I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Richard Chess teaches in the Literature and Language department of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His poetry has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The American Voice, and Tikkun, and he is looking for a publisher for his book of poems, The Good Jew.
Natalie Goldberg is the author of Writing Down the Bones (Shambhala) and the soon-to-be-published Wild Mind (Bantam). She lives in Taos, New Mexico.
David Hopes is a writer who teaches at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In 1989 he founded Pisgah Players for the production of original theatrical scripts.
Catherine Ingram is a journalist whose work focuses on social activism and human rights. She is a co-founder of Insight Meditation Society, a Buddhist retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, and co-founder of Unrepresented Nations and Peoples, an organization dedicated to serving indigenous peoples and dispossessed nations not represented in the U.N.
Gary Snyder is a poet, lecturer, and environmental activist.
T.L. Toma is a writer who has done everything from teaching philosophy at the university level to working the assembly line. His stories have appeared in various publications, and have been accepted for upcoming issues of Fiction International, North Dakota Quarterly, and Wisconsin Review. His story in this issue was originally published by Quarterly West. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Thomas Wiloch is the author of Tales of Lord Shantih (Unicorn Press). He lives in Canton, Michigan, where he is currently working on a collection of fables.
John Rosenthal is a photographer and writer who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Paula Press, and their two children.
R. Haven Bourque