Issue 509 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


May 2018


Ellery Akers is a writer and artist living on the coast of Northern California. Her newest book of poems, Practicing the Truth, won an Independent Publisher Book Award. She’s been a bird-watcher for forty years.


Lucie Britsch lives in the countryside in England. Her writing has been published in Barrelhouse, Catapult, and Five2One. She’s writing two books at once because she likes to make things difficult. Follow her on Twitter: @LucieBritsch


Tracy Frisch is a homesteader, freelance journalist, and local troublemaker in Upstate New York. She is working on her first book.


Bob Hicok is the author of numerous poetry collections, most recently Sex & Love &. He teaches at Virginia Tech University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Danusha Laméris is the author of the poetry collection The Moons of August. She lives with her husband, Armando, in Santa Cruz, California, where she’s learning to play chess.


Suzanne Rivecca is the author of the short-story collection Death Is Not an Option, which won the 2011 Rome Prize. She has a crush on the obscure, deceased French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Originally from west Michigan, she now lives in San Francisco, California.


Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction, the most recent of which, Improvement, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in New York City with her dog, Lucille, and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson College MFA program.


Dave Zoby’s writing has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fourth Genre, and The Missouri Review. A collection of his essays, Fish like You Mean It, was published this spring. He splits his time between Casper, Wyoming, and Homer, Alaska, and keeps a lively fishing blog at



Maureen Beitler is a photographer who lives in New York City. Before studying photography, she worked as a nurse in a trauma unit in Baltimore, Maryland.


Silvia Gheorghita is a software engineer who lives in San Francisco, California.


Fernando Villela was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives and works in New York City.


Frank Lavelle was a Portland, Oregon–based photographer. He died in 2018.​


Mildred Long is a photographer based in North Carolina.


Kim McAlear lives in Ashland, Oregon. Her newest adventure is owning and operating a hostel.


Claire Seder is a student in the nursing school at Gonzaga University. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Thomas Tulis is a painter and photographer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


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

John Wehrheim lives in Lihue, Hawaii. His photo on this month’s cover was taken in the 1970s at a hippie community on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Named Taylor Camp, it consisted of primitive treehouses and housed 120 residents. It was eventually demolished to make way for a state park.

image © Thomas Tulis

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