The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Krista Bremer says she has learned more about faith from mothering than from any spiritual teacher. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with her husband, their curly-haired baby boy, and his precocious big sister, who plans to work at The Sun with her mom when she grows up.
Matthew Deshe Cashion teaches English at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and is the author of the novel How the Sun Shines on Noise (Livingston Press). His work has appeared in Wind, Hawai’i Review, and Wisconsin Review. He lives in La Crosse.
Doug Crandell is the author of Pig Boy’s Wicked Bird (Chicago Review Press). He also directs a federal project that teaches prisoners how to start their own businesses after they reenter society. His essay in this issue will appear in the forthcoming anthology When I Was a Loser (Free Press). He lives in Marietta, Georgia.
Christopher Locke, when he’s not writing or playing with his two daughters, can be found in his kitchen tossing smoked sea salt into his monkfish chowder or watching his molten chocolate cakes bloom in the oven. Don’t even get him started on wine.
Marc Polonsky is the author of The Poetry Reader’s Toolkit (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill) and loves working at home as a freelance writer, although he occasionally gets distracted by online chess. His e-zine, Watch Words, is available for free through his website, www.marcwordsmith.com. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, singer-songwriter Eve Decker (www.evedecker.com). A longer version of his essay in this issue can be found online at www.insidersview.info/theseed.htm.
Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.
Jane Schapiro is the author of Inside a Class Action: The Holocaust and the Swiss Banks (University of Wisconsin Press) and the poetry collection Tapping This Stone (Washington Writers’ Publishing House). She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, and tutors student athletes at George Mason University, where she cheered on the men’s basketball team in its 2006 run to the Final Four.
Athena Stevens has provided disaster relief as a volunteer to families in California, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington. She has also been a flight attendant, a barista, and a bank teller. She is now a writer and editor living in Seattle, Washington.
Bob Bayles is a photographer who lives in Van Nuys, California. He likes to incorporate quotes from movies in conversation, which leads his family to playfully accuse him of being unoriginal. “Either that,” he says, “or they actually believe ‘I’m very shallow and empty, and I have no ideas and nothing interesting to say’ (Annie Hall).”
Nicole Blaisdell is a photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
James Carroll, in semiretirement after thirty years of work in photography-related fields, is finally concentrating on photography projects of his own. He lives in New York City.
Polly Chandler works as a photographer for the Texas House of Representatives, and her work has appeared in American Photo and Shots. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Erin Corbal is a photographer and compulsive list-maker who took great satisfaction in writing up this biographical note and crossing it off her list. She lives with her husband in Altadena, California.
Steve Donoso is a photographer and the director of the International Film Festival of the Spirit (www.filmspirit.org). He lives in Camden, Maine.
Martin Fishman is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Anders Goldfarb is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Frank Hamrick’s photography career began at age ten, when he traded an old hat for a cheap 35mm camera. He is the author of i found it when i stopped looking (Nexus Press). He lives in Gray, Georgia.
Edis Jurčys is a Lithuanian photographer living in Portland, Oregon. His latest goal is to learn Japanese.
Linda Sole is a freelance photographer living in London.
Kerry St. Ours is a photographer who lives with her husband and daughter in Huntington, New York.
Mark Townsend is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Suzi Q. Varin is a punk-rock tomboy who is more surprised than anyone to find herself photographing weddings for a living. She lives in West Hollywood, California.
Bill Emory lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He took this month’s cover photograph of his daughter Emma in 1987, when she was five years old. She recently returned from Senegal, where she taught English, and is currently roaming the U.S. Her identical twin, Helen, is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Rachel J. Elliott
Assistant to the Editor
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