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Contributors

February 2008

Writers

Poe Ballantine’s latest collection of personal essays is titled 501 Minutes to Christ (Hawthorne Books). He lives with his wife and five-year-old son in Chadron, Nebraska. He writes: “My son has reached the contrary age. ‘It’s Tuesday,’ I say. ‘No it isn’t,’ he replies. ‘Those are cows,’ I tell him. ‘No, they aren’t,’ he says. The other night he called out from a nightmare. I went in to console him. ‘It’s all right,’ I said. ‘No, it isn’t,’ he responded, still asleep.”

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Krista Bremer is a writer, a knitter, and an associate publisher at The Sun. In the mornings, after dropping her kids off at school, she rolls up the car windows and indulges her guilty pleasure: sexist, raunchy rap music with a thundering bass line. Her essays have appeared in Utne Reader and Brain, Child.

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Chris Bursk lives in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books of poetry, including The Improbable Swervings of Atoms (University of Pittsburgh Press). When he’s not teaching or writing poetry, he spends much of his time chasing his grandchildren.

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K.E. Duffin lives at Inkspot, an artists’ cooperative built on the site of a 1998 ink-factory explosion in Somerville, Massachusetts. Her first book of poems is called King Vulture (University of Arkansas Press).

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Michael Hettich’s most recent book of poetry is Flock and Shadow: New and Selected Poems (New Rivers Press). He lives in Miami, Florida, and is currently working on a music-poetry collaboration with his college-age son.

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Derrick Jensen’s most recent book is titled As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial (Seven Stories Press). He lives in Crescent City, California.

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Varley O’Connor lives in a suburban neighborhood in Stow, Ohio, where she walks her Burmese cat, Tadeu Jiro, on a leash. She is the author of The Cure (Bellevue Literary Press) and teaches writing at Kent State University.

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Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.

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Sparrow lives in Phoenicia, New York. He is running for president of the United States for the fifth time (on the Sudoku-for-All Party ticket) and is the only candidate to support a maximum wage. His latest book is called America: A Prophecy (Soft Skull Press).

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Gordon Stettinius is an artist, teacher, and photographer living in Richmond, Virginia. His work has been exhibited in New York City, the Netherlands, and Seattle, Washington.

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Photographers

Kevin Bubriski lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and has an upcoming exhibition of his photographs at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. His latest book is called Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero (PowerHouse Books).

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Rachel J. Elliott prefers nondigital cameras: her trusty Canon AE-1, her Holga, and, most recently, a Mamiya C330. She is an editorial associate at The Sun and lives with her husband and six-year-old daughter in Carrboro, North Carolina.

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Morgan Frith bought her first camera in the tenth grade. She took photographs of children playing Little League baseball and sold the pictures to their parents. She lives in Simsboro, Louisiana.

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Christopher Lopez owns a window-cleaning company in Clintondale, New York. His photographs have been published in the journals American Photo and Shots and the book NYC: Life Going On (Syracuse University Press).

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R.A. McBride is working on a book of photo­graphs and essays about San Francisco movie theaters. She divides her time between San Francisco and New York.

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Anna Kaufman Moon’s photographs have been published in Newsweek, Life, and the New York Times. She lives in Cobleskill, New York, and loves all animals, including snakes and rodents.

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Keith Sharp is a photographer who teaches art in public elementary schools. He lives with approximately sixty pet finches in Media, Pennsylvania.

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Debra Sugerman is a photographer who lives in Austin, Texas. Her documentary film Dear Mr. President, about a group of teenage Israeli and Palestinian girls on a road trip across America, has been shown at film festivals worldwide.

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Morgan Tyree is a photographer whose work has been published in Shots and Harper’s. He has a bad habit of writing controversial op-ed pieces for local publications.

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Leah Vinluan grew up traveling around the country with her family in a van. Now she travels the world to take photographs.

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Stephanie Williamson is a photographer, writer, and mother of two teenage boys. She lives in Alameda, California, and teaches photography at City College of San Francisco.

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On The Cover

Phyllis Ponvert is a photographer and peace activist who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1991 she worked on a women’s health project in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and she took this month’s cover photograph on a visit to a nearby coffee cooperative. The brothers in the photo were children of workers at the cooperative.

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