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    Featured Contributors Fall 2014 Paid Member

    Brent R. OliverBrent R. Oliver writes creative nonfiction, short stories, and novels from his home in Lexington, Kentucky. He credits Stephen King for darkening his adolescence and inspiring his initial urge to put pen to paper—and also blames him for the grotesque bent of Oliver’s resultant fiction. A practicing Buddhist for over 15 years, Oliver has studied primarily on his own and meditates in a corner of his home office. Though he currently practices in the Vipassana tradition, he often finds himself sneaking into the local Zen center as well. More »
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    Longtime Buddhist journalist Katy Butler, author of “A Life Too Long," began sitting at the San Francisco Zen Center three decades ago. A Tricycle contributing editor, she is best known for articles analyzing the misuse of sexuality and power in American Buddhist communities. “Some people think that Buddhism and journalism must be at odds, but neither one is satisfied with sentimental evasions, wishful thinking, or easy answers,” she says. “Both are penetrating practices requiring critical thinking—and so is living an ordinary life. More »
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    In “The Space Between," poet Marie Howe shares three of her poems and speaks with Zen teachers Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison about caregiving, writing, and how the death of her brother John impacted her poetry. Following John’s death, Howe found a new voice in the midst of her grief. “I was given this place to be without any expectations,” she says. “And everything changed so that the particulars of life—this white dish, the shadow of the bottle on it—everything mattered so much more to me. And I saw what happened in these spaces. You can never even say what happened, because what happened is rarely said, but it occurs among the glasses with water and lemon in them.” More »