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Bridget Adams is a writer who lives with a cross-eyed cat in Upstate New York. Her fiction has been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, and she holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University.
Margaret Hasse lives a few hours from the headwaters of the Mississippi River, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where her poems have been stamped onto city sidewalks and displayed on public transportation. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including two that received the Midwest Poetry Prize. In her sixties she biked across the surprisingly hilly state of Iowa, and she has the leg muscles to prove it.
Judith Hertog grew up in Amsterdam, immigrated to Israel as a teenager, lived and traveled in Asia, and now lives in Vermont with her family. She is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Zone 3, Indiana Review, and Tricycle. She teaches writing to college students and to inmates in the Vermont and New Hampshire prison systems.
Tony Hoagland has given up on conquering the world and instead builds birdhouses in his garage in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the author of the poetry collections Recent Changes in the Vernacular, Application for Release from the Dream, and What Narcissism Means to Me.
Barack Obama is the forty-fourth president of the United States.
Emily Sernaker is a graduate of Pacific University’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s, and The Rumpus. She recently moved to New York City and has already encountered rats circling her apartment and ghosts haunting Broadway theaters.
Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the nonfiction books Buddha’s Dog & Other Meditations, Southside Buddhist, and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. He also has a short-story collection, The Melting Season, and a poetry collection, In Thailand It Is Night. When he isn’t running around after his toddler son, he teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida.
Cary Tennis thought working in a corporate mailroom after graduate school would give him valuable real-world experience, and it did. It showed him that most Americans spend their working lives in profoundly hierarchical, authoritarian, undemocratic settings, which helps explain the mess we are in now. He lives in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy.
Jenny S. Brant is a photographer, ayurvedic practitioner, and gardener who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Though she was once the last person anyone thought would have kids, she and her husband have two.
Megan Daniels lives with her husband in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She is a freelance photographer who teaches at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Michael Galinsky is the co-director of All the Rage, a documentary about Dr. John Sarno, whose theory about the cause of back pain defies mainstream medical practices. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Briana Marie is a photographer and mother who enjoys kayaking, biking, and backpacking. She lives in Angwin, California.
Michael Schmitt is a photographer and high-school student who lives in a very small town in Alabama.
Zun Lee is a Toronto-based physician, photographer, and educator who currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. His photo on this month’s cover shows Jerell Willis crossing the Brooklyn Bridge with his son Fidel. The image is part of Father Figure, Lee’s project exploring African American fatherhood.
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Carol Ann Fitzgerald
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