MoJo human-rights reporter Mac McClelland ("Aftershocks") had barely unpacked from kayaking around "Petrolistan" (the Gulf Coast) when we sent her to "Painistan" (Port-au-Prince, Haiti). Soon she had to start tweeting pictures of puppies she’d found so as not to totally bum out her tweeps. Her piece was shot by Jonathan Torgovnik, whose work can also be found in Aperture, Newsweek, and the Library of Congress’ permanent collection.
J. Malcolm Garcia ("Trial by Fire") has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Photographer Elliott D. Woods served in Iraq as a combat engineer with the Virginia Army National Guard.
The photographer, Chris Buck, is best known for his portraits of celebrities like Zach Galifianakis, Chloë Sevigny, and—fittingly—Snoop Dogg.
For light reading, former New Republic senior editor Sarah Blustain ("In the Name of the Mother") recommends: "Report of the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion." (PDF)