The 1,000-Year Flood. In 2015 Rowman & Littlefield will publish Going Driftless, his book about life in the Upper Midwest. He lives in Monticello, Illinois.

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Henri J.M. Nouwen was a Catholic priest, a professor, and the author of more than forty books on spirituality. He spent the last ten years of his life caring for people with mental and physical disabilities at L’Arche Daybreak community in Ontario, Canada. He died in 1996.

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Faith Shearin is the author of three books of poetry: The Owl Question, The Empty House, and Moving the Piano. She lives in a cabin on top of a mountain in West Virginia with her husband, her daughter, and an opinionated dachshund.

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Sparrow’s bumper sticker GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE; INSANE MANIACS WITH EASY ACCESS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS KILL PEOPLE will soon be available in stores. He is the author of America: A Prophecy — The Sparrow Reader and the forthcoming This Poem. He lives in Phoenicia, New York.

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Photographers

Anselma Cardenas’s photography has appeared on the National Geographic website. She lives in Pasco, Washington.

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Roger Davies pored over Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man — the book version of the Museum of Modern Art’s famous 1955 photography exhibition — when he was thirteen years old. It taught him about life. He lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Gina Easley is working on a photography project exploring the long-term bonds between humans and animals. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Julie Foser is a portrait photographer from Tonawanda, New York. Her recent work has appeared in Artvoice.

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Frank Lavelle teaches photography and leads overseas tours in Ireland, Cuba, Italy, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and two sons in Portland, Oregon.

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Susan Lirakis is attempting to grow a cactus family from seeds, but the climate in New Hampshire, where she lives, refuses to cooperate.

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Maureen Maliha is the curator of the Trillium Gallery, which also produces Trillium Gallery Magazine. She lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

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David Millenheft enjoys soccer and volleyball. His photo on the Contents page of this issue is his first published work. He lives in Oxnard, California.

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Akhil Munjal lives in New Delhi, India. He likes to take photographs of nature and street scenes.

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Joseph Sass has a habit of picking up interesting rocks on his walks and putting them in his wife’s purse, then waiting for her to ask, “Why is this so heavy?” He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Theo Slavin is a San Francisco–based photographer and cofounder of the photography e-zine Negative Space.

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Morgan Tyree recently had one of his images of small-town high-school football selected by the Smithsonian Institution for an exhibition called Hometown Teams. He lives in Powell, Wyoming.

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Ekaterina Vasilyeva was a finalist in the Photovisa International Festival of Photography contest. She lives in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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On The Cover

Todd Celmar is a photographer, writer, and musician who lives in Columbus, Ohio. He took this month’s cover photograph, of a moonflower unfurling at dusk, in his in-laws’ backyard garden. It is his first published photo.

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