STEVE AUSHERMAN is a painter, poet, and photographer who lives with his wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His first collection of poems, Creek Bed Blue, details the effects of suburban sprawl on his family’s farm.
WILLIAM BLACK the introvert has published stories in The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner. In his extrovert guise, he codirects Pages & Places, a literary and community-development nonprofit. He lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
James Carroll is a photographer who lives in Manhattan.
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.
CATHY CLYDE’s work has been published in The Photo Review. She collects French postcards, abandoned bird nests, and vintage portraits of strangers with sly and secretive smiles. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
L.K. GORNICK’s second novel, Tinderbox, is due out in September, and a story collection, Louisa Meets Bear, will be published in the spring of 2014. She lives in New York City, where she serves holiday meals on her mother-in-law’s strawberry-pattern Wedgwood china.
BENJAMIN S. GROSSBERG’s most recent book of poems is Sweet Core Orchard. An English teacher and a distance runner, he lives almost exclusively on a diet of green apples, corn bread, and lentils. His third poetry collection, Space Traveler, is due out later this year. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Greg King is a fifth-generation resident of Northern California. In 1987, while working as an environmental activist, he discovered and named Headwaters Forest, then the world’s largest unprotected ancient-redwood grove. He is working on a book titled The Ghost Forest: Radicals and Real Estate in the California Redwoods.
LEWIS KOCH’s most recent book, Twentyone Yellowstone Parking Lots, is available from Blurb.com. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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.
KAYO LACKEY was born and raised in Japan and has lived in Portland, Oregon, since 1997.
Susan Lirakis is attempting to grow a cactus family from seeds, but the climate in New Hampshire, where she lives, refuses to cooperate.
REBECCA McCLANAHAN’s tenth book is The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change. Recently she and her husband moved back to North Carolina after a decade in New York, where she logged hundreds of hours on Central Park benches. She teaches in the mfa programs at Queens University of Charlotte and Rainier Writing Workshop.
G. ALAN MYERS likes to cook up a mean spaghetti Bolognese when he’s not working on new portraits. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
STEVEN ROBERTSON is the pseudonym of an American writer who wishes to be honest but not to humiliate his son.
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.
Linda Smogor lives in Homer, Alaska. Her photograph on page 18 of this issue was taken while she walked with her boyfriend in a snowstorm.
Sparrow’s bumper sticker GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE; INSANE MANIACS WITH EASY ACCESS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS KILL PEOPLE will soon be available in stores. He is the author of America: A Prophecy — The Sparrow Reader and the forthcoming This Poem. He lives in Phoenicia, New York.
Marion Winik lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her three children, ages thirteen to twenty-six, and her dachshund, age nine. Her books include The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and First Comes Love.
MARY ZOMPETTI lives in Burlington, Vermont, where she recently converted her home into an art installation.
On the Cover
MONICA DENEVAN lives in San Francisco and is represented by the Scott Nichols Gallery. She took this month’s cover photograph in 2009 at one of the largest temples in Bagan, Burma, where people from all over the country come to pray. The woman, whose family keeps the temple swept and clean, is praying before a Buddha statue covered in gold leaf while her friend shades her from the sun.