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The Sun Magazine

Staff

Sy Safransky

Editor and Publisher

Staff - Sy Safransky

Sy was editor of his junior-high newspaper, his high-school newspaper, and his college newspaper. (Guess where this is heading.) He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, then worked as a newspaper reporter until he discovered that the real news is what connects us. Miraculously, the magazine he founded in 1974 survives to this day.

Editorial

Carol Ann Fitzgerald

Managing Editor

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Carol Ann grew up in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and has lived in New York City, Arkansas, and Paris. In 2013 she joined The Sun after working for many years as the managing editor of the Oxford American. Carol Ann currently lives on a hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her fiancé, who shares her love of classic lit and stray cats.

Andrew Snee

Senior Editor

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Andrew has been at The Sun since 1994. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was better at editing other students’ short stories than he was at writing his own. He and his wife, Julie, have two sons and live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Robert Graham

Art Director

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Robert joined The Sun in 2001, having previously worked as a graphic designer for a hospital, a mail-order bicycle catalog, and a plastic-skeleton manufacturer. His favorite pastimes are not meditating, not practicing guitar scales, and inventing new excuses for why he shouldn’t bike to work. He lives with his two daughters and two cats in Carrboro, North Carolina.

David Mahaffey

Digital-Media Director

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David has been coaxing The Sun into the twenty-first century since 2010. He has degrees in creative writing and publishing, plus decades of practice tinkering with digital media. He has strong feelings about science fiction, serial commas, and epilogues. He and his partner live with two dogs and two cats in Durham, North Carolina.

Colleen Donfield

Manuscript Editor

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Colleen has been reading manuscripts for The Sun since 1994 and in that time has gone from single-vision to progressive lenses. She received her BA at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has a husband, a grown daughter, a peculiar dog, and four sewing machines.

Luc Saunders

Assistant Editor

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Luc joined The Sun in 2003, fresh off a plane from the beaches of Thailand, where he’d taught English at an international university, studied at Buddhist monasteries, and had the true value of high-SPF sunscreen forever seared into his memory. An ardent trail runner and music aficionado, he lives in Durham, North Carolina, with a wily feline sidekick named Huxley.

Rachel J. Elliott

Editorial Associate & Photo Editor

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Rachel has worked at The Sun since November 1997 and has contributed photographs and interviews to its pages. She enjoys playing sand volleyball and a bag-toss game called “cornhole” with family and friends in Carrboro, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Seth; her daughter, Ava; and her dog, Kodi.

Derek Askey

Editorial Assistant

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After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and working for a health-insurance company (he wasn’t the guy denying anyone coverage, but still), Derek left to earn his master’s at Colorado State University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Madelaine. Though you wouldn’t guess it, he used to have hair down to his shoulders.

Seth Mirsky

Proofreader

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Seth began doing editorial work for The Sun in 1993. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Divinity School, he has published articles on men, feminism, and contemporary religion, and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Seth plays several musical instruments and lives on two Maine islands — one accessible by bridge, the other not.

Publishing

Krista Bremer

Associate Publisher

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Krista is the author of A Tender Struggle: Story of a Marriage. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere. Her awards include a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and a writer’s fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Rob Bowers

Business Manager

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Rob started reading The Sun in 1996 as an antidote to his professional life in finance and commerce. He later left his career to start an organic farm and spent nine years toiling in the North Carolina dirt — an agrarian midlife crisis of sorts. Today he and his wife, Cheri, and daughter, Téa, live in Cedar Grove, North Carolina.

Molly House

Circulation & Events Manager

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Molly joined the Sun staff in 2008. A native North Carolinian, she loves Eastern and Lexington-style barbecue, Cheerwine, Tar Heel basketball, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is married to a florist, who proposed at The Sun’s fortieth-anniversary celebration. They share a little house in the woods, which is always full of flowers and cat hair.

Holly McKinney

Office Manager

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Holly has a deep love of music and frequently forces her girlfriends to drink wine with her and cry over sad songs for hours on end. She spends her mornings taking long runs in the woods. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with her husband, Brockton, who writes comic books; their daughter, May, who sews and draws; and too many animals to count.

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Erica Berkeley

Proofreader

Erica lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, Mike; their son, Will; their dog, Luke Skywalker; and their seemingly immortal cat, Camille. After having worked in the Sun office for fifteen years, she remains grateful for her long-distance connection to the magazine. She is currently a pediatric speech-language pathologist providing early-intervention services for toddlers.

Dave Hart

Manuscript Reader

Dave started reading The Sun back in the early 1980s, when it offered a welcome ray of hope during the Reagan presidency. A journalist for the past thirty years, when he’s not reading or writing, he spends his time enjoying life and its many wines with his wife, rambling through the woods, and learning to identify birds by their songs.

Nancy Holochwost

Manuscript Reader

The daughter of an English teacher and a craftsman, Nancy grew up amid the rolling farmlands of northern New Jersey. She received her BA from Yale University and has worked for ten years to end homelessness. Her fondness for reading with a red pen in hand brought her to The Sun in 2017. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband.

Paula Jolin

Manuscript Reader

Paula is obsessed with three things: learning languages, baking bread, and reinventing urban farming. Right now she is learning Danish and Vietnamese, searching for the perfect flat-bread recipe, and harvesting the banana leaves from her backyard.

Gillian Kendall

Manuscript Reader

A high-school dropout with a PhD, Gillian has lived in five countries and is the author of two books: How I Became a Human Being (with Mark O’Brien) and Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet. She is trying to flog into shape a 460-page epic about being a reporter for the state parliament of Victoria, Australia. (gilliankendall.org)

Rebecca Lanning

Manuscript Reader

A former school-bus driver, exercise instructor, copy editor, advice columnist, and English teacher, Rebecca has finally found her dream job at The Sun. She received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA from North Carolina State University. She and her husband have two grown sons.

Lauren Rose

Manuscript Reader

Originally from California, Lauren graduated from Kenyon College and the University of East Anglia. She has worked in publishing in New York and as a reader for Tin House and The Kenyon Review, and her recent fiction has been published in Sou'wester. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Hamish, and their two cats, Winston and Shelly.

Hank Stephenson

Manuscript Reader

Hank spent his post-collegiate years writing a young-adult science-fiction novel and helping his uncle research long-dead jazz musicians. Now he splits his time between reading manuscripts for The Sun and pressing good books on customers at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. With his few remaining hours, Hank reviews books for Shelf Awareness and Kirkus Reviews.