A man with the right scruffed-up beard and breadth of chest swaggered into the S and M dungeon that was my place of business, and twenty minutes and one grand later had my chin — still soft with the downy fluff of teen-girl skin — held steady in one paw while the other one flew at my face so hard and fast that I ceased to exist as the same collection of matter I had been the previous instant.
When Sarah’s mother, Penny, got sick four years into our marriage, we decided to move back to Mississippi, considering it penance for the sins of our youth. We signed a lease on a house, a white one-story on the historical register with a wraparound porch and angels, stars, and the moon painted on the transom above the front door.
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Owen Cason is the pseudonym of a writer who dreams of moving to Maine and never paying for parking again. He still has his Complete Calvin and Hobbes hardcover box set from childhood and plans to give it to his niece and nephew in a few years.
Finn Cohen is the associate editor at The Sun. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Brian Gilmore was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is the author of four books, including his latest poetry collection, Come See about Me, Marvin, which was named a Michigan Notable Book. He is obsessed with basketball, screenwriting, and Turkish cooking.
Jim Harrison wrote more than forty books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novella series Legends of the Fall. He lived in rural Michigan, Montana, and Arizona. He died in 2016.
Jennifer Bowen Hicks’s writing has appeared in Orion and Kenyon Review. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with her two sons and a dog.
Keith Lasseigne left the bayou thirty-three years ago for more adventure. Currently based in eastern Washington State, he dreams of touring North America and living the van life.
Lyn Lifshin’s many collections of poetry include Katrina, Lost Horses, and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness. She split her time between New York and Virginia and was the subject of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. She died in 2019.
Sparrow lives in Phoenicia, New York, where he makes small paper sculptures that most people would call “garbage pasted onto garbage.” He has two forthcoming books: a novella, The Princeton Diary, and a collection of essays, Small Happiness & Other Epiphanies. You can follow him on Twitter: @Sparrow14. But don’t vote for him.
Lisa Callamaro lives in Long Beach, California. She shares her food photography on Instagram: @squid_pictures.
Edis Jurčys’s latest photography project, “A Sense of Great Emptiness,” examines the unusual vacancy of parking lots during COVID-19. For more than eight years he has been making sourdough bread with a starter he brought from Lithuania. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Bianca Klein lives near Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana, where she enjoys photographing the landscape.
Jon Kral is a retired photojournalist who carries his Leica camera wherever he goes. He gave up south Florida for the North Carolina mountains and recently became a grandfather.
Steven Krutek teaches art at the University of Montana. When he isn’t teaching or making art, he performs Balinese music with the Missoula-based community band Manik Harum. He took the picture on this month’s cover, of two railroad-yard workers at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, New Mexico.
Laurie Minor is the author of four books of photography, including Jump and Moments with Max. She lives in Pelham, Ontario, Canada, and uses her camera so often the icons on the buttons are worn off.
Joel Rhymer is a photographer and community activist who lives in Freedom, New Hampshire. He practices “unintentional photography” by watching for poignant moments rather than chasing them.
Carol Samour lives in Washington Grove, Maryland, with her husband and two cats. She makes jewelry with beads from around the world. You can follow her on Instagram: @Inspiredbythebead.
Tom Schunk lives in Fairview, North Carolina. For thirty years he’s been in a love affair with black-and-white photography — and his wife, Lisa.
Leon Werdinger is a photographer and former wilderness guide who is based in Oregon’s Wallowa Valley. His photographs have been published in Backpacker, Mother Earth News, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, and elsewhere.
Leland Whitehouse’s photography has been influenced by his apprenticeship with long-time Sun contributor Ethan Hubbard, to whom he will always be grateful. Whitehouse lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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