Christina Cooke ("Lights Out") is a North Carolina– based writer who has written for publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, High Country News and Our State magazine. She teaches at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Pop Chart Lab ("Serve & Protect?" infographics) is a Brooklyn-based company that arranges massive amounts of data into meaningful charts. Launched in 2010 by book editor Patrick Mulligan and graphic designer Ben Gibson, Pop Chart Lab is known for infographics on topics like the many varieties of beer.

Jim Duffy ("Sickness and inHealth") lives in Cambridge, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, with his wife, photographer Jill Jasuta. He has been a self-employed writer for most of the last 20 years.

Andy Martin ("Sickness and inHealth," illustration) is a self-described "imagemaker" whose artistic style involves deconstructing and remodeling images. Past clients include New York magazine, The Guardian, Esquire, Time magazine, and others.

Tony Richards ("Heart of Darkness," photography) is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Past clients include the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Sports, and Fitness Magazine.

Greg Rienzi ("Heart of Darkness"), A&S '02 (MA), is a Baltimore-based writer and editor. He writes for several Johns Hopkins publications as well as Urbanite and Boss magazine. He teaches undergraduate journalism courses part time at Towson University.

On the cover
Jeffrey Alan Love's minimalist cover illustration, which accompanies the story ["Heart of Darkness,"}( seeks to evoke the type of desolation prisoners experience when held in solitary confinement for extended periods of time. "By not showing the face on the cover, I hoped that viewers would be able to imagine themselves in that position, to put themselves in the prisoner's shoes for a second and experience that bleakness," he says. Love's art has also appeared in Time magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications.