Johns Hopkins Magazine -- November 2000
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Jill Dopf ("Witches' Fingers Grab My Legs") is a graduate student in writing, living in Iowa. Contact her via e-mail at:
Read more about Jill below.
Illustrator Bill Cigliano (cover art) lives and works in Chicago. Visit his homepage on the web:
Read more about Bill below.
Photographer Mike Ciesielski ("What's Up, Underground?") is based in Baltimore. Contact him via telephone at: 410/235-8274
Cartoonist Mike Lane ("Updates") is based in Baltimore. Call him at: 410/243-8941
Illustrator Charles Beyl ("Briefings") lives and works in Mountville, Pennsylvania. Contact him via e-mail at:
Photographer David Owen Hawxhurst ("A Scholar's Progress") works in Tracy's Landing, Maryland. Contact him by telephone at 410/286-0379
Photographic illustrator Craig Terkowitz ("Witches' Fingers Grab My Legs") is based in Baltimore. Contact him via e-mail at:
Illustrator Kim Barnes ("Essay") is based in Baltimore. Contact her by telephone at: 410/243- 1951

The detour that paid off big

Jill Dopf ("Witches' Fingers Grab My Legs") took a detour from a planned career in writing when she chose biology as a major in college. "I had so many unanswered questions after so many years of going to doctors, I decided that I needed to understand things in order to get on with my life," says Dopf, who has suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy since childhood. The decision, as her essay attests, turned out to have an important impact on her health and her family's. She briefly considered medical school afterward but was concerned such studies would prove too physically taxing. Today Dopf is happily back at writing, in the graduate program at Iowa State.


An artist gets cracking

"Painting is like polishing a stone," says cover artist Bill Cigliano. "You just keep working on it until it seems right." Cigliano--whose art has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Book Review, and U.S. News & World Report, among other venues--has recently been experimenting with aging and cracking varnishes. He's pleased with the effect the technique creates, but admits it's a little scary to see how the cracking process unfolds. "It's an unknown variable," he says. "You're at the mercy of what it does."