Contributors  March 2013 | issue 447

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 New York City–based photographer whose work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, LightWork, and Black & White.

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 Space Traveler. In addition to capping a chimney, his home-repair exploits include remodeling a bathroom, upgrading electrical outlets, and installing new shut-off valves (which leak only slightly) on his water heater. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with a small black cat who remains unnamed because, as his cat reminds him, “names are trappings of the human world.”

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 He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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.

KAYO LACKEY was born and raised in Japan and has lived in Portland, Oregon, since 1997.

Susan Lirakis is teaching herself to play djembe — a type of African drum — and banjo. She lives in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire.

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 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.

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 lives with his wife, Violet Snow, in the misty Catskill Mountains, where he forces himself to read Freud every day. He’s the author of America: A Prophecy and the forthcoming How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization. Follow him on Twitter (@Sparrow14).

Marion Winik lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is known for her guacamole, baguettes, and kasha varnishkes. Her books include Highs in the Low Fifties and First Comes Love. She writes a column at

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.