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Ellery Akers is a writer, artist, and naturalist who lives in Marin County, California. Her most recent book of poetry is Swerve: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance. She spends as much time as possible sitting in a camp chair in the wilderness, writing, drawing, and looking at birds.
Derek Askey is an assistant editor at The Sun. He lives with his wife in Durham, North Carolina, but don’t get him started talking about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — he won’t shut up.
Rich Bellis lives in New York City and is a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal. His work includes New Territories, a chapbook on Hong Kong’s political crisis, and articles in Fast Company and The Atlantic. You can follow him on Twitter: @mr_bellis.
Kelly Daniels is the author of the recently published novel A Candle for San Simón and the memoir Cloudbreak, California. Born and raised in California, he’s spent the last twenty years trying to find his place in the American heartland. He now lives in Le Claire, Iowa.
Judith Hertog has lived in Amsterdam, Israel, Asia, and now Vermont. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Longreads, and Guernica. She is working on a book about Tibet and the idealization of Tibetan spirituality.
Alison Luterman just went on a frantic search for her missing cat only to find him sleeping on the windowsill. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is writing songs and trying to learn to sing them.
Richard McCann was the author of Mother of Sorrows, a collection of linked stories, and Ghost Letters, a poetry collection. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry were published in The Atlantic, Ms., Esquire, and Tin House, and he was the coeditor of Things Shaped in Passing: More “Poets for Life” Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. He lived in Washington, D.C., and died in January 2021.
Cynthia Schrager is a higher-education consultant who lives in Oakland, California. She is the editor of the memoir When You Greet Me I Bow: Notes and Reflections from a Life in Zen by Norman Fischer.
Debbie Urbanski’s first novel, What Comes after the End, will be published in 2022. Lately she has been spending a lot of time identifying the flora and fauna of her backyard in Syracuse, New York.
Eric Davidove lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started taking photography seriously after finding himself unemployed in 2015.
Tom Hogeback is a photographer and gallery owner who lives in Oxford, Ohio. His latest gallery exhibition is Out Here in the Middle. He is looking forward to a long road trip this summer with his dog, Scooter.
Emma Knight recently relocated to Corvallis, Oregon, after spending many years in Colorado. You can follow her on Instagram: @missemmalayne.
Jennifer MacNeill’s photography has appeared in National Geographic. She lives in East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.
Evgeny Nelmin is a web designer and photographer who lives in Vladivostok, Russia, near the borders of China and North Korea. You can follow him on Instagram: @enelmin.
Clara Rempe is a photographer who lives in Allston, Massachusetts.
John Wehrheim is a photographer and filmmaker who lives in Lihue, Hawaii, where he spends much of his time trying to keep up with his five-year-old granddaughter, Ualani. He has two books of photographs, Taylor Camp and Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness, both of which were made into films, and his work has won two Emmys. He took this month’s cover photo of Pem, a woman in Laya, Bhutan. Women in the region wear traditional hats called “pema chorten,” which means “lotus temple” — a symbol of a woman’s goddess nature.
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