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June Avignone lives in Paterson, New Jersey. She writes a column about socially conscious small businesses for Fortune’s website and is the former editor of the Mill Street Forward, a political/arts quarterly she started after the last daily left Paterson. She is currently working on a novella, and a children’s book titled The Secret Little Ones of Turtle Back Island. Her publications include Cianci Street: A Neighborhood in Transition (Italian Girls Press) and Traveling Small Distances (Chantry Press).
Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan writer who has made the U.S. her home for more than ten years. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Potomac Review, Crab Orchard Review, Meridian, African American Review, Glimmer Train and the poetry anthology Beyond the Frontier.
Cortney Davis is a nurse practitioner by day and a belly dancer and poet by night. She is the author of the poetry collection Details of Flesh (Calyx Books) and the memoir, I Knew a Woman: Four Women Patients and Their Female Caregiver (Ballantine Books). She’s also co-editor of two anthologies of nurses’ writing, Between the Heartbeats and Intensive Care (both University of Iowa Press). She lives in Redding, Connecticut.
Jim Ralston teaches in a one-room college in West Virginia and is a columnist for the Charleston Gazette. His latest book is Appalachian Grammar Shop (Nightsun Books).
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Kirsten Smith is a poet and screenwriter. Her poetry has appeared in such literary magazines as Witness, Shenandoah, and the Gettysburg Review. She has co-written the film comedies Legally Blonde and Ten Things I Hate About You. She lives with a nice young man and their dog Pearl in Los Angeles, where she moisturizes excessively, listens to rock-and-roll music, and eats too much cheese.
Sparrow lives in Phoenicia, New York, and is a gossip columnist for the Phoenicia Times. He also writes a monthly feature for Chronogram (www.chronogram.com) and art criticism for New Renaissance (www.ru.org). He recently applied for an NEA grant to write a book about Abraham Lincoln’s only brother, Thomas — who was born in 1812, when Abe was three, and died a few days later. The application was turned down.
Starhawk is the author or co-author of nine books, including The Spiral Dance (now in its twentieth-anniversary edition from HarperSanFrancisco). She lives in San Francisco and in the Cazadero hills of California.
April Thompson is a San Francisco freelance writer who covers environmental and community issues, travel, and spirituality. Her work has appeared in Hope, Natural Home, Via, and other magazines.
William Carter says he is a “professional photographer aspiring to become an amateur.” He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.
Photographer Morgan Caufield lives in a yurt with two cats and a rabbit in the village of Occidental, California. She has a great fondness for dogs and is patiently waiting for one to choose her.
Between working at The Sun and mothering her eighteen-month-old daughter, Ava, Rachel Elliott still finds time to attend the occasional protest. The photos in this issue were taken at the April 16, 2000, protest in Washington, D.C.
Duncan Green lives in Olympia, Washington, and works part time as a photographer for the Washington State House of Representatives.
Leigh Ann Henion is a photographer from Boone, North Carolina. Her photo on the Contents page was taken in Quito, Ecuador, one block from the American Embassy.
Photographer Edis Jurčys was born in Lithuania and came to the U.S. more than ten years ago. His first American jobs were demolishing houses and dealing blackjack in Las Vegas. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and has a website.
After careful consideration as to what profession would most likely lead to starvation, Doug Rhinehart chose photography. And if not for jobs in teaching and college administration, he would have succeeded in starving a long time ago. He lives in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.
Photographer Miriam Romais is an avid motorcyclist and member of the Spokes-Women Motorcycle Club. She lives in New York City.
Errol Sawyer is an American photographer who lives and works in Amsterdam.
A freelance photographer based in Seattle, Beb C. Reynol spent four months in Pakistan during 1999 and 2000. He took this month’s cover photo just a few miles from the Afghan border, in Peshawar, which is inhabited predominately by ethnic Pashtuns. After the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, millions of Afghan refugees poured across the border into Pakistan, and the land around Peshawar is now filled with refugee camps.
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Rachel J. Elliott