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Contributors

January 2008

Writers

Ellery Akers is a writer, artist, and teacher who lives in Point Reyes Station, California. She is the author of Knocking on Earth (Wesleyan University Press) and winner of five national poetry awards.

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Steve Almond’s most recent essay collection is titled Not that You Asked: Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions (Random House). He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and their daughter, Josephine, who recently started walking and shows no signs of ever stopping.

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Eric Anderson can be found most evenings at his home in Elyria, Ohio, jumping around his living room pretending to be a rock star. His novella Isn’t That Just Like You? is available as part of the Duo: Novella series from Cleveland State University’s Poetry Center.

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Michelle Cacho-Negrete lives in Wells, Maine, and works with writing students both in person and online.

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Alan Craig is the pseudonym of a writer who lives in Massachusetts. He writes: “On my last birthday, I decided to work my way up to fifty-six push-ups, one for every year I’ve been alive. After a few weeks I got up to thirty; then my shoulder gave out. I couldn’t lift my arm over my head for months. Next time I get the urge to do push-ups, I’m going to watch television until it safely passes.”

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Barbara Platek is a Jungian psychotherapist and author who lives with her family on the outskirts of Ithaca, New York.

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Mark Smith-Soto was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Costa Rica, and now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. He writes poems in English but adds and multiplies in Spanish. He is editor of International Poetry Review and director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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John Tait is an assistant professor of fiction writing at the University of North Texas and editor of American Literary Review. A Canadian transplant living in Denton, Texas, he has come to enjoy barbecue and Shiner Bock beer as much as he does back bacon and Molson.

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Angela Winter resists carrying a cellphone, doesn’t own a TV, and still writes letters on real paper. She works as The Sun’s associate publisher in charge of digital media and operations and lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, where she maintains a polarity-therapy practice and sings every chance she gets.

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Photographers

Calee Allen is a photographer who lives in South Lake Tahoe, California. She works part of the year as the maintenance coordinator at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where she can see the circle of flags marking the geographic pole from her window.

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Tom Becker’s latest photography project centers on the county fairs of northwest Iowa. He lives in Orange City, Iowa.

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Maureen Beitler is a photographer and nurse living in New York City. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for her photographs of Harlem.

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Rita Bernstein is a photographer and former civil-rights lawyer who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Larry Chait is a former research scientist who retired early to become a jazz drummer. Upon learning he had no talent as a drummer, he took up photography and has been devoted to it ever since. He lives in Chicago.

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Roberto Guerra is a photographer who lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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Erik Hoffner is a renewable-energy activist who works for Orion magazine. He lives in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

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Gina Kelly is a photographer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Gary Matson is a photographer who lives in Sunnyside, New York.

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R.A. McBride lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is working on a book of essays and photographs about San Francisco movie theaters.

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Hal S. Pope is a photographer and videographer who lives in Columbus, Georgia. He’s currently working on a short documentary about the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane.

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Linda Sole had a winning photograph in the MILK (Moments of Intimacy, Laughter, and Kinship) competition, sponsored by New Zealand publisher PQ Blackwell. She lives in Bellac, France.

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Dave Westover is a photographer who works at Royle Printing, the company that prints The Sun. He lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

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On The Cover

Vernon Salvador lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was a civil-rights attorney for more than twenty-five years. He died in February 2007 at the age of sixty-five after battling cancer. The son of Portuguese immigrants, Salvador spent two years in his parents’ home country in the late 1970s, taking photographs and studying the religious celebrations there. He took this month’s cover photograph in the Azores Islands, an autonomous region of Portugal.

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