Contributors  May 2013 | issue 449

ANNA BLACKSHAW is a writer and photographer who has been documenting the lives of domestic workers in the American South and South Africa for more than fifteen years. She lives in Bynum, North Carolina.

MEGHAN CAMPBELL used to live in Buenos Aires, where she wrote short stories and took photographs. She now lives west of Chicago, where she finger-paints with her toddler and saves up for a trip back to Argentina.

CARYN CARDELLO lives in San Francisco and works as a writer and editor for a social-networking site. She is seeing if it’s possible to write a book while riding the bus to work.

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon. His A Book of Uncommon Prayer will be published next month by Sorin Books, and his whopping novel starring, no kidding, a pine marten will be published in April 2015 by St. Martin’s Press.

NIKOLAI FOX is a photographer, cinematographer, and fiddle player who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

JERRY GAY is a newspaper and documentary photographer and the author of Seeing Reality. He lives in Everett, Washington.

Carlos Gustavo lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and wants to canoe and photograph all his state’s rivers before he dies. His work has appeared in The Oxford American and The New York Times.

LEELA HOVNANIAN lives in Woodstock, New York, where she spends time in her darkroom and taking solitary walks in the woods.

Edis Jurcys was born in Lithuania and lives in Portland, Oregon. His second book of photographs is Silence of the Crane Feathers.

LEWIS KOCH’s most recent book, Twentyone Yellowstone Parking Lots, is available from 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.

Danusha Laméris’s first book of poems, The Moons of August, was the winner of the 2013 Autumn House Poetry Prize. She lives with her husband at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where they often fall asleep to the sound of coyotes

Linda McCullough Moore is the author of The Book of Not So Common Prayer, a collection of essays about the transformative practice of praying four times a day. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay is from India and is studying photography at Louisiana Tech University, where he also takes photos for the university’s student newspaper, The Tech Talk. His work has been exhibited by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in Québec, Canada, and in galleries in Calcutta, India.

Ruth L. Schwartz is cofounder of, a website resource for lesbians in relationships. She lives in Healdsburg, California.

HEATHER SELLERS will start teaching creative writing at the University of South Florida this fall. She is the author of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, a memoir about family and face blindness. She’s at work on a new memoir, a collection of poems set in Florida, and a novel for younger readers.

Theo Slavin is a San Francisco–based photographer and cofounder of the photography e-zine Negative Space.

DEBRA SUGERMAN is a photographer and filmmaker whose photos have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, and on cd and book covers. She lives in Austin, Texas.

SAINT JAMES HARRIS WOOD grew up in Hawaii and California, playing blues and punk rock and writing stories. While touring with his band, he fell in with a group of heroin smokers, which led to his incarceration for robbing banks with a toy gun. Correspondence can be sent to Saint James Harris Wood T30027, P.O. Box 8101, CMC East-6240, San Luis Obispo, California, 93409. His music can be found at

SALLIE LINEBAUGH WORLEY is the fourth generation of her family to live in their 1859 house in Monticello, Florida, where the courthouse clock still strikes the hour. Her photographs have been published in Vanderbilt Register and Newsweek.

On the Cover

DOUG KURATA has been a family physician for more than thirty years and now works part time so he can pursue his passion for photography. He currently has a temporary position in Sitka, Alaska, but normally lives with his wife in Port Townsend, Washington. He took this month’s cover photograph in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he came upon a group of house painters. The foreman posed for the portrait, then gave Kurata directions to his employer’s business, eager to drum up more work.