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Contributors

February 2017

Writers

Ellen Bass teaches writing at Pacific University. Her most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She’s been getting into bed with the same woman every night for thirty-four years — and is more grateful every year.

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Jane Bernstein is the author of five books, including the memoirs Bereft: A Sister’s Story and Rachel in the World. Her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, VICE, and Poets & Writers. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Krista Bremer is the associate publisher of The Sun and the author of My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story, a memoir that began as a Pushcart Prize–winning essay in this magazine. She appreciates one thing about Donald Trump: he has done wonders for her writer’s block.

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David Budbill was a poet who lived in Montpelier, Vermont. He died in 2016 at the age of seventy-six.

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Jim Daniels’s fifteenth book of poems, Rowing Inland, was just published by Wayne State University Press. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University. He doesn’t run wicked fast anymore, except in his imagination.

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Brian Doyle lives in Portland, Oregon, and is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. He has written fourteen books, among them the novel Chicago and the collection The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics. [Please see our note about Doyle in this month’s issue. — Ed.]

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Langston Hughes was a writer and social activist whose work often explored the everyday experiences of African Americans. He died in 1967.

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Diana S. McCall lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where she manages the town’s community garden. For twelve years after she interviewed David Budbill, he exchanged handwritten letters with her about family, gardening, and the weather.

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Rebecca McClanahan teaches writing at Queens University of Charlotte and the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author of ten books, most recently the memoir The Tribal Knot. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Jennifer Rabin is a writer and artist whose essays and criticism have appeared in Harvard Review, The Rumpus, and Bitch. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she can be found hunched over her computer or working in her art studio.

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Leath Tonino is a freelance writer born and raised in Vermont. His essay “In Pursuit of Bird Poop” was a notable mention in 2016’s The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

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Karen Whalley lives in Port Angeles, Washington. She is the author of the poetry collection The Rented Violin.

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Photographers

James Carroll is a New York City–based photographer whose work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The American Prospect, and Venture.

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William Carter’s latest book of photographs is Causes and Spirits. He lives in San Mateo, California.

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Hudson Gardner lives in Forest Grove, Oregon. Sometimes he wants to live in isolation as a mountain sage, but for now he’s figuring out how to write and afford groceries.

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North Joffe-Nelson is a wildlife photographer who cooks for money and coaches youth sports for fun.

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Laurie Minor’s photographs have been published in the Toronto Star and Canadian Geographic. She lives on four acres of rolling land in Ridgeville, Ontario, with her husband and their two golden retrievers.

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Kat Moser lives in Snowmass, Colorado. Her photographs have been exhibited in Colorado, Nebraska, and Oregon.

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Nora Sweeny lives in Los Altos, California. Her film Rollercoaster, a celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, was screened at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in 2007.

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Mike Szpot discovered his passion for photography while browsing Instagram. He lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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Karen Tweedy-Holmes is a horse-obsessed freelance photographer based in New York City. Her books of photographs are Horse Sanctuary with text by Allison Milionis and Thought to Exist in the Wild with text by Derrick Jensen.

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Eoin Vincent lives north of Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children. He is the author of Eyes of Tanzania, featuring photographs of orphanages, hospitals, and schools in an East African city.

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On The Cover

Szymon Barylski took this month’s cover photo in the Greek village of Idomeni, on the Macedonian border, in March 2016. The girl, a Syrian refugee, is holding her infant sibling. Barylski lives in Galway, Ireland.

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