Katya Apekina is the author of two novels: The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish and Mother Doll, which is forthcoming next year. She lives in Los Angeles.


Finn Cohen is an associate editor of The Sun.


Jonathan Gleason’s work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, New England Review, and Colorado Review, and his essay collection about medicine, illness, and the body was short-listed for the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. He lives in Chicago, where he is still trying to decide what to do with his rib that doctors removed.


Sy Safransky is founder and editor of The Sun. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Dana Salvador grew up on a family farm in northeastern Colorado and often writes about this experience in her poetry and essays. She recently completed her first poetry manuscript, Crossing the Cattle Guard.


Kate Vieira is a professor, international ethnographer, and single mom who lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Her nonfiction books include American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy and Writing for Love and Money. She is working on a memoir about single parenting, travel, and homeownership.



Dominique Philippe Bonnet’s work has appeared in the British Journal of Photography, Fine Art Photo, Silvershotz, and F-Stop Magazine. He lives in France and is the business manager for a network of travel agencies.


Alexis Coy is studying science and spends her free time taking photos of the world around her.


Michael Day is a cinematographer, producer, writer, and United States Marine Corps combat veteran. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has traveled to forty-nine states and fifty-five countries.


Gloria Baker Feinstein lives in Portland, Oregon. Her most recent book of photography, I Hope You Find What You’re Looking For, includes poems by former Oregon poet laureate Kim Stafford.


John Ferrara is a photographer who lives in Vermont. He gets so distracted on hikes with his camera that it’s a wonder he doesn’t get lost more often. Good thing his dog knows the way home.


Matt Kollasch planned to live abroad for just two years when he took a job in Poland in 2006. He ended up staying for seven years and went on to live in Azerbaijan, Kosovo, and Germany. This summer he will move to Jordan.


Christopher Michel is the artist-in-residence at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. You’re more likely to find him at the South Pole than at his home in San Francisco, California.


On The Cover

David J. Bookbinder retired from a career in psychotherapy with plans to embark on long-deferred world travel. Instead he’s been working on Street People: Invisible New York Made Visible, a book featuring his street photography from the 1970s, which includes the photo on this month’s cover. The man is standing outside his building in Manhattan’s Chinatown.



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