DOUG BEASLEY’s latest book of photographs is Earth Meets Spirit: A Photographic Journey through the Sacred Landscape. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or drinking a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music.
DANE CERVINE lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is the author of the poetry collection The Jeweled Net of Indra and has new poems out in Atlanta Review and The Santa Cruz Comic News. Send him an e-mail through his website to receive a free copy of his latest chapbook, The Way God Laughs.
CHRIS DOUGHERTY learned to take pictures from his father, a combat photographer in Vietnam. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
BRIAN DOYLE is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon and the author of an essay collection called The Thorny Grace of It, which will be published in September.
MICIAH BAY GAULT is the editor of Hunger Mountain at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her fiction has appeared in Agni and The Literary Review. For a long time she wrote in a shed on the edge of Oyster Pond on Cape Cod, but now she writes in the attic of a tall blue house in Montpelier, Vermont, where she lives with her husband and children.
PAUL GIGUERE is a freelance photographer for nonprofits. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.
LEELA HOVNANIAN lives in Woodstock, New York, where she spends time in her darkroom and taking solitary walks in the woods.
GILLIAN KENDALL is fifty-two and has been reading The Sun for nearly half her life. She devotes herself to travel and writing, spending most of her time in economy-class lounges, trying to get upgraded. Though a citizen of both the U.S. and Australia, she is living in neither place, preferring to travel instead.
LEWIS KOCH is the author of Touchless Automatic Wonder: Found Text Photographs from the Real World. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
LEE ANN McGUIRE is a photographer and yoga instructor who lives in Ventura, California. She began taking photographs at the age of ten, but her interest in fitness didn’t come until later in life, after she had her first child.
JULIA McHUGH is a photographer and pastel artist who lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
ROGER PFINGSTON is a photographer and poet, and his latest chapbook is A Day Marked for Telling. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he and his wife have enjoyed each other’s company for fifty years.
CRAIG SOMERS is a director and cinematographer who lives in Zionsville, Indiana. He and his son, Max, spend time together tinkering with a 1971 bsa motorcycle.
SPARROW, now that he is fifty-nine, has begun to enjoy classical music. Lately he’s been listening to La Mer, by Debussy. He is the author of America: A Prophecy — The Sparrow Reader, and he lives in Phoenicia, New York.
JONATHAN STARKE is a former bodybuilder and boxer, and you might find him watching old boxing matches on a Sunday evening. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Palooka, and his work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Brevity.
ALICIA VON STAMWITZ is a freelance writer and editor in St. Louis, Missouri, whose specialty is hagiography (the study of saints). She was born in Cuba at the start of the Cuban Revolution and left with her family when she was a toddler. Her great-grandparents were first cousins who bribed the bishop in Havana to marry them. She says, “I blame their incestuous union for all my defects.”
On the Cover
KATIE DelaVAUGHN took this month’s cover photograph in February 2010 near her home in Brooklyn, New York. More than forty weeks pregnant, she was out for a walk in Prospect Park, trying to stimulate labor, when she came across the frozen canal. Her son, Wendell, is now her daily companion at the park.