Issue 501 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


September 2017


Amanda Abrams is a freelance journalist who lives with her husband and son in Durham, North Carolina.


Brian Doyle was a novelist, essayist, poet, and the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. His books include the novels Martin Marten, which received the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing, and The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World, which is an homage to one of his favorite writers, Robert Louis Stevenson. Doyle died of a brain tumor in May 2017.


Thomas Sayers Ellis is a poet and photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems and The Maverick Room.


Kelly Luce lives in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She is the author of the story collection Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail and the novel Pull Me Under, both set in Japan. She was a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and edits essays for Electric Literature. She once spent a week in a Japanese women’s prison for a crime she didn’t commit.


Paul Martin lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and enjoys walking through the ruins of old canal and factory towns. He is the author of the poetry collection Closing Distances and the chapbooks Floating on the Lehigh and Rooms of the Living. His poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac.


Megan McKenna is a theologian and lecturer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the author of more than thirty books, including And Morning Came: Scriptures of the Resurrection, Send My Roots Rain, The New Stations of the Cross, and, most recently, Harm Not the Earth.


Leslie Stainton is the author of two nonfiction books, Lorca: A Dream of Life and Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts. A sixth-generation descendant of the Scarlett family of Glynn County, Georgia, she is at work on a book about her slaveholding ancestors. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Corvin Thomas lives in Kansas City, Missouri. The Sun accepted “Catching the Westbound” two years to the day after his father passed away. Thomas considers this divine synchronicity.



Beau Brashares is a photographer and musician who lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He was part of the crowd that tore down the Berlin Wall in 1989 and was in New York City on September 11, 2001, but he didn’t take photos on either occasion.


Denis Buchel is a photographer who lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Sebastian Collett lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His photos have appeared in Vice, the British Journal of Photography, and Contact Sheet.


Michael Galinsky is the co-director of All the Rage, a documentary about Dr. John Sarno, whose theory of psychosomatic back pain challenges mainstream medical practices. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Franklin Golden lives in Durham, North Carolina. He is a photographer and the pastor of Durham Presbyterian Church.


Tim LaBarge has lived in the Portland, Oregon, area for nearly twenty years. He and his wife, Sara, have two school-aged boys.


Sara Munari lives in Lecco, Italy, and teaches at the Italian Institute of Photography in Milan. She’s trying to stop smoking.


Jeffrey Rex Straker is a photographer, artist, and activist who lives in Chicago, Illinois.


Mark Townsend lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he likes to take photos at night.


On The Cover

Goran Jovic is a freelance photographer who lives in Imotski, Croatia. He took this month’s cover photograph, of a Maasai boy standing in the rain after a tribal ceremony, while volunteering with an aid organization in northern Tanzania.

image © Sebastian Collett

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