AL KESSELHEIM moved to Montana in 1982 to make the leap into the abyss of freelance writing. He has been slowly climbing out ever since. He is now the author of eleven books, including Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water and Montana: Real Place, Real People.
NANCY MATSON lives in Los Angeles, California, with a chinchilla for a housemate. She has held more than seventy jobs and has written essays about a number of them. She is obsessed with wastefulness and maintains a website that gives directions for properly disposing of unwanted items.
DION O’REILLY has spent much of her life in the company of cows, horses, pigs, goats, a baleful Amazonian parrot, and many enormous dogs. As a child she would nap with her favorite pig and is infamous in her family for refusing to leave the pigpen to kiss her grandmother goodbye. She lives in Soquel, California.
DAVID RUTSCHMAN is a Soto Zen priest and hospice grief counselor. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Waxwing, and Witness. He lives in California with his wife and two young children.
ANTHONY VARALLO’s latest story collection, Everyone Was There, is the winner of the Elixir Press 2016 Fiction Award. He lives with his family in Charleston, South Carolina, where he teaches writing at the College of Charleston and serves as fiction editor of Crazyhorse.
LAURA WILLWERTH lives in western Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue and The Massachusetts Review. Her chapbook Trump It: Words I Found on the Right was published by Factory Hollow Press.
On the Cover
Nolan Calisch is an artist and organic farmer who lives in Portland, Oregon. He took this month’s cover photograph, of a doe at the edge of the forest, when he was an artist-in-residence at Fort Worden State Park on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.