We like to think of the magazine as a mini-gallery for art from around the world. In thisissue, we feature the wonderful Sofi Dub from Ukraine, as well as two internationally exhibited American artists, Barbara Campbell Thomas and Lauren Luloff. Sabrina Lee contributed Hello/Goodbyes to all sixissuesin our first year, but we have a soft spot in our hearts for the joyful mountain goat who graces the inside covers of thisissue.
40 full-color pages of beauty and life.
The 'target audience' for each magazine is children ages 2-8, or children who are being read to and/or are just learning to read—but because children are never far from their siblings and caregivers, we created a magazine that can be enjoyed by ALL ages, 1-100.
Amanda Beresford (The In Between poem) is a writer and pastor who lives with her family in between the swamps and mountains of Virginia, in Charlottesville. She and her two daughters enjoy feeling the wind in their hair and the grass in between their toes.
Nicoletta Ceccoli(back cover painting) is a San Marinian artist known for her richly detailed, dreamlike paintings. She lives in the Republic of San Marino, near Italy.
Sofi Dub(constellation drawing) is a Ukrainian illustrator and designer. She like traveling, meeting new people, and drawing illustrations.
Amanda Ferris(io and the teapot stories) lives in Melbourne, Australia. She teaches Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga and explores inner space.
David Gregal, Jr. (Ask Arden artist) lives in Washington, DC. At the end of the day, he loves reading books with his wife and two kids before bedtime.
Chris Haske(Sal the Small Rabbit paintings) is a dad, artist, and art teacher. He lives in Virginia with his delightful wife, two wonderfully quirky daughters, one friendly black cat, and a playful pterodactyl. Well ... actually, one of those things isn’t true. Guess which one!
Erin Hüber(io and the teapot papercuts) is an artist living in Indiana. When she’s not telling stories through cut paper and illustrations, she’s making apple pies and enjoying quiet time with her children.
Abbigail Knowlton Israelsen(Welcome to the Night drawings) is an artist who lives in the forest of Indiana. Abbi likes to look for fossils, mushrooms, and geodes with her three children. As a family they love to hike, swing, and draw on the sidewalk.
Julie Lambert(tree-grafting collage) lives in Michigan. She grew up in Ohio and can remember wanting to be an artist since kindergarten. Julie is an art professor. She enjoys running, gardening with her children and cooking.
Lida Larina(root&star comic artist) lives in Russia. Every day Lida walks her best friend—her black dog named Babai. After their walk, Lida draws the sleeping Babai.
Sabrina Lee (hello and goodbye art) lives in New York City with her husband and two rescue cats. Most days you’ll find her creating in the kitchen, dreaming of country living, playing feline entertainer to Miu Miu and Misha, or simply living life one drawing at a time.
Emilee Lord(e.e. cummings mud-luscious drawing) is a drawing teacher in Northern New Jersey. She loves lines, tiny things, collecting typewriters, and playing in the rain.
Lauren Luloff(The In Between painting) is an artist living in New York City. She grew up in beautiful places such as New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and continues to be drawn towards nature and exploration in her life and art. She has a tiny new baby named Julian.
Courtney Mandryk(various) is one of the makers of this magazine. She and her husband live with their two kids, two dogs, and two cats in a small house in Virginia, where they love Free Union Country School.
Jennifer Metsker(Sal the Small Rabbit poem) is a poet and artist who lives in Michigan. She loves summer more than any other time of year because her favorite sound is the chirping of crickets and her favorite smell is warm screen doors.
Sarah Nishiura(quilt on mission page) learned to sew from her mother when she was a little girl and, now that she is grown up, she still sews every day. She lives and makes quilts in a little house in Chicago, Illinois, which she shares with her husband, son, and two cats.
Aaron Reid (Centaurus poem) lives near Mount Rainier with his wife, son, and daughter. He tries to make them laugh. Sometimes they do. He also has a wobbly cat. And a beard. His daughter says he looks like a grandpa.
Lisa Rogak(Dogs and Not-dogs) is a writer who lives in New Hampshire. She is still amazed that it’s possible to make a living by indulging her natural curiosity and asking total strangers really nosy questions. (www.lisarogak.com)
Joyce Sidman is an American children's writer. She was a runner-up for the 2011 Newbery Medal. She graduated from Wesleyan University, with a B.A. in German. She is married and lives in Wayzata, Minnesota with her husband and their two sons.
Elizabeth Ames Staudt(letter from a pregnant mother) is a writer. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their new baby, who smells these days like a yogurt pop, a sun-warmed kitten, and a shimmery cool clean creek. \
Barbara Campell Thomas(cover artist) is an artist and teacher who lives in North Carolina. She is married to an artist, and she and her husband are lucky to be able to make paintings and drawings on their two acres of lovely land in the country. They have two crazy wonderful boys and one black cat.
Stephen Warrington(tree-grafting text) is Chairman Emeritus of the Wissahickon Chicken Kissing Commission and First Chair Transmogrifier in the Gnostic Needlepoint Orchestra of The South. He lives among holy beasts and wild things in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Christine Hartzler Woodruff(various) is one of the makers of this magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two boys. She spends her time mostly mothering and making this magazine.