Contributors  April 2006 | issue 364

NASRIN ALAVI is a journalist who grew up in Iran. She has studied and taught engineering in Britain and the U.S., and currently lives in London.

AL BARNA is a photographer living and working in San Francisco, California.

Robert Bly is a poet and translator. His books include Iron John: A Book about Men and The Light around the Body.

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.

MICHAEL CHITWOOD’s seventh collection of poems, Clamor, will be published by Tupelo Press in 2010. He teaches at the University of North Carolina and lives in Chapel Hill with his two children, who sigh whenever they see him trying to send a text message.

JACOB COWGILL is a photographer doing graduate work in the environmental-studies program at the University of Montana. His bicycle collection is bordering on an obsession, and he is currently seeking the ultimate single-speed mountain bike. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

ELLEN GIAMPORTONE’s latest project is photographing her neighborhood during the full moon. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Steve Kowit was the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop and seven poetry collections. A critically acclaimed poet, he died in April 2015 at the age of seventy-six.

James Lepore lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast with his wife. His book Blood, Light, & Time combines short fiction with photographs.

IGOR MALIJEVSKÝ is a photographer, poet, and short-story writer living in the Czech Republic.

JOAN MARCUS lives with her husband and young daughters in the hills outside Ithaca, New York, where she spends half the year tending her vegetable garden and the other half huddled over her wood stove. Her fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Puerto del Sol, and the Beloit Fiction Journal. She is seeking a publisher for her first novel, titled Saturn Returning.

Gary Matson lives in Sunnyside, New York. He’s devoted to film cameras, books on paper, and water from the tap.

JENN REIDEL is a writer, photographer, and website designer who lives in Vashon, Washington.

Bruce Holland Rogers lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’s MFA program. He sells subscriptions to his stories by e-mail at

Sy Safransky is the editor and publisher of The Sun.

Craig J. Satterlee teaches photography at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. He also travels the world taking pictures and searching for the best pizza.

S. LONDON SCHERTZER is a photographer living in Dillon, Colorado.

JASON SCHOSSLER’s stories and poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Confrontation, and Willow Springs. He lives in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, where he works as a legal journalist and remains convinced that reading a judgment non obstante veredicto beats the pants off Ulysses.

RAMIN TALAIE is a journalist and photographer who was born in Iran and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

JENNIFER WARREN is a freelance photographer whose work has been published by the BBC, Al Jazeera, and Amnesty International. She lives in New York City and is proficient in Arabic, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Lynne Jaeger Weinstein’s work has been published in O: The Oprah Magazine, Orion, and Parenting. She lives in Putney, Vermont.

On the Cover

BEB C. REYNOL lives in Seattle, Washington. He took this month’s cover photo of an Afghan man in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 2000. It’s part of a series documenting the Pashtuns, who are the largest tribe in Pakistan and Afghanistan.