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 most recent book is a collection of essays titled So Very Much the Best of Us.

Nikolai Fox strays from photography to play his fiddle, write songs, and explore the landscape. He lives in Narberth, Pennsylvania, where he can’t fall asleep before 2 AM.

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

Carlos A. Gustavo originally hails from New York City but is constantly traveling. At night he listens to the radio by candlelight.

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

Edis Jurčys works as a freelance photographer and videographer in Portland, Oregon. One slice of his Lithuanian bread is a whole meal.

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.

Danusha Laméris’s husband has been reading Federico García Lorca’s poems to her in the original Spanish. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and wants always to be near redwood trees.

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 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.

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 is a writer and musician who is currently incarcerated for second-degree armed robbery. He is the author of a collection of poems titled A Note Found in the Desert, and his work has appeared in Boulevard and on Esquire’s website. Correspondence can be sent to Saint James Harris Wood T30027, P.O. Box 8101, CMC-East 6324, San Luis Obispo, California, 93409.

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.