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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Savannah Barnes has two master’s degrees: one in creative writing, the other in Oriental medicine. A freelance writer for thirty years, she stays busy these days teaching yoga to people with cancer and providing acupuncture for those with autoimmune diseases. She lives in southwestern Montana.
Brian Doyle was a novelist, essayist, poet, and the editor of Portland magazine at the University of Portland. His novels include Martin Marten and The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World. Doyle died of a brain tumor in 2017. A collection of his essays, One Long River of Song, was published by Little, Brown and Company in December.
Kerry Hudson lives in Gainesville, Florida, and studies environmental law at the University of Florida. He used to make things out of wood and rocks and glass — some useful, some just to look at. He thought he could study law and still make things, but that was silly.
Danusha Laméris lives with her husband in a barn in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. She is the author of the poetry collections The Moons of August and Bonfire Opera. She is a recent convert to fountain pens.
Christine Marshall’s writing has appeared in AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal, Memorious, and Western Humanities Review. Her poetry collection, Match, was published in 2017 by Unicorn Press. She lives, teaches, and writes in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she also practices yoga and raises cats.
Devin Murphy lives in Chicago and teaches creative writing at Bradley University. He is the author of the novels The Boat Runner and Tiny Americans, and his stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review.
Sparrow lives in a hamlet deep in the Catskill Mountains. After turning sixty-five, he modified his broccoli rabe recipe to include chopped prunes.
Marion Winik, the author of The Big Book of the Dead, is the recipient of the 2019 Towson Prize for Literature. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches at the University of Baltimore.
Laurelee Blanchard is the founder of the Leilani Farm Sanctuary, a refuge that protects animals from abuse and slaughter. She lives in Haiku, Hawaii.
Kaila Skeet Browning is a student at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she plays the fiddle and works in the darkroom as a teacher’s assistant.
Mike Cavaroc is a nature photographer based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he photographs the grizzly bears and other wildlife that call Grand Teton National Park home.
Jacki Dickert lives in Linden, New Jersey, and recently retired from teaching at the same elementary school she attended as a child. She took the photograph on this month’s cover while camping in the Two Medicine region of Glacier National Park in 2018. The absence of light pollution allowed thousands of stars to be visible.
Patricia Joynes lives in Boone, North Carolina. She likes to photograph the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway at sunset, especially in the fog.
Jon Kral is a photojournalist who has published books on horse racing and Mississippi steamboats. He lives in Boone, North Carolina, with his wife and dog.
Charlotte Mills is a retired firefighter turned personal trainer, yoga teacher, and massage therapist. She lives in Hopland, California, with her husband and her border collie, Daisy May.
Laurie Minor lives in Pelham, Ontario, Canada. Her photographs have appeared in Canadian Geographic, Photo Life, and Cat Fancy.
Beth Rooney’s photographs have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Saveur, and the cookbook Chicago Chef’s Table. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Annie Tubman spends much of her day working as a family doctor, but she’s most at peace outdoors. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Preston Utley is a wedding photographer and practitioner of transcendental meditation. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
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