Ellen Bass’s latest poetry collection is Like a Beggar. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. In an alternate universe she would have been an animal trainer.
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 left a career as a civil-rights lawyer to pursue photography. Her images have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Black & White. 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 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 wonders if she can still rightly call herself an “avid reader,” given her current addiction to audiobooks. A writer and teacher, she 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 and his son were recently interviewed on the radio series This American Life. He hosts a sixties-themed music show on KVMR in Nevada City, California.
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 You Don’t Look like Anyone I Know, a memoir about family and face blindness. She’s also published three books on writing, two volumes of poetry, and one collection of short stories. She teaches at the University of South Florida in Tampa and always composes her first drafts in longhand.
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.