‘Buckwheat Bob’ Harrison. Lived by his wits in the Northwest woods for 15 years. Returned to tech work with the State, running a graphics, desktop publishing, and video production unit for the next 13 years. Now retired, he devotes himself mostly to performing and recording music. His memoir, Hippie Tales of the Northwest Woods, is forthcoming from Hillcrest.
Gary Lark’s work includes Without a Map (Wellstone Press, 2013), Getting By, winner of the Holland Prize from Logan House Press, 2009, and three chapbooks. His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hubbub, Poet Lore, and The Sun. Three poems were featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. He and his wife Dorothy live in the Rogue Valley.
Rhonda Lynn says, “I became a dedicated felt maker after becoming enchanted with the magic of the medium. From wool, soap and elbow grease, one can create beautiful pieces of wearable art.” She focuses on one-of-a-kind “Art to Wear” that is environmentally friendly and infuses upcycled fabrics. In addition, Rhonda conducts workshops in felt-making. Her latest endeavor is conducting classes in middle schools focusing on the sustainability and many uses of wool in our daily lives. Find her at facebook.com/MustBFelt and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Matthewson‘s essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in River Teeth, Defunct, Numero Cinq, Pithead Chapel, Under the Gum Tree, Terrain, Prime Number, and Literary Mama among other publications. She is currently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives on an organic vegetable farm in the Applegate Valley. Find her at melissamatthewson.com or on twitter at @melmatthewson.
John Noland lives and writes near the ocean in Coos Bay, Oregon. He has published in Chicago Review, Orion, Nature Writing 1999 ed. by John Murray, Georgetown Review, Seattle Review, Laurel Review, Jefferson Monthly, and other publications. His most recent chapbook is Midwestern Trees and Shadows (Finishing Line Press). A previous chapbook, This Dark Land Where I Live, won the Kulupi Press’ “Poetry of Place Contest,” and his chapbook The Caged and the Dying won the 2012 Gribble Press Chapbook Contest.
Lilyana Rain is a homeschooled 14-year old singer, actress, musician and writer. She loves sharing her voice with the world and she has an album coming out in late July 2014. You can find her music at www.youtube.com/lilyanarainmusic or join her newsletter to stay in the loop by emailing Lilyanarainmusic@gmail.com.
Scott T. Starbuck was a 2013 Artsmith Fellow on Orcas Island. His newest book The Other History was published by FutureCycle. He has eco-poetry blog posts at Miriam’s Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond and at South 85 Literary Journal. His newest eco-poem, “Thinking About AWP 2014 in Seattle”, is at The Monarch Review. He blogs at riverseek.blogspot.com.
Pepper Trail’s poetry has appeared in Comstock Review, Atlanta Review, Spillway, Turtle Island Quarterly, Toe Good Poetry, Windfall, and other publications, and his poem “Syllabus for the Warming World” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Cascadia Review. His environmental essays have been a regular feature of the Jefferson Monthly’s “Jefferson Almanac” since 1997. Trail lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Patty Wixon’s poem “Early April” features several stops on a recent car trip to Gold Beach, Oregon. Wixon’s poems have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. Her chapbooks include Airing the Sheets (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Side Effects (Uttered Chaos Press, 2014). She is a long-time poetry co-editor for Jefferson Monthly, Jefferson Public Radio’s program guide. She lives in Ashland.