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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Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, English professor, and poet who lives in Henry County, Kentucky.
Diane Porter Goff is a writer and artist who lives in the mountains of Virginia. She uses roadkill in her artwork and presently has a foxtail in her freezer (to kill the mites) and the head of a vixen buried in her yard (to decompose the flesh).
Ivor Irwin teaches writing at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is a fanatical supporter of Manchester United Football Club, the only thing he misses about his hometown in Great Britain.
Renee Lertzman’s interviews have appeared in Terra Nova and Speak. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
With the exception of eating lots of sweet corn, tomatoes, and peaches, Stephen J. Lyons is not currently involved in agriculture. He has recent and forthcoming work in Adbusters, Salon, Hope, Catholic Digest, and Funny Times.
Geneen Roth’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Ms., Time, New Age Journal, and the New York Times. Her latest book is When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair (Hyperion). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Sybil Smith is a psychiatric nurse who lives and writes in Norwich, Vermont.
Gary Walts lives in Watertown, New York, and is a photographer with the Syracuse Post Standard.
Jon Caputo is a photographer who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
James Carroll describes himself as “an antisocial humanist.” He lives in New York City.
Bill Emory’s photographs have appeared in Harper’s, the Boston Globe, and Men’s Health. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Karen Landmann is a photographer and New York City social worker. Her program for children whose parents have HIV/AIDS is being implemented in communities around the world.
Vincent Perez takes photographs with a pinhole camera. His hobo soul has led him to Europe, where he currently resides.
Dana Pianowski is a photographer, painter, and mother of two school-age girls. She lives in Davidson, North Carolina.
Melissa Shook is a photographer, writer, and teacher living in Chelsea, Massachusetts. She’s just finished a book about her mother’s death and how it caused her to forget much of her childhood.
Harry Wilson is an unknown photographer and backwater malcontent living in Bakersfield, California.
Rachel J. Elliott