Issue 560 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


August 2022


Erin Almond grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut, and was the lead guitarist for several all-girl metal bands you’ve never heard of. Her first novel, Witches’ Dance, was published in 2019, and she is currently working on a second.


Zoë Bossiere spent much of her childhood living as a boy in a Tucson, Arizona, trailer park. As she is a genderfluid person, her gender identity, presentation, and pronouns continue to evolve. She lives near the Oregon coast and is writing a memoir.


John Brehm’s most recent books are No Day at the Beach, a poetry collection, and The Dharma of Poetry, a book of essays. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he and his wife, Alice Boyd, lead mindfulness retreats that explore poetry as a spiritual practice.


Emilio Carrero’s work has been published by Guernica and KROnline. This fall he hopes to befriend the elusive Swamp Ape — a Bigfoot-like creature rumored to inhabit the Southeast — as a PhD candidate in creative writing at Florida State University.


Mark Leviton has determined that, due to a typographical error, he will celebrate his seventeenth birthday this year, not his seventieth. He lives in Nevada City, California.


Caleb Nolen lives with his wife in the Shenandoah Valley and is working on his first book. His poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Bat City Review, and The Georgia Review. You can follow him on Twitter: @downroughcast.


Gary Percesepe roots shamelessly for the New York Yankees. He is the author of a short-story collection, Moratorium, and a book of poetry, Gaslight Opera. His essay in this issue is from his memoir in progress. You can find him at the big ballpark in the Bronx or at


Miller Williams decided to study biology after his college entrance exams showed that he had “absolutely no aptitude in the handling of words.” He went on to teach English for more than thirty years, wrote twelve collections of poetry, and became an inaugural poet. He died in 2015.



Trey Burnette is a photographer and writer who lives in Southern California with his partner and their Lagotto Romagnolo puppy. His writing was recently published in a best-of collection in the Los Angeles Times.


Gina Easley is a photographer who lives in Eugene, Oregon.


Gloria Baker Feinstein’s favorite part of the day is when she gets to curl up on the couch with a chai latte and read. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Paul Grafton’s worst habit is leaving doors open, which frustrates his wife, because “mice come in!” He lives in Morro Bay, California, where he and his wife rent out an old barn as a wedding venue.


Prescott Moore Lassman is an attorney with a master’s degree in philosophy. In college he briefly flirted with the idea of becoming a professional photographer. Although he chickened out, his love for photography has never waned. He lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Instagram: @lassman_lenswork.


Anita Sagastegui is a photographer and art teacher who lives in Walnut Creek, California.


Abigail Shoyat’s work has been published in LINK nky and Cincinnati Magazine. She lives in Edgewood, Kentucky.


Donn Young is a writer and photographer. His grandfather gave him a Brownie camera when he was eight years old, and he’s been documenting people’s lives ever since. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


On The Cover

Arin Scholtens was born and raised in Michigan, but her heart has longtime links to Jamaica. The photo on this month’s cover is of her friend Hulk and his new son in Montego Bay, Jamaica. You can follow Scholtens on Instagram: @a_e_schwartz.

image © Donn Young

Editor and Founder
Sy Safransky

Senior Editor
Andrew Snee

Art Director
Robert Graham

Digital-Media Director
David Mahaffey

Associate Editors
Derek Askey
Finn Cohen
Nancy Holochwost

Editorial Associate
& Photo Editor

Rachel J. Elliott

Editorial Assistant
Staci Kleinmaier

Manuscript Reader
Hank Stephenson

Seth Mirsky

Rob Bowers

Associate Publisher
Holly McKinney

Director of Development
& Outreach

Molly House

Reader Services Manager
Chrystal Pitt

Reader Services

Shani Armstrong
Andrew Gleason

With Help From
Manuscript Reading
Dave Hart
Paula Jolin
Gillian Kendall

Erica Berkeley
Jill Cooper

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