Issue 475 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


July 2015


Teetle Clawson lives and writes in Santa Cruz, California, in a trailer at the edge of the continent.


Kelly Daniels has worked as a furniture-factory manager in Guatemala, a newspaper reporter in Mexico, and a bartender all over. He is the author of the memoir Cloudbreak, California and teaches at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.


Brian Doyle’s most recent book is a novel, Martin Marten, about a teenage boy named Martin and a small woodland mammal called a pine marten. He is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon.


Leslee Goodman is helping raise money to rebuild homes for low-income residents who lost theirs in the largest wildfire in the history of Washington State. She lives in Twisp, Washington.


David Hernandez is the author of the poetry collections Hoodwinked, Always Danger, A House Waiting for Music, and the forthcoming Dear, Sincerely. A self-described music junkie, he lives in Long Beach, California, and is married to the author Lisa Glatt.


Mary Karr is the author of three New York Times best-selling memoirs: The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. She lives and teaches in Syracuse, New York.


Steve Kowit was the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop and seven poetry collections. A critically acclaimed poet, he died in April 2015 at the age of seventy-six.


Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.


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).


Dave Zoby lives in Casper, Wyoming, where he directs the honors program at Casper College. He is the coauthor of Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers. He maintains a lively fishing report at



Edwin Barkdoll lives with his wife, three dogs, and a cat in Down East Maine.


Gloria Baker Feinstein lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where, thanks to an herb garden full of basil, she puts up more jars of pesto than she cares to count. She is the founding director of a nonprofit organization that assists Ugandan children affected by war, poverty, and disease.


Carlos A. Gustavo originally hails from New York City but is constantly traveling. At night he listens to the radio by candlelight.


Patrick Hamilton is a New York City–based actor and photographer who spends all of his money on travel, movies, theater, and coffee.


Frank Hamrick teaches photography and bookmaking at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. The Oxford American named him one of a hundred superstars of Southern art.


Mark Hodges’s mother wanted him to be an engineer, but he loved music and the arts. He lives in North Augusta, South Carolina.


John Lockhart lives in Austin, Texas, where he is teaching himself printmaking practices, some of which originated in the nineteenth century.


Adrienne Moumin’s images have been featured in New York Gallery Guide and She splits her time between Silver Spring, Maryland, and New York City.


Cole Thompson rarely does anything he doesn’t want to do. He’s gotten too old and wise for that. He lives on a ranch in Laporte, Colorado, where he raises llamas. His work has appeared in Black & White and Focus.


Santosh Verma lives in Mumbai, India, and his images have appeared in Time and The New York Times.


Cynthia E. Wood sings each week with a secular community choir in her home of San Francisco, California. Her work has appeared in USA Today and The Chicago Tribune.


On The Cover

Katherine Minott lives in Prescott, Arizona. She took this month’s cover photograph, of a child holding a garter snake. The snake was caught, admired, and soon released.

image © Santosh Verma

Editor and Publisher
Sy Safransky

Managing Editor
Carol Ann Fitzgerald

Senior Editor
Andrew Snee

Art Director
Robert Graham

Digital-Media Director
David Mahaffey

Manuscript Editor
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Assistant Editor
Luc Saunders

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& Photo Editor

Rachel J. Elliott

Editorial Assistant
Derek Askey

Seth Mirsky

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Krista Bremer

Director of Finance
Becky Gee

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Molly Herboth

Office Manager
Holly McKinney

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Dave Hart
Paula Jolin
Gillian Kendall

Writing Retreats
Angela Winter

Erica Berkeley

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