Issue 534 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


June 2020


John Brehm’s latest book of poems is No Day at the Beach. His first book of essays, The Dharma of Poetry, is forthcoming in January 2021. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Chris Bursk is the author of the poetry collection The Boy with One Wing. He lives in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania, and is trying to find some saving grace in these difficult times.


Noah Davis is as proud of his jump shot as he is of his buttermilk drop biscuits. He grew up in Tipton, Pennsylvania, where he learned to fish on the Allegheny Front. Davis’s first book of poems, Of This River, is forthcoming in August.


Ross Gay is the author of four books, most recently the essay collection The Book of Delights. His book of poetry Be Holding is forthcoming in September. He teaches at Indiana University Bloomington.


Hazel Kight Witham lives in Los Angeles, California, where she is currently teaching her 162 high-school students online. She is a mother of two, a slam-poetry coach, and a writer trying to make sense out of every day.


W.S. Merwin was a U.S. poet laureate, an environmentalist, and an antiwar activist who wrote and translated more than fifty books of poetry and prose. He studied Zen Buddhism in Hawaii and meditated in a dojo that doubled as a garden shed. He died in March 2019 at the age of ninety-one.


Lesléa Newman lives in western Massachusetts. She is the author of twelve poetry collections, including the forthcoming I Wish My Father. Her newest children’s book, Remembering Ethan, explores the ways a young girl mourns the death of her older brother.


Heather Sellers is the author of a guide for writers, The Practice of Creative Writing, which is coming out in a fourth edition this fall. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.



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


Samina Farooq is a freelance writer and photographer who lives in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Her images have been used by the BBC, National Geographic, and Smithsonian Magazine.


Michael Galinsky is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a contributor to The Sun for more than thirty years.


Richard Hill is a portrait and family photographer who lives in Dallas, Texas.


Susan Lirakis lives in rural New Hampshire. She enjoys gardening and a good belly laugh amid the sunflowers and squashes.


Dennis Savage is a retired high-school counselor and photography instructor. He lives in the Hocking Hills region of southeast Ohio, where he tends a small garden with his wife, Julie, and takes daily walks with Romeo, the family border collie.


Mike Voss has been an unemployed photographer, a freelance photographer, a staff photographer, and a daily-newspaper chief photographer. He is currently a retired photographer who lives in Peotone, Illinois.


Nathan Warren lives on the southern coast of the United Kingdom. He is a professional wildlife photographer and bartender.


Bill Witt is the author of Enchanted by Prairie and Orchids in Your Pocket: A Guide to the Native Orchids of Iowa. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.


Lloyd Wolf leads the Columbia Pike Documentary Project, a group of photographers and writers who record the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Columbia Pike corridor in Arlington, Virginia. His newest book, Transitions, features photographs and interviews from the project.


On The Cover

Eoin Vincent photographs artists, athletes, and environments. His work is part of the Peabody Essex Museum collection in Salem, Massachusetts. When he is not taking photographs, doing digital marketing, or biting his nails, you may see him at Breakwater Roasters, where he is the lead coffee roaster. He took this month’s cover photo in Boston, Massachusetts.

image © Dennis Savage

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