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’s photographs are included in the collections of the New York Public Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. He lives in New York City.
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.
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 lives in Northern California and is president of Siskiyou Land Conservancy. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. He is currently cowriting a memoir with Canadian music legend Bruce Cockburn, whom he interviewed in the June 2004 issue of The Sun.
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, 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.
KAYO LACKEY was born and raised in Japan and has lived in Portland, Oregon, since 1997.
SUSAN LIRAKIS lives in rural New Hampshire. She took up African drumming when she was fifty-five and taught herself banjo at sixty. She is waiting to see what comes next.
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 lives in Powell, Wyoming, and teaches photography at Northwest College. His work has been published in Photo Life, American Photo, and Northern Lights.
LINDA SMOGOR lives in Homer, Alaska, which is often referred to as the “End of the Road” but is also lovingly called the “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea.”
SPARROW is a philosopher, poet, perennial presidential candidate, and journalist who lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York, far from any strip clubs or fast-food chains. He studies with the Jehovah’s Witnesses simply because he’s lonely. He is the author of America: A Prophecy — The Sparrow Reader.
MARION WINIK lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches at the University of Baltimore. Her new book is Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled through the Joys of Single Living.
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.