2013 Contestants

Ray Stein is a retired engineer and math teacher who lives in Mead Washington. A college basketball star and Academic All-American in 1968, he continues to play on a 65+ team that won 2 Gold medals in the last 3 years at the Huntsman World Senior Games. He continues to chop and split 7 cords of wood a year.

Stein began writing palindromes 12 years ago, when his father was asked to spell SCHOOL backwards (as a test for Alzheimer’s Disease) and could not. He has written 8 palindromes of exactly 100 words, but never published any until he discovered The Palindromist Magazine.

Martin Clear, of Sydney, Australia, is a computer programmer and prolific palindromist. He was a finalist at the Will Shortz’ 2012 World Palindrome Championships in New York City.

Jon Agee is a popular writer and illustrator of children’s books and wordplay books, cartoonist for The New Yorker, and National Book Award nominee. He is the author of 4 palindrome books including “Sit on a Potato Pan, Otis!” and “Go Hang A Salami, I’m a Lasagna Hog.” He placed third at the 2012 World Palindrome Championships in Brooklyn, New York.

John Connett is a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota. He placed second at the 2012 World Palindrome Championships in Brooklyn, New York, edged 169-165 by winner Mark Saltveit.

Lori Wike One of the breakout stars of the 2012 SymmyS Awards, Lori Wike can most often be found playing principal bassoon with the Utah Symphony, and teaching at the University of Utah and Westminster College, and walking Sunny, the world's most amazing greyhound. She spends her non-palindromic spare time time making hula hoops, balloon animals and martinis, as well as attempting all the outdoorsy things that people who live in Utah tend to do.

"Twoply" is an alias used by Roger Gregor, bitten by the palindrome "bug" at a tender age, when he found out that "Lepers repel." Having learned his lesson, he now maintains a vigil for the next "bug," lest it be a spider.

Carl Lexicon -- which may or may not be his or her real name -- is another regular contributer to The Palindromist Magazine's New Palindromes forum.

Aili Jokela lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Steven Fraser runs the blog "EvillyDineDragons.com" in the United Kingdom.