Steven Ainsworth played around with photography in the late 1970s and early 1980s but has taken it semi-seriously only in the last decade. He works for the Environmental Protection Agency, protecting drinking-water sources. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
AMNON BUCHBINDER lives in Toronto, Ontario, and is an associate professor of screenwriting at York University. He is the author of The Way of the Screenwriter and is currently completing his first novel and a fifteen-year film project called Travelling Medicine Show.
James Carroll is a New York City–based photographer whose work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, LightWork, and Black & White.
HALINA DURAJ teaches creative writing at the University of San Diego in California. She lives in a San Diego neighborhood inhabited by a flock of semiwild parrots and people who write “Remember that you are sacred!” on the sidewalk in purple chalk.
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.
ZBIGNIEW FITZ was born in Kraków, Poland, and lives in Laurens, South Carolina. He has been a devoted painter and husband for forty-five years.
STÉPHANIE JANTZEN is working on a book of photographs called Under One Same Sky. She lives in Montpellier, France.
Edis Jurčys works as a freelance photographer and videographer in Portland, Oregon. One slice of his Lithuanian bread is a whole meal.
PAT JUSTIS’s photographs have been published in Shots and Popular Photography. She lives in Olympia, Washington.
Richard Koenig lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and teaches art and photography at Kalamazoo College. His current photography project is titled Contemporary Views along the First Transcontinental Railroad.
Matt Kollasch lives in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he plays Scrabble, eats pomegranate seeds, and swims laps.
SARAH R. LAVIGNE lives in southern Vermont and photographs weddings and portraits for a living. The mother of a fast and busy toddler, she does her own documentary projects during naps and after bedtime.
Alison Luterman is currently seeking a home for an intimate little musical about kidney transplantation. She is the author of the poetry collections Desire Zoo, See How We Almost Fly, The Largest Possible Life, and Feral City, an e-book of personal essays.
DAVID MAHAFFEY prefers Star Trek to Star Wars, bourbon to scotch, and the serial comma to grammatical error. He works as The Sun’s digital-media director and lives with his partner in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Kat Moser maintains a one-woman photography studio in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been published in Black and White, Encounter, and elsewhere.
Eric Nelson and his wife, the writer Stephanie Tames, are moving from South Georgia, where they’ve lived for twenty-six years, to Asheville, North Carolina, where they hope to live for at least twenty-six more.
MALLY Z. RAY is the pseudonym of a writer living in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
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.
Sparrow lives with his wife, Violet Snow, in the misty Catskill Mountains, where he forces himself to read Freud every day. He’s the author of America: A Prophecy and the forthcoming How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization. Follow him on Twitter (@Sparrow14).
JERRY N. UELSMANN lives in Gainesville, Florida. He was considered a master of photomontage before the advent of photo-editing software. He has exhibited his photographs in more than a hundred individual shows.
JOSH WEIL is the author of the book of novellas The New Valley, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. His next novel, The Great Glass Sea, will be published in 2014. He lives with his girlfriend and her daughter in two side-by-side wood-heated cabins in Nevada City, California.
Joe Wilkins is the author of the memoir The Mountain and the Fathers and two collections of poems. He lives with his family in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College. One of his great joys in life is to dive, jump, or otherwise throw himself into any convenient mountain lake or river.
On the Cover
WILLIAM CARTER lives in Los Altos Hills, California, and his most recent book of photographs is Causes and Spirits. In 1983, after he had been a photojournalist for twenty-three years, he decided he wanted to photograph nudes. He took a beginner’s workshop at which he offered to pose, but no one took him up on it. He took the cover photograph at that same workshop.