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Poe Ballantine’s new nonfiction book, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, will be published in September 2013. He lives with his wife and son in Chadron, Nebraska, and says he’s seven feet tall when he jumps in the air.
Krista Bremer lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Mary DeMocker’s writing has been published in Healing Currents, The Folk Harp Journal, and at Mothering.com. She teaches folk and pedal harp and lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and two teenage children. They share six chickens with their neighbors, as well as a sauna, a lawn mower, a ping-pong table, and a trampoline.
Chris Dombrowski’s new collection of poems, Earth Again, will be published in the spring. When he starts to doubt the power or purpose of art, he recalls a recent pipe-cleaner sculpture made by his four-year-old daughter, Molly. He divides his time between Montana and Michigan, where he runs rivers and teaches writing, respectively.
Brian Doyle edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon. One of his many nutty ambitions is to write a book in every literary form. He’s almost there, as soon as he writes a mediocre play. His most recent misadventure is the novel Mink River.
J. Malcolm Garcia lives in Winnetka, Illinois, and is the author of The Khaarijee: A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul and Riding through Katrina with the Red Baron’s Ghost. He is inspired by the journalist Martha Gellhorn, who reported from Panama at the age of eighty-one, and he hopes he too will be writing and traveling in his eighties.
Jeff Gundy’s book on theopoetics, Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace, will be published in 2013, and a book of poems titled Somewhere near Defiance is due out in 2014. His most recent obsession is careening along the country roads of northwest Ohio on his new blue bicycle. He teaches at Bluffton University and has three grown sons and two grand-dogs, Loki and Sid.
Craig Hartglass lives in Connecticut but each winter schemes and plots to escape. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Quarterly West, and Chicago Quarterly Review.
Kamla K. Kapur is a poet, author, and playwright and an Indian-born citizen of the United States. She currently lives half the year in the Kullu Valley of the Himalayas and the other half in California. Her books include the novel The Autobiography of Saint Padma the Whore and the story collection Ganesha Goes to Lunch, in which she retells classic tales and myths from the Hindu tradition.
Simone Poirier-Bures is the author of two works of fiction, Candyman and Nicole, and a memoir about living in Crete in the midsixties and returning there twenty-five years later, called That Shining Place. She lives in Radford, Virginia, on a bluff overlooking the New River, which is, in fact, very old.
Sparrow’s most recent book is America: A Prophecy — The Sparrow Reader, and he has written eight “microfeatures” for the online magazine The Morning News. He lives with his wife in Phoenicia, New York, where they have no television, microwave, Kindle, or GPS. They are “neo-Amish.”
Elisabetta “Betty” Bastai is a native of Italy who now lives in Oak Harbor, Washington. She is an avid scuba diver, and her photographs have been published in Northwest Dive News as well as Orion, Grapevine, and Il Grande Vetro.
Lisa Blair is a photographer, weaver, and abstract painter who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her favorite place to be is in her bed, preferably asleep and dreaming.
James Carroll’s photographs have recently appeared in B&W and been included in shows at Umbrella Arts gallery and the Leica Gallery in New York City, where he lives.
Chris Jorgensen lives in Billings, Montana, where his work as a newspaper editor is the only thing that keeps him from riding his bicycle all day.
Clemens Kalischer was born in Bavaria, Germany, and has been taking photographs for more than sixty-five years. He is a member of One by One, a group that facilitates dialogue between survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust. He lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Eddie Manning is a carpenter and artist who lives with his cat in an old schoolhouse in Riegelsville, Pennsylvania.
Kat Moser lives in Omaha, Nebraska. She opened a women’s clothing store there in 1973, the revenues of which continue to support her photography and travel.
Maggie Preston teaches photography at Out of Site Youth Arts Center and is currently the artist-in-residence at RayKo Photo Center, both in San Francisco.
Kristy Ralston loves photographing babies and children, which she feels fortunate to get paid to do. She lives in Chicago.
Cindy Schafer was born in Canada and lives in Huntington Beach, California. She is obsessed with laundry and has done a photography project on the subject. For a living she photographs corporate events.
Cole Thompson lives in northern Colorado. He took this month’s cover photograph, of a one-inch-long feather, on Bandon Beach in Oregon.
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