Issue 530 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


February 2020


Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, and Crab Orchard Review. A resident of Charleston, South Carolina, he is an associate professor at the College of Charleston and a lifelong lover of comics. You can follow him on Instagram: @garyallenjackson.


Brionne Janae lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she spends most of the year complaining about how cold she is and the rest complaining about how hot and thick the air is. Her first full-length poetry collection is After Jubilee.


Mark Leviton is supposed to be retired, but it didn’t take. He’s now in his fifth decade of writing professionally, and his 1960s-themed radio program, Pet Sounds, can be heard Mondays on KVMR-FM in Nevada City, California.


Robert Lopez is the author of two story collections and three novels, including All Back Full. His new book, A Better Class of People, will be published by Four Way Books in 2021. He teaches too much at too many places and plays more tennis than his middle-aged body can handle. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Erin McReynolds’s work has appeared in the North American Review, Kenyon Review Online, Split Lip, and Parhelion. She has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and is the online fiction editor at American Short Fiction. She lives with her husband and dog in Austin, Texas. You can follow her on Twitter @erinequals, but don’t expect much.


Robert Brian Mulder lives in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Pennsylvania English, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. He doesn’t use Twitter, own a smartphone, or talk to Alexa.


Peace Pilgrim was an activist who began walking across the U.S. for peace in the 1950s following a spiritual awakening. She was completing her seventh cross-country pilgrimage when she died in 1981 at the age of seventy-two.



Matthew Avery is a financial analyst who lives in Houston, Texas. He became hooked on photography the day his father trusted him with a Canon AE-1.


Rachel J. Elliott is the editorial associate and photo editor of The Sun. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.


Tim Evans is a writer, photographer, and lover of games and literature. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Robert Graham is the art director of The Sun. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.


Russell Houlston lives in Walnut Creek, California, a town his fellow photographers complain is unphotogenic. He’s put a lot of work into proving them wrong.


Chioke I’Anson is a photographer who lives in Richmond, Virginia. He teaches in the African American studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a voice of underwriting for National Public Radio, announcing the organizations that support the station.


Staci Kleinmaier is a photographer and writer who enjoys indoor rock climbing, kayaking, and swearing. Her photography has appeared in Click, Womankind, and Eltern magazines.


Melissa Shook is a writer, videographer, and photographer who lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts.


Soraya Simi was raised in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. A recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s film school, she is a photographer and documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles.


Jennifer Spelman is a photographer who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but spends as much time as possible in Cuba. She’s happiest near the sea, drinking coconut water, surrounded by shades of blue.


On The Cover

Jacki Dickert likes to find natural beauty in her own backyard in Linden, New Jersey, but she is also well traveled. She took the photo on this month’s cover when she stopped to help someone whose car had broken down in the Scottish Highlands. The view of the train tracks emerged only after she got out of her car.

image © Jennifer Spelman

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