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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Sam Bell is an associate professor of English at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. She is the author of two textbooks, Beyond the Blank Pages and Ink & Edit: Making Research Matter in Writing and in Life.
Chera Hammons is the author of four books of poetry, including The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City, which received the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award. Her debut novel, Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom, is forthcoming in May 2020. She lives in Amarillo, Texas. You can follow her on Twitter: @chera_writes.
Mark Leviton is not comfortable around most animals, but he is partial to the Beatles, the Byrds, the Turtles, and the Monkees. His radio show, Pet Sounds, is heard on KVMR-FM in Nevada City, California.
Michael Mark enjoys gardening, writing, reading, taking long walks, volunteering at hospice, and traveling with his wife. He lives in San Diego, California.
Naomi Shihab Nye has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the International Poetry Forum, and the Texas Institute of Letters. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Sam Ruddick’s stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Threepenny Review, and Prairie Fire, and his work won an O. Henry Award in 2012. He lives in Auburn, Alabama.
Leath Tonino is the author of two essay collections, most recently The West Will Swallow You. He’s currently finishing work on a book of poems about sitting in a wilderness valley on winter afternoons, shivering and watching light move across snowy mountains.
Ann Wuehler is a writer and playwright who taught in China for two years, and she has stories. Oh yes, she does. Her works include the short-story collection Oregon Gothic and the novel House on Clark Boulevard. She lives in Vale, Oregon.
Iliana Albano-Yanick is an eighteen-year-old aspiring fine arts photographer based in Rochester, New York. You can follow her on Instagram: @iliana_ay.
James Atherton lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula, where he enjoys the glow of the Milky Way over Spanish Bay.
Thomas Boblett has been taking photographs since he got his first camera, an Instamatic 104 (the one with the flashcube). He recently relocated to Silver City, New Mexico.
Ken Kartes’s love of nature began with trips to the zoo in his hometown. While visiting another zoo recently, he took this month’s cover photo, of a black-and-white colobus monkey. He lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, and considers the forests his church.
Jon Kral grew up in Florida’s cowboy country and still returns now and then to go fishing with his grown son. A retired photojournalist, he lives in western North Carolina.
John Longino teaches at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and studies the biodiversity of tropical insects.
Igor Malijevský is a writer, musician, and photographer. He lives in the village of Čelechovice in the Czech Republic.
Laurie Minor is the author of four books of photography, including Jump and Moments with Max. She lives in Pelham, Ontario, Canada.
Mark W. Moffett’s wildlife photographs have been exhibited at the National Geographic Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.
Tracy Pitts is photographer, filmmaker, and writer whose work has appeared in ZYZZYVA and Sand. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Lori Pond lives in Los Angeles, California, where she works as a graphic designer for the late-night show Conan.
Keith Harmon Snow lives in Ashfield, Massachusetts. The photograph he contributed to this issue was taken by his grandfather, Lewis Herbert Black, around 1937. Snow found it in a box filled with family photos and letters.
Nathan Warren is a professional photographer and bartender living on the southern coast of the United Kingdom.
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