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  • About the Contributors

Linda Barrows is the college counseling liaison at the Blake School in Minneapolis, hosting college recruiters’ visits. She teaches a workshop preparing rising seniors for the college-application essay and is writing a book on the topic. Her background includes the disciplines of English (BA), education, marketing (MBA), and college counseling.

Jocelyn Bartkevicius is the book review editor of Fourth Genre. She is completing a memoir, The Emerald Room.

Karen Lee Boren’s Girls in Peril (Tin House Books) was selected for the 2006 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, such as the Florida Review, Cream City Review, and BookForum. Currently, she works and teaches in Rhode Island.

Michael P. Branch is professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he serves as director of graduate studies in the English Department. He is book review editor of the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and coeditor of the University of Virginia Press book series Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism. His recent nonfiction essays have appeared in Ecotone, Isotope, Whole Terrain, and Watershed. His most recent book is Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing before Walden (University of Georgia Press, 2004).

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program in North [End Page 177] Carolina. A longtime reproductive rights organizer, her work appears frequently at Mothers Movement Online, and she is a monthly contributor to NPR’s Justice Talking blog.

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women and Other Animals. Her second collection is forthcoming (2009) from Wayne State University Press. She raises donkeys and practices weapons arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Michael Coles photographs for magazines and newspapers and is currently putting together an exhibition of work from Monrovia, Liberia. He lives in Montana.

Michael Hemmingson’s latest books are a collection of essays, Auto/ ethnographies: Sex, Death and Independent Filmmaking (Borgo Press), and the anthology Expelled from Eden: A William T. Vollmann Reader (Thunder’s Mouth Press). He is currently working on a critical study of Gordon Lish for Routledge. His study on William T. Vollmann will be published in 2009 by McFarland and Co.

Sonya Huber, an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, has published in many journals, including Fourth Genre, Passages North, Literary Mama, and Kaleidoscope, and in several anthologies. Her first book, Opa Nobody, was published by University of Nebraska Press in 2008.

Peter M. Ives teaches personal essay and memoir writing at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he also directs the writing center. His most recent essay is “That’s Why We’re Here,” a meditation on death and the Yankees, in Scoring from Second:Writers on Baseball.

Sara Lippmann holds a BA from Brown and an MFA from The New School. Her work has appeared in the Beacon Street Review, LIT, and Carve. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

Priscilla Long was honored with a National Magazine Award in 2006 for best feature writing. Her work appears in the American Scholar, Passages North, and in many other journals. She is author of Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry (Paragon House, 1989). [End Page 178] She holds an MFA from the University of Washington, teaches writing, and serves as senior editor of the online encyclopedia of Washington state history, .

Meghan MacNamara received her MFA from Vermont College in Montpelier. She is editing her memoir Never Thought of Losing, which further explores her journey from fighter to patient. She lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their ever-changing pack of foster dogs.

Patrick Madden teaches at Brigham Young University and edits the online anthology of classical essays at . His essays have been published in the Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Fourth Genre, and other journals, and they have been anthologized in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 and The Best Creative Nonfiction, vol. 2. His first book, Quotidiana, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press...


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