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.
Rita Bernstein began taking photos after a career as a civil-rights lawyer. She lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City, but spends her summers at a family cottage in rural Pennsylvania.
Andrew Boyd led the satirical media campaign Billionaires for Bush and cofounded Agit-Pop Communications. He is wrangler-in-chief of Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution and the author of Daily Afflictions, Life’s Little Deconstruction Book, and The Activist Cookbook. He lives in New York City.
GEORGE COLLIER learned photography from a Japanese man in the fifties and sixties. He lives with his wife and two cats in Richmond, Virginia.
Doug Crandell works at the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia. He recently received a Pushcart Prize for his essay “Winter Wheat,” published in the January 2015 issue of The Sun.
KELLY DeLONG lives in Duluth, Georgia, and teaches English at Clark Atlanta University. His work has been published in The Evansville Review, Palo Alto Review, and Roanoke Review. Lately he’s been breaking up cat fights under his bed and barking with his dog at the people walking by his house.
MONICA DENEVAN lives in San Francisco and regularly travels to Burma and China. Her images have been published in LensWork and Black & White Magazine and exhibited in San Francisco, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.
Perry Dilbeck is the author of The Last Harvest: Truck Farmers in the Deep South. He teaches at the Art Institute of Atlanta and lives in Locust Grove, Georgia.
CHRIS ELLINGER is an engineer who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
ANDERS GOLDFARB’s work has been featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He lives in New York City.
Duncan Green is a photographer who lives in Olympia, Washington, where he works for the local transit agency, encouraging people to use bicycles instead of cars.
Tony Hoagland lives in Houston, Texas. His newest book of poetry, Application for Release from the Dream, was published by Graywolf Press in 2015.
JON HUGHES is a photojournalist who has been on assignment around the world, but his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, is his ongoing documentary project.
Edis Jurĉys grew up in the small beach town of Klaipeda, Lithuania, and spent eight years working as a camera operator for Moscow State Television. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he dances the tango.
Laurel Leigh lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is a cofounder of the San Francisco–based Dogpatch Writers Collective. Her essay in this issue is from a book-length manuscript for which she is seeking a publisher.
Alison Luterman has written an intimate little musical comedy about kidney transplantation titled The Chain. She and its composer, Loren Linnard, are seeking a producer. She lives in Oakland, California.
R.A. McBRIDE is the author of Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres, for which she received a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is a founding member of Point Blank, an experimental photography group in San Francisco.
SANDRA NYDEGGER grew up in Switzerland and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Lately she’s been photographing auto-racing events along the East Coast.
KATHERINE O’BRIEN and her husband work together as wedding and portrait photographers. They live with their two children in Buda, Texas.
Sy Safransky is the editor and publisher of The Sun.
ALAN SIRULNIKOFF was born in the middle of the Canadian winter and remains traumatized by it to this day. He now resides on the Sunshine Coast, a short ferry ride from Vancouver, British Columbia. His photographs have been published in Américas and Travel and Leisure.
On the Cover
EUGENIA PETTY is a poet and photographer living in Aptos, California. She took this month’s cover photograph in 1995 in Solonka, Ukraine, where she was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. The man in the photograph was her landlord, and he was just emerging from a root cellar, where his pig had been recovering from a fever. The man was thrilled that the pig was healthy again.