Poe Ballantine has cooked professionally in eighteen restaurants but still can’t make a decent pie crust. He cheats by using biscuit dough with extra butter and sugar. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, and is the author of Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety and Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere.
Rita Bernstein began taking photos after a career as a civil-rights lawyer. She lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City, but spends her summers at a family cottage in rural Pennsylvania.
John Brehm’s latest book of poems is Help Is on the Way, and he is currently editing an anthology called The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Christina Cavallaro lives in San Francisco, where she works as a marketing and creative director.
Gina Easley lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the staff photographer for Full Grown People, an online magazine about adulthood, “the other awkward age.”
Samina Farooq is a freelance writer and photographer who lives in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Her images have been used by the BBC, National Geographic, and Smithsonian Magazine.
Michael Galinsky is the co-director of All the Rage, a documentary about Dr. John Sarno, whose theory of psychosomatic back pain challenges mainstream approaches. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Gabriel Heller lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he’s working on a novel about kids growing up in Seattle and getting into trouble. His writing has appeared in Witness, The Stranger, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.
Tony Hoagland lives in Houston, Texas. His newest book of poetry, Application for Release from the Dream, was published by Graywolf Press in 2015.
Stephen Levine was an author and teacher best known for the book Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, which he coauthored with his wife, Ondrea. He helped popularize Buddhist meditation in the West and offered counseling to the terminally ill. He died this year.
Mark Leviton’s maternal grandmother, Freda, sewed her own wedding gown and later loaned it to his paternal grandmother, Rose, when she got married in 1917; though the women didn’t get along, their husbands were friends. He lives in Nevada City, California, and can’t thread a needle.
Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She teaches in the Queens University of Charlotte low-residency MFA program and splits her time between Lexington, Kentucky, and Sonoma, California.
S.J. Miller is the pseudonym of a writer who lives in Sydney, Australia, with three dogs and a cat. Someone told her that reading aloud was good for the brain, so each evening after dinner she reads to her pets. They are halfway through the collected works of Richard Yates.
Alan Michael Parker lives with his wife in Davidson, North Carolina, where he is a professor at Davidson College. He also teaches in the University of Tampa MFA program. His fifteenth book, a collection of poems titled The Ladder, will appear from Tupelo Press in June. Online too often, he can be found at alanmichaelparker.com.
David Penner is a classically trained oboist whose photos have been featured in F-Stop Magazine, Positive Magazine, and LensCulture. He lives in New York City.
Susan Rae Tannenbaum is a wedding photographer who lives in New York City and teaches yoga.
Julie van der Wekken lives on a quarter acre in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, two sons, and a flock of chickens.
On the Cover
Kim Turner-Smith is a Florida-based photographer and mother of two. Her work has been exhibited in St. Petersburg, Florida; St. Louis, Missouri; and New York City. The photograph on the cover is of her daughter.