Issue 443 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


November 2012


Dane Cervine lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is the author of the poetry collection The Jeweled Net of Indra and has new poems out in Atlanta Review and The Santa Cruz Comic News. Send him an e-mail through his website ( to receive a free copy of his latest chapbook, The Way God Laughs.


Brian Doyle lives in Portland, Oregon. He is a dad, a dad, a dad, a husband, the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, a son, a brother, a friend, a citizen, a pro-basketball nut, and a writer, in that order. His most recent book is a novella called Cat’s Foot.


Miciah Bay Gault is the editor of Hunger Mountain at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her fiction has appeared in Agni and The Literary Review. For a long time she wrote in a shed on the edge of Oyster Pond on Cape Cod, but now she writes in the attic of a tall blue house in Montpelier, Vermont, where she lives with her husband and children.


Gillian Kendall is fifty-two and has been reading The Sun for nearly half her life. She devotes herself to travel and writing, spending most of her time in economy-class lounges, trying to get upgraded. Though a citizen of both the U.S. and Australia, she is living in neither place, preferring to travel instead.


Sparrow’s most recent book is America: A Prophecy — The Sparrow Reader. He leads an uneventful life in Phoenicia, New York, where he recently donated fourteen pencils to the local library.


Jonathan Starke is a former bodybuilder and boxer, and you might find him watching old boxing matches on a Sunday evening. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Palooka, and his work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Brevity.


Chögyam Trungpa was a Buddhist scholar and teacher born in Tibet in 1939. A high-ranking monk due to his lineage, he fled the Chinese occupation of his country at the age of twenty. His many books include Cutting through Spiritual Materialism and The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation and often address the common pitfalls of the spiritual life. He died in 1987 at the age of forty-eight.


Alicia von Stamwitz is a freelance writer and editor in St. Louis, Missouri, whose specialty is hagiography (the study of saints). She was born in Cuba at the start of the Cuban Revolution and left with her family when she was a toddler. Her great-grandparents were first cousins who bribed the bishop in Havana to marry them. She says, “I blame their incestuous union for all my defects.”



Doug Beasley’s latest book of photographs is Earth Meets Spirit: A Photographic Journey through the Sacred Landscape. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or drinking a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music.


Chris Dougherty learned to take pictures from his father, a combat photographer in Vietnam. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


Paul Giguere is a freelance photographer for nonprofits. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.


Leela Hovnanian shoots photographs in New York City and lives in Woodstock, New York, where she is either working in the darkroom or taking a solitary walk in the woods.


Lewis Koch lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and is the author of Touchless Automatic Wonder: Found Text Photographs from the Real World.


Lee Ann McGuire is a photographer and yoga instructor who lives in Ventura, California. She began taking photographs at the age of ten, but her interest in fitness didn’t come until later in life, after she had her first child.


Julia McHugh is a photographer and pastel artist who lives in Port Townsend, Washington.


Roger Pfingston is a photographer and poet, and his latest chapbook is A Day Marked for Telling. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he and his wife have enjoyed each other’s company for fifty years.


Craig Somers is a director and cinematographer who lives in Zionsville, Indiana. He and his son, Max, spend time together tinkering with a 1971 BSA motorcycle.


On The Cover

Katie DelaVaughn took this month’s cover photograph in February 2010 near her home in Brooklyn, New York. More than forty weeks pregnant, she was out for a walk in Prospect Park, trying to stimulate labor, when she came across the frozen canal. Her son, Wendell, is now her daily companion at the park.

image © Lewis Koch

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