Issue 495 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


March 2017


Poe Ballantine married at the age of forty-six, had his first child at forty-seven, published his first novel at forty-nine, and now, at the age of sixty-one, with daily practice, hopes to one day learn how to write. His books include the memoir Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere and a collection of essays, Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety. He lives with his wife and son in Chadron, Nebraska.


Edward Bradshaw is the pseudonym of a writer who lives near Chicago.


Alison Clement is the author of two novels, Twenty Questions and Pretty Is as Pretty Does. Follow her on Twitter @alisonclement or visit her website,


Kelly Daniels lives in LeClaire, Iowa. He is the creator and co-host of Personal Rejection Letter: A Podcast by Writers with Day Jobs, and the author of the memoir Cloudbreak, California.


Mohandas K. Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement and a vocal advocate of nonviolent resistance. He was assassinated in 1948.


Mark Leviton is impatiently awaiting the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love. He lives in Nevada City, California, where he makes veggie burritos, reads music memoirs, and hosts the 1960s-themed radio show Pet Sounds on KVMR-FM.


Alison Luterman is the author of the poetry collections The Largest Possible Life, See How We Almost Fly, and Desire Zoo. Her e-book of personal essays is titled Feral City. She lives in Oakland, California.


Michael Mark is a hospice volunteer who’s hiked the Himalayas and walked the Camino de Santiago. He lives in San Diego, California, but in his heart has never left Queens, New York. He is the author of the children’s books Toba and Toba at the Hands of a Thief.


Sean P. Smith grew up in Montana and spent the last decade moving around the U.S., the Middle East, and South Africa, finally ending up in Hong Kong. He lives in a small house in the jungle, where he’s principally occupied with watering his plants and removing from his roof the half-eaten fruit that the monkeys leave behind.



Catherine Ballance lives in South Boston, Virginia. Though she has a day job with a nonprofit, she calls herself a photographer. She loves goats, as anyone who knows her will attest.


Ger Cawdell has a background in marine biology. Since winning a poetry competition sponsored by Astronomers without Borders, he has been a regular contributor to their website. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


Carlos Chavarría is a San Francisco–based photographer whose photographs have been exhibited in San Francisco, San Diego, and Madrid.


Gina Easley lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the staff photographer for Full Grown People, an online magazine about adulthood, “the other awkward age.” She loves travel, photography, and animals, and is happiest when all three converge.


Sayre Harvell is a photographer, musician, and writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Johnny Kerr spends too much money on art and photography books. His images have been published in Flash & Fuse and Trang Den. He lives in Youngtown, Arizona.


Jon Kral lives in Boone, North Carolina. He traveled extensively in the Middle East in the 1980s and 1990s, when he was reporting on the conflicts there for The Miami Herald. His photographs have been published in Time, National Geographic, and U.S. News & World Report.


Steven Krutek teaches in the University of Montana’s School of Art. His work has been exhibited at Project Basho in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Tokyo at Ricoh’s Ring Cube gallery. He lives in Missoula, Montana, with his wife and children.


Edward Manning lives in Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, where he restores old homes and rides a tricked-out Triumph Scrambler motorcycle.


Derrick Nzeakor is a photographer from Dallas, Texas.


Joseph Rushmore is a freelance photojournalist living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He recently photographed the protests at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and at Standing Rock, North Dakota. His images have been published in The Tulsa Voice.


Roger Watts was a professional photojournalist but “retired” in 1990 to become a psychotherapist instead. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


On The Cover

Tony King lives in Kennebunk, Maine. He took this month’s cover photo, of a newspaper reporter named Sever Rice, in Southbridge, Massachusetts, in the 1970s.

image © Sayre Harvell

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