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Ann M. Bauer teaches nonfiction writing at Brown University. Her work has appeared in the Fourth Genre and River Teeth, and online at the Atlantic Unbound and Salon. She divides her time between Providence, Rhode Island, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A freelance writer based in Santa Barbara, California, Arnie Cooper has been published in the Ecologist, Orion, Mother Jones, and New Renaissance. He also teaches English as a second language in the University of California’s International Education Programs.
Tom Ireland lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and edits books for the Museum of New Mexico and the Smithsonian Institution. His last book was Birds of Sorrow (Zephyr Press), and he’s working on an essay collection called Head Noise.
Lyn Lifshin is a poet and the author of Another Woman Who Looks like Me (Black Sparrow/Godine) and A New Film about a Woman in Love with the Dead (March Street Press). She lives in Vienna, Virginia.
Kimberley Pittman-Schulz lives with her wildlife-biologist husband and her cat on the east fork of the Lewis River in Battle Ground, Washington. When not writing poems or hiking in the woods, she raises and manages charitable funds for Clark College.
Bruce Holland Rogers lives in Eugene, Oregon. His stories have appeared in Polyphony and the North American Review.
Emily Rogers is the pseudonym of a writer who was raised in the Assemblies of God Church and presently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, with her husband and son. She juggles family life with writing, getting her PhD, teaching English literature at a community college, and working as a television closed-captioner.
Lee Rossi is enjoying his stint as a Hollywood dad. His son Leo recently won American Idol’s four-and-under competition, while daughter Evie crawled away with first prize in Fame’s infant division. He lives in Los Angeles and is the author of the poetry collection Ghost Diary (Terrapin Press).
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Theresa Williams’s novel The Secret of Hurricanes was a Paterson Fiction Prize finalist in 2003. Her story in this issue is part of an as-yet-unpublished collection. She lives in Bradner, Ohio.
Rob Amberg is a freelance documentary photographer who lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. His book of photographs and writing Sodom Laurel Album (University of North Carolina Press) won the 2002 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award.
Walter O. Beaton lives in New York City. His photograph in this issue was taken in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
Timothy Byars is a photographer who lives in Lafayette, California.
Photographer Peg Díaz lives in the high desert of southern California, where the stars are bright and the moonrise is grand.
Duncan Green lives in Olympia, Washington, and works as a photographer for the Washington State House of Representatives.
Photographer Ethan Hubbard lives in the hills of central Vermont. He is currently in search of a publisher for a book project.
Rebecca McBride lives in San Francisco and is an active member of the all-girl photographers group Point Blank.
After growing up in New York City, Dion Ogust fled and found refuge in Woodstock, New York. She has been a photographer ever since.
Matthew Septimus is a freelance photographer living in New York City. He works with Unseen America, an organization that teaches photography to groups that are socially and politically underrepresented.
Wendy Stone is a licensed massage therapist whose passions are photography, professional cycling, and travel. She is currently enrolled at the University of Connecticut, where she’s majoring in photography.
Mark Townsend is a photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2000 Hiroshi Watanabe closed his television-commercial production company to pursue photography full time. He lives in West Hollywood, California.
Sharon Wharton lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she takes portraits and wedding photographs.
Peter Foley is a photojournalist who lives in New York City. Though he often works on assignment — he recently covered the Martha Stewart trial — his photographs in this issue are ones he took on his own. The cover photo of a young Palestinian girl was taken in a refugee camp north of Amman, Jordan.
Editorial & Photo
Rachel J. Elliott