Katie Edwards ("Who Watches the Pigs?" illustration, p. 18) uses traditional photographic techniques, often combined with collage or drawn imagery. She is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. and has created art for print media, advertising campaigns, and more.

Kim Rosen ("To Sleep, Perchance to Text," illustration, p. 22) holds an MFA in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has worked for clients such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Time magazine.

Brennen Jensen ("Favorite Things," p. 34) is a Baltimore freelancer who works for a variety of Johns Hopkins publications, including the Gazette and Arts & Sciences. A former senior writer for Baltimore City Paper and The Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington, he co-authored the local history book Charmed Life.

Michael Anft ("Water, Water Everywhere," p. 42) was a senior writer at Johns Hopkins Magazine from 2007 to 2012. His work also appears regularly in AARP The Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and PressBox.

Luke Best ("Water, Water Everywhere," illustration, p. 42) uses bits of paper, fragmented drawings, and other elements to create works of art. A graduate of the Royal College of Arts in London, he has freelanced for The New York Times, MTV, Nike, BBC, The Guardian, Nylon magazine, and others.

Sarah Richards ("C'est La Vie," p. 73) is an award-winning writer and radio producer. She has traveled to France several times, including a post-graduation stint ironing a 5-year-old's underwear as an au pair in Paris. She has since given up the iron for a keyboard and has filed stories to a wide range of media outlets.

On the cover
Cover illustrator Jeff Decoster says he enjoys working on all types of assignments, but lately his drawings have focused on serious subjects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, mental illness, and domestic violence. For this issue's story on the Veterans Writing Project, Decoster captures the healing impact words can have on veterans' emotional scars. Decoster's work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, and others.