Jacob, 28, teacher coach
Jacob struggles when he's asked about home: He was raised in Italy, attended college in Philadelphia, taught in Arkansas, went to a grad program in London. He now lives in Mississippi (and is a good friend). We spent a weekend camping this spring in Tishimingo State Park, and I took the occasion to ask him about his experiences with wildness. I'm taking the liberty of paraphrasing, but he sees wildness as the nonhuman elements in the world. Sometimes they're overwhelming: as a boy, Jacob once stumbled upon a dead snake, or maybe a snake eating something dead. "It just freaked me out," he said. But it can be freeing, too, when humanity seems to recede into the background.