Malaika King Albrecht (“Late Night News”) is the author of three books of poetry, What the Trapeze Artist Trusts (honorable mention in the Oscar Arnold Young Award), Lessons in Forgetting (a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards), and Spill. She is the founding editor of Redheaded Stepchild, an online magazine that accepts only poems that have been rejected elsewhere. Malaika lives with her family in Ayden, N.C., and is a therapeutic riding instructor. For more, visit her website at https://sites.google.com/site/malaikakingalbrecht/.
Rachel M. Augustine (“Tiny Black Rocks”) currently attends the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While in high school in Clifton Park, New York, she was president of both of the school’s environmental clubs and served as a student ambassador to Russia. Rachel’s writing has won her scholarships, recognition, and several funded international and national trips (including to China), and she hopes to author a book in the future.
Kristin Berger (“Learning Their Names as They Go”) is the author of a poetry chapbook, For the Willing, and was coeditor of VoiceCatcher 6. Her essays and poems have appeared in Calyx, The Blue Hour, Mothering, New Letters, Passages North, and The Pedestal Magazine, among other publications, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2012, Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project awarded her an Andrews Forest Writers Residency. Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon, and curates her blog, Slipstream, at www.kristinberger.wordpress.com.
Ellen Bihler (“A Small Sedition”) is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Late Summer Confessions and An Avalanche of Blue Sky. Her poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, American Journal of Nursing, Journal of New Jersey Poets, International Poetry Review, and elsewhere, and she won two honorable mentions in New Millennium Writings. Ellen is a Registered Nurse working with severely disabled children, and a Certified Advanced Clinical Hypnotist.
Jamie Sweitzer Brandstadter (“The Innocence of Ice”) was born and raised in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Mansfield University and the Bread Loaf School of English, she teaches English at Dover Area High School. She lives in Dover, Pennsylvania, with her husband Josh and their dog, John Denver.
Dane Cervine (“The Last Days”) is the author of How Therapists Dance and The Jeweled Net of Indra. His poems have been recognized by Adrienne Rich, Tony Hoagland, The Atlanta Review, and Caesura, have appeared in a wide variety of journals including The Sun, The Hudson Review, Catamaran, and Red Wheelbarrow, and have been featured in various anthologies, newspapers, video, and animation. Dane is a therapist in Santa Cruz, California, and serves as Chief of Children’s Mental Health for Santa Cruz County. His website is at www.DaneCervine.typepad.com.
Barbara Crooker (“Weather Weirding, 2012” and“The Angels Are Rebelling”) is a poet whose works have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies as well as in ten chapbooks and four full-length books. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, among them the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize and residencies at the Moulin a Nef, Auvillar, France, and at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. Barbara grew up in the mid–Hudson Valley of New York and currently lives and writes in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania. Visit her at http://www.barbaracrooker.com.
Alan Davis (“What We Say When We Say Goodbye”) was born in New Orleans but now teaches English and creative writing at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. His third collection of stories, So Bravely Vegetative, won the Prize Americana for Fiction 2010, and his work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Hudson Review, The Sun, and many other print and online journals.
Todd Davis (“On the Eve of the Invasion of Iraq”) is the author of four books of poetry, most recently In the Kingdom of the Ditch, along with one chapbook and numerous scholarly publications. He is a winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize and teaches creative writing, environmental studies, and American literature at Penn State University’s Altoona College.
Julie Dunlap (“Annapolis Bus Ride”) is coeditor of the anthology Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together and an award-winning author or coauthor of numerous children’s books, including John Muir and Stickeen: An Icy Adventure with a No-Good Dog. She earned a Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University and coordinates a schoolyard habitat grant program for the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.
Margarita Engle (“Search”) is the Cuban-American author of The Surrender Tree, which received the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino/a. Her other young adult novels in verse include The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, Tropical Secrets, and The Wild Book. She has received two Pura Belpré Awards, two Pura Belpré Honors, three Américas Awards, and the Jane Addams Peace Award, among others. Her most recent novel in verse is The Lightning Dreamer. Margarita lives in central California, but also can be found at www.margaritaengle.com.
River Willow Fagan (“Beyond Denial”) is a writer of speculative fiction, with occasional forays into poetry and creative nonfiction; his work has appeared in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011 and Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power, 2nd Edition. He is also a healer-in-training and a Reclaiming witch. Willow grew up in southeastern Michigan and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Diane Gage (“Ursus Maritimus Horribilis”) is a writer and visual artist living in San Diego. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Puerto Del Sol, Seattle Review, and Phoebe as well as in two chapbooks, THAT Poem, Etc. and Mother Dreaming. You can see an interview, poems, and visual work at http://bluevortextpublishers.wordpress.com/art/.
Lilace Mellin Guignard (“The Darkness”) earned an M.F.A. in California and taught tenth-grade English in Appalachia before studying literature and environment at the University of Nevada at Reno. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Ecotone, Hawk & Handsaw, Sundog, ISLE, and Orion Afield. Lilace currently lives and writes in rural Pennsylvania.
Margaret Hammitt-McDonald (“Trees of Fire and Rust”) is a naturopathic physician in private practice and an adjunct instructor at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Prior to her medical career, she earned a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York and taught literature and composition courses at Bronx Community College, and she still teaches rhetoric and composition at Clatsop Community College. Margaret writes poetry, science fiction, and the occasional essay, and lives with her spouse of 18 years, their daughter, and eight rescued cats in Seaside, Oregon.
Penny Harter (“Blue Sky” and “The Lucky Ones”) writes in Mays Landing, New Jersey, and teaches in the NJSCA Writers-in-the Schools program. Her most recent books are One Bowl (a prizewinning e-chapbook), Recycling Starlight, and The Night Marsh, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies worldwide. Penny’s awards include the William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award, three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a 2010 residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Visit her at www.2hweb.net/penhart.
Marybeth Holleman (“Thin Line Between”) is the author of The Heart of the Sound: An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost and Among Wolves: Gordon Haber’s Insights into Alaska’s Most Misunderstood Animal, as well as coeditor of Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her essays, poetry, and articles have appeared in dozens of publications and on NPR, and she has taught creative writing and women’s studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Marybeth also runs the Art and Nature blog at www.artandnatureand.blogspot.com, and more on her work may be found at www.marybethholleman.com.
Kathryn Kirkpatrick (“Strand Sonnets”) is the author of six collections of poetry, including Unaccountable Weather and Our Held Animal Breath, and the editor of Border Crossings, a collection of essays on Irish women writers. She earned a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from Emory University and currently holds a dual appointment in the English department and in the Sustainable Development Program at Appalachian State University. Kathryn lives with her husband, William Atkinson, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Charlie Krause (“Credo”) lived off the grid for seventeen years, in a hand-built house powered by solar panels. He currently works as manager and head chef of the student center at Unity College. He is also a self-proclaimed “outsider” artist in a variety of mediums, and with his wife Barbara Walch runs an organic farm producing food and flowers in Thorndike, Maine.
Tara L. Masih (“Be Prepared to Evacuate”) is author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories and editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (a ForeWord Book of the Year) and of The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (a Skipping Stones Honor Book). She has received a finalist fiction grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Ledge Magazine’s fiction prize. She lives in Andover, Massachusetts, in a new home that doesn’t flood. Her website is at www.taramasih.com.
Kathryn Miles (“To Wit, to Woo”) is the author of Adventures with Ari, All Standing, and a forthcoming book about Hurricane Sandy. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications including Best American Essays, Ecotone, History Magazine, Outside, and Terrain. She is a member of the MFA faculty at Chatham University and a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council.
Benjamin Morris (“The Last Snow in Abilene”) is the author of numerous works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, with recent work in publications such as the Oxford American, the Southern Quarterly, and the Tulane Review. A member of the Mississippi Artist Roster, he is the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission and a residency from A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans. More information is available at benjaminalanmorris.com.
Golda Mowe (“A Jungle for My Backyard”) was born and raised in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, to an Iban mother and Melanau father. After graduating from university in Japan and enduring ten years of corporate life in Sarawak, she ended her career to explore the cultural traditions and modern experiences of Borneo’s indigenous people, guided by her own memories of childhood evenings spent in the longhouse. Golda is the author of the novel Iban Dream and of numerous stories and articles, available at www.gmowe.ws.
Quynh Nguyen (“Wrath of Human upon Gaia”) majored in International Business and Economics at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she also published articles in the Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal. Originally from Vietnam, she arrived in America at the age of 4 with her mother and older sister; in 2007 she traveled back to Vietnam, which provided her with a global perspective on the current social climate. Since graduating in 2011, Quynh has worked in various business positions for a municipality, a consultation firm, and other financial companies both in the private and in the public sectors.
Jim O’Donnell (“The Wind”) is the author of Notes for the Aurora Society and Rise and Go. A freelance writer/photographer and former archaeologist, he tells stories that show the link between human beings and the ecosystems around them. He writes, walks, fishes, and marvels from northern New Mexico. His travel writing and photography can be found at www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com.
Susan W. Palmer (“The Watcher”) is a grandmother who creates art, poetry, and short stories from her home near the Colorado Rockies. She has worked for years with poets and writers in her community, and her own work has appeared in several print magazines, three chapbooks, and the e-novel No Tribe of His Own.
Sydney Landon Plum (“Glooscap Makes America Known to the Europeans”) is the author of a book of natural history essays, Solitary Goose, and editor of Coming Through the Swamp: The Nature Writings of Gene Stratton Porter. Her works of poetry and nonfiction have been published in Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, Organization and Environment, ISLE, and elsewhere. An adjunct instructor in English and creative writing at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Sydney divides her time between western Massachusetts and mid-coast Maine.
Jill Riddell (“A Shocking Admission of Heroic Fantasy”) lives and writes in Chicago, where she teaches writing at the School of the Art Institute. Her work has appeared in Chicago Wilderness, Garden Design, and other magazines, and in the online project Acupuncture after the Apocalypse. Jill won an Audubon Award for excellence in environmental reporting.
Roxana Robinson (“Snowshoe Hare”) is a novelist, essayist, and biographer who writes frequently about the natural world. She is the author of nine books, most recently the novel Sparta, and four of her books were named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Roxana divides her time between New York and Maine.
Jo Salas (“After”) is the author of Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre, an account of an innovative theatre approach in which personal stories are told by audience members and enacted during a performance. Other published work includes short stories, personal essays, articles and chapters about Playback Theatre, and a bilingual collection of stories told by immigrants. Born in New Zealand, Jo currently lives and writes in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Helen Sanchez (“Hopeless for Today”) graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Born in Washington, D.C., she also has lived in Seattle, New York City, San Diego, and La Paz, Bolivia, and has recently moved back to Montana.
Audrey Schulman (“Edged Off Existence” and “How to be a Climate Hero”) is the author of The Cage, Swimming with Jonah, A House Named Brazil, and Three Weeks in December. Her writing has appeared in Ms., Grist, Orion, and other periodicals. She lives near Boston with her family and runs an energy-efficiency nonprofit called HEET.
Paul Sohar (“A Guest in the House” and “Winter Visions”) is a poet, translator, and writer with ten books to his full or partial credit, the most recent of which is Silver Pirouettes. His work has appeared in numerous publications such as Kenyon Review, Out of Line, and Writers Journal. He lives in Warren, New Jersey.
J.R. Solonche (“Polar Bears”) has been publishing in magazines and journals since the early 1970s. A four-time Pushcart Prize as well as Best of the Net nominee, he is coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter and author of Beautiful Day.
Harry Smith (“About the Weather”) was the author of 16 books of poetry and essays. His literary press, Smith Publishers, produced more than 70 titles over five decades, and he was known for his support of the literary arts (especially small presses) as a founding member of COSMEP and as creator of the Generalist Association. He received the Small Press Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award and PEN’s Medwick Award for his epic poem, Trinity. A long-time resident of Brooklyn Heights, New York, Harry lived most recently in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife, playwright Clare Melley Smith, dogs Teddy and Monty, and cats Dusty Roads and Jasper. He died in Portland, Maine, in November 2012.
Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (“First Day at School”) is the author of three poetry books, most recently The Porcupine of Mind. Her poems have appeared in publications throughout the U.S. and Europe, including The Louisville Review, Margie, Adirondack Review, and others. She is the founder of poetry and prose groups in Lexington, Kentucky, and hosts Accents, a radio show for literature, art and culture on WRFL, 88.1 FM, Lexington. In January 2010, Katerina launched Accents Publishing.
Carla A. Wise (“Burning to Zero”) is an environmental writer on a range of topics, from agriculture and forest management to endangered species and climate change. She has a Ph.D. in biology and worked as a conservation biologist before giving up science for writing. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including The Oregonian, High Country News, The Huffington Post, and The Utne Reader. Carla lives with her family in Corvallis, Oregon. Read more at www.wiseonearth.com.
Monica Woelfel (“Doing Work, Causing Change”) studied oceanography as an undergraduate through Sea Semester and at Swarthmore College before earning her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of British Columbia in 2003. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in a variety of publications, including The North American Review, Sierra Magazine, and The Sun. Formerly a Washington State Artist in Residence, Monica now lives in Santa Cruz, California.