Issue 522 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


June 2019


David Barsamian founded Alternative Radio, a progressive public-affairs program, thirty-three years ago in Boulder, Colorado. His latest book, with Noam Chomsky, is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy.


Ellen Bass is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. Her books of poetry include Like a Beggar and The Human Line. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.


Krista Bremer lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with her husband, her son, her anxiety, and her awe. She is writing her second book and is grateful to loved ones who inspire and tolerate her writing.


Doug Crandell lives in Douglasville, Georgia, where he makes chocolate-chip cookies at midnight and eats the leftover dough while they bake. His most recent novel is They’re Calling You Home.


Anne Frank was a German-born Jewish girl whose family fled to Amsterdam after the Nazi Party gained power. After hiding from the German occupying forces for two years, the family was captured, and Anne died in a concentration camp in 1945. The diary she kept while in hiding was published by her father, the only surviving family member, in 1947.


Kristopher Jansma is the author of the novels Why We Came to the City and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. He writes Electric Literature’s “Unfinished Business” column, about the incomplete works of great authors, and teaches English and creative writing at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In his free time he wrangles his two children and the family’s sourdough starter at his home in Millwood, New York.


Jim Moore is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Underground: New and Selected Poems. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Spoleto, Italy, and is getting used to being the oldest person in the room.


Cary Tennis once stole his dad’s copy of The Collected Poems of Robinson Jeffers. A few years ago he sold everything else he had stolen and moved to a small town in Tuscany, where he is pretending to write a book about the town’s inhabitants while his wife teaches English to children.


Corvin Thomas lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He is writing a book about his father, God’s sovereignty, free will, and eating microwave sausage biscuits in a hospice bed.



Guillermo Arias is a photojournalist based in Tijuana, Mexico, whose work has appeared in Politico and The New York Times. What he’s most proud of is his twenty-two-year marriage.


Shayna Bruce lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she drinks coffee and solves problems for a multinational technology company.


Jon Hughes is a photojournalist and was the director of photography for The Intimate Realities of Water, a documentary about the struggle to obtain clean water in Nairobi, Kenya. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Kailin LeBlanc recently graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. She lives in Schriever, Louisiana.


Patricia O’Brien lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and has contributed photographs to Farm Aid’s print and online media since 2012.


Brody Scotland is a photographer, succulent gardener, and aspiring woodworker who lives in San Leandro, California.


On The Cover

Patrick McCarthy is a photographer who has also been a songwriter, Wall Street banker, journalist, and radio host. He took this month’s cover photo, of a hawk guarding its prey, at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, New York, where he lives.

image © Kailin LeBlanc

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