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Teetle Clawson lives with her husband in Santa Cruz, California, and has started writing poems after two long careers: the first as a visual artist and art educator for at-risk children and young adults; the second as cofounder and CFO of a high-tech medical company.
Lynn Davis is the pseudonym of a writer who lives in the Southeast.
Pierre Delattre is a painter and writer who was raised in southern France and lives in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. A graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, he opened a coffeehouse in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood during the 1950s. It was a center for the Beat literary scene. The New York Times christened Delattre “the beatnik priest.” He has published three works of fiction, a book of essays, and a memoir.
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon. He has two essay collections coming out: The Thorny Grace of It this month and Reading in Bed in November.
Kathleen Founds lives in Marina, California, and teaches English at Cabrillo College. In her spare time she forgets to water her artichokes and writes and illustrates children’s books about angst-ridden animals. She often works on her novel while her baby daughter, Violet, naps in her lap.
Hafiz was a fourteenth-century Persian poet.
Steve Kowit is the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop, and his most recent collection of poetry is The First Noble Truth. An outspoken critic of U.S. war crimes, he lives in the hills near the California-Mexico border, where, if the need arises, he can be out of the country in minutes.
Daniel Ladinsky’s work draws on Hafiz, a fourteenth-century court poet who lived in the Persian city of Shiraz. In the early 1990s, Ladinsky began to work on English renderings of Hafiz’s poems. In 1996 he published The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz and I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz. Since then he has added Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West; The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master; and A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations.
Andrew Lawler is a freelance journalist who has covered such topics as Afghan archaeology, Washington politics, and Martian geology. His last article for Smithsonian was a cover story on the history of the chicken.
Margaret McMullan is the author of six novels, including Sources of Light, In My Mother’s House, How I Found the Strong, and When I Crossed No-Bob. She was recently a Fulbright professor of English at the University of Pécs in Hungary and currently holds the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Evansville in Indiana.
Mark Smith-Soto is the longtime editor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s International Poetry Review. His memoir in verse, about his experiences as a university student in the early seventies, is titled Berkeley Prelude.
Matthew Vollmer is the author of the story collection Future Missionaries of America and an essay collection titled Inscriptions for Headstones. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he and his ten-year-old son enjoy playing Fireball Island, a three-dimensional board game from the 1980s.
Larry Blackwood lives in Bozeman, Montana, where he serves as a volunteer firefighter and teaches computing at the local senior center. His work has appeared in LensWork, Black & White, and Color Magazine.
Gina Kelly likes to photograph animals and the ways humans interact with them. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kathy K. Gerber lives in New York City and has studied photography with many teachers, but her strongest influence is her father, photographer Carl Edward Gerber, known for his images of steam locomotives of the 1940s.
Edis Jurĉys’s new hobby is baking organic, whole-grain Lithuanian bread for his family. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Hyeyoung Kim lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Richard Koenig is the Genevieve U. Gilmore Professor of Art at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
Jamie Lawrence is a tap-dancing, songwriting, filmmaking romantic. She lives in Van Nuys, California.
Rafal Maleszyk lives in Waipahu, Hawaii. His work has been published in LensWork, Black & White, and Silvershotz.
Lee Ann McGuire is a photographer and yoga instructor who lives in Ventura, California. She has been taking photographs since the age of ten, but her interest in fitness didn’t come until after she had her first child.
Jonathan A. Meyers has settled in Sagamore Hills, Ohio, after living for thirty-two years in New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Sierra.
Anna Kaufman Moon has a self-published book of photographs called Reflections of New York City: 1963 to 1972. She lives in Cobleskill, New York, where she watches the opossums, skunks, and blue jays eat dry cat food on her deck.
Alma Rivera says that, when she was born, she was so pale she was called “Casper” (after the cartoon ghost), and when she was a teenager, she was so skinny she was called Olive Oyl (after Popeye’s girlfriend). Now that she’s approaching fifty, she’s more like a woman in a Botticelli painting. She lives in Astoria, New York.
Joshua Sage lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and his work has been published in Pilgrimage. He took this month’s cover photograph on Vashon Island, Washington, while waiting to officiate the wedding of some close friends. The ceremony took place in an old teak house from Indonesia that had been restored, disassembled, and then shipped to the U.S. The boy in the photo is the groom’s nephew.
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