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Ellery Akers’s latest poetry collection is Swerve: Poems on Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance. She lives in the country near Point Reyes National Seashore in California and recently completed a series of drawings and paintings called Love Letters to California.
Finn Cohen is the associate editor of The Sun. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Emma Dale is a graduate student from Knoxville, Tennessee, who has a wealth of existential dread and $2.67 in her savings account.
Dorka Hegedus was born in Budapest, raised in Australia, and now lives, writes, and makes films and photographs near the ocean in San Diego, California. Forever a wanderer, she is always looking for the next adventure.
Hermann Hesse (1877–1962) was a German-Swiss novelist and poet whose work explored nature and the search for meaning beyond the confines of society. His best-known novels include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, for which he won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Marc Inman lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and four children. He teaches cinema production and first-year writing courses at the University of Mississippi.
Ruby Shaw is the pseudonym of a writer who has been doing yoga for decades and has seen zero progress.
Laurie Rachkus Uttich is a teacher who sometimes sneaks her dog into the classroom. On Fridays she leads writing workshops in a Florida prison and spends the drive there plotting ways she could get her dog through security. You can follow her on Twitter: @laurieuttich.
Kate Vieira is writing a memoir, Fieldwork, about single parenting across borders. A professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she lives with her daughter and tends her garden.
Cloey Ashworth is a studio artist who lives in Ruston, Louisiana. She has been working in photography for eight years.
James Carroll has been making photos since the 1960s, with a brief nine-year detour to corporate video. He recently joined the American Photography Archives Group, an organization that helps photographers maintain their archives. He lives in New York City.
Rachel J. Elliott is the editorial associate and photo editor of The Sun. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Malihe Gharahcheloo is a photographer who lives in Tehran, Iran.
Carlos Gustavo is a photographer who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Lewis Koch lives in Madison, Wisconsin. After more than fifty years as a photographer, he is still taking a look around. His latest book is Twenty-one Yellowstone Parking Lots.
Matt Kollasch has been keeping a COVID photo diary since March 2020. He lives in Berlin, Germany.
Alex Kustanovich is a screenwriter, a Russian-English translator, an accordion player, and the head of technical services at St. Francis College Library in Brooklyn. He is originally from Belarus and can eat three chili peppers without breaking a sweat.
Jennifer MacNeill’s photography has appeared in National Geographic. She lives in East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.
Morgan Tyree is putting his COVID inoculation to the test by photographing the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. His photo in this month’s issue is of his mother, Erma Tyree, who passed away in March, just shy of her ninety-second birthday.
Susie Forrester lives in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She cherishes quiet moments, music, and playing practical jokes on her family. This month’s cover is a photo she took of her daughter in a swimming hole at Slateford Creek Falls in Pennsylvania.
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