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Contributors

March 2015

Writers

John Fischer is a writer and marketing consultant living in Brooklyn, New York. He has, on thin professional pretenses, traveled to Disney World and attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. He shows up late to work every day.

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Tracy Frisch is a freelance journalist and rural homesteader who lives just south of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Despite being a proud Luddite, she intends to graduate from dial-up Internet to broadband by the time you read this.

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C.J. Gall wonders if she can still rightly call herself an “avid reader,” given her current addiction to audiobooks. A writer and teacher, she lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Steve Kowit lives with his wife, Mary, and their many animal companions in a small house at the top of Coyote Holler near the California-Mexico border. He is the author of a well-known guidebook for poets, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. His newest collection is Cherish: New & Selected Poems.

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Jim Ringley lives in San Luis Obispo, California. The recipient of a residency fellowship at New York’s Millay Colony for the Arts, he divides his time between writing and painting. His work can be seen in the Spencer Museum of Art and the San Diego Art Institute.

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Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.

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Lauren Slater is the author of Prozac Diary; Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychology Experiments of the Twentieth Century; and, most recently, Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Scott Spencer is the author of ten novels. He has taught at Columbia University and the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and has twice been nominated for a National Book Award. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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Theresa Williams, in her immaturity thirty years ago, laughed at her art-history teacher for being a middle-aged woman in cowboy boots. Now fifty-ish, Williams wears the same footwear so often she has earned the nickname “Boots” from her own students at Bowling Green State University. She lives in northwest Ohio and is working on a graphic novel titled The Wanderers.

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Photographers

Roy Arenella’s primary form of expression is something he calls “visual writing” — photo postcards with accompanying text. His images have appeared in The New York Times, Popular Photography, and The Village Voice. He lives in Greenwich, New York.

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James Carroll lives in New York City, where he recently displayed his work in the Umbrella Arts Gallery and the Leica Gallery.

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Michael Galinsky’s recently published book of photographs, Malls across America, features images of shopping malls taken in the 1980s when he was a college freshman. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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James Lepore is a novelist and photographer living in South Salem, New York. His most recent book, a collaboration with screenwriter Carlos Davis, is God’s Formula.

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Kim McAlear is a self-taught photographer, gardener, and hiker who lives in Ashland, Oregon.

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Byron Motley is a Los Angeles–based singer-songwriter, photographer, and filmmaker. He’s currently working on a television documentary about Negro-league baseball history.

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Patty O’Brien travels frequently between Philadelphia and her home in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley. Though she photographs anything that piques her curiosity, her favorite subjects are horses.

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David Quinn lives in Setauket, New York. His work was recently named best in show by the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport.

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John Rosenthal’s images have appeared in ARTVU, Five Points, and The Kenyon Review. He has published a book of photo­graphs, Regarding Manhattan, and is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Fellowship. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Jennifer Spelman is a freelancer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originally a crime-scene photographer for a Colorado district attorney’s office, she now teaches photography workshops in the U.S. and abroad.

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Laura J. Wellner is a photographer and the author of Dusty Waters: A Ghost Story (under the pseudonym Laura J.W. Ryan). She lives in an old farmhouse on a windswept hilltop in Upstate New York.

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Kim Wishcamper is a freelance photographer based in Missoula, Montana. A crash-prone mountain biker and full-time dog lover, she splits her work into two categories: two-legged and four-legged.

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Lloyd Wolf is a photographer who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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On The Cover

Shamma Esoof lives in Puchong, Malaysia, where she works as an analyst for the World Health Organization and volunteers at animal shelters. She took this month’s cover photo, of a macaque monkey, at a lighthouse in Kuala Selangor. Though the monkeys are wild, they’re accustomed to tourists, who feed them sweet potatoes and long beans.

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