Ellen Bass has published poems in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and American Poetry Review. Her most recent poetry collection is Like a Beggar. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches in the writing program at Pacific University.
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 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.
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 fifth and most comprehensive book of photographs, Causes and Spirits: Photographs from Five Decades, was released by Steidl in 2011. He lives near San Francisco.
Mark Chester lives in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and is the former director of photography at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
C.J. Gall spent last January breaking all her New Year’s resolutions. She is a visiting professor at DeVry University and lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
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 was the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop and seven poetry collections. A critically acclaimed poet, he died in April 2015 at the age of seventy-six.
Mark Leviton’s maternal grandmother, Freda, sewed her own wedding gown and later loaned it to his paternal grandmother, Rose, when she got married in 1917; though the women didn’t get along, their husbands were friends. He lives in Nevada City, California, and can’t thread a needle.
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 is an essayist, poet, and scholar. His most recent books include the poetry collection God’s Bicycle and a book of essays titled Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery. He teaches at Marshall University and lives in Huntington, West Virginia, with his wife and son.
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 the 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 is the author of the memoir You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, as well as a children’s book, three volumes of poetry, and three books on the craft of writing. She teaches writing in the MFA program at the University of South Florida.
Morgan Tyree would, if given the opportunity, run off with musician Mary Chapin Carpenter, NPR’s Renée Montagne, or the fictional reference librarian Ruth Harrison from A Prairie Home Companion. 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.