I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Kelly Barnhill is a stay-at-home mom and writer who has also been a bartender, a park ranger, and a wilderness firefighter.
Ellen Bass’s poem in this issue is from her upcoming book, The Human Line, due out in June from Copper Canyon Press. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches writing workshops in the U.S. and Europe.
Ann Bauer’s first novel, A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards (Scribner), was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. She teaches creative nonfiction at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has become an avid long-distance motorcycle rider. She lives in Minneapolis.
Akhim Yuseff Cabey is originally from the South Bronx and now lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he teaches writing (and hones his ping-pong skills) at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He is working on a full-length memoir called Little Red Love Machine.
Arnie Cooper grew up in New York City but still managed to explore nature by playing in the bushes around the apartment buildings. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, and plays in the surrounding hills, where he frequently contracts poison oak.
Howard Luxenberg runs a software-publishing company and also studies writing at Wesleyan University. His stories have appeared in Tin House, the Gettysburg Review, and the Iowa Review. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Bill O’Connell’s poems have appeared in divide and Poetry East. Last June he traveled to Pskov, Russia, as part of a writers’ cultural exchange program. His chapbook is On the Map to Your Life. He lives in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
David Romtvedt’s most recent book of poems is Some Church (Milkweed Editions). He lives in Buffalo, Wyoming, where he plays dance music of the Americas with his band, the Fireants.
Martin Steingesser is the author of the poetry collection Brothers of Morning (Deerbrook Editions). He teaches poetry to children through the Maine Arts Commission and likes to dance on stilts. He lives in Portland, Maine.
Corvin Thomas lives in San Francisco. As a writer, he takes inspiration from the language of his two children: “I got stung by a pimple,” his two-year-old daughter says; “I smell bacon on the baby wind,” says his four-year-old son.
Rita Bernstein is a former civil-rights lawyer whose beloved second career is photography. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
James Carroll is a photographer and self-described “recovering perfectionist.” He lives in New York City.
William Carter is the author of four books of photographs, most recently Illuminations (Editions One). He plays clarinet and is chair of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.
Thomas Clark is a photographer who also does custom photo printing. He lives in Jamaica, New York.
Megan Q. Daniels lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She specializes in wedding, portrait, and stock photography, and her work has appeared in Mothering and Time.
Diane Deaton-Street took this month’s cover photograph in a patient room of the defunct Dixmont Hospital outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally called the Western Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane, Dixmont was one of the first asylums in the United States. Shortly after the picture was taken, the building was demolished to make way for a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Deaton-Street lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
Margaret Fox is a photojournalist who also does portraiture and fine-art photography. She lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Bruce Horowitz is a photographer living in Rochester, New York.
Thomas Hyde owned and edited a small community newspaper for a decade, then sold it to pursue photography and writing. He lives in Elma, Washington.
Edis Jurčys is a Lithuanian photographer who studied film and worked as a photojournalist in Russia. He now freelances in Portland, Oregon.
Tom Sundro Lewis used to make furniture but now makes photographs. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Lake Newton takes most of his photographs while on long walks. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Link Nicoll photographs mostly people — some famous, some not. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Phyllis Ponvert is a photographer and activist who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Gretchen Seifert-Gram is a photographer who lives in Merrionette Park, Illinois.
Cole Thompson has returned to photography after thirty years of earning a living and raising a family. He lives in Laporte, Colorado.
Karen Tweedy-Holmes is a photographer who makes portraits of bugs, beasts, buildings, plants, people, and large rock formations. She lives in New York City.
Jennifer Warren is a freelance photographer whose work has been published by the BBC, Al Jazeera, and Amnesty International. She lives in New York City and is proficient in Arabic, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
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