Issue 489 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


September 2016


Ellery Akers is a writer and artist living in Northern California. Her new book of poems, Practicing the Truth, won the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival prize for poetry. She’s been a bird-watcher for forty years.


Michael Blumenthal is a poet, essayist, and novelist whose books include the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers, the novel Weinstock among the Dying, and the short-story collection The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History. He teaches in the West Virginia University College of Law.


Ellen Collett’s work has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Utne Reader, and WordRiot. She spent fifteen years in the entertainment business before a career in law enforcement and crime analysis in Los Angeles.


Stephanie Coontz’s books include The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap and The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families. She teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.


Claire Halliday is the pseudonym of a Canadian writer whose essays and stories have been published in Canada, the U.S., England, and Australia.


Thomas Lee is a writer and technology lawyer who lives in Silicon Valley. While an undergraduate, he wrote a short story so bad his teacher asked if English was his first language. (It was.) This setback convinced him to pursue a legal career. His work has been published in Asia Literary Review, American Literary Review, and Ploughshares.


Mark Leviton’s maternal grandmother, Freda, sewed her own wedding gown and later loaned it to his paternal grandmother, Rose, when she got married in 1917; though the women didn’t get along, their husbands were friends. He lives in Nevada City, California, and can’t thread a needle.


Jill Wolfson’s first fiction publication was in The Sun decades ago. The framed acceptance letter still sits on her desk in Santa Cruz, California. She has since produced novels, short stories, print and radio journalism, and essays.



Sharon Covert’s images have been used in The Hand Magazine, The Long Way Home, and Shadow & Light Magazine. She lives in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, where she enjoys scavenging for animal skulls and bones.


Michael Galinsky lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His first published image appeared in The Sun in 1987.


Janicka Grayston has worked as a farmhand, a snowboard instructor, and a cook. She lives on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.


Gary Green lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at Colby College. His images have been exhibited in Brooklyn, Boston, and Waterville, Maine.


Jon Kral spent decades shooting photos for three daily Florida newspapers and traveled to the Middle East in the 1980s and 1990s to cover conflicts. He now lives in Boone, North Carolina.


Frank Lavelle was the director of photographic education for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC, for twenty-five years. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and is very fond of roller derby.


Brianne Manning is a writer and compulsive pen collector who lives with her fiancé in Orlando, Florida.


Dan Pearlman lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He’s been a photographer and jazz musician for more than forty years.


Lori Pond’s photographs have been exhibited in Boston, Philadelphia, and Richmond, Virginia. She lives in Los Angeles and works for the late-night talk show Conan.


Linda Sole has been a freelance photographer since 1982. She lives in Bellac, France.


Robin Vincent lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she operated an award-winning hair salon for a decade.


Jeff Wagner is an outdoor educator, environmental activist, and yoga teacher. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, but spends six months of the year in the Colorado backcountry.


Luke Zakedis is a San Francisco–based photographer in his first year of college. He spends too much time in coffee shops.


On The Cover

Cyrille Druart is a photographer, architect, and designer. His photo on this month’s cover was taken one morning from his bedroom window in Paris, France.

image © Jeff Wagner

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Sy Safransky

Managing Editor
Carol Ann Fitzgerald

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Robert Graham

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