Contributors  February 2013 | issue 446

Ellen Bass’s newest poetry collectionis Like a Beggar. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she recently married the woman she’s been essentially married to for thirty years.

SUE ANN BELKNAP is a photographer, writer, painter, and cartoonist who lives in Corvallis, Oregon. She is most proud of the time she spent raising her son, who has a rare disability called Prader-Willi syndrome.

Rita Bernstein is a former civil-rights lawyer who has been taking photographs for more than fifteen years. She lives in Philadelphia.

SARAH BLODGETT’s photographs have been published in Fine Gardening, The Knot, and Martha Stewart Living. She lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is learning to ride a unicycle.

William Carter’s fifth and most comprehensive book of photographs is Causes and Spirits. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.

MARK CHESTER’s latest book of photographs is Twosomes, and his work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He lives in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

C.J. Gall is tempted by cakes of all kinds, though she’s hoping her vigorous workout routine will help her avoid having to be buried in a piano case. She lives in Jackson­ville, Florida, and teaches ethics and social science.

LOUISE ROBERSON HENRY’s photographs have appeared in The Village Voice. She lives in Joseph, Oregon, where she reads Japanese poets and listens to shakuhachi-flute music.

BEN JOHNSON is a photographer, artist, kayaker, and observer of small things. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Steve Kowit is the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. He lives in California near the Mexican border with his wife, two big dogs, six cats, and a constant flurry of birds at their five feeders.

MARK LEVITON doesn’t know why all of his significant romantic partners have been psychologists, but he does know that music is his long-term mistress. He lives in Nevada City, California, and his music writing can be found in the archive at

ROBERT McGEE lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he mentors children and teenagers with autism and does manual labor to support his writing. He was once paid twenty-five dollars for an hour of mowing the same day he received twenty-five dollars for a story that took ten days to write.

JOEL PECKHAM has published three collections of poetry — Nightwalking, The Heat of What Comes, and Movers and Shakers — and a memoir called Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery. He lives in Huntington, West Virginia, and commutes to his teaching job at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. He spends his summers at Camp Manitou in Maine, where as the music director he teaches teenagers how to play four-chord rock songs.

SUSAN PERABO is the writer-in-residence at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the author of two books of fiction: Who I Was Supposed to Be and The Broken Places. On the rare occasion that unexpected cash comes her way, her first instinct is to buy new socks.

SY SAFRANSKY is 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.

HEATHER SELLERS will start teaching creative writing at the University of South Florida this fall. She is the author of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, a memoir about family and face blindness. She’s at work on a new memoir, a collection of poems set in Florida, and a novel for younger readers.

MORGAN TYREE photographs small-town high-school football, and one of his photos has been selected by the Smithsonian Insti­tution for an upcoming exhibit titled Home­town Teams. He lives in Powell, Wyoming.

Anita Vizireanu is from Romania and is studying photojournalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

On the Cover

BETTY BASTAI is a native of Italy who lives in Oak Harbor, Washington. Her photographs have been published in Orion and Northwest Dive News. She took this month’s cover photo while riding a ferry from Giglio Island, off the southern coast of Tuscany, back to mainland Italy. The sea gull landed on the ferry’s deck and seemed unfazed by her approach.