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Making Luxury Out of Flat Soda

A Poem from Frederick Joseph’s New Collection

We are celebrating the release of Frederick Joseph’s first book of poetry, We Alive, Beloved, from Row House Publishing. Frederick’s new poetry collection seeks to find joy in moments of difficulty whether through illuminating the beauty of being Black, highlighting the hope that can be found in childhood, or by sharing intimate truths revealed on a mental-health journey.

By Frederick Joseph • June 19, 2024
Profiles

What’s So Funny?

Andrew Gleason on Alternative Comedy

When Andrew Gleason began working at The Sun, I was immediately perturbed. In almost thirty years at the magazine I had never worked with another Andrew. A colleague suggested the newcomer could be known as Funny Andrew. That’s how I learned that Gleason did stand-up. While editing his essay in this month’s issue, “Occupation: Fool,” I learned a lot about my coworker’s past, but I wanted to find out more about his present.

By Andrew Snee, Senior Editor • May 29, 2024
Featured Selections

Listen to Poems from Our May Issue

Most of us turn to fiction or memoir for great storytelling, but sometimes poetry fits the bill just as well. Listen as the authors’ recordings bring the three poems featured in our May issue to life.

By Nancy Holochwost, Associate Editor • May 29, 2024
Featured Selections

Fun in The Sun

Selections from the Archive

The Sun isn’t exactly renowned for its humorous writing—readers are more liable to call us a sad magazine than to liken us to Mad magazine—but the truth is we like to laugh as much as the next gang of editors. If you enjoyed Finn Cohen’s interview about comedy with Kliph Nesteroff this month (“Two Guys Walk into a Bar”), or laughed at Andrew Gleason’s essay “Occupation: Fool,” then take a look at some of the funnier pieces we’ve printed.

By Derek Askey, Associate Editor • May 29, 2024
Submissions

Upcoming Readers Write Deadlines

Luxuries, Walking Out, and Tents

There’s still time to submit to Readers Write on “Luxuries”! Be sure to get your entry to us by June 1, 2024—we’ve suggested a few potential prompts if you still need to get your creative juices flowing. And it’s never too early to start your first draft for an upcoming topic. . . .

May 29, 2024
Featured Selections

Listen to Poems from Our April Issue

Listen to the authors read the three poems featured in our April issue. These poems all touch on themes of what we give away or leave behind.

By Nancy Holochwost, Associate Editor • April 30, 2024
Featured Selections

Photo Essays That Tell a Story

Selections from the Archive

We’re always happy when a photo pairs nicely with a piece of writing, and particularly when a whole photo essay can complement other work in the magazine. We’ve printed quite a few over the years. Keep reading for a selection of photo essays from our archive to scroll through after you’ve read some of the pieces in our April issue.

By Derek Askey • April 29, 2024
Submissions

Upcoming Readers Write Deadlines

The Basement, Timing, and Luxuries

There’s still time to submit to Readers Write on “The Basement”! Be sure to get your entry to us by April 1, 2024—we’ve suggested a few potential prompts if you still need to get your creative juices flowing. And it’s never too early to start your first draft for an upcoming topic. . . .

March 30, 2024
Featured Selections

The Love of the Game

Selections from the Archive

Mac Crane’s essay in our March issue, “Loving a Sport That Doesn’t Always Love Me Back,” explores the author’s complex relationship with athletics and identity. Keep reading for selections from our archive that capture the beauty, transformation, and intensity sports bring to our lives.

By Nancy Holochwost • March 28, 2024
Profiles

Say the Hardest Thing

Cameron Dezen Hammon on Spirituality and Sexuality

Cameron Dezen Hammon’s essay “Kissing Strangers in the Street” is her first publication in The Sun and is about how she experimented with witchcraft and the sexual practice of BDSM to manifest change in her life. I spoke with Cameron about her essay by video call. It was one of several conservations we had as her manuscript went through the editing stages. From our first interaction Cameron was open, inviting, and easy to talk to, which I especially appreciated since I was asking about her sex life and her religious beliefs.

By Staci Kleinmaier, Assistant Editor • March 21, 2024
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