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Chris Bursk’s poetry was first published in The Sun in 1977. He was a teacher at Bucks Community College and the author of sixteen books of poetry, including With Aeneas in a Time of Plague, which was published in July. He lived in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania, and died on June 21, 2021, at the age of seventy-eight.
Judy Chow is an engineer by day and a writer by night. Her essay in this issue is an excerpt from her memoir in progress about creating her own cultural identity. A constant wanderer, she currently lives in South Jersey, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Finn Cohen is the associate editor of The Sun. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Steve Edwards lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, and is the author of the memoir Breaking into the Backcountry, a story of wild solitude in Oregon. He tweets pictures of clouds and the funny things his kid says: @The_Big_Quiet.
Steve Kowit was the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop and seven poetry collections. A critically acclaimed poet, he died in April 2015 at the age of seventy-six. His most recent posthumous collection is Poems That Speak to Us.
D.T. Lumpkin is back in Tennessee with his wife and two daughters, after living through three COVID lockdowns in London, England. His fiction was recently featured in Five Points.
Sarah Broussard Weaver spent the pandemic mastering spaetzle, white beans and rice, and roux for gumbo. Her grandmother, who turned 103 in March, was born a month after the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic began. She lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Heidi Hart is a photographer who lives in San Diego, California. Her work has appeared in Southwest: The Magazine and the San Diego Reader.
Tom Hogeback became enamored with photography the first time he pulled a print from the stop bath in high school, and he has been taking photos ever since. He lives in Oxford, Ohio, where he owns and operates his own gallery.
Gregory Johnston is a former Marine who used to like hiking and camping. As he ages, he prefers short walks and vacation rentals.
Jon Kral retired from photojournalism before newspapers went online, but he’s still a photographer. He lives on a ridge outside of Boone, North Carolina.
Alex Kustanovich is a screenwriter, a Russian-English translator, an accordion player, and the head of technical services at St. Francis College Library in Brooklyn. He is originally from Belarus and can eat three chili peppers without breaking a sweat.
Monica Segovia-Welsh runs a wood-fired bakery in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She is the mom of two boys and loves tending her herb garden.
Rob Segovia-Welsh is a wood-fired baker in Pittsboro, North Carolina. While the dough rises, he tries to squeeze in pick-up soccer games, playing the banjo, and getting outdoors with his family. You can follow him on Instagram: @chickenbridgebakery.
Jeannette Gregori studied photography at Indiana University in Bloomington and the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, France, where she lives. Since 2009 she has been documenting Romani families and the loss of their lifestyles. This month’s cover image is of the Radu family. Originally from Romania, four generations of this Romani family now live in an apartment on the outskirts of Paris.
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