Issue 478 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


October 2015


Poe Ballantine works in his garden and watches the wasps get drunk in the okra blossoms. His latest collection of essays is titled Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, with his wife and son.


Chris Bursk is a recovering church-youth-group leader who lives in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania. He has six grandchildren and is the author of a collection of poetry about their imaginary friends (and his) titled The Boy with One Wing.


Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon. His most recent book is a collection of essays titled So Very Much the Best of Us.


Jennifer Foreman lives in Portland, Oregon, where she rides a bike for transportation, usually fifteen miles a day. She once visited a tarot reader who told her she was from another planet. She’s currently writing a grief memoir that is surprisingly full of humor.


Tony Hoagland has published four collections of poems, including Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty and What Narcissism Means to Me, and a book of essays on the craft of writing titled Real Sofistikashun. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson College MFA program.


C.S. Lewis was a British novelist, essayist, and theologian who wrote extensively about Christianity and was best known for his series of children’s novels, The Chronicles of Narnia. He died in 1963.


Tim McKee is the director of publishing at North Atlantic Books. He lives in a small house with a big backyard in Oakland, California, with his wife, their ten-year-old son, and their dog. He likes home-cooked dinners served outside in the fading evening light.


Jennifer Anne Moses is a self-taught painter and the author of four books, including the novel Tales from My Closet and a novel-in-stories, Visiting Hours. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and two multilingual dogs.



Chris Ambrosino divides his time among Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York. He works as a production assistant on independent and major feature films.


Gina Easley is the staff photographer for Full Grown People, an online magazine that publishes essays about “the other awkward age”: adulthood. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Michael Galinsky is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He recently published Malls across America, a book of photographs taken in shopping malls in the 1980s, when he was a college freshman.


Samuel Henderson lives in Greenbrae, California, and grew up in the marshlands of Marin County, where, under his home, the tide of the San Francisco Bay flowed in and out twice a day.


Steven Krutek teaches at the University of Montana’s School of Art and lives with his wife and children in Missoula. His work has been exhibited at Philadelphia’s Project Basho and at Ricoh’s Ring Cube Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.


Paolo Novelli lives in Brescia, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy.


Grant M. Ryan’s work has appeared in the Detroit Metro Times and been exhibited at the Oasis Gallery. He helps disabled individuals in a group home and lives in Marquette, Michigan.


Nora Sweeny lives in Los Altos, California, and she makes photographic portraits of federal prison inmates whose loved ones can’t afford to visit them.


Max Underwood started a photography business and a landscaping company right after college. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Harry Wilson has retired, but not from being a backwater malcontent. He lives in Bakersfield, California.


On The Cover

Gloria Baker Feinstein took this month’s cover photo of her husband walking the shoreline at low tide on Oregon’s Cannon Beach. She splits her time between Kansas City, Missouri, and Portland, Oregon, with a trip to Uganda once a year. Her images have been collected in Among the Ashes and From the Heart: Life Before and After the Holocaust — A Mosaic of Memories.

image © Michael Galinsky

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Sy Safransky

Managing Editor 
Carol Ann Fitzgerald

Senior Editor
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