Learning to ride, falling down, getting back on
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Alethea Black was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard in 1991. She sometimes eats organic chocolate for breakfast and organic popcorn for dinner. She is the author of the story collection I Knew You’d Be Lovely and the memoir You’ve Been So Lucky Already. When no one could figure out why she was sick, she decided to school herself and now believes all illness has roots in quantum physics — specifically, in the way we experience time.
Doug Crandell works in Utah, Virginia, New Mexico, and South Dakota, but he lives in Georgia, where he rests from all the travel on a hobby farm. His most recent novel is They’re Calling You Home.
Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of five collections of poetry, including her latest, Becoming the Blue Heron. She has been happily married for twenty-seven years to a guy who collects garish golf pants, understands math, and describes his wife as “highly entertaining.” They live in North Carolina.
Tracy Frisch balances writing with subsistence gardening and simple living. Her newest passion is kayaking on a river near her home in Upstate New York. She has never purchased anything on Amazon.
J. Malcolm Garcia’s most recent book is Riding through Katrina with the Red Baron’s Ghost. He currently lives with a family in a trailer court in rural Alabama, where he writes about poverty.
Frances Lefkowitz is the author of the memoir To Have Not, about growing up poor in San Francisco. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, The Sun, and Good Housekeeping. She lives in Petaluma, California, and is working on a book about fear and surfing.
Mary Roy is a writer and psychotherapist who lives in Seattle, Washington. She has lived in nine different states due to a youthful restlessness that ended a few decades ago.
Bertrand Russell was an English writer, political activist, and social critic who received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1950. He died in 1970 at the age of ninety-seven.
Tali Aiona is a photographer who lives in Sebastopol, California.
Diane Durant teaches photography at the University of Texas at Dallas. She lives in Fort Worth with her daughter, their growing collection of vintage cameras, and a multitude of stray cats.
Andrew Eschbacher lives in Columbia, South Carolina. His images have appeared in Backpacker Magazine.
William Holm is a pediatrician who lives in Tucson, Arizona. His two sons are excellent musicians, despite growing up with tone-deaf parents.
Matt Kollasch is a photographer who lives in Pristina, Kosovo. On his most recent birthday, he gave himself a great present: he deleted his Twitter account.
Kunal Mehra is a photographer who lives in Portland, Oregon.
Laurie Minor’s photographs have appeared in Photo Life, Photo Digest, and Cat Fancy. She lives in Ridgeville, Ontario, Canada.
Vicki Reed lives in Wheaton, Illinois, where she is spending her retirement taking photos.
Naomi Stolow left her seventeen-year career as an e-commerce manager in London and now lives in the seaside town of Dawlish in the United Kingdom.
Kristoffer Heacox is a third-generation photographer who lives in the Pacific Northwest with his two children, Maddox and Elin. He plays the ukulele and enjoys pinot noir. This month’s cover photo, of Heacox’s son, was taken in their former backyard in Tracy, California.
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Carol Ann Fitzgerald
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Rachel J. Elliott
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