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Contributors

September 2015

Writers

David Cook is a columnist for the Times Free Press and teaches high-school English in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He stays active by playing for an over-forty church softball team, in which he’s batting an unimpressive .200.

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Benjamin S. Grossberg’s most recent book of poems is Space Traveler. In addition to capping a chimney, his home-repair exploits include remodeling a bathroom, upgrading electrical outlets, and installing new shut-off valves (which leak only slightly) on his water heater. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with a small black cat who remains unnamed because, as his cat reminds him, “names are trappings of the human world.”

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Miles Harvey’s work last appeared in The Sun in 1992. He’s happy to be reunited with both the magazine and his former self. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Joel Peckham is an essayist, poet, and scholar. His most recent books include the poetry collection God’s Bicycle and a book of essays titled Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery. He teaches at Marshall University and lives in Huntington, West Virginia, with his wife and son.

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Jim Ralston lives on Rocky Gap Creek outside of Cumberland, Maryland, a post-industrial town trying to find its way. It’s also the setting of Come Live Alone with Me, a collection of poems for which he is seeking a publisher. He teaches at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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Maggie Rowe arrived in America in 1979 with her first husband, a baby, and two suitcases. Now remarried and a mother of three, she has been a U.S. citizen since 1999. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Every Mother Moves to a New Country and lives in Newark, Delaware, where she leads a poetry workshop at the Cancer Support Community.

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Samantha Tetangco beat a farm boy to catch a pig at a county fair when she was six years old and won a five-hundred-dollar savings bond in the eighth grade for an essay about violence. She lives in Albuquerque and teaches at the University of New Mexico. And, yes, the painting she describes in her essay in this issue is still available for purchase.

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John Updike was an American author best known for his novels chronicling middle-class American life. One of only three authors to have twice won the Pulitzer Prize, he died in 2009.

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Photographers

Peter Ingrasselino works as a registered nurse in a dialysis clinic and lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where he’s early for everything.

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Gary Matson lives in Sunnyside, New York, and is sticking with film cameras, paper books, and water from the tap.

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Julie McCarthy has published The Hair Project, a book of photographs of women who have lost their hair while undergoing chemotherapy. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

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Morgan Tyree would, if given the opportunity, run off with musician Mary Chapin Carpenter, NPR’s Renée Montagne, or the fictional reference librarian Ruth Harrison from A Prairie Home Companion. He lives in Powell, Wyoming.

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On The Cover

Tytia Habing lives among sprawling corn and soybean fields in rural Illinois. The image of her son on this month’s cover is part of her series “This Is Boy.” Her photographs have appeared in SHOTS, Orion, and F-Stop. She once tied her sheets together and threw them out a window to save her toddler, her husband, and herself from an apartment fire. Yes, it actually worked.

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