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The Sun Magazine

Contributors

May 2006

Writers

Arnie Cooper grew up in New York City, where he counted dimes and quarters in his father’s laundromat. He now lives in Santa Barbara, California, and no longer counts his change. His writing has appeared in Orion, Esquire, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Virginia Eliot is a writer living in New York City.

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Steve Kowit teaches at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California. He is the recipient of a National Endowment fellowship for poetry and two Pushcart Prizes. His most recent collection of poems is The Dumbbell Nebula (Heyday Books). He lives in Potrero, California.

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Deirdre Peterson is a writer living in New York City. After years of helping businesspeople say what they want to say, she is now writing what she wants to say.

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Michael Pollan is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. His books include The Botany of Desire (Random House), A Place of My Own (Delta), and Second Nature (Grove Press). He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Melanie A. Rawls lives in Tallahassee, Florida, and is a writing instructor at Florida A&M University.

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Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.

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Mandeliene Smith has waited tables, scooped ice cream, taught writing, weeded gardens, and translated books into Braille to support her writing habit. Her stories have appeared in the Massachusetts Review and the New England Review. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Sparrow recently acquired a splendid red umbrella, which someone left at a party. His new book is called America: A Prophecy (Soft Skull Press). He lives in Phoenicia, New York, with his wife, his daughter, and an aging female rabbit named Bananacake.

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Janine Pommy Vega is the author of twenty books of poetry and prose. Her most recent book is The Green Piano (Black Sparrow Books). She has performed her work — in English and Spanish, with and without music — at festivals, nightclubs, college campuses, and prisons. She lives in Bearsville, New York.

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Photographers

Bob Bayles combines his passions for photography and cinema by taking pictures of movie theaters. He also works as a bartender. He lives in Van Nuys, California.

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Tom Becker’s latest project is photographing county fairs. He lives in Orange City, Iowa.

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J.R. Carrigan is a photographer living in Burlington, Vermont.

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William Carter is the author of four books of photography. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California, with his wife, whom he first met in 1965 (she denies this) and re-met twenty years later.

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Erin Corbal is a photographer who quit her office job two years ago and started working as a gardener. She lives in Altadena, California.

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Frank Hamrick began taking photographs at the age of ten, when he traded an old hat for a plastic 35mm camera. He is the author of i found it when i stopped looking (Nexus Press), and his work is featured in the current issue of the Southeast Review. He lives in Gray, Georgia.

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Jeffrey Hersch has found that as he ages, he takes more photographs of dark and cold places. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Igor Malijevský is a photographer, poet, and short-story writer living in the Czech Republic.

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Anna Kaufman Moon has a self-published book of photographs titled Reflections of NYC 1963-1972. She lives in Cobleskill, New York.

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Roger Pfingston is now retired after teaching photography and English to high-school students for thirty-one years. His photographs and poems having been widely published, he disproves the adage “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Laurie Sermos recently returned home to her dachshund, Hugo, after teaching photography for three months in Tuscany, Italy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Mark Townsend is a photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.

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Morgan Tyree has been traveling every autumn since 1997 to small towns in Wyoming, Montana, and Nebraska to take photographs of high-school football games. He teaches at Northwest College and lives in Powell, Wyoming.

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Ellen Wallenstein teaches photography at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. She divides her time between New York City and Sherman, Connecticut.

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On The Cover

Perry Dilbeck lives in Locust Grove, Georgia. His photograph on this month’s cover is from his book The Last Harvest: Truck Farmers in the Deep South, which will be released this fall by the Center for American Places in association with University of Georgia Press. “Truck farmers” are growers who typically own fewer than forty acres of land and sell their produce at roadside stands and farmer’s markets. The man in the photograph has been farming for more than sixty years. A former trapper, he grows a variety of crops, including okra, peas, corn, collards, and watermelons.

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