When not writing books and shorter pieces, Sam Stephenson is founder and director of Rock Fish Stew Institute of Literature and Materials, a documentary company based in Durham, North Carolina that approaches projects with an organic, wide-angled, story­-finding impulse in which listening and searching without goals in mind are key.  As Simone Weil wrote, attention without object is a form of prayer.  For more information and to see projects please visit www.rockfishstew.org.