Contributors  July 2013 | issue 451

Chris P. Dougherty learned to take pictures from his father, a combat photographer in Vietnam. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Brian Doyle lives in Portland, Oregon, and is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. He has written fourteen books, among them the novel Chicago and the collection The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics.

Rachel J. Elliott lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter. She is the editorial associate and photo editor at The Sun.

BILL EMORY lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a thirteen-year-old chocolate Lab: her Dogness, Sophia D.B. Emory.

Pash Galbavy is a performance artist and mask maker. She lives in Sedona, Arizona.

ROSS GAY is the author of the poetry volumes Against Which and Bringing the Shovel Down and is an associate professor of creative writing at Indiana University Bloomington. He also works with the Bloomington Community Orchard, which is volunteer run and publicly owned. He is currently writing a book about African American farming.

JACK GILBERT authored five books of poetry before his death in November 2012 at the age of eighty-seven. “All Jack ever wanted to know,” says poet Linda Gregg, with whom he lived for many years, “was that he was awake ­— that the trees in bloom were almond trees — and to walk down the road to get breakfast. He never cared if he was poor or had to sleep on a park bench.”

KATTI GRAY is a journalist whose work has been published in The Washington Post, Newsday, Essence, and Ebony, and online at She divides her time between her beloved hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Monticello, New York.

ANGELO MERENDINO is the last of eleven children and says he was fortunate to grow up in a house full of love. His photographs have been published in The New York Times and USA Today and on the websites of The Huffington Post, CNN, and The New Yorker. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Yehoshua November’s God’s Optimism was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in poetry. His second collection of poems, Two Worlds Exist, will be published in 2016. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey, and teaches writing at Touro College and Rutgers University.

LOU SWENSON’s love for photography began with the Kodak Pony 135 his mother gave him when he left for the Korean War. He lives in Dolores, a no-stoplight town in southwestern Colorado.

Mark Townsend lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he likes to take photos at night.

Anita Vizireanu is from Romania and is studying photojournalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Lloyd Wolf’s photographs have appeared in Vogue, People, and Elle. He’s one of five contributors to the book Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project, which features photos of one of America’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods: Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia.

CHRISTIAN ZWAHLEN lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife and children. His writing has appeared in Open City and Stone Canoe, and he is currently at work on a novel and a collection of short stories. He spent this spring coaching his son’s little-league team, the Green Machine.

On the Cover

JERRY GAY lives in Everett, Washington, and is the author of Seeing Reality. He took this month’s cover photograph in 1997. While driving through Texas, he saw a man sitting on his front porch and stopped to talk. The man said he was originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, was seventy-eight years old, and had picked cotton for most of his life.