ELLEN BASS’s poetry books include Mules of Love and The Human Line. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches at Pacific University’s mfa program in Oregon and at workshops in Big Sur, California; Taos, New Mexico; and Majorca, Spain.
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, who has been a photographer for fifteen years, is now painting and drawing and enjoying being a beginner again. 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 most recent book of photographs is a retrospective called Causes and Spirits. Photos from the book are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum Folkwang in Germany. 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 a constantly cheating vegetarian who loves to cook. She spent twenty years as a corporate writer before going to graduate school, and she now teaches philosophy, ethics, and critical thinking at DeVry University.
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, and his most recent collection of poetry is The First Noble Truth. An outspoken critic of U.S. war crimes, he lives in the hills near the California-Mexico border, where, if the need arises, he can be out of the country in minutes.
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 www.rocksbackpages.com.
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 lives in Powell, Wyoming, and teaches photography at Northwest College. His work has been published in Photo Life, American Photo, and Northern Lights.
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 originally from Romania and now lives 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.