I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Shozan Jack Haubner is a Zen Buddhist priest and author of Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk. His writing has appeared in Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, and the Best Buddhist Writing series. He once worked as a script analyst for director Ridley Scott and now spends hours a day on a round black cushion following his breath — a greater adventure than all his time in Hollywood. He lives in Los Angeles and can be found on Twitter.
James Hillman was a psychologist and author of more than twenty books, including The Soul’s Code, A Terrible Love of War, and Re-Visioning Psychology. He died in 2011 at his home in Thompson, Connecticut.
Matthew Meade lives near Chicago and is a fiction writer, occasional music blogger, and stay-at-home dad who — he’s embarrassed to admit — misspelled his son’s name on his birth certificate. His fiction has appeared in The Rag and Niteblade: Fantasy and Horror Magazine. He covers the camera on his computer with duct tape in case “they” are watching.
E.C. Salibian is a nonfiction writer who lives in Rochester, New York, with two cats named Gadu Meg and Gadu Yergoo. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, she is at work on a memoir about her zestfully unassimilated Armenian American family.
Zander Sherman is the author of The Curiosity of School, a social history of education. He has contributed regularly to The Globe and Mail and written for Esquire and The Believer. He is also one half of Larch, a creative collaboration with the musician Rory Jordan-Stevens. He lives in central Ontario, Canada, where he is working on a memoir.
James Valvis is the author of the poetry collection How to Say Goodbye. He lives in Issaquah, Washington. If he has a bad habit, it’s that he likes to argue too much, especially with himself.
Michael Ventura is a novelist, screenwriter, and essayist whose “Letters at 3 AM” column appeared in The Austin Chronicle from 1993 to 2014. He’s written three novels and four books of nonfiction and directed a documentary about filmmaker John Cassavetes.
Edwin Barkdoll is a veterinarian who has the good fortune to live in Down East Maine with his wife, three dogs, and a cat. He took this month’s cover photograph — of a walkway washed ashore after a storm — on Great Wass Island, Maine, where he and his family frequently hike.
James Carroll’s images have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Population Bulletin, and American Prospect. He lives in New York City.
Peter J. Crowley’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. He lives in Olympia, Washington, where he drinks too much coffee.
Gina Easley lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the staff photographer for the online magazine Full Grown People.
Michael Galinsky’s first published image appeared in The Sun in 1987. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Matt Kollasch spent thirty years as a librarian, and spent last year swimming laps in six different countries. He lives in Baku, Azerbaijan, but will move to Kosovo next month.
Jon Kral lives in Boone, North Carolina, where he golfs and fishes. He spent decades taking photographs for three daily newspapers in Florida, and his photographs of conditions in Venezuelan prisons made him a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Rita Mattia would not exist if the Roman Catholic Saint Gerard Majella had not saved the life of her great-great-great-great-grandfather in the early eighteenth century. Despite this fact, she is an atheist. She lives with her son in Alexandria, Virginia.
Laurie Minor lives on four acres of gently rolling land in Ridgeville, Ontario, with her husband, Steve, two golden retrievers, and a garden full of vegetables. Her photographs have been published in the Toronto Star, Photo Life, and Canadian Geographic.
John Skemp lives in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and works as a cross-country ski instructor in Montana.
Mike Szpot discovered his passion for photography while browsing Instagram. He lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
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