I'm working on an online poetry magazine. Each monthly issue is a category so we can arrange the archives by issue. What I'm trying to do is create a page template that will call a list of categories that will show the category featured image, a linked category title, and the category description, kind of like this: http://plumepoetry.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/archive.png.
I made it as far as generating a list of categories, excluding categories we didn't want, and got stuck: http://plumepoetry.com/?page_id=2495.
Does anyone have any ideas on how I could:
1) call the category image (I've used the Categories Images plugin to assign an image to each category)
2) Link the category title to the category archive
3) Insert the category description
I'd really appreciate any help.