Issue 539 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


November 2020


Sin á Tes Souhaits is a poet and cultural critic from Las Vegas, Nevada. Since finishing his first book, Literal Dope, he has spent the pandemic watching anime. You can follow him on Twitter: @frankthapoet.


Finn Cohen is the associate editor of The Sun. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Terry Engel has worked as a supervisor in a particleboard mill and as a lineman building high-voltage powerlines. His first novel, Natchez at Sunset, is forthcoming in June 2021. He teaches at Harding University and kayaks the rivers of Arkansas.


John Freeman is the editor of the literary annual Freeman’s. His most recent books are The Park, a collection of poems, and Tales of Two Planets, an anthology about the climate crisis and inequality. He lives in New York City.


Mark Gozonsky’s essay “Gritty All Day Long,” which first appeared in The Sun, was published in The Best American Sports Writing 2020. He lives in Los Angeles.


Mark Irwin’s tenth collection of poetry, Shimmer, was recently published by Anhinga Press. He built a house outside Salida, Colorado, where he lives the best part of each year.


Stuart Kestenbaum is currently serving a five-year term as Maine’s poet laureate. His most recent book of poetry, How to Start Over, was published in 2019.


Pat Schneider was the author of ten books of poetry, plays, and nonfiction and the founder of Amherst Writers and Artists, an international network of writing workshops. She died in August 2020.


Margo Steines is a native New Yorker who lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Brevity, Tits and Sass, and the Modern Love section of The New York Times. You can follow her on Instagram: @redstateblues.



Marcia Krause Bilyk’s work has appeared in Brevity and Tiferet Journal. A retired pastor, she works at a residential treatment center for substance-abuse disorders. She lives in Columbia, New Jersey.


Jennifer Bisbing is a photographer, writer, and book editor who lives in Montana. She is currently working on a collection of poems about a year of outdoor adventure in Idaho and Montana.


Madeline Cass lives in New Mexico. She recently published How Lonely, to Be a Marsh, a collection of photos, poems, and essays.


Eric Davidove is a street photographer who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His past experience as a mime helps him anticipate street moments and take photos without upsetting people.


Chris Dougherty is a photographer, videographer, and painter who lives in Seattle, Washington.


Tim Evans is a photographer and writer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Roshni Adi Jokhi is a Bombay Parsi who is extremely biased toward Parsi cuisine. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she teaches high school and plays pickleball, though she has yet to win a game.


Staci Kleinmaier is the editorial assistant at The Sun


Jenna Putnam is a writer and visual artist who lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Autre, Hero, and Baccalà. Her second book, a collection of poetry and photographs, is forthcoming in 2021.


Keith Harmon Snow is a human-rights journalist who has worked in more than forty-five countries. He is the author of The Worst Interests of the Child: The Trafficking of Children and Parents through U.S. Family Courts. He lives in Massachusetts.


On The Cover

Sara Feld lives with her cat and her husband in Concord, Massachusetts. She took this month’s cover photo, of Lake Atitlán, while visiting Guatemala in 2018. Considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, Atitlán is only accessible by one road. All commerce between the surrounding villages is done completely by water. You can follow Feld on Instagram: @sara.feld.

image © Keith Harmon Snow

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