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Contributors

July 2003

Writers

Steve Almond has been working on a poetry collection for the past five years. To subsidize this endeavor, he writes fiction. His collection of short stories, My Life in Heavy Metal, was published in April by Grove Press.

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Antler is a poet living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gary Snyder has called him “one of the half-dozen or so truly committed wilderness poets in American letters.” Soft Skull Press recently published an omnibus edition of Antler’s poems titled Antler: The Selected Poems.

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Joseph Bathanti teaches creative writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He has written four books of poetry and a novel, East Liberty (Banks Channel Books), and is the recipient of the 2002 Sherwood Anderson Award. He lives in Statesville, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons.

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Philip Berrigan was a Catholic priest and antiwar activist. He protested the Vietnam War, cofounded the Plowshares disarmament movement, and spent many years in prison for acts of civil disobedience. He and his wife, Elizabeth McAlister, founded Jonah House, an intentional community of activists in Baltimore, Maryland. He died there in December 2002.

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Jessica Anya Blau grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband and two daughters. She currently teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University.

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Rachel J. Elliott is the editorial and photo assistant for The Sun.

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Stephen Elliott’s fourth novel, Other Desires, will be co-published in February by McSweeney’s and MacAdam/Cage. He’s currently editing Politically Inspired, an anthology of fiction inspired by current political events, which will be released this fall by MacAdam/Cage.

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Richard Lehnert lives in northern New Mexico with his wife, Susannah Tyrrell. He was for many years the music editor of Stereophile magazine, and since 1996 has worked as a freelance editor. Backwaters Press has just published his first book of poems, A Short History of the Usual.

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Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.

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Sybil Smith lives in Vermont and works as a nurse in a jail, which she says is not as scary as it may sound: “Pathos abounds and stories leap out at me from behind the bars.” She’s currently in search of a publisher for her novel My Mother’s Early Lovers, which was made into a movie that won first prize at the Film Fest New Haven and acclaim at the Maine International Film Festival.

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Photographers

Rita Bernstein’s work has been widely published and appears in many corporate and private collections, including the Johnson and Johnson International Collection. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her family.

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Joel Jensen is a photographer and railroad enthusiast living in Summerland, California.

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Clemens Kalischer taught himself photography while bicycling around Europe, camping and working as a farm hand. He is an active member of One by One, an organization that promotes dialogue between victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust. He lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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Gina Kelly is a photographer who lives in Forestville, California.

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Lee Ann McGuire’s two passions in life are martial arts and photography. Although many photographers are switching to digital cameras, she chooses to remain a “purist” and use film. She lives in Dover, Ohio.

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Richard Robinson lives in Orange, Virginia.

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Michael Roche lives in Fredericksburg, Texas, and specializes in portrait photography.

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Sara Safransky is a writer and photographer from Holyoke, Massachusetts. She’s spent most of the past year traveling through Europe, working on organic farms in exchange for room and board.

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Aaron Serafino is a photographer living in San Diego, California.

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Linda Sole is a freelance photographer based in London.

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Kerry St. Ours has been taking photographs since 1996. She lives in Northport, New York, with her husband, Marc.

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Mark Townsend lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Harry Wilson is a self-declared “unknown photographer” living in Bakersfield, California.

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On The Cover

The image on the cover is from Light Warriors (Bulfinch Press). For that book, Joyce Tenneson photographed women from twenty-one countries in an attempt to uncover “the archetypes of our being.” When Dasha, one of the models, told Tenneson about a recurring dream in which a bird flew out of her heart, Tenneson realized she’d had the same dream many times herself. She tried to recreate the dream-image by “photographing two birds flapping their wings around her heart, but it looked clichéd. Finally, as I was giving up on the idea, the birds settled on her shoulders to relax, and I realized that this was the image I wanted. I took one shot before the birds flew away.”

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