Contributors  April 2013 | issue 448

STEVEN AINSWORTH 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 photographer who lives in Manhattan.

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 Jurcys was born in Lithuania and lives in Portland, Oregon. His second book of photographs is Silence of the Crane Feathers.

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 is living in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he has become enamored with eating pomegranate seeds and photographing the chairs he comes across on the city’s sidewalks.

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’s new e-memoir Feral City (available through poses the question: Can a woman who is essentially doglike in nature find happiness with a man who is at one with his cats? She lives in Oakland, California.

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’s clothing store for women, Nouvelle Eve, which she opened in 1973, has helped her to appreciate the diversity and beauty of the female form, a frequent subject of her photography. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

Eric Nelson’s most recent poetry collection is The Twins. He lives with his wife in Statesboro, Georgia, where their backyard chickens keep him well supplied with eggs and inspiration.

MALLY Z. RAY is the pseudonym of a writer living in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

SY SAFRANSKY is editor and publisher of The Sun.

Ruth L. Schwartz is cofounder of, a website resource for lesbians in relationships. She lives in Healdsburg, California.

Sparrow’s bumper sticker GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE; INSANE MANIACS WITH EASY ACCESS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS KILL PEOPLE will soon be available in stores. He is the author of America: A Prophecy — The Sparrow Reader and the forthcoming This Poem. He lives in Phoenicia, New York.

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.