A man with the right scruffed-up beard and breadth of chest swaggered into the S and M dungeon that was my place of business, and twenty minutes and one grand later had my chin — still soft with the downy fluff of teen-girl skin — held steady in one paw while the other one flew at my face so hard and fast that I ceased to exist as the same collection of matter I had been the previous instant.
When Sarah’s mother, Penny, got sick four years into our marriage, we decided to move back to Mississippi, considering it penance for the sins of our youth. We signed a lease on a house, a white one-story on the historical register with a wraparound porch and angels, stars, and the moon painted on the transom above the front door.
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Poe Ballantine’s latest book is 501 Minutes to Christ (Hawthorne Books). A school custodian in Chadron, Nebraska, he recently solved the mystery of the double-stacked-toilet-paper-roll dispensers. Then he learned that they would all be replaced.
Andrew Boyd lives in New York City and is the author of Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe (W.W. Norton). He is working on Pilgrimage to Nowhere, a memoir about a skeptic’s spiritual travels around the world.
Doug Crandell lives in Douglasville, Georgia, where his chickens lay green eggs. His latest novel, The Peculiar Boars of Malloy, is due out this summer from Switchgrass Books.
Kelly DeLong lives in Duluth, Georgia, and teaches English at North Georgia College & State University. He says the proudest moment of his day is when he’s running with his dog: “I get ahead of him for a second or two, then he kicks his four-inch legs into a higher gear and pulls me along instead.”
Tony Hoagland’s most recent collection of poems is Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press). He teaches writing at the University of Houston in Texas.
Laurel Leigh is currently squatting in Washington’s Whatcom County with a dog who eats a lot. Her story in this issue is part of a collection inspired by her father and his banged-up cars.
Alison Luterman is the author of See How We Almost Fly (Pearl Editions). She is currently revising her play, learning to play “Louie Louie” on the piano, and trying to remember to water the plants. She lives in Oakland, California.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Thea Sullivan likes to play her 1965 Epiphone acoustic guitar and dreams about singing in a bluegrass band. She teaches writing in San Francisco.
Rita Bernstein has a long-distance-running habit and has missed only five days in thirty-five years. She carries a toy camera on her daily runs. She lives with her husband in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
George Collier learned photography from a Japanese man in the fifties and sixties. He lives with his wife and two cats in Richmond, Virginia.
Monica Denevan has been traveling to Burma since 2000 to take photographs there. She lives in San Francisco with her cat, Moxie.
Perry Dilbeck lives in Locust Grove, Georgia, and teaches photography at the Art Institute of Atlanta. He is author of The Last Harvest: Truck Farmers in the Deep South (University of Georgia Press).
Chris Ellinger is a photographer and engineer who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Anders Goldfarb’s photographs have been published in the New York Times, Art Forum, and Witness. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Duncan Green was a photographer for the Washington State House of Representatives for seven years and now takes photographs for the love of it and for spare change. He lives in Olympia, Washington.
Jon Hughes is a photojournalist who has been on assignment around the world, but his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, is his ongoing documentary project.
Edis Jurĉys is working on his third book of photographs, as well as a project he shot in Panama. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
R.A. McBride is working on a book of photographs and essays titled Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theaters. She divides her time between San Francisco and Brooklyn, New York.
Sandra Nydegger grew up in Switzerland and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Lately she’s been photographing auto-racing events along the East Coast.
Katherine O’Brien and her husband work together as wedding and portrait photographers. They live with their two children in Buda, Texas.
Eugenia Petty is a poet and photographer living in Aptos, California. She took this month’s cover photograph in 1995 in Solonka, Ukraine, where she was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. The man in the photograph was her landlord, and he was just emerging from a root cellar, where his pig had been recovering from a fever. The man was thrilled that the pig was healthy again.
Alan Sirulnikoff was born in the middle of the Canadian winter and remains traumatized by it to this day. He now resides on the Sunshine Coast, a short ferry ride from Vancouver, British Columbia. His photographs have been published in Américas and Travel and Leisure.
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