ALYSSA H. AXSOM is a photographer living in Lafayette, Colorado.
Rita Bernstein began taking photos after a career as a civil-rights lawyer. She lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City, but spends her summers at a family cottage in rural Pennsylvania.
Chris Bursk is a recovering church-youth-group leader who lives in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania. He has six grandchildren and is the author of a collection of poetry about their imaginary friends (and his) titled The Boy with One Wing.
James Carroll’s images have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Population Bulletin, and American Prospect. He lives in New York City.
MORGAN CAUFIELD died in February 2010 at the age of fifty-four. She worked with developmentally disabled children in Sebastopol, California.
Matt Kollasch spent thirty years as a librarian, and spent last year swimming laps in six different countries. He lives in Baku, Azerbaijan, but will move to Kosovo next month.
Alison Luterman is currently seeking a home for an intimate little musical about kidney transplantation. She is the author of the poetry collections Desire Zoo, See How We Almost Fly, The Largest Possible Life, and Feral City, an e-book of personal essays.
Julie McCarthy has published The Hair Project, a book of photographs of women who have lost their hair while undergoing chemotherapy. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
Sy Safransky is the editor and publisher of The Sun.
JASMINE SKYE is soldiering on through the Twelve Steps in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She's currently working on her first novel and looking for an agent.
Sparrow lives in the quiet village of Phoenicia, New York, with his wife, Violet Snow. His latest book is How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization (And Other Helpful Hints). Once a year he goes to Yankee Stadium to see a baseball game.
KERRY ST. OURS is a photographer who lives with her husband and daughter in Huntington, New York.
CORVIN THOMAS lives in San Francisco. As a writer, he takes inspiration from the language of his two children: “I got stung by a pimple,” his two-year-old daughter says; “I smell bacon on the baby wind,” says his four-year-old son.
Mark Townsend lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he likes to take photos at night.
Photographer NATALIE URMINSKA recently moved from Hawaii to New York City.
ERIN VAN RHEENEN divides her time between California and Costa Rica. She has taught writing at City College of New York and in the San Francisco County Jail. She has a new book titled Living Abroad in Costa Rica (Avalon Travel Publishing).
Suzi Q. Varin lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband. A skater, punk-rock tomboy, and Sudoku-puzzle addict, she was chosen by Martha Stewart Weddings as a top wedding photographer of 2014.
GENIE ZEIGER was a longtime contributor to The Sun who lived in Shelburne, Massachusetts. She died in 2009.
On the Cover
REINHARD GORN is a native of Berlin, Germany. A former social worker, he has made his living from photography since 1982. He teaches and does commercial work to pay the bills, but he prefers to photograph strangers on the streets. It is, he says, his therapy. He took this month's cover photograph in Budapest, Hungary, where he lived for part of 1992. After a summer storm, he went outside with his camera and found a young girl standing in the middle of a flooded road. More of Gorn's work can be seen at www.gorn-photodesign.de.