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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Kent Annan works in Haiti for Beyond Borders, a grassroots development organization promoting education and literacy. Prior to moving to Haiti, he was an editor at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he also earned his master of divinity degree.
Joseph Bathanti teaches creative writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He has written four books of poetry and a novel, East Liberty (Banks Channel Books), and is the recipient of the 2002 Sherwood Anderson Award. He lives in Statesville, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons.
Chris Bursk is a poet and decision-making counselor for inmates and parolees. He lives in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Bucks County Community College.
Doug Dorst lives in San Francisco and teaches at Stanford. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, the Atlantic Unbound, and ZYZZYVA. His first novel is forthcoming from Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
Poet Lou Lipsitz lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and continues to practice very advanced forms of procrastination that appear, to the untutored eye, to be relaxation.
D. Patrick Miller is an independent publisher and author whose latest book is News of a New Human Nature (Fearless Books). He resides with his wife, novelist Laurie Fox, in Berkeley, California. Their home was once inhabited by science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick, and literary tourists sometimes stop by to ask them if they know that a famous writer “used to live there.”
Sarah Silbert lives and writes in Vermont. She teaches comparative religions and creative writing at Vermont Technical College.
D. James Smith is the recipient of an NEA fellowship in poetry. His work has appeared in the Carolina Quarterly, New Virginia Review, and other journals. His first collection of poems, Prayers for the Dead Ventriloquist, was published in 1995 by Ahsahta. Fast Company (DK), a novel for young adults, appeared in 1999. He lives in central California, where he enjoys motorcycling; small, vicious dogs; and eating dinner.
Richard Smoley is the coauthor, with Jay Kinney, of Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions (Penguin) and the former editor of Gnosis magazine. He lives in Massachusetts.
Sparrow is the author of two books and the bumper sticker “Don’t blame me — I voted for Britney Spears.” He studies French with a Swiss woman named Claude and lives in Phoenicia, New York, with his wife, Violet Snow, their daughter Sylvia, and Bananacake, a rabbit.
Peggy Sue Amison is a fine-art photographer and writer from San Francisco who’s currently living in the west of Ireland.
Doug Beasley is the founder and director of Vision Quest Photographic Art Center (VQphoto.com) and an adjunct professor of art at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He lives in St. Paul, in a small wooden house surrounded by trees, where he tends his Japanese gardens.
Ethan Hubbard lives in Chelsea, Vermont. His photos on the cover and on the Contents page were taken in the jungles around San José Petén, Guatemala, in 1981. The parishioners of this Catholic church were mostly campesinos, or country people, of Mayan descent. On the cover, a child is baptized by the Anglo priest while being held by her grandfather. On the Contents page, children are taking their first Communion.
Joel Jensen is a photographer who loves steam locomotives and railroad depots. He lives in Summerland, California.
Photographer Jean-Claude Lejeune lives in Bernardston, Massachusetts.
Andrew Poundstone lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Kortney. He recently started printing photographs in the bathroom of their apartment.
Marvin W. Schwartz is a photographer who lives in New York City. His work is in the permanent collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
Vernon Sigl is a photographer living in Hicksville, New York.
Susie Steele traveled to Ireland in 2001 to photograph local holy sites and the offerings that people leave there. She lives in Northport, Alabama, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review and Primavera.
Jerry N. Uelsmann’s latest book is Approaching the Shadow (Nazraeli Press). He lives in Gainesville, Florida.
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Rachel J. Elliott