Contributors  November 2009 | issue 407

Roy Arenella’s photographs have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Popular Photography. He was a social-service worker in New York City for thirty years and now lives in the village of Greenwich, New York.

Poe Ballantine married at the age of forty-six, had his first child at forty-seven, published his first novel at forty-nine, and now, at the age of sixty-one, with daily practice, hopes to one day learn how to write. His books include the memoir Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere and a collection of essays, Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety. He lives with his wife and son in Chadron, Nebraska.

Sandy Carter is a semi-retired photojournalist who lives in Bellingham, Washington. She is the coauthor of Women in Medicine: A Celebration of Their Work.

William Carter’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. His latest book is Causes and Spirits. He lives in San Mateo, California.

MICHAEL CHITWOOD’s seventh collection of poems, Clamor, will be published by Tupelo Press in 2010. He teaches at the University of North Carolina and lives in Chapel Hill with his two children, who sigh whenever they see him trying to send a text message.

ROBERT P. COOKE lives in Highland, Indiana, where he hopes there will be enough snow this winter to keep him inside, working on a collection of poems.

MONICA DRAKE is the author of the novel Clown Girl (Hawthorne Books). She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches writing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She recently finished a screenplay and is at work on a new novel.

TIM FARRINGTON is the author of the cunnilingus entry in Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex (Bloomsbury USA), which can be found on page 69 (really). He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

ANDERS GOLDFARB’s work has been featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He lives in New York City.

MARIA HUMMEL is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and lives with her husband and son in San Francisco, near the only natural, aboveground creek in the city. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Literary Mama, and Ploughshares. Her essay in this issue won the 2009 Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award from the Salem College Center for Women Writers.

ADRIE KUSSEROW lives in Underhill, Vermont. Because she believes that the best way to bring lasting benefits to the world is to expand educational opportunities for girls, she is currently in South Sudan with the Africa Education and Leadership Initiative ( Her next book of poems, Refuge, will be published in May 2013.

Danusha Laméris’s husband has been reading Federico García Lorca’s poems to her in the original Spanish. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and wants always to be near redwood trees.

James Lepore lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast with his wife. His book Blood, Light, & Time combines short fiction with photographs.

ANGELA LONG’s poetry collection Observations from Off the Grid is forthcoming from Libros Libertad. She lives with her Sicilian husband and tortoiseshell cat in a log cabin in British Columbia, Canada, where she runs her laptop and printer with wind power.

Anna Kaufman Moon’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Life, and Newsweek. She lives in Cobleskill, New York.

G. ALAN MYERS likes to cook up a mean spaghetti Bolognese when he’s not working on new portraits. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

JAMIE PASSARO lives with her husband and their two daughters in Eugene, Oregon. They recently dug up their front lawn to plant a vegetable garden, and she has grown to love a good kale smoothie with breakfast.

Sy Safransky is the editor and publisher of The Sun.

MARILYN SZABO loves the water but lives in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona.

Cole Thompson rarely does anything he doesn’t want to do. He’s gotten too old and wise for that. He lives on a ranch in Laporte, Colorado, where he raises llamas. His work has appeared in Black & White and Focus.

ERIC WARGO is a science writer and editor with an interest in photography and film. He lives in Washington, DC.

On the Cover

GILDA DAVIDIAN lives with her husband in Los Angeles and has been a devoted Sun reader since she was fifteen and would steal copies from the local library. She took this month’s cover photograph, of a friend and her son, in Norfolk, Connecticut.