Kevin Patterson (“Talk to Me Like My Father,”) is an emergency room doctor who put himself through medical school by enlisting in the Canadian Army. He recently published his first novel, Consumption, and is coauthor of the forthcoming book Outside the Wire: The War in Afghanistan in the Words of the Combatants..
Lana Šlezić (“The Hidden Half,”) went to Afghanistan in 2004 embedded with the Canadian military on a two-week assignment. Two years later she was still there, photographing women. Sixty of those photographs make up her new book, Forsaken, out in September. She also recently published her first nonfiction book, A Door to Nowhere: The Lives of Afghan Women.
James Ridgeway (“In Search of John Doe No. 2,”) is Mother Jones’ Washington correspondent and, previously, a longtime columnist for the Village Voice.
Christopher Ketcham (“Off-Road Rules,”) was born and raised in Brooklyn but a penchant for cliffs brought him to Utah. He has written about moonshining, hoboing, mountain lions, Enron, French cafeteria food, bike messengers, Internet porn addicts, Israeli espionage, and psychedelic herbs from Mexico.
Petra Bartosiewicz (“Crazy for Yellowcake,”) is a freelance writer living in Moab, Utah. She is working on a book about U.S. terrorism trials since 9/11.
Greg Veis (“Baghdad Confidential,”) is an associate editor at GQ.
Alissa Quart (“The Child Soldiers of Staten Island,”) has written for the New York Times Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly and is the author of Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child.
Dashka Slater (“Go Forth and Gentrify?“) has written for Mother Jones about socially responsible investing and the struggle to keep Native American languages alive. She lives in Oakland, California, where, she says, people are always talking about real estate.
Charlie Anders (“Supergirls Gone Wild,“) is the publisher of Other magazine. She has dressed up as Wonder Woman and Arisia at science fiction conventions.
Craig Damrauer (“P.S.,”) is the author of New Math: Equations for Living.