Bradford Angier (May 13, 1910 – March 3, 1997) was a wilderness survivalist and proponent of back to earth living. He authored more than 35 books on how to survive in the wild and how to live minimalisticly off the land.
Chris Batha is one of the most highly qualified and most experienced shooting instructors and gunfitters in the world today. With over 30 years' experience in game and competitive clay shooting, he has shot game birds on three continents and in 14 countries. He has written extensively on all aspects of shooting techniques as well as shotguns and their use.
Otto Carius won the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves for his bravery during WWII.
Bob Clouser is also the author of Clouser's Flies, which contains complete instructions for tying his renowned patterns. He and his wife, Joan, own and operate Clouser's Fly Shop near their home in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
Contributing photographer Jay Nichols fishes for smallmouth bass on the Susquehanna River and its many tributaries. He is the former managing editor of Fly Fisherman magazine and lives in Pennsylvania.
John Barr is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Charlie Craven co-owns Charlieâ€™s Fly Box, a fly shop in Arvada, Colorado, and is a top-selling signature fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Craven is the Fly Tierâ€™s Bench columnist for Fly Fisherman and author of Charlie Cravenâ€™s Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish and Charlieâ€™s Fly Box: Signature Flies for Fresh and Salt Water. He is also featured in the recent Fly Fisherman magazine DVDs Warmwater Fly Tying and Saltwater Fly Tying. He lives in Palmer Lake, Colorado, with his wife, Lisa, two giant dogs, and a slew of children.
Pat Dorsey has been a fly-fishing guide for twenty years and is Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman. Author of Colorado Guide Flies (978-1-934753-33-0), Fly Fishing Tailwaters (978-0-8117-0512-7), and Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies (978-0-8117-0722-0), Pat travels the country speaking to local, Trout Unlimited, and Federation of Fly Fishers clubs and conducts seminars at trade shows throughout the country. He lives in Parker, Colorado.
Pete Dunne is the author of a dozen birding books, including Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion, The Art of Bird Identification, The Feather Quest, and Tales of a Low-Rent Birder. Birding ambassador with the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory, he has written articles for virtually every birding magazine and for the New York Times. He lives in Cumberland County, New Jersey.
NOBA award-winning author Mark Elbroch has contributed to numerous research projects in North America, including the capturing and collaring of cougars and Glacier National Park's bear sign survey. He lives in Vermont.
Ed Engle began writing his column on small flies for Fly Tyer magazine in 1996. He developed his skill for fishing small flies on the South Platte River more than 40 years ago and has lectured on fishing and tying small flies at fishing trade shows for almost as long. He lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado where he guides and instructs fly fishers on the South Platte. His website is www.edengleflyfishing.com.
Bernard B. Fall
Bernard Fall was born in Vienna in 1926, migrating to France in 1938. After his father was killed by the Gestapo and his mother killed at Auschwitz, he joined the French Resistance at sixteen, then the French Army. Following World War II, he was an analyst with the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. Coming to the U.S. in the early 1950s, he earned a masters and a doctorate at Syracuse. He first traveled to Indochina in 1953, returning in 1957, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967, when he was killed by a mine on the “street without joy,” the highway he had described in his book. His other books include Hell in a Very Small Place (PB, Da Capo).
Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of History. A specialist on U.S. foreign relations history and modern international history, he has previously taught at Cornell and the University of California. Logevall is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize, as well as the 2013 American Library in Paris Book Award and the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Chico Fernández is the author of Fly-Fishing for Bonefish and a regular contributor to the saltwater magazines, including Saltwater Fly Fishing and Florida Sportsman. He has been fishing for redfish since 1952. He lives in Miami.
Amy Gunderson is the creative lead for Universal Yarn and the author of Knitted Mitts & Mittens (978-0-8117-1299-6). Her innovative designs appear regularly in Interweave Crochet, Crochet! Magazine, Interweave Knits, Knit.wear, Knit Now, Knit â€™n Style, and Creative Knitting. Amy also sells her patterns through her online store on Ravelry. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their bouncy yellow lab, Suzy. Follow Amy on her blog (getoffmylawndesigns.com/blog/) and on Twitter (@gundersonamy).
Tammy Hildebrand is the author of Crochet Wraps Every Which Way and Vice President of the Crochet Guild of America. Her designs have appeared in many publications, including Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World, Crochet 1-2-3, and the book Unexpected Afghans, as well as in the collections of major yarn manufacturers and distributors. She blogs at hotlavacrochet.blogspot.com and lives in Kernersville, North Carolina.
Ed Jaworowski has written several books as well as articles for more than twenty international periodicals. His angling travels, classes, and lectures have taken him around much of the western hemisphere. A resident of southeastern Pennsylvania, he is retired from Villanova University, where he taught for more than forty years.
Tom Knisely operates the Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York Haven, Pennsylvania. He has taught weaving for more than thirty years--everything from beginners' classes to complex multi-harness weaving--and was named Teacher of the Year by Handwoven magazine. He has design collections and instructional DVDs on looms, weaving, and other weaving matters published by Interweave press. He is the author of the popular Weaving Rag Rugs (978-0-8117-1212-5) and Handwoven Baby Blankets (978-0811714112 ).
Mark Sosin and Lefty Kreh are the authors of many books, separately and together, and among the most respected fishermen-authors in America. They have written for every major outdoor magazine in the country.
Renowned fly fisherman, guide, fly tier, and founder of the Henry's Fork Anglers fly shop, Mike Lawson, is a contributing editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. He has also been featured in fly-fishing and fly-tying videos and often does presentations at clubs and shops throughout the country. A former school teacher, Mike writes articles, and his photography often appears in national magazines. Mike also enjoys upland game and turkey hunting. He resides in St. Anthony, Idaho, with his family.
Landon Mayer is a fly-fishing instructor, guide, and writer with nearly two decades of experience. He is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler, and his contributions have also been featured in Field & Stream, Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler, and Fly Fisherman magazines. Landonâ€™s previous books include Sight Fishing for Trout, Coloradoâ€™s Best Fly Fishing, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life.
Fox News Strategic Analyst Ralph Peters is the author of 27 books, including bestselling and prize-winning novels. He has experience in over 70 countries and, as a journalist, has covered multiple conflicts. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications and he serves on the advisory board of Armchair General magazine. He lives in Virginia.
Bob Popovics is the founder of the Atlantic Salt Water Flyrodders, advisory member of TFO rods, a member of the Renzetti Legacy Tying Team, associated with Tibor Reels, and a Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Catskill Fly Fishing Museum Hall of Fame inductee. He is the co-author of Pop Fleyes with Ed Jaworowski. He lives in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Jay Nichols is the former managing editor of Fly Fisherman magazine and lives in Pennsylvania.
Knitwear designer Pam Powers sells her innovative designs as downloads through her website pampowersknits.com, Ravelry, and Craftsy, as well as printed patterns to yarn stores throughout the U.S. Her work has been featured in national magazines like Interweave Knits and Bel Armoire, as well as online in blogs and newsletters like Knitting Daily and Noble Knits. She lives in Orange County, California.
Jason Randall is the author of Moving Water and Feeding Time. He enjoys promoting his books at fly fishing shows across the country and is a frequent contributor to American Angler. He lives in Woodstock, Illinois.
Yoko Saito has garnered a reputation in Japan and abroad for her painstakingly precise needlework and her gentle, taupe colors. She has published numerous books and is a sought-after teacher, offering classes throughout Japan. She established the â€œQuilt Partyâ€ workshop in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture.
Sharon Hernes Silverman
Sharon Hernes Silverman is a writer and crochet designer in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She is also the author of Tunisian Crochet (978-0-8117-0484-7), Crochet Scarves (978-0-8117-0081-8), Crochet Pillows (978-0-8117-0646-9), and Tunisian Crochet for Baby (978-0-8117-1287-3).
Don Troiani is well known for his extremely accurate historical and military paintings, scenes of great characters and grand action that have defined America's military heritage. An expert researcher with an extensive library and impressive private artifact study collections of Civil War, War of 1812, Revolutionary War, and World War II uniforms, equipage, insignia, and weapons, he has served as a consultant on films, including Cold Mountain and Night at the Museum 3, and television programs. His work has appeared in many publications and is represented in the collections of numerous museums, including the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology, the U.S. Marine Corps Museum, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His ten books published over the last 25 year and still in print have sold more than 200,000 copies. He lives in Southbury, CT.
Eric Schnitzer has been an interpreter and historian at Saratoga National Historical Park for more than 20 years. He is recognized for his writing and research on the Northern Campaign of 1777, having published countless articles, lectured, and provided historical editing for many publications on the subject. Eric earned a degree in history and fine art from SUNY Albany and is founder and commander of the re-created 62nd Regiment of Foot. He lives in White Creek, NY, with his wife, Jenna.
Steven Zaloga, an internationally recognized military historian, has written numerous books on the vehicles and campaigns of World War II, including Armored Champion (978-0-8117-1437-2), Armored Thunderbolt (978-0-8117-0424-3), Armored Attack 1944 (978-0-8117-0769-5), Armored Victory 1945 (978-0-8117-0771-8), and The Devilâ€™s Garden (978-0-8117-1228-6). He has appeared in programs on PBS and The Military Channel. He lives near Baltimore, Maryland.
Noreen Crone-Findlay is a fiber artist, author, designer, weaver, YouTube video-tutorial diva, loom designer, workshop facilitator, crocheter, doll maker, and knitter. Noreen has published books with Krause Books/F&W Media and books, designs, and patterns under her own imprint, Crone-Findlay Creations. Noreen's designs have also been published in compilation books from Sixth and Spring, St. Martin Press, Soho, Sterling, Lark, Voyager Press, and others. Over the last 35+ years, her designs have appeared in many magazines. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and maintains an active website and blog with many devoted followers, www.tottietalkscrafts.com.
Barbara Benson is an independent designer, knitting instructor, and the author of Mosaic & Lace Knits. She lives in Sarasota, Florida, and her designs are available online as well as in various books and publications. She teaches at both local yarn stores and national venues such as Interweave Yarnfest. Her love for teaching and talking about knitting can also be seen in the hundreds of videos on her popular YouTube channel “WatchBarbaraKnit.”
Jeffrey H. Ryan
Maine based author, speaker, and photographer Jeffrey Ryan has a contagious passion for exploring the outdoors, particularly on foot. Jeff has hiked thousands of miles including his first “trip of a lifetime,” a six-month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. In 1985, he began “section hiking” the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend (a journey that took nearly three decades to complete and inspired his first book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year Hike on America's Trail Down East Books, 2016). His AT experiences inspired him to learn about the dynamic relationship between Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery that culminated in the creation and completion of this legendary trail.