Jocelyn Bartkevicius is the book review editor of Fourth Genre. Her work has appeared in such journals as the Hudson Review, the Missouri Review, the Bellingham Review, and Gulf Coast, and has been awarded the Missouri Review Award in the Essay, and the Annie Dillard Award. She is completing a memoir, The Emerald Room.
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals, both Scribner paperbacks. She has won the AWP Award for Short Fiction and a Pushcart Prize, and she was named a B&N Great New Writer. She raises donkeys outside Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Stephanie Cassatly is a graduate of Emory University and worked for over a decade in advertising in New York. She eventually answered her call to write full-time and is currently working on a memoir while completing her MFA in creative nonfiction at Vermont College. She was the recipient of the 2003 PBCC Creative Writing Award. Her personal essays have appeared in Harvest Times and the Jupiter Courier. She is married with two daughters and resides in Jupiter, Florida, on the Loxahatchee River.
Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record, winner of the 2005 Colorado Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno.
Ann Copeland, author of six collections of short fiction, including The Golden Thread (Viking), was the first holder of the Hallie Ford Chair of English at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. "Improvising" is part [End Page 179] of a manuscript in progress titled Musicking Moments: A Memoir of Musical Time.
Greg Jahn is a photographer living in the mountains in Idaho. He photographs remote natural landscapes of the American West. An extensive collection of his images can be viewed at www.GregJahnPhoto.com.
Thomas Larson is a contributing writer for the weekly San Diego Reader. His work has also appeared in such journals as the Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, Antioch Review, the Potomac Review, Counterpunch, Chicago Reader, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and Free Inquiry, as well as in the Anchor Essay Annual: The Best of 1997. His book The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative is out in July 2007 from Swallow Press.
Nancy Lord is the author of three books of creative nonfiction: Fishcamp, Green Alaska, and Beluga Days. She lives in Alaska, and in 2005 received a nature-writing fellowship for a residency at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Susan Marsh lives and writes in Jackson, Wyoming. Her essays have appeared in Orion, North American Review, and other journals and anthologies. She received the 2003 Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award, given by the Wyoming Arts Council for literature inspired by the natural world.
Tom Montgomery-Fate teaches writing at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and is the author of four books of nonfiction. The most recent is Steady and Trembling, a spiritual memoir (2005). His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and numerous literary journals and anthologies, and frequently airs on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio. This essay is a chapter from a new book that he is now completing.
Lisa Norris's book of short stories, Toy Guns, won the 1999 Willa Cather Fiction Prize and was published by Helicon Nine Press. She teaches at Virginia Tech. "Idaho Yahoo" is part of a completed manuscript titled The Life You Save. [End Page 180]
Carol Paik has an MFA from Columbia, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, the Gettysburg Review, Brain Child, Literary Mama, and Literal Latte. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Rachel Hillier Pratt writes from Corrales, New Mexico. "Broken Waters" is a chapter from her memoir Jungle Love. Another chapter, "Negotiating Bride Price," won the Missouri Review's Editor's Prize for nonfiction (vol. 26). She currently teaches English...