Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a doctor, writing teacher, and mother. Her family recently adopted a puppy who yawns a lot. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.


Synne Borgen grew up in a Norwegian coastal town and has lived in New York City for the past decade. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University, where she has also taught. This is her first publication.


Ross Gay wants to understand joy. He is the author of four books of poetry and two essay collections, including Inciting Joy, which was published in October 2022.


Chera Hammons used to work in accounting but now views poetry as the most satisfying way to balance abstract equations. She lives and gardens in Amarillo, Texas, where the wind, bugs, and birds all but guarantee that she receives little reward for her work. Her latest book of poetry is Maps of Injury.


Molly House is the director of development and outreach of The Sun.


Dash Lewis is a freelance writer and musician. He spends his spare time looking for the best sandwich in Richmond, Virginia. You can follow him on Twitter: @gardenerjams.


Brenda Miller lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she teaches at Western Washington University, dotes on her puppy, sings, and occasionally writes books. Her latest essay collections are Telephone: Essays in Two Voices, which she wrote with Julie Marie Wade, and A Braided Heart: Essays on Writing and Form.



David Heiden is a doctor and photographer who began taking pictures while working with refugees in Africa and Southeast Asia. His first book of nonfiction, Dust to Dust: A Doctor’s View of Famine in Africa, was published in 1992, and he is working on a second, about the excitement and underside of humanitarian relief. He lives in San Francisco.


Clemens Kalischer was born in Bavaria, Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1942. His photographs appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time. He died in 2018 at the age of ninety-seven.


Vijay Karai is retired from a technical job and has long been interested in photography. He grew up in India and has lived in Minnesota, Hawaii, and now Florida. You can follow him on Instagram: @vijaykarai1.


Lewis Koch lives in Madison, Wisconsin. After more than fifty years as a photographer, he is still taking a long look around. His latest book of photography is Twentyone Yellowstone Parking Lots.


Kunal Mehra is a multimedia artist who lives in Portland, Oregon. He’s in the process of publishing his first book, Wounds to Wonders: Healing and Thriving from a Separation or Divorce.


Dan Musgrave grew up in rural Kansas. He is a writer and photographer who is interested in how humans and animals live together. His essay “Eclipse,” about his dog Maynard, appeared in the January 2018 issue of The Sun.


Naomi Stolow left a long e-commerce career in London for a better life deep in the UK countryside. She lives in an old milking parlor and loves taking pictures of wildlife, nature, and, occasionally, people.


Tatiana Yoon was a photographer in past, soul-searching years, but she has finally found her calling and has settled as a writer. She lives in California. You can follow her on Instagram: @c.occinella.


On The Cover

Michael Galinsky is an artist who credits The Sun with putting him on a good path in life. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and took the image on this month’s cover as his daughter stood near a window in their living room. The morning light created a ghostly reflection and made him think about how fleeting parents’ time with their children can be.



Editor and Founder
Sy Safransky

Senior Editor
Andrew Snee

Art Director
Robert Graham

Associate Editors
Derek Askey
Finn Cohen
Nancy Holochwost
David Mahaffey

Editorial Associate
& Photo Editor

Rachel J. Elliott

Assistant Editor
Staci Kleinmaier

Manuscript Reader
Hank Stephenson

Seth Mirsky

Outreach Coordinator
Anna Gazmarian

Rob Bowers

Associate Publisher
Holly McKinney

Director of Development
& Outreach

Molly House

Reader Services Manager
Chrystal Pitt

Reader Services

Shani Armstrong
Andrew Gleason

With Help From
Manuscript Reading
Dave Hart
Paula Jolin

Erica Berkeley
Jill Cooper