Contributors  October 2008 | issue 394

Rita Bernstein began taking photos after a career as a civil-rights lawyer. She lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City, but spends her summers at a family cottage in rural Pennsylvania.

ANNA BLACKSHAW is a writer and photographer who has been documenting the lives of domestic workers in the American South and South Africa for more than fifteen years. She lives in Bynum, North Carolina.

Andrew Boyd led the satirical media campaign Billionaires for Bush and cofounded Agit-Pop Communications. He is wrangler-in-chief of Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution and the author of Daily Afflictions, Life’s Little Deconstruction Book, and The Activist Cookbook. He lives in New York City.

BRIGITTE CARNOCHAN is the author of Bella Figura (Modernbook Editions). She lives in Portola Valley, California, where she loves to photograph her dog, Muggs, doing just about anything for a dog biscuit.

James Carroll’s images have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Population Bulletin, and American Prospect. He lives in New York City.

LARRY CHAIT is a former research scientist who retired early to become a jazz drummer, only to find that he had no talent. He then took up photography, to which he is now totally devoted. He lives in Chicago.

JAMES CHARBONNEAU is a writer and screenwriter whose most recent screenplay is Being Michael Madsen. Since his divorce he’s had a series of failed relationships lasting from eleven hours to six years. He lives in Middletown, Connecticut, with his cat, Chance.

DAVID GROSSMAN was born in Jerusalem and is the author of six novels, two essay collections, several children’s books, and a play. He lives with his wife and children in a suburb of Jerusalem.

ROBERTO GUERRA lives in La Paz, Bolivia, where he is working on a project about coca farmers.

MARISA HANDLER is a writer, activist, and singer-songwriter living in San Francisco. Her memoir is titled Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist (Berrett-Koehler). She spent this past June on a meditation retreat where she practiced total silence, except for the times she’d go far into the woods and sing to the trees and salamanders.

WAYNE HARRISON has worked as an auto mechanic, a house framer, and a corrections officer in a medium-security prison. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s and Ploughshares and is forthcoming in the Atlantic. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

JON HUGHES is a photojournalist who has been on assignment around the world, but his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, is his ongoing documentary project.

Peter Ingrasselino works as a registered nurse in a dialysis clinic and lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where he’s early for everything.

ADRIE KUSSEROW lives in Underhill, Vermont. Because she believes that the best way to bring lasting benefits to the world is to expand educational opportunities for girls, she is currently in South Sudan with the Africa Education and Leadership Initiative ( Her next book of poems, Refuge, will be published in May 2013.

GREGORY MARTIN lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife and two sons and is the author of the memoir Mountain City. When he was eight years old he received his first rejection letter from Random House, for a deeply affecting and darkly comic novel about a group of farm animals working in an army hospital. 

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.

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE’s most recent books of poems include Honeybee (Greenwillow) and You & Yours (BOA Editions). A Tom Waits fan for more than thirty years, she recently attended a concert of his in Dallas and has been able to levitate ever since. She lives with her husband, a gray cat, and two large turtles in San Antonio, Texas.

Sy Safransky is the editor and publisher of The Sun.

Cole Thompson rarely does anything he doesn’t want to do. He’s gotten too old and wise for that. He lives on a ranch in Laporte, Colorado, where he raises llamas. His work has appeared in Black & White and Focus.

KAREN TWEEDY-HOLMES works as an editor so that she doesn’t have to photograph lipstick or salad to pay the rent. She lives in New York City and devotes one day each weekend to a palomino quarter horse named Lucky, though she insists that she’s the lucky one.

On the Cover

KEVIN BUBRISKI lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont. He took this month’s cover photograph in Nepal. The two girls, holding each other for warmth in the cool morning air, had been watching him photograph the landscape.