Issue 517 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


January 2019


Amy Amoroso lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, three children, and their dog, Gus. Her work has been published in The Maine Review and Mount Hope.


Poe Ballantine has two full-fledged novels for sale: Torpedoes d’Amour and Eggshell Palace. His latest published novel is the madhouse romp Whirlaway. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, with his wife and son.


Brian Doyle was a novelist, essayist, poet, and the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. His novels include Martin Marten and The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World, an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson. Doyle died of a brain tumor in 2017.


Brady Emerson is a screenwriter and essayist living in Brooklyn, New York. He has been a security guard, janitor, geologist, deliveryman, film executive, and hopeless dilettante. Follow him on Twitter: @bradyemerson5.


Ben Hoffman’s fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Granta, and Zoetrope: All-Story. He has lived in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, and now Chicago, where he hates the weather.


Brett Elizabeth Jenkins lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her go-to karaoke song is Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash.” She is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Over the Moon.


J.E. McCafferty is the author of four books of fiction, including the novels First You Try Everything and One Heart. She teaches writing for the Madwomen in the Attic Workshops and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Debbie Urbanski is a writer from central New York. She recently broke up with her iPhone and now finds great pleasure in old-school alarm clocks, paper notebooks, and fountain pens. Follow her on Twitter: @debbieurbanski.


Marion Winik’s latest memoir, The Baltimore Book of the Dead, includes profiles of David Bowie, Prince, her mother, and a goldfish. She teaches writing in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore.



Rene Bechard is a photographer and singer-songwriter. She lives in Arcanum, Ohio.


Diana Hooper Bloomfield lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is close to completing her mission to create a piece of handmade art every day for a year.


JaMarcus Bullock lives in Henderson, North Carolina, where he fishes, attends car shows, and hand-paints denim jackets. He is a proud father and the owner of two vintage BMWs.


Rachel J. Elliott is the editorial associate and photo editor at The Sun. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.


Gloria Baker Feinstein recently relocated from a red state, Missouri, to a blue one, Oregon, where she has a new studio and is willing herself to become a painter.


Lewis Koch lives in Madison, Wisconsin. After fifty years of taking photographs, he is still taking a long look around.


Kim McAlear runs a hostel, where her guests remind her that there are many caring people among us. She gardens fanatically and hikes the hills above her home in Ashland, Oregon.


Laurie Minor’s photographs have been published by Photo Life, Canadian Geographic, and The Canadian Press. She lives in Ridgeville, Ontario, Canada.


Telavaya Reynolds likes magical realism and heavy rain. She lives in Mexico City, Mexico, with a fish named Rocky.


Dmitriy Semenovskiy is a photographer who lives in Kiev, Ukraine, where he searches for the unusual in the everyday.


A.J. Vincolisi’s forty-year career includes stints as a photo-lab technician and as the staff photographer for the California National Guard. He lives in Atascadero, California.


On The Cover

Robert Alexander is a photographer and retired newspaper editor living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He took this month’s cover photo at a traveling circus in Bristol, Virginia, in 1979. The clown was awaiting his cue to enter the tent.

image © Telavaya Reynolds

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