Tamara Adelman (“Medical Attention”) is a massage therapist, triathlete, and freelance writer living in Santa Monica, California. She holds a B.A. from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., attended the Taos Writers Conference, and is enrolled in the Creative Nonfiction Certificate Program at UCLA. Her freelance writing focuses on travel, fitness, and action sports; her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Toasted Cheese Literary Magazine, Verdad, and Waterski.
Carol Baldwin (“Robins Fly South”), a long-time Minnesotan now living in St. Paul, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College. When not battling learning and attention difficulties, she takes care of animals, discusses politics, and writes.
Brenda Bechtel (“Slow Release”), an instructor in the English Department at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, Maine, has published in several poetry and haiku journals and has a book project in its final stages and another in progress. “Slow Release” was inspired by a visit with “a friend who had been diagnosed with stage three multiple myeloma over a year ago. I found myself intrigued, and still do, by his energy and stamina and the determination with which he aggressively undergoes procedures in an experimental program in Boston.”
Sarah Becker (Cow in Cemetary) was, at the time of this photograph, an assistant ranger for the botanical garden at Statia National Park in St. Eustatius, a tiny island in the eastern Caribbean where cows and goats and pigs can wander where they like.
Regina Coll (“Mnemosyne and The Mount of Mercury”), who has lived and worked in the Washington, DC, area for over 20 years after relocating from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is a distance educator and nurse informaticist at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Maryland.
Barbara Crooker (“Soft”) is the author of Radiance, winner of the 2005 Word Press First Book Award and finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance (Word Press, 2008), winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Excellence in Literature; and More (C&R Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Good Poems for Hard Times, edited by Garrison Keillor (Viking Penguin) and The Bedford Introduction to Literature, and in the journals JAMA, The Pharos, Ars Medica, and The Healing Muse. She has given poetry readings for the Health Arts Network at Duke University and at a Medical Humanities conference sponsored by Lafayette University.
Karen Douglass (“Basic Training”) is the author of the books Red Goddess Poems, Bones in the Chimney (fiction), Green Rider, Thinking Horse (non-fiction), Sostenuto (poems) and The Great Hunger (poems), which is available from Plain View Press (2009).
Francesc Franch (“The Death of Ted Warren III”), who came to the United States from Spain at age 17, is the author of two Spanish-language novels, Gray City Under the Rain (Editorial Milenio, Spain, 2007) and A Hidden Portrait (Editorial Milenio, Spain, 2005) and A Catalan Symbolist: Selected Poems of Marius Torres (Peter Lang Publishing, 1992). His work has appeared in Compass Rose, Front Range Review, Fourteen Hills, Hiram Poetry Review, Natural Bridge, The Old Red Kimono, Phantasmagoria, Quercus Review, Quiddity Literary Journal, Rio Grande Review, and Sanskrit. A political scientist by training, he is the Managing Editor at the Bulletin News Network in McLean, Virginia.
Graham Fulton (“Heart-throb”, “Equinox”), who lives in Paisley in Scotland, has published widely in the UK and USA. His previous collections include Humouring the Iron Bar Man (Polygon), This (Rebel Inc), Knights of the Lower Floors (Polygon) and Ritual Soup and other liquids (Mariscat Press).
His most recent collection is Black Motel/The Man who Forgot How to (Roncadora Press). The poems in this issue are from the collection Equal Night (forthcoming from Salmon Poetry, Ireland), which focuses on events and thoughts before, during, and after the death of a loved one.
John Grey (“Waiting Room Mathematics”), an Australian who has lived in the U.S. since the late 1970s, is a financial systems analyst. His poetry has been published recently in Connecticut Review, Alimentum, and Writer’s Bloc, with work upcoming in Pennsylvania English, Prism International, and the Great American Poetry Show.
Susan Gilbert Guerrant (“A Love Story”) is a librarian and freelance writer whose work has been published in Albemarle, Salon, and Drexel Online Journal and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005.
Teresa Guise (Shipwreck), an expert in bone metabolism as well as underwater photography, is an endocrinologist at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Madaline Harrison (“At the Support Group”), a neurologist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, attended the Taos Writing Retreat for Health Professionals in 2008 and participates in a monthly writing group.
Sharon Hostler (“Difficult Conversations: The Art of Dying”) is a physician, the McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean at the School of Medicine, and Vice Provost for Faculty Development for the University of Virginia. She has been working on a memoir, entitled “Piss and Vinegar,” about her mother, the alleged Miss Vermont; the dialogue piece is from that work. She teaches first-year medical students how to do patient interviews and how to use the stethoscope, blows bubbles and builds sandcastles with her grandchildren, and writes creative nonfiction.
Anjali Jain (“Quality of Life”), a pediatrician and health researcher who graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and writes poems and essays in Washington, DC. Her work has been published in Health Affairs and Academic Pediatrics and been broadcast by National Public Radio.
Tom Janisse (“The Soothing Sound of Water”), a physician, is the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Permanente Journal. He sponsors Narrative Medicine writing workshops for doctors and health professionals and publishes their Quick Writes. His published medical writing includes the poem “Dying Distant,” in the New England Journal of Medicine and the story “Bring the Bottles” in the book Emergency Room: Lives Saved and Lost: Doctors Tell Their Stories.
Tyler Jorgensen (“The Leaves Are Falling”), is a physician in training in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina.
Lisa Kennedy (“Chronic”), a graduate of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, lives in historic Chickasaw, Alabama, where she works as a production artist for Denny Manufacturing painting backdrops of all sizes for photographers around the country. She has self-published the book Bright Somewhere.
Sandra Lapham (“Allure and Cure”), a physician who specializes in internal medicine and addiction medicine, directs the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s Behavioral Research Center of the Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Kristin Laurel (“A Drunk in the ER”, “How To Be An ER Nurse”), an ER and Flight Nurse, is finishing a poetry apprenticeship at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has recently been published or has work forthcoming in The Battered Suitcase, Calyx, Grey Sparrow Press, The Prose Poem Project, and The Talking Stick. She is finishing her first book of poetry, Giving Them All Away.
Jenna Le (“The Young Physician’s Rondeau”) is a physician in New York City.
Ivan S. Logan (A Cup Half Full) is a Neurologist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Megan Lohne (“The Electric City”, “Cooking”) has a B.F.A. in acting from Adelphi University (Garden City, New York) and an M.F.A. in playwriting from The New School for Drama (New York City), was a member of the 2007 Young Writers’ Programme at The Royal Court Theatre, and is a member of The Dramatists Guild. Her plays have been read, workshopped, and produced at The New School for Drama, The American Globe Theatre’s Fifteen Minute Play Festival, The Creative Place Theatre, The Chernuchin Theatre, The American College Theatre Festival Region II, Adelphi University, The Algonquin Theatre’s One-Act Play Festival, The Sargent Theater, The Emerging Artists Theater One Woman Standing Festival, Little Bird Productions Mix Tape One Act Series, and Left Hip Productions, among others. She is Director of Recreation at The Rockville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, a long-term care facility on Long Island where she works with both the high-functioning and low-functioning elderly.
Susan Mahan (“Kid Gloves”) has been writing poetry since her husband died in 1997. She is a frequent reader at poetry venues, has written four chap books (“Paris Awaits,” “In The Wilderness of Grief,” “Missing Mum,” and “World View”), and has been published in a number of journals and anthologies. She joined the staff of The South Boston Literary Gazette in 2002.
John Manesis (“As Is”), a retired physician, has published poems in over 60 literary publications. His published poetry books are With All My Breath, Other Candle Lights, and Consider, If You Will.”
Katie Manning (“So Much Obligation to Unlearn”) is a doctoral fellow in English at the University of Louisiana—Lafayette, Editor-in-Chief of Rougarou, and a daily visitor to the nearby swamp. Her poems have been published in New Letters, PANK, The Pedestal Magazine, Poet Lore, and So to Speak, among other journals and anthologies. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Marilyn Mitchell (“Birth”) is a registered nurse who has worked in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, and California, primarily in Obstetrics–Gynecology. Since 2002 she has worked for Kaiser Permanente as an educator. She has a nursing degree from Stony Brook University and recently received a Master of Advanced Studies in Health Law from the University of California, San Diego Western School of Law.
Ko Momotani (Plane), a research associate in physiology at the University of Virginia Health System, offers his daughter’s account of the image of the plane at the beach at St. Maarten: “This photo was taken before I was born, minus 3 months old, and soon my family is returning to the island so that I can explain to my soon-to-be-born sister, now minus 2 months old, about my first visit to St. Maarten.” Mr. Momotani’s pregnant wife is standing at the right corner of the photo.
Wynne Morrison (“Border”, “Wagons”, “At Bedtime”, “Headlines”), a physician practicing pediatric critical care and palliative care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, teaches in the ethics and professionalism curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Harrison O’Conner (Mama’s Dead Arm), a rancher in central Montana, is the Grandma Moses of central Montana. He has painted thirteen paintings.
Stella Padnos-Shea (“Groundswell”), a practicing therapist at Canarsie Aware, Inc., an outpatient mental health clinic in Brooklyn, New York, completed an M.A. in Creative Writing in 2006 from New York’s City College, where she was awarded two poetry prizes. She participated in the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury, Vermont, in 2007, a manuscript was a finalist in the Fall 2007 Black River Chapbook Competition, and a poem was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been published in various print and on-line journals, among them Chest (medical journal), The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, and Lapetitezine.com.
Robert Reiser (“Stat Her!”) graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., and completed residency training in Pittsburgh, where “Stat Her!” took place. He is on the Emergency Medicine faculty at the University of Virginia.
Sankar Roy (“A Chubby Boy Eating in an Italian Restaurant”, “Final Meeting”, “For William”), originally from India, is a poet, translator, activist, and multimedia artist who lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has won a PEN USA Emerging Voices award, a Rosenthal Fellowship, and a Skipping Stone Award, has been a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award, and written three chapbooks of poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in over 80 journals and anthologies. Moon Country, a full-length book, is forthcoming from Tebot Bach (Huntington Beach, California).
Jonathan Scott (“A Man Drowns”) has published or has upcoming poetry and short stories in The Able Muse, Aura Literary Arts Review, Blood and Thunder, The Broome Review, Caesura, Measure, Peregrine, The Sugar House Review, and others. He has an M.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he lives.
Hilary Sideris (“They Measure My Progress”), born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana, lives in Brooklyn, New York , where she studies Italian and teaches nontraditional college students. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, and she has two chapbooks, The Orange Juice is Over (Finishing Line Press) and Baby (Pudding House Press).
Samuel Andrew Taylor, Jr. (A Cup Half Full), formerly a chief resident in neurology at the University of Virginia, is now on the neurology faculty at the University of Michigan Health System.
Shawna Thompson (“Radiation”), a Navajo and a graduate student in library science at the University of Arizona, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.
Murray Whitehill (Nails, Nails – New York, New York/Next Door – World Trade Center), is a photographer (as well as bookseller, landscaper, and carpenter) from Ivy, Virginia. He is a member of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has had solo and group exhibits throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.
Amelia Williams (“Lane Shift”), who received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Virginia, helped pay for graduate school by working as a medical technician in a hematology–oncology lab, assisting with research and bone-marrow cryopreservation. She is a medical writer for VHQC, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Virginia, and lives in an intentional community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge.