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’s photographs have been published in B&W, View Camera, and Photo District News. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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 lives with her husband, mother, dogs, and chickens in Ojai, California. She studies shamanism with the spiritual leader of the Methow tribe and is working with him on a documentary film called Spirit of the Salmon.
REINHARD GORN is a former social worker who has made his living as a photographer since 1982. He lives in Falkensee, Germany.
Clemens Kalischer was born in Bavaria, Germany, and lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he runs the Image Gallery. He has been taking photographs for more than sixty years, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Orion, and Ploughshares.
HEATHER KIRN LANIER is author of the memoir Teaching in the Terrordome: Two Years in West Baltimore with Teach For America and the chapbook The Story You Tell Yourself, winner of the 2010 Wick Chapbook Competition for Ohio Poets. She lives in Vermont and blogs about parenting a child with disabilities.
Steve Kowit is the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. He lives in California near the Mexican border with his wife, two big dogs, six cats, and a constant flurry of birds at their five feeders.
MICHELLE MASSON is a nurse who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Gary Matson’s photographs have been published in American Photo and Rolling Stone. He lives in Sunnyside, New York.
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 are forthcoming in Southern Poetry Review and North American Review. Having retired from data processing, he is improving his cooking, cleaning, and counseling skills while staying home with his children; whether his kids will survive it is a question only time can answer. He lives in San Carlos, California.
SY SAFRANSKY is 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’s work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fourteen Hills, and Alligator Juniper. 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.