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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Poet John Bargowski lives on a couple of acres of rich Jersey loam along the Delaware River, where he enjoys gardening and spending time with his family. He is the recipient of a New Jersey State Council of the Arts fellowship and the Theodore Roethke Prize.
Thomas Boyd is the pseudonym of a man who loves his family.
Michael Chitwood is the author of four collections of poetry. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and has recently had work published in the Threepenny Review, the Christian Science Monitor, and Shenandoah.
John Hodgen lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and won the 2005 Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry from Hunger Mountain, Vermont College’s journal of arts and letters.
Heather King’s memoir Parched was published last month by Chamberlain Bros., and her work will appear in the anthology Best American Spiritual Writing 2005 (Houghton Mifflin). She lives in Los Angeles.
Greg King is a writer who lives with his family in the Salmon Mountains of northern California.
Kathleen Dean Moore is the author of The Pine Island Paradox (Milkweed Editions), Riverwalking (Harcourt), and Holdfast (Lyons Press). She is a distinguished professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, where she directs the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Costa Rican American poet Mark Smith-Soto teaches Latin American literature and creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Theresa Williams’s novel The Secret of Hurricanes (MacAdam/Cage) was a Paterson Fiction Prize finalist. She lives in Bradner, Ohio, and has started a blog about the writing life.
Genie Zeiger lives in western Massachusetts and is a regular contributor to The Sun. She has two books coming out this year: Atta Girl! (Sherman Asher Press), a memoir about growing up in New York City in the fifties; and Radio Waves (White Pine Press), a collection of poems.
Ben Boblett is a family physician who has been taking photographs since he was in high school. He lives in Half Moon Bay, California.
Tanya Boggs is a photographer and MFA candidate at the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives in Colorado, where she likes to go climbing, hiking, and snowboarding.
Christian Bonanno is a photographer living in Cary, North Carolina.
James Carroll is a photographer who describes himself as a “cleareyed romantic” and an “antisocial humanist.” He lives in New York City.
Cary Clifford is a photographer living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Aaron Hewitt is the son of an Indiana funeral director. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a freelance photographer.
Marie Huard’s photograph in this issue was taken in New York City with a pinhole camera. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lynne Jamneck is a photographer and writer from South Africa. She currently lives in New Zealand and is the editor and creator of Simulacrum: The Magazine of Speculative Transformation.
Larry Janss works in real estate and banking, but photography is his central avocation. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California, and studied photography with Ansel Adams, whom he occasionally assisted from 1967 to 1980.
Halle Merrill is a photographer who lives in Berkeley, California.
Rhonda Patzia took this month’s cover image thirteen years ago in Calcutta, India, while backpacking through Africa and Asia. She had just taken up photography after graduating from college and used her camera as a way to communicate wordlessly with strangers on her travels. She now lives in Pella, Iowa, and specializes in portrait photography.
Doug C. Rhinehart is a photographer who teaches at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen.
Michael Roche is a photographer living near Fredericksburg in the Texas hill country.
Ted Seymour is a photographer and film editor who teaches disadvantaged youth, writes songs, and hopes one day to design and build his own beachfront home. He lives in Oakland, California.
Mark Townsend is a photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.
Jerry N. Uelsmann’s latest book of photographs is Referencing Art (Nazraeli Press). He lives in Gainesville, Florida.
Jennifer Warren is a photographer living in New York City.
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Rachel J. Elliott