In this issue, we look longingly at rocks! While children will someday grapple with their scientific properties, right now what we have learned in our rigorous research of the heart is that rocks are poems, rocks are self-portraits, and rocks are cookies! Join us for this rocking celebration featuring the work of some of the most generous and creative souls we know!
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Issue 18 Contributors
Pierre Bonnard (window art) was a French printmaker and painter who lived from 1867 to 1947.
Lisa Congdon (gold rocks) is a fine artist, illustrator, and author best known for her colorful paintings and hand lettering.
Erica Eldridge (advent photograph) is a mom of three crazy but sweet children, ages 6, 3, and 5 months. She spends her days chasing after them and photographing them all along the way. She and her family live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Heather Feinberg (Ammi text) is a mother, counselor, writer, educator, and the founder of Mindful Kids, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, whose purpose is to help children (and the child inside us all) discover their voices, access their power, and, most importantly, connect to their inner knowing.
David Gregal Jr. (Ask Arden art) lives in Maryland. At the end of the day, he loves reading books with his wife and three kids before bedtime.
J.D. Ho (Rabbit Moon text) is a rock. With rocky thoughts. Living on a rocky mountain. With other rocks.
Polina Ipatova (Rabbit Moon art) is an artist from the Ukraine. She has a soft spot for the 1980s and rock and roll.
Abbigail Knowlton Israelsen (Garden art) is an artist who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Abbi likes to look for fossils, mushrooms, and geodes with her four children.
Aimee Hagerty Johnson (Children Are Like Ravens illustration) has always loved to do all kinds of art. Some of her favorite things to draw are horses, sweaters, coffee pots, trees, and telescopes.
Lida Larina (Root & Star comic) lives in Russia. Every day, Lida walks her best friend—her black dog named Babai. After their walk, Lida draws the sleeping Babai.
Carolyn Long (Pocket Stone story) lives in Barboursville, Virginia with Alan and their cat, Maggie.
Gina Marie Mammano (Scissors in the Sky poem) is a longtime teacher, storyteller, and poet. In her spare time she likes to sing, play her sweet, silver flute, and make friends with the outside world.
John Mawe (Stone poem art) was a British geologist and mineralogist who lived from 1764 to 1829. He went deep into mines and all the way to Brazil to look at rocks.
Courtney Mandryk is a maker of this magazine. She used to not see rocks, but then she sat for a long time and drew their portraits, and then she understood. Motto: This too shall pass.
Bethann Garramon Merkle (Rocks rock!) lives in Wyoming, where she cooks, gardens, hunts, hikes with her dog Brio, and hangs out with scientists like her husband. As a writer and illustrator, Bethann best enjoys telling stories about nature and the scientists who study it.
Catherine Pape (Map of the Moon) creates illustrations, artwork, and prints inspired by nature, stories, and everyday people. Living in Leeds in the UK, she finds inspiration both in the busy city and in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales nearby.
Esa Sammuelle (Garden poem) is a rhyme writer who loves to eat chocolate, laugh, and kiss pug dogs. She hopes her work makes you smile.
Samantha Sarles (rock family) is known for painted rocks, colorful and inspiring art, and a rainbow-themed aesthetic. She created her own art and DIY-centered brand after becoming a mom in 2011, crediting her son as her muse.
Charles Simic (Stone poem) was born in Belgrade, Serbia, but, like many families, his family had to leave due to war. Now he lives in America and teaches poetry.
Nica Sotiropoulos (rocks with paint and gold) lives in Zurich and works with children. As a child, she was very interested in art and handicrafts. She always loved to be creative and to bring her ideas to life—which she still does.
Kathryn Tanis (Hello/Goodbye) is an illustrator, writer and jungle explorer. She loves research and uses her artwork to explore topics of evolution, conservation, and animal classification.
Tania Vosko (Pocket Stone art) is an illustrator living between Ukraine and Canada. She loves to express stories in beautiful visual form.