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Jacob Aiello can trace his ancestry back to rabbis and horse thieves. His stories and essays have been published in or are forthcoming from The Rupture, Carve Magazine, and Ninth Letter. He lives in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Lisa Dordal lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her wife and their retired greyhound. She is the author of the poetry collection Mosaic of the Dark. Her second book, Water Lessons, is forthcoming next year.
Paula Harris lives in New Zealand, where she sleeps in a lot, because that’s what depression makes you do. Her writing has appeared in Hobart and New Ohio Review.
Anna Hartford is a writer and philosopher who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Her essays and short stories have appeared in N+1, The Threepenny Review, and Kenyon Review.
M. Jones is the pseudonym of a teacher who lives in the American Southwest.
J. Krishnamurti was an Indian-born philosopher who traveled the world giving public talks on the workings of the human mind. He died in 1986 at the age of ninety.
Mark Leviton is the antihero of his son Michael’s humorous new memoir, To Be Honest. Leviton is preparing his rebuttal in an isolated cabin outside Nevada City, California.
James Davis May was a three-time all-star player for the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League in high school. He’s also the author of the poetry collection Unquiet Things. He lives in Macon, Georgia.
Rachael Petersen is a writer and environmental consultant who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Rumpus, Ruminate, and Oberon.
David Romtvedt’s most recent book of poems, No Way: An American Tao Te Ching, was published in spring 2021. During the pandemic he realized a longtime dream by building a sauna in his backyard. He lives in Buffalo, Wyoming.
Elaine Tosetti is the pseudonym of a writer and high-school English teacher. Her CrossFit nemesis calls her “The Intrepid Warrior Legend,” which far exceeds her actual abilities.
Karen Whalley lives in Port Angeles, Washington. She is the author of the poetry collections My Own Name Seems Strange to Me and The Rented Violin. Once travel restrictions are lifted, she hopes to travel to Ireland to explore her ancestry.
Gina Easley lives in Eugene, Oregon. She recently discovered the meditative practice of reading and writing haiku.
Susie Forrester cherishes quiet moments, music, and playing practical jokes on her family. She lives in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Stephanie Frank lives in Bel Air, Maryland. She enjoys knitting and peppermint tea.
Michael Galinsky is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His film All the Rage is about Dr. John Sarno and the connections between emotions and pain.
Al Lapkovsky is a photographer and creative retoucher who lives in Riga, Latvia.
Skye Prentice lives in Norwell, Massachusetts. She is converting an old bus into a tiny home on wheels, even though she has no prior home-building experience.
Debra Sugerman is a photographer and filmmaker whose photos have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler and on CD and book covers. She lives in Culver City, California.
Dawn Surratt worked with dying patients in a hospice setting for twenty-two years. Now she is a full-time artist and teacher who lives in rural North Carolina.
Cynthia S. Warner recently retired after more than thirty years in banking. She lives in Concord, North Carolina. Her image in this issue is her first published photograph. You can follow her on Instagram: @warnercynthias.
Sara Feld is grateful to be photographing in the smartphone era. She took the image on this month’s cover in April 2020 at Mount Misery in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The woman in it is her daughter. You can follow Feld on Instagram: @sara.feld.
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