ALLY ACKER is an author and filmmaker who lives in Roslyn Heights, New York. She has written three collections of poems: Surviving Desire, Waiting for the Beloved, and Some Help from the Dead.
CHRISTIANE BUUCK lives in Columbus, Ohio, and though she is not a fan of Buckeye football, she does teach English to some of the football players at the Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in Seneca Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Rock & Sling. Her story in this issue is from a novel in progress.
Polly Chandler lives in Austin, Texas, where she hula hoops in her driveway. She recently created a series of photographs inspired by the music of Tom Waits.
Rachel J. Elliott has a large extended family that, like the von Trapps in The Sound of Music, will break into song on almost any occasion. When not working in The Sun’s editorial office, she can often be found singing in her car or improvising Broadway-style tunes with friends. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.
PATRICIA FOSTER, a professor in the mfa program at the University of Iowa, is the editor of four essay collections and the author of the nonfiction books All the Lost Girls and Just beneath My Skin. She recently drove a thousand miles with her husband to the ocean in order to write about life in Iowa. She is working on a book about illness and marriage.
Leslee Goodman is helping raise money to rebuild homes for low-income residents who lost theirs in the largest wildfire in the history of Washington State. She lives in Twisp, Washington.
REINHARD GORN is a former social worker who has made his living as a photographer since 1982. He lives in Falkensee, Germany.
Clemens Kalischer lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he runs the Image Gallery. He’s been a photographer for more than sixty years.
Heather Kirn Lanier is the author of the nonfiction book Teaching in the Terrordome and two poetry chapbooks, The Story You Tell Yourself and Heart-Shaped Bed in Hiroshima. She blogs about parenting a child with disabilities at starinhereye.wordpress.com.
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.
MICHELLE MASSON is a nurse who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Gary Matson lives in Sunnyside, New York, and is sticking with film cameras, paper books, and water from the tap.
MARY JANE NEALON is a registered nurse who works at a community health center in Missoula, Montana, and her most recent book is a memoir titled Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse’s Life. She is the proud owner of her father’s silk World War ii escape map, which guided him from Germany to Belgium and is now guiding her through a writing project.
FAWN POTASH is an artist, photographer, and teacher who lives in Catskill, New York. Her work has been published in Harper’s, Mirabella, and Chronogram.
LARRY ROGGENKAMP and his wife are both photojournalists and live in Parkville, Missouri.
Lee Rossi’s poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review and North American Review. Now well into retirement in San Carlos, California, he continues to improve his homemaking skills, with a marked aptitude for preparing hot dogs and prewashed salads. He wonders if it’s too late to seek refuge in the priesthood.
Sy Safransky is the editor and publisher of The Sun.
Ruth L. Schwartz is cofounder of consciousgirlfriend.com, a website resource for lesbians in relationships. She lives in Healdsburg, California.
RAPHAEL SHEVELEV was born in South Africa and lives in El Cerrito, California. His photographs and articles have been published in Contemporary Photography, LensWork, and Photo Life, and he is the author of a book about the Holocaust called Liberating the Ghosts.
Harry Wilson has retired, but not from being a backwater malcontent. He lives in Bakersfield, California.
On the Cover
JOHN ROSENTHAL lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and his essays and photographs have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Huffington Post, and New York magazine. The boy in this month’s cover photograph is his son John Keats. Rosenthal took the picture in 1983, on one of their frequent visits to Valle Crucis, North Carolina.