Issue 492 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


December 2016


Poe Ballantine has cooked professionally in eighteen restaurants but still can’t make a decent pie crust. He cheats by using biscuit dough with extra butter and sugar. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, and is the author of Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety and Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere.


David Barsamian made a lot of on-air mistakes when he began volunteering at KGNU in Boulder, Colorado, in 1978, the most frequent of which was not turning on the mic of the person he was interviewing. Years later he started a weekly show called Alternative Radio, which is in its thirtieth year. He lives in Boulder and has written books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and economist Richard Wolff.


Krista Bremer lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.


Kelly Daniels recently moved with his wife and son to Le Claire, Iowa, the birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody and — more significantly — home of the reality television show American Pickers. Daniels is the author of the memoir Cloudbreak, California and teaches creative writing at a small college in Rock Island, Illinois.


Bill Glose is a former paratrooper and author of three poetry collections, including Half a Man, about his experiences as a combat platoon leader in the Gulf War. He lives in Yorktown, Virginia.


Rebecca Solnit is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and the author of Men Explain Things to Me, A Paradise Built in Hell, and A Field Guide to Getting Lost. She lives in San Francisco, California.


Debbie Urbanski is a writer and mother who has given up her bad habit of reading too many parenting books. She lives with her family in Syracuse, New York.



Lara Cerri is a photojournalist for the Tampa Bay Times on the Gulf Coast of Florida.


Gloria Baker Feinstein lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the founding director of Change the Truth, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Ugandan children affected by war, poverty, and disease.


Michael Galinsky is the co-director of All the Rage, a documentary about Dr. John Sarno, whose theory of psychosomatic back pain challenges the mainstream approaches. Galinsky lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Edis Jurĉys grew up in the small beach town of Klaipeda, Lithuania, and spent eight years working as a camera operator for Moscow State Television. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he dances the tango.


Jon Kral spent decades shooting photos for three daily Florida newspapers. He lives in Boone, North Carolina, and has published books of photographs about Mississippi steamboats, motorcycle races, Florida cowboys, and thoroughbred horses.


Michael Lessner lives in Corte Madera, California. He traveled with the Dalai Lama as a photographer in 2001 and cried every time he heard the Tibetan spiritual leader speak.


On The Cover

Amlan Sanyal is a teacher who lives in West Bengal, India. His photo on this month’s cover, of a man lifting a drum of tar, is from a series documenting road-construction workers in India. His images have appeared in National Geographic, Smart Photography, and Asian Photography.

image © Gloria Baker Feinstein

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Sy Safransky

Managing Editor
Carol Ann Fitzgerald

Senior Editor
Andrew Snee

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Robert Graham

Digital-Media Director
David Mahaffey

Manuscript Editor
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Luc Saunders

Editorial Associate
& Photo Editor

Rachel J. Elliott

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Derek Askey

Seth Mirsky

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Krista Bremer

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Rob Bowers

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Molly House

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Lauren Rose
Hank Stephenson

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