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Lightmark No. 56, © Cenci Goepel + Jens Warnecke.

Lightmark, the body of work by the German artists Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke, was created by photographing moving light sources at night. Long exposures, up to an hour in length, are required to allow torchlight to take form and for the very low level of ambient light, usually from the moon, to illuminate the scenery. Using a digital medium format camera for their photography, Goepel and Warnecke focus on photographic techniques rather than post processing to achieve the results they are aiming for. The couple travel all over the world in search of locations with secret natures they seek to reveal through their light paintings. For more information on their work, their website is


Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of A Field Guide to the North American Family. His writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, Canteen, Slate, The New York Magazine, New York magazine, and Best New American Voices 2008.

Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections, most recently Aftermath (Hawthorne Books). His stories and essays have recently appeared in Ploughshares, New England Review, Crazyhorse, Post Road, and Glimmer Train. A winner of the Oregon Book Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, he teaches at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University. His first book of nonfiction, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress, is forthcoming.

Gerald Shapiro authored three collections of fiction: Little Men, Bad Jews and Other Stories, and From Hunger. Bad Jews was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for fiction and From Hunger won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish fiction. He co-wrote (with Peter Riegert) the screenplay for the film King of the Corner, an adaptation of Bad Jews. He also edited the anthology American Jewish Fiction: A Century of Stories and co-edited (with Leonard J. Greenspoon and Ronald A. Simkins) Food and Judaism.

Robert J. Stevens writes fiction by hand in New York City, where he is training to be a spiritual counselor. His work has also appeared in Joyland and Threepenny Review.

Justin Taylor is the author of The Gospel of Anarchy and the story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Pratt Institute.

Nancy Welch is a professor of English at the University of Vermont and author of The Road from Prosperity: Stories (Southern Methodist UP). Her stories have appeared in Greensboro Review, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. [End Page 183] Her story "Mental," from Prairie Schooner 73(2), received a Readers' Choice award and O. Henry citation.

Melissa Yancy's short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, One Story, Meridian, American Literary Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles, where she has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last ten years.


Keith Alexander lives in Los Angeles and part of the year in Frankfurt. He has had poems published in numerous journals including Seneca Review, The Sun Magazine, Massachusetts Review, and Salt Hill Journal. At present he is translating a small selection of German poems and finishing his own collection of poems, his first, The Book of Treatments.

Bruce Bond's most recent and forthcoming collections of poetry include Choir of the Wells (Etruscan P), The Visible (LSU P), Peal (Etruscan P), and Blind Rain (LSU P). Presently he is Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and poetry editor for American Literary Review.

Gloria Boyer's poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Poetry Northwest, Seattle Review, and Pennsylvania Review. She was a recipient of the Theodore Roethke, Vernon M. Spence, Joan Grayston, and Academy of American Poets College poetry prizes. She lives in Pennsylvania and works as a technical writer.

Fleda Brown's memoir is Driving with Dvořák (U of Nebraska P). Her most recent collection of poems, Reunion (U of Wisconsin P), won the Felix Pollak Prize. The author of five previous collections of poems, Brown has won a Pushcart Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association...


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