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Ellery Akers lives on the northern California coast and is the author of the poetry collection Knocking on the Earth (Wesleyan University Press) as well as a children’s novel, Sarah’s Waterfall: A Healing Story about Sexual Abuse (Safer Society Press).
Karen Armstrong is a prominent scholar of world religions. A former Catholic nun, she has authored numerous works on comparative religion, emphasizing the importance different faiths place on the virtue of compassion.
Poe Ballantine’s latest book of essays is 501 Minutes to Christ (Hawthorne Books). He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, and writes: “I’ve cut the fingers off all my gloves for better warming over trash-can fires, and I’m working on several recipes for mulligan stew — with and without dumpster tomatoes.”
Ellen Bass’s poetry books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press) and Mules of Love (BOA Editions). She teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University.
Michelle Cacho-Negrete lives on the site of an old quarry in Wells, Maine. She’s been published in Psychotherapy Networker, Sierra, and SNReview and teaches writing both in person and online.
Daniel Donaghy is the author of two poetry collections: Start with the Trouble (University of Arkansas Press) and Streetfighting (BkMk Press). He lives in Willington, Connecticut, where he is an assistant professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University and a blissfully mediocre fly fisherman.
Meg Kearney is the author of a novel in verse, The Secret of Me (Persea Books), and the poetry collections An Unkindness of Ravens (BOA Editions) and Home By Now (forthcoming from Four Way Books). She lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, with her three-legged black Lab, Trooper.
Marjorie Kemper is the author of the novel Until That Good Day (Thomas Dunne Books). Her writing is inspired by the landscapes she traveled with her geographer father: small towns, fishing camps, rural black and Cajun communities, and Texas oil and timber towns. She lives in Glendale, California.
Dawn Paul is the editor of Corvid Press, and her novel The Country of Loneliness will be published by Marick Press in 2009. She lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Barbara Platek is a Jungian psychotherapist and author who lives with her family on the outskirts of Ithaca, New York.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Roy Arenella likes to format his photographs as postcards and send them to friends. “The photograph, for me,” he writes, “has become a two-sided affair.” He lives in Greenwich, New York.
Stephen Datnoff likes to fix broken things, Victorian houses in particular. He lives in Hood River, Oregon.
Gloria Baker Feinstein is the author of two books of photographs, Convergence and Among the Ashes (both Yellow Bird Press). She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Arvind Garg lives in New York City. He came to the U.S. in 1976 from India to study English literature but fell in love with photography instead. His work is represented by Corbis and Getty.
Peter Ingrasselino lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and works as a registered nurse in a dialysis clinic, where he makes gifts of his photographs to his patients.
Chris Kogut donates proceeds from her photography to humanitarian efforts in Myanmar and to refugee-resettlement programs in Rochester, New York, where she lives.
Soliman Lawrence lives in Berlin, Germany, and regularly travels to Poland to document the renewal of Jewish culture there.
Gautam Narang’s work has been published in National Geographic, and he lives in London, England.
Robert Peak lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. His love of photography began in the 1990s on a four-year bicycle tour he and his wife took through Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, and North America.
Roger Pfingston taught English and photography for thirty years. One of his worst habits is thinking too much about the future, earning him the nickname “the great anticipator.” He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Debra Sugerman is a photographer and filmmaker from Austin, Texas.
Morgan Tyree lives in Powell, Wyoming, and hopes to find a book publisher for his photo-documentary project on small-town football in Wyoming and Montana.
Jerry N. Uelsmann lives in Gainesville, Florida. His most recent book of photographs is Other Realities (Bulfinch Press).
Valdomiro Peixoto lives in Lausanne, Switzerland. He took this month’s cover photograph in his hometown of Barrosas, Portugal.
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