Issue 508 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


April 2018


Ellen Bass’s most recent book is Like a Beggar, and her poems have appeared in The New Yorker and American Poetry Review. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches writing at Pacific University. Her poem in this issue was written in 2001; she is, of course, chagrined that our environment is in even more peril now.


Christi Clancy lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she teaches English at Beloit College and is a spinning instructor. She’s recently completed a novel, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Glimmer Train.


Laura Freudig lives with her husband and six children on the same Maine island where she grew up. She is a reformed multitasker, strong-coffee drinker, and the author of a children’s book, Halfway Wild.


Marie Greenstone is the pseudonym of a writer who grew up in rural Wisconsin. She now works in the aquatic sciences and lives near Lake Superior with her husband, her daughter, and a dog who hunts porcupine droppings.


Matthew LaPierre lives in Gorham, Maine, where he watches his three daughters play sports, sing in choruses, and act in plays. He’s been sober for nine years, during which time he has returned to writing and photography.


Rafe Martin is an author and the founding teacher of Endless Path Zendo in Rochester, New York. His latest book is Before Buddha Was Buddha: Learning from the Jātaka Tales.


Mary Jane Nealon lives in Missoula, Montana, and has worked as a nurse and writer for forty-one years. Her dogs, Maisie and Cooper, like to listen to her read poetry, especially John Berryman’s. Her memoir, Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse’s Life, was published in 2011 by Graywolf Press.


Leath Tonino is a freelance writer. The Animal One Thousand Miles Long, his book of essays about his native Vermont, will be released this summer.



Gregory J. Buda is a photographer and cocktail bartender who lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Holly Christiansen lives in Ashland, Oregon, the one place she said she did not want to move to eighteen years ago. She has been there ever since.


Lucas Cotterman lives and works at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.


Jacki Dickert is a photographer and elementary school teacher who lives in Linden, New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Backpacker Magazine.


Jon Kral spent decades taking photographs for three daily Florida newspapers. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.


Susan Lirakis is a photographer based in rural New Hampshire. She is teaching herself to play banjo and djembe — a type of African drum.


Laurie Martin is a photographer who lives with her husband and sons in Muncy, Pennsylvania.


Robert Meier’s work has been published in The New Yorker and elsewhere. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Linda Smogor is a photographer based in Homer, Alaska, where she skis, dances, and grows her own food. Her photos have appeared in Life, The New York Times, and American Photo.


Naomi Stolow left her seventeen-year career as an e-commerce manager in London and now lives in the seaside town of Dawlish in the United Kingdom.


Katy Tuttle lives in Issaquah, Washington, where she works in her toolshed studio and bites her fingernails.


Morgan Tyree has been known to drive more than a thousand miles on an autumn weekend to watch a football game. He lives in Powell, Wyoming.


Lloyd Wolf’s current photography project is documenting klezmer musicians. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, where he does Sudoku and crossword puzzles in the park.


On The Cover

Nathan Warren is a photographer, rugby player, and nature lover who lives in Dorset in the United Kingdom. He took this month’s cover photo, of a grizzly bear, atop Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, Canada.

image © Gregory J. Buda

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