Issue 415 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


July 2010


Brian Doyle lives in Portland, Oregon, where he edits Portland Magazine. He is the author of nine books of essays, nonfiction, and “proems,” including The Grail: A Year Ambling and Shambling through an Oregon Vineyard in Pursuit of the Best Pinot Noir Wine in the Whole Wild World (Oregon State University Press). His novel Mink River will be published in October by Oregon State University Press.


Leslee Goodman divides her time between Santa Barbara, California, and the Methow Valley in Washington State. Her three favorite food groups are fat, salt, and alcohol. She’s working on herself, a novel, and the world but can’t seem to get any of them right.


Aldous Huxley is best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World, first published in 1932. After World War II Huxley became involved in the early psychedelic-drug movement and argued that drugs such as mescaline and LSD, if used with caution, cleanse the “doors of perception” and allow us to embrace the infinite. He died in 1963 at the age of sixty-nine.


Mark Irwin is the author of six collections of poetry, the most recent titled Tall If (New Issues Poetry & Prose). He has won four Pushcart Prizes and two Colorado Book Awards and teaches in the graduate creative-writing program at the University of Southern California. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Colorado, where he designed his house by making a model out of sugar cubes because he couldn’t afford an architect.


Judith Joyce is the pseudonym of a writer who has written several books of poems and a memoir. She lives in the Bay Area of California.


Marjorie Kemper always said that her epitaph should be “Here Lies a Woman Who Could Make Gravy from a Sailcat” (slang for roadkill that’s been flattened by passing cars). So that’s the one her family gave her at her memorial service. She died in Los Angeles on November 12, 2009, and her ashes were scattered in Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. Marjorie grew up in Texas and Louisiana, and much of her fiction is set in the Deep South. In May the Texas Institute of Letters gave her the prestigious Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story. Her novel, Until That Good Day, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2003.


Gillian Kendall lives in Victoria, Australia, and is the editor of Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing and the author of Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet: On a Slow Boat from Shanghai to Texas (both University of Wisconsin Press). Despite her feeble commitment to occasional silence, she lives noisily, surrounded by words — spoken, written, and heard in her head.


Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.


Sparrow lives in a commune in Teaneck, New Jersey, with his wife, a chiropractor, a novelist, a cantorial student, and a Steinway piano. He has finally finished reading Dante’s Inferno in Italian at the rate of three lines a day.



Robert Alexander lives in Ormond Beach, Florida, and is a features editor at the Daytona Beach News-Journal. His photographs have been published in the New York Times, Parade, and Time.


Marco Castro was born and raised in Mexico City and now lives with his wife and twin children in Brooklyn, New York.


Larry Chait is a former research scientist who retired early to become a jazz drummer, only to find that he had no talent. He then took up photography, to which he is now totally devoted. He lives in Chicago.


Jennifer Esperanza’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Shots, and National Geographic Adventure, and she has self-published a book of photographs on called Tears of Venus: It’s All the Goddess to Me. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Peter Ingrasselino lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and works as a nurse in a dialysis clinic. His photographs have been published in B&W.


Rosie Saraga has been doing Transcendental Meditation twice a day since 1972. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.


Craig J. Satterlee has taught photography at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, for nearly thirty years. His work has been published in Northern Lights, Photo Life, and American Photo and has earned him a Wyoming Visual Arts Fellowship.


Linda Smogor’s photographs have been published in the New York Times, American Photo, and Life. She lives in Homer, Alaska, which is sometimes referred to as “the End of the Road.”


Kara Wood’s photographs have appeared in San Francisco magazine and Jazz Times. She lives in Oakland, California, and says working in her garden is her best therapy.


On The Cover

Katie DelaVaughn lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is smitten with her infant son, Wendell, born in February. She took this month’s cover photograph in 2008 in Altagracia, Nicaragua, where she had been a Peace Corps volunteer. The children are part of a wedding procession that is about to go from the bride’s house to the church in the town square.

image © Peter Ingrasselino

Editor and Publisher
Sy Safransky

Managing Editor
Tim McKee

Senior Editor
Andrew Snee

Art Director
Robert Graham

Digital-Media Director
David Mahaffey

Manuscript Editor
Colleen Donfield

Editorial Associates
Erica Berkeley
Rachel J. Elliott
Luc Saunders

Seth Mirsky

Associate Publisher
Krista Bremer

Director of Finance
Becky Gee

Circulation Assistant
Molly Herboth

Administrative Assistant
Holly McKinney

With Help From
Manuscript Reading
Marianne Erhardt
Dave Hart
Paula Jolin
Gillian Kendall

Lauren Holder Raab

Writing Retreats
Angela Winter

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