Steve is not only the most convoluted story teller I've ever known, but also a connoisseur of all things cult, lounge, and kitsch. Additionally, he is a fabulous artist who has created artwork for everything from T-shirts for Phish to his oft-praised comic strip "Acid Keg."
Check out his stuff at
In addition to being one of the cuddliest* men in the world, Steve has the fortune to be married to Paula Swenson, whose talent can be seen in the link above. Together, they live a life most are jealous of, including me.
* cuddliness not based on personal experience
I first met Paula in San Antonia, Texas at a teaching conference. She was so cool that we've stayed in touch since. Like me, she is a world traveler and is currently residing in Litomyšl, Czech Republic where she continues to paint, write and teach for a living.
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Audrey was a member of my Peace Corps group and has since amassed a travel resume that puts mine to shame, including (as the picture above shows) a recent trip to Antarctica. Her website is endlessly fascinating and full of great photography and stories. Check it out here:
Paola is a former student of mine from Mexico, a poetess, and currently becoming a novelist
If you habla espanol, check out her site at www.paolaanzola.com
Robin is a world traveler and savvy international business mogal living an idyllic life in Bali.
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Alizah is a very talented writer I met in Istanbul. She now freelances in Chicago and keeps a fascinating arts & culture blog