This double issue features seven women essayists—Marcia Aldrich, Debra Monroe, Patricia Foster, and Kathryn Winograd among them—and the winners and finalists of our annual editors' awards: Lisa Lanser-Rose and Tanya Bomsta in nonfiction, Dan Reiter and Rachel Borup in fiction, and John Blair and Tanya Grae in poetry. Our interview is a conversation between poets Chard deNiord and Ed Ochester. Poets here include Alex Lemon, Floyd Skloot, Terri Witek, and Jacob Newberry. Fiction writers are Evelyn Somers, Jay Bates, John Teschner, and Carrie Messenger, and the comic is by Robert Hendricks. A theme emerges: The writer as witness.