A native Texan, Elias spent several good years studying classics and medieval Italian at UC Berkeley before wasting several more years in financial journalism around Chicago. He has written for the American Scholar, the American Conservative, the Washington Times and the Chicago Observer and is the co-author of a textbook on character education. He briefly published something called The Armchair Historian. None of his three teenage daughters display an interest in the Greek and Latin classics thus far. He and his family reside in leafy Valparaiso IN.
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Daniel Schwindt is Editor-in-chief at Solidarity Hall. A metaphysical nomad, he hails from the plains of central Kansas, and from there hurls his literary lighting bolts far and wide. His writings include Letter to my Generation: On Identity, Direction, and Disbelief, The Pursuit of Sanity, and Holocaust of the Childlike.
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Born and raised on Manhattan, a small island in the Atlantic, Susannah Black received a degree from Amherst College and another one from Boston University. She has written for The Distributist Review, Front Porch Republic, Amherst Magazine, The L Magazine, and (in her young and foolish libertarian days) National Review. Having moved back to the New York area, she is now taking her stand in Central Queens, helping to run a sort of boarding facility/rental commune/household for her relatives and friends out of her great-grandparents’ big old house. She is also obsessed with tall ships and in the summers can be found helping to sail a schooner in New York Harbor. She blogs at radiofreethulcandra.wordpress.com.
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A descendant of Tory Quakers, radical Methodists and Czech-Jewish immigrants who spent most of his life in Madison, WI, Matthew studied philosophy and Chinese language at Kalamazoo College. He volunteered and taught English in Rhode Island for a year, after which he took a master’s degree in development at Pittsburgh. Though a Slavophile-narodnik and a convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, he retains a sympathy for high-church Anglicanism. He blogs at The Heavy Anglo-Orthodox, where he meanders about theology, geopolitics, economics and heavy metal.
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Mark Gordon is a descendant of a Scottish prisoner of war sold into indentured servitude in 1652. The Gordons have been trapped in New England ever since. Mark earned a degree in philosophy and then worked as a commercial fisherman, Army officer, trade magazine editor, and serial entrepreneur, which just shows what you can do with a degree in philosophy. He’s written for the National Catholic Register, Mars Hill Journal, Aleteia, and is the author of a recent book, “Forty Days, Forty Graces: Essays By a Grateful Pilgrim.”
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Paul Grenier grew up in a working class northern California suburb. While his New England father was out building factories and shopping malls, his Austrian WWII refugee mother was instilling in him a love for Tolstoy. The result has been something of a split professional personality. Currently he does urban redevelopment work by day, and writes, translates or philosophizes with Russian friends by night. In the past he has worked as a simultaneous (Russian-English) interpreter and as a researcher and writer at a New York think tank. He has written for the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, Godspy, and Second Spring, among other places. Paul enjoys re-reading Jane Austen and Harry Potter novels in Spanish. He gets a thrill from teaching teenagers at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, D.C., a little gig he recently took on with the support of his wonderful wife and co-teacher, Svetlana.
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Grace Potts is a Roman Catholic wife and mother of five children. She and her family live in an Art & Crafts era stucco cottage on 1/3 of an acre in Saginaw, MI. Homeschooling the kids (Montessori style), gardening the third of an acre (community style), and building community (Catholic Worker style), absorbs the majority of her time. However, she’s usually happy to chat for a bit on Facebook, sometimes she gets something written for the Distributist Review, and at least once a month, she folds laundry. Politically, you might describe her as so conservative that she’s progressive; or so progressive she’s conservative? No matter – you probably get the idea. Oh, and don’t leave her voicemail. She stopped checking her voicemail in 1998.
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