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Alan Watts

Alan Watts (1915–1973) was a popular interpreter of Eastern philosophy in the West. He spoke to millions through his recordings, radio broadcasts, and books, including such classics as The Wisdom of Insecurity, Become What You are, and his new book, adapted from recordings of live presentations by his son and archivist, Mark Watts, Out of Your Mind: Tricksters, Independence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide and Seek (Sounds True, March 2017).

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Alexandra Ashmore

Alexandra Ashmore is Parabola's assistant managing editor.

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Annie Schliffer

Annie Schliffer has been a full-time studio potter for forty-four years, working at The Rochester Folk Guild, an intentional community dedicated to the study of crafts, organic gardening, and the study and practice of Gurdjieff ideas. (www.rfag.org). A yoga student and teacher, she integrates the craft of pottery with the practice of yoga.

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Betsy Cornwell

Betsy Cornwell is Parabola’s story editor. She is the author of the novels Tides, Mechanica, and Venturess.

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Bob Scher

Bob Scher is the author of Fear of Cooking , Lightning, The Nature of Leadership, and As If The Sky Were Open, Selected Poems.

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Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat leader. Among her many books are The Meaning of Mary Magdalene and The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three.

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David Appelbaum

David Appelbaum, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at SUNY New Paltz, is a former editor of Parabola.

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David Ulrich

David Ulrich is a photographer and writer who teaches at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, and a Consulting Editor to Parabola. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, and he is the author several books. His newest book, Zen Camera is forthcoming in Spring 2018. Information about him and his work can be found at www.creativeguide.com.

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Dolphi Wertenbaker

Dolphi Wertenbaker, M.D., works as a yoga therapist in New York City. She is a long-time student of T.K.V. Desikachar, who opened for her the world of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. She is a KHYF-certified yoga teacher and teacher trainer.

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Edward Tick

Edward Tick is the founding co-director of Soldier's Heart: Restoring Our Warriors and Communities. He is the author of five books, including "War and the Soul" (2005) and his most recent, "Warrior's Return: Restoring the Soul After War" (Sounds True, 2014). For more information, please visit soldiersheart.net.

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Eleanor O'Hanlon

Eleanor O'Hanlon is a writer and conservationist who has worked as a field researcher for leading international conservation groups. Her book Eyes of the Wild (eyesofthewild.org) won the 2015 Nautilus Book Award for Nature.

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Eliezer Shore

Rabbi Eliezer Shore is a teacher of Chassidus and Jewish spirituality. He teaches at Hebrew University and other institutions around Israel. For more information, please visit eliezershore.com.

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Elizabeth Napp

Elizabeth Napp is a Consulting Editor to Parabola who writes about Teaching and Education.

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Elsa Marston

Elsa Marston is an award-winning author of more than twenty teen and children's books (The Olive Tree, The Ugly Goddess, etc.,), specializing in the Middle East and North Africa, ancient and modern.

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Fran Grace

Fran Grace serves as professor of religious studies and steward of the meditation program at the University of Redlands in California.

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Fran Shaw

Fran Shaw is the author of Notes on The Next Attention, the recollected talks of Michel de Salzmann at Chandolin (www.thenextattention.com).  Her new book of “interdimensional humor” is Lord Have Murphy: Waking Up in the Spiritual Marketplace  (www.lordhavemurphy.com).

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Francis Childe

Francis Childe is a historian and former United Nations diplomat who has undertaken extensive research on ancient spiritual traditions, including those of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Central Asia. He lives in Paris.

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G.I. Gurdjieff

G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) was a spiritual teacher, composer, and author of Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson and other influential books.

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Gerald Epstein

Gerald Epstein is an American psychiatrist, founder and director of The American Institute for Mental Imagery, and the author of several books including Studies in Non-Deterministic Psychology, Healing Visualizations, and Kabbalah for Inner Peace. For more information please visit drjerryepstein.org.

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Gregory Shepherd

Gregory Shepherd is a professor of music at Kauai Community College in Hawaii, and has studied Zen since the early 1970s.

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Hane Selmani

Hane Selmani ia working on a three-book memoir. A Country Called Brooklyn looks at the beliefs she and the women in her family took on as children that allowed for her sister's murder. Walking Backwards presents her journey as she leaves her arranged marriage, or risk her own murder. Chasing Infinity is a look at the lives of her saintly father and sister's killer, and at her own search for truth.

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James George

James George is a Canadian diplomat, political and environmental activist, and spiritual seeker. He is the author of Asking for the Earth, The Little Green Book on Awakening, and Last Call.

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Jan Jarvis

Jan Jarvis lives in Seattle, where she ekes out a living selling carpets, rare manuscripts, and American canaries.

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Jeanne de Salzmann

Jeanne de Salzmann (1889-1990) was G.I. Gurdjieff’s closest pupil. Upon his death in 1949, she led the Gurdjieff Work worldwide until her own death at the age of 101.

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Jenny Koralek

Jenny Koraleck is the author of numerous books for children and adults including The Coat of Many Colors and Mother, Do Not Weep for Me. She was close friends with P.L. Travers, a fouding editor of Parabola.

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Jess Napp

Jess Napp is currently a summer intern for Parabola and a junior at SUNY New Paltz.

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Jim Metzner

Jim Metzner is the producer of the Pulse of the Planet radio series. The entire interview with Leo Piilonen appears on the website www.pulseplanet.com, in the Monthly Features section under the title “Frontiers of Science.”

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John Shirley

John Shirley is the author of Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas (Penguin/Tarcher), and novels such as Doyle After Death (HarperCollins/Witness) and The Other End.

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Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac is the author of more than seventy books for children and adults. For over thirty years, he has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies, and music that reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions. He is a longtime contributing editor to Parabola.

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Joyce Kornblatt

Joyce Kornblatt is a novelist, essayist, and former English professor at the University of Maryland. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is at work on a novel and a book about grief.

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Kenneth E. Lawrence

Kenneth E. Lawrence is a writer and musician living in Seattle. He and his wife, artist Kumiko Lawrence, are Soju Project (http://www.sojukai.com/), a performance group focusing on tales from legends and epics of the world

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Kenneth Krushel

Kenneth Krushel is an assistant professor at the New School's Media Management Program, and was recently a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University. He has been an executive at entertainment and telecommunications companies and a media industry investment analyst.

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Kitty Stryker

Kitty Stryker is a feminist writer, queer activist, and rising authority on developing a consent culture in  alternative communities. Her first book, Ask: Building Consent Culture, was published in October 2017. She is also ringmistress for the Juggalo resistance group Struggalo Circus.

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Kyle Holton

Kyle Holton spent nine years in Mozambique living with the Yao people and working as a consultant for an indigenous-led nonprofit, Malo Ga Kujilana. More recently,  he has worked as an educator and consultant for local food economy in the United States.

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Lee van Laer

Lee van Laer, Senior Editor of Parabola holds a degree in fine art and is a professional in the textiles industry. He is also a writer and a musician. For more information, please visit zenyogagurdjieff.blogspot.com.

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Lex Hixon

Lex Hixon (1941-1995) was a spiritual practitioner, scholar, and author. He published nine books (Coming Home, etc.) and for seventeen years, hosted the radio program "In the Spirit."

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Lillian Firestone

Lillian Firestone is the author of "The Forgotten Language of Children: Discovering Courage, Creativity, and Consciousness." She is the chair of Firestone Media Group.

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Lisa Starr

Lisa Starr, Rhode Island Poet Laureate Emerita, spent the last thirty years running an inn (The Hygeia House) and The Block Island Poetry Project, and raising two amazing children on a small island off the coast of Rhode Island. The business sold, the kids grew up, and Lisa relocated to Westerly, where she is at work on her next collection, Pot Luck, a book of poems about children.

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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi mystic and lineage holder in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. He is the founder of The Golden Sufi Center and the author of several books including "Spiritual Ecology" and "Darkening of the Light." For more information, please visit www.goldensufi.org

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Luis Fernando Llosa

Luis Fernando Llosa is an investigative reporter, author, youth sports consultant, and co-founder of the Whole Child Sports movement. His first book, Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment, co-authored with Scott Lancaster and Kim John Payne, was released in August 2013. More information is available at www.luisfernandollosa.com.

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Margaret Dulaney

Margaret Dulaney is a playwright and essayist, and founder of the spoken word website Listenwell.org (www.listenwell.org).

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Margo McLoughlin

Margo McLoughlin is a consulting editor to Parabola, and a storyteller and writer known for her translations from the Pali of the Jakata tales. For more about her, please visit margostoryteller.net.

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Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for forty years. A New York Times #1 best-selling author, his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He has published fourteen books and recorded nine audio projects. His book Seven Thousand Ways To Listen won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award.

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Mickey Lemle

Mickey Lemle is an award-winning filmmaker and occasional contributor to PARABOLA. Some of his films include Ram Dass Fierce Grace, Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama, and Hasten Slowly: The Journey of Sir Laurens van der Post. His website is www.lemlepictures.com.

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Mirabai Starr

MIRABAI STARR is an adjunct professor of philosophy and world religion at the University of New Mexico- Taos. She is best known for her translations of DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL, by John of the Cross, and THE INTERIOR CASTLE and THE BOOK OF MY LIFE, by Teresa of Avila.

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Mu Soeng

Mu Soeng is Program Director and Resident Scholar at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MA. A former Zen monk, he is the author of several books including Trust in Mind and The Diamond Sutra.

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Neil Patel

Neil Patel is co-founder and CEO of Awaaz.De, "Solutions for Positive Social Impact," a company that provides "easy-to-use, cost efficient & time saving voice data tools for grassroots organizations and communities in the rural sector including education, agriculture, health, and financial services." His blog can be found at theorganicindian.blogspot.com

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Nipun Mehta

Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace.org, a fully volunteer-run organization that has delivered millions of web-related services to the non-profit world for free. The recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the President's Volunteer Award Service Award, his work creatively leverages web technologies for collaborative and transformational giving. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, Dalai Lama Foundation, and Airline Ambassadors.

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Pamela Travers

P.L. Travers was a consulting editor and contributor to Parabola since its inception in 1976. Her writings include the Mary Poppins series and What the Bee Knows (Arkana, 1993), and she has written extensively on myth and story. She died on April 23, 1996 at her home in London. Peace, dear friend.

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Patty de Llosa

Patty de Llosa, author of The Practice of Presence, Taming Your Inner Tyrant, and Finding Time for Your Self, as well as co-editor of Walking the Tightrope: The Jung-Nietzsche Seminars as Taught by Marion Woodman, is a contributing editor to Parabola. She is a life coach and teaches Tai Chi, Qigong, and the Alexander Technique in New York City. You can meet her and her blog at findingtimeforyourself.com.

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Paul Jordan-Smith

Paul Jordan-Smith helped found Parabola, was its first Epicycle Editor, and served on its Board of Directors. He presently lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Pavithra Mehta

Pavithra Mehta is a writer and filmmaker, and coauthor of the book Infinite Vision, She is a key figure at ServiceSpace, co-leader of its Daily Good news outlet and of its pay-it-forward restaurant, Karma Kitchen.

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Phil Borges

Phil Borges is a photographer, author, filmmaker, and social change storyteller. For more than twenty-five years he has documented indigenous and tribal cultures in some of the world's most inaccessible areas. For more information, please visit philborges.com.

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Rafe Martin

Rafe Martin is an award-winning author and storyteller whose work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, and USA Today. He is a recipient of the prestigious Empire State Award and is also a fully ordained and sanctioned Zen teacher. His books include The Hungry Tigress, The Banyan Deer, and Endless Path—Awakening in the Buddhist Imagination: Zen Practice, Daily Life, and the Jataka Tales. See www.rafemartin.com

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Rama Devagupta

Rama Devagupta is an adjunct chemistry instructor at Columbia Basin College and a biology teacher at Southridge High School in Eastern Washington State. She practices and teaches Sahaj Marg meditation (www.srcm.org) and the Heartfulness way of life http://en-us.heartfulness.org).

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Rami Kalfon

Rami Kalfon is a biologist. For decades he has been in touch with the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff and his Work, in Israel and in France. Currently he lives in a village in the Latroun valley, near Jerusalem, with Talya, a carpenter.

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Ravi Ravindra

Ravi Ravindra is a physicist, philosopher, Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, and the author of several influential books including Science and the Sacred, Heart without Measure, and The Yoga of the Christ.

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Rhiannon Thomas

Rhiannon Thomas is a fantasy author (A Wicked Thing, 2015) from York, England. She writes about feminism and the media on her website, FeministFiction.com.

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Richard Smoley

Richard Smoley is a consulting editor to Parabola. His latest book, How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying about God and the Bible, was reviewed in Parabola, Summer 2016.

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Richard Whittaker

Richard Whittaker is the West Coast Editor of Parabola and is the founding editor of works & conversations. A collection of his interviews, The Conversations, Interviews with Sixteen Contemprary Artists, is available from the University of Nebraska Press.

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Robert Peng

Robert Peng was born and raised in Hunan province, China, where he met Qigong and martial arts master Xiao Yao and trained with him intensively in the Qigong tradition. Master Peng currently lives in New York City and teaches worldwide. He is the author of The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom (Sounds True, February 1, 2014). For more information, please visit robertpeng.com.

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Roger Lipsey

Roger Lipsey is a longtime contributor to Parabola. His recently published book Make Peace Before the Sun Goes Down (Shambhala, 2015), concerns the long, and often difficult relation between Thomas Merton and his abbot James Fox. Lipsey is the author of Hammarskjöld: A Life (Michigan, 2013).

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Rosalind Bradley

Rosalind Bradley has edited two anthologies of inter-faith prayers, A World of Prayer and Mosaic.

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Samuel Bendeck Sotillos

Samuel Bendeck Sotillos is a practicing psychotherapist who has worked for a number of years in the field of mental health and social services. His focus of interest is comparative religion and the interface between spirituality and psychology. His works include Behaviorism: The Quandary of a Psychology without a Soul and he is the editor of Psychology and the Perennial Philosophy.

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Sister Joanna

Sister Joanna is associated with St. Catherine's Monastery through its historic women's dependencies.

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Snigdha Manickavel

Snigdha Manickavel is a writer living in Chennai, India.

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Stephanie Unger

Stephanie Unger is a writer who lives in Buffalo, NY. She has studied poetry at workshops led by Martha Heyneman and others at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

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Susan Ishmael

Susan Ishmael works as a freelance writer and editor and has had short stories, poetry, and articles published in multiple magazines, newspapers, and journals. She is the co-founder of WhatWomenWriteTX.blogspot.com, a blog devoted to issues of writing craft and publishing.

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Tcheslaw Tchekhovitch

Tcheslaw Tchekhovitch (1900–1958) met G.I. Gurdjieff in Constantinople in 1920, and worked with him, his ideas, and his student Mme. de Salzmann for the rest of his life.

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Tracy Cochran

Tracy Cochran is editorial director of Parabola. For more information, please visit tracycochran.org.

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Trebbe Johnson

Trebbe Johnson is the author of The World is a Waiting Lover and the forthcoming Aphrodite at the Landfill: Making Meaning, Beauty, and Even Joy on a Challenged Planet. She is the founder of Radical Joy for hard Times and frequent contributor to Parabola.

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Vanessa Hurst

Vanessa Hurst is executive director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. As an active contemplative, she intentionally lives Thomas Merton’s reminder to live our every day life as our spiritual life. Vanessa can be reached at vhurst@mertoninstitute.org.

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Theravada Buddhist monk, past president of the Buddhist Publication Society, and the founder of Buddhist Global Relief (buddhistglobalrelief.org).

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