David Bristol was raised by a librarian, and the olfactory experience of entering a library still brings him comfort. A Vietnam veteran, he returned to Cambodia in the late 80s and early 90s as a veterinarian with the American Friends Service Committee to work on a cattle and water buffalo project. The love of nature–from lizards to the night sky–is in his DNA. Email: deardavid14@hotmail.com

Kevin Bishop is a builder from Houston who has lived in the Big Bend since 2012. He enjoys rock hunting, photographing old signs and riding mopeds. Email: woodinleg@gmail.com

Kleo Belay grew up on the coast of Maine and moved to Terlingua in 2003 where she first gathered her skills and passion for outdoor exploration. Since then she has lived and worked throughout the Big Bend Region and currently lives in Alpine. Email: Kleobelay@gmail.com

Rani Birchfield is a writer at large in the Big Bend region. Born in Kathmandu, she inherited the wanderlust of her parents and loves travel, food and wine exploration, and meeting odd folks of the planet. She’s also the Associate Editor of the Cenizo Journal. Have a story to tell or a hot tip? Email: aed@cenizojournal.com

Judy Eron has lived for 25 years in the off-the-grid house she helped build on Terlingua Ranch. She and her partner Charlie are two-thirds of “The Terlingua Fill-Harmonic Symphony” that entertains there. They escape the desert heat by migrating yearly to the ocean in Washington state where their band “Double J and the Boys” performs. She is the author of What Goes Up: Surviving the Manic Episode of a Loved One. Email: judyeron@yahoo.com

Danielle Gallo is a writer who is proud to be the editor-in-chief of the Cenizo Journal. She came to the area in 2002 and currently lives in Marathon with her family. e-mail: editor@ cenizojournal.com

Barbara Randals Gregg has been writing continually since high school. She has written and published scientific research articles, numerous published essays about conservation and environmental issues, short stories, and, in the last few years, many poems in journals and anthologies, including several Texas Poetry Calendars. She has been on the board of the Austin Poetry Society and enjoyed judging creative writing contests for students and adults.

Robert Haspel is a retired commercial photographer whose enthusiasm has been rekindled though his recent adoption of digital photography. He is happy to both show his work, and to talk photography with those so inclined. He offers one-on-one assistance with photography. 713-557-4147. e-mail: robert@roofusworld.com

Sharon Haney moved with her husband, Don, from Fulshear, Texas, to the Big Bend area three years ago after they drove through Alpine and fell in love with the climate and desert environment. She is an artist and shows her work at CatchLight Art Gallery in Alpine. An accomplished cook, she also enjoys writing and exploring the natural surroundings of this astonishing part of the world. To see some of her artwork go to SHaneyArt.com. Email: sharonhaney@gmail.com.

E. Dan Klepper is an photographer based in Marathon, Texas. His photographs have been featured in books and magazines including “In Sight”, the online photography magazine for The Washington Post and his large-scale works of photo-based art can be found in collections across the state. Klepper’s book of photography and essays, titled “Why the Raven Calls the Canyon”, is available from Texas A&M University Press. His work, represented by Foltz Fine Art in Houston, can also be found at his gallery in Marathon at Klepper Gallery, 105 N. Ave D, (432) 386-6789 and at www.kleppergallery.com.