Jason Anthony’s Antarctic essays have
appeared in VQR and Best American Travel
Writing 2007. He is currently writing a
book on the history of Antarctic cuisine.
David Paul Bayles is a landscape photographer living in Oregon. His book
Urban Forest was selected by the Christian
Science Monitor as one of the top seven
photography books of 2003.
Anthony Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho.
He is the recipient of the Rome Prize,
the Discover Prize, and three O. Henry
Awards. His fourth book, a collection of
stories titled Memory Wall, will be published by Scribner this July.
Brian Doyle is editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland and author of, most recently, Thirsty for the Joy.
Carolyn Drake is a documentary photographer based in Istanbul. She was recognized as a top emerging photographer
in 2006 by Photo District News and in
2007 by the Magenta Foundation.
Karen Eastman resides in southern
California. Her work has been commissioned by the National Institute for
Health in Washington DC.
Christopher Ketcham writes for Vanity
Fair, Harper’s, and GQ. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Moab, Utah, and is
currently writing a book of nonfiction.
Mac McClelland is a writer and editor at
Mother Jones. Her book For Us Surrender Is
Out of the Question is due out this March.
She lives in San Francisco.
Danica Novgorodoff is a Brooklyn-based painter, comic book artist, writer,
and graphic designer. Her graphic novels
Slow Storm and Refresh, Refresh were published by First Second Books.
Cecily Parks’s poetry collection Field Folly
Snow was a finalist for the Norma Farber
First Book Award and the Shenandoah/
Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers. She
lives in New York City.
Benjamin Percy is the author of Refresh,
Refresh, The Language of Elk, and a forthcoming novel, The Wilding. He teaches in
the MFA program in creative writing and
environment at Iowa State University and
is a regular contributor to Esquire.
Barbara Ras received the Walt Whitman
Award in 1997. Her newest poetry collection, The Last Skin, is forthcoming this
year. She directs Trinity University Press
in San Antonio, Texas.
Phillip Toledano’s photographs in this
issue are from his first book, Bankrupt,
published by Twin Palms in 2005. He is
currently working on a series titled A New
Kind of Beauty.
Derek Walcott received the Nobel Prize
in Literature in 1992. His poem in this
issue is from his fourteenth collection of
poems, White Egrets, forthcoming this
April from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and
used here by permission.