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Andrew Boyd is an author, humorist, and twenty-year veteran of creative campaigns for social change. He’s written two books of “serious humor” — Daily Afflictions and Life’s Little Deconstruction Book (both W.W. Norton) — and is at work on two more: one about the irony of travel when there’s no “elsewhere” anymore, and another about the “odd challenges men face in a post-feminist world.” He lives in New York City with his wee laptop.
Megan Buchanan’s first full-length collection of poetry, Clothesline Religion, was published by Green Writers Press in 2017. Born in California, she’s lived for long stretches in Ireland, the mountains of the southwest, and New England. She currently lives in Guilford, Vermont with her young son.
Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who was sent by the Nazis to a concentration camp in 1942. Separated from his wife, parents, and siblings, Frankl refused to submit to despair, focusing instead on the freedom to choose one’s outlook even in dire conditions.
Leslee Goodman considers herself an experienced writer and a beginning Buddhist, even though she’s been practicing both for the same number of years. She has trouble sitting still because she wants to work on her novel-in-progress, Family of Strangers. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Jessica Halliday lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches composition at Gonzaga University. She’s written four novels, all of which are sitting in boxes in her closet.
Lois Judson is the pseudonym of a nurse who does yoga twice a week but still chews tobacco.
Alison Luterman is adjusting to domestic bliss, milking the chickens and harvesting the cactus with her beloved on their little homestead in Oakland, California.
William Lychack has a three-year-old son and a set of one-year-old twins, all of whom make sleep and showering feel like indulgent hobbies. He is the author of a novel, The Wasp Eater (Mariner Books), and a forthcoming collection of stories, The Architect of Flowers, and is a member of the MFA faculty at Lesley University in Massachusetts.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Jane Sasser grew up on a North Carolina farm and still expects late-night phone calls announcing that her cows are wandering loose (and perhaps they are, metaphorically speaking). She has a poetry chapbook, Recollecting the Snow (March Street Press), and lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Cary Tennis lives in San Francisco and writes a weekly advice column for Salon.com. In the 1980s he played in the rock band the Repeat Offenders. A collection of his columns, Since You Asked: The Best of Salon.com’s Cary Tennis, is available in stores and through his website, www.carytennis.com.
Thomas Clark is a photographer, writer, tennis player, and part-time recluse. He lives in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens, New York, where he spends his days taking care of his disabled mother.
Gina Kelly is a photographer living in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
Gloria Baker Feinstein is a recent empty nester, and her latest photography projects are driven by a desire to hit the road. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ira J. Hawkins works as a preschool teacher and is a student at California College of the Arts. He lives in Oakland, California.
Janice Kreitz lives and takes photographs in Akron, Ohio.
Michelle Masson is a school nurse who loves music and takes photographs only because she cannot sing. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Gary Matson traveled not once but twice from Saudi Arabia to New Orleans to attend Jazzfest. He lives in Sunnyside, New York.
Sharon Seligman lives in Spicewood, Texas, with a menagerie of pets. Her photo essay about breast cancer, Bearing Witness, was sponsored by Blue Earth Alliance (www.blueearth.org).
Connie Springer has three adopted children and would like someday to produce a coffee-table book on adult adoptees. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, but dreams of moving to a small city on the coast along with all her best friends.
Susan Rae Tannenbaum is a wedding photographer who recently started making lampwork glass beads for love and money. She lives in New York City.
Karen Tweedy-Holmes works as an editor so that she doesn’t have to photograph lipstick or salad to pay the rent. She lives in New York City and devotes one day each weekend to a palomino quarter horse named Lucky, though she insists that she’s the lucky one.
John Wehrheim’s photographs are featured in the documentary film Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness. He lives in Lihue, Hawaii.
Morgan Caufield lives in a twenty-foot canvas yurt in Occidental, California. During the week she works with severely handicapped high-school students. The woman in this month’s cover photograph is her friend Longwillow, posing outdoors in a pink party dress (“very unlike her,” the photographer says) in the year she turned forty.
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