ERIC ANDERSON’s book of poems is The Parable of the Room Spinning. He works part time for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, where he spends the day looking at archived aerial photographs of the Lake Erie shore, trying to decide who owns what. He lives in Elyria, Ohio.
Mark Brazaitis is the author of six books, including The Incurables: Stories, which won the 2012 Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. He was recently drafted to play Cinderella’s father opposite his younger daughter in an ice-skating production. His role consisted of doing a spin on two feet, then falling onto the ice. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.
GEOFF OLIVER BUGBEE has worked in more than twenty countries as a photojournalist, documenting such issues as hiv/aids and curable blindness. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
MICHELLE CACHO-NEGRETE lives in Portland, Maine, where she works with writing students online and in person. Her essay “Stealing” appeared in the anthology Best of the Net 2011.
William Carter’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. His latest book is Causes and Spirits. He lives in San Mateo, California.
MARSHA CLEARY got more serious about her photography after turning forty. She has worked as a nurse for eighteen years and lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Cruz, California.
ROBERT CURRAN earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, which he says sent him straight into the construction field. He lives in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he is a concrete finisher by day and an artist by night.
Gloria Baker Feinstein lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the founding director of Change the Truth, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Ugandan children affected by war, poverty, and disease.
ROBERTO GUERRA lives in La Paz, Bolivia, where he is working on a project about coca farmers.
ANN HUMPHREYS is a poet and professional hula-hooper. She occasionally sings country music at small venues in and around Carrboro, North Carolina, where she lives with her beloved dog and equally beloved boyfriend.
DIANE LEFER sometimes goes out in public dressed as a Guantánamo prisoner as a form of protest. Once, she found herself with her hands in the air and two guns pointed at her head after she was mistaken for a terrorist by the police. She is the author of the short-story collection California Transit (Sarabande Books) and collaborated with theater artist and therapist Hector Aristizábal on Nightwind, a play about his arrest and torture at the hands of the U.S.–supported military in Colombia. She lives in Los Angeles.
MILDRED JOYNER LONG is a photographer who lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Alison Luterman has written an intimate little musical comedy about kidney transplantation titled The Chain. She and its composer, Loren Linnard, are seeking a producer. She lives in Oakland, California.
LEE ANN McGUIRE is a photographer and yoga instructor who lives in Ventura, California. She has been taking photographs since the age of ten, but her interest in fitness didn’t come until after she had her first child.
Julia McHugh was drawn to Port Townsend, Washington, by the mix of artists, writers, musicians, and clouds. She plays upright bass and sings harmonies with her twin sister.
BONNIE J. ROUGH’s essays have appeared in the anthologies Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion (Three Rivers Press) and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin). She teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and walks around the neighborhood lake almost every day, no matter what the weather.
Sy Safransky is the editor and publisher of The Sun.
CHAD SIMPSON has been a security guard, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and a juvenile-probation officer. His stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Sycamore Review, and Georgetown Review. He lives in Galesburg, Illinois (birthplace of poet Carl Sandburg), and teaches fiction writing at Knox College.
KERRY ST. OURS is a photographer who lives with her husband and daughter in Huntington, New York.
Harry Wilson has retired, but not from being a backwater malcontent. He lives in Bakersfield, California.
Saint James Harris Wood is a writer and musician who is currently incarcerated for second-degree armed robbery. He is the author of a collection of poems titled A Note Found in the Desert, and his work has appeared in Boulevard and on Esquire’s website. Correspondence can be sent to Saint James Harris Wood T30027, P.O. Box 8101, CMC-East 6324, San Luis Obispo, California, 93409.
On the Cover
RITA BERNSTEIN is a photographer and former civil-rights attorney who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The girls on this month’s cover are the daughters of a good friend. Bernstein took their photograph on a spring afternoon in 2003, in the garden behind their home.