Issue 520 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


April 2019


Jacob Aiello lives in Portland, Oregon. In the past ten years he has gotten married, passed a kidney stone, visited Kansas, and amassed a collection of writing, some of which has appeared in Ninth Letter and december.


Dorothy Day was a journalist and activist who cofounded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933. Dedicated to social justice and “works of mercy,” the movement continues to provide hospitality houses for people in need. Day died in New York City in 1980.


Mark Leviton has survived cancer and the presidential election of 2016, and he continues to carefully monitor both his own and the nation’s health. He is a volunteer broadcaster on the community radio station KVMR-FM in Nevada City, California.


Mark Smith-Soto is the author of the poetry collections Time Pieces and Any Second Now. He teaches in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.


Sparrow lives in a double-wide trailer in Phoenicia, New York. His hobbies are watching stand-up comedy and practicing Zen Buddhist meditation. Sparrow’s latest book is On certain nights everyone in the USA has the same dream (Inpatient Press).


Debbie Urbanski is a writer from central New York who wonders what trees are thinking. She has nearly finished her first novel, which is about climate change and extinction.



Rachel J. Elliott is the editorial associate and photo editor at The Sun.


Kristen Joy Emack is a photographer and public-school family liaison living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Jon Kral worked as a photojournalist for three Florida newspapers, covering Venezuelan prisons, teen gangs, and Hurricane Andrew. He now lives in Boone, North Carolina, and creates books of photography.


Eric Mencher is a former staff photographer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Since 2010 he has divided his time between the U.S., Mexico, and Guatemala, where he has photographed religious traditions and contemporary life in Maya villages. His current camera is an iPhone.


Tyler Newman, a journalism student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is the first member of his family to attend college. He is from Hertford, North Carolina.


Jason Rogers is a photographer, musician, and video-game enthusiast who lives in Albany, California.


Craig J. Satterlee lives in Cody, Wyoming, with his wife and two fox terriers. A retired professor of photography, he is now on a quest to find the best pizza in the world.


Izabel Saville’s interest in photography began on a mission trip to India and Nepal in 2011. She lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, with her husband and daughter.


On The Cover

Doug Winter lives in Elk Grove, California, where he listens to vinyl records and puts hot sauce on all his food. He took this month’s cover photo, of Cornelius and April, a homeless couple, at Sacramento Loaves & Fishes in 2018.

image © Izabel Saville

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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