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 has been a photographer for more than fifteen years, but she recently took up drawing and painting because she likes being a beginner again. She divides her time between Philadelphia and New York City.

Sarah Blodgett is a commercial and fine-art photographer residing in Ithaca, New York. Since she got her first camera at the age of ten, Upstate New York has been her chief source of inspiration.

William Carter’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He lives near San Francisco.

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 lives in Nevada City, California. He is a volunteer broadcaster at community radio KVMR-FM and archives his podcasts, playlists, and writing 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 recently had one of his images of small-town high-school football selected by the Smithsonian Institution for an exhibition called 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.