Issue 497 | Contributors | The Sun Magazine


May 2017


Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author best known for his widely adapted fairy tales, including “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “Thumbelina.” As a boy, after seeing King Frederick VI of Denmark, he declared, “Oh, he’s nothing more than a human being!” Andersen died in 1875.


Joe Hutto is the author of Illumination in the Flatwoods, The Light in High Places, and Touching the Wild. He lives in rural Florida.


Al Kesselheim moved to Montana in 1982 to make the leap into the abyss of freelance writing. He has been slowly climbing out ever since. He is now the author of eleven books, including Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water and Montana: Real Place, Real People.


Danusha Laméris has worked as a writing teacher, clothing seller, and clairvoyant. Her poetry collection The Moons of August is the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she is working on a new book of poems.


Nancy Matson lives in Los Angeles, California, with a chinchilla for a housemate. She has held more than seventy jobs and has written essays about a number of them. She is obsessed with wastefulness and maintains a website that gives directions for properly disposing of unwanted items.


Dion O’Reilly has spent much of her life in the company of cows, horses, pigs, goats, a baleful Amazonian parrot, and many enormous dogs. As a child she would nap with her favorite pig and is infamous in her family for refusing to leave the pigpen to kiss her grandmother goodbye. She lives in Soquel, California.


Mark Ross is a freelance photographer and a former volunteer with New York City Animal Care and Control.


David Rutschman is a Soto Zen priest and hospice grief counselor. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Waxwing, and Witness. He lives in California with his wife and two young children.


Anthony Varallo’s latest story collection, Everyone Was There, is the winner of the Elixir Press 2016 Fiction Award. He lives with his family in Charleston, South Carolina, where he teaches writing at the College of Charleston and serves as fiction editor of Crazyhorse.


Laura Willwerth lives in western Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue and The Massachusetts Review. Her chapbook Trump It: Words I Found on the Right was published by Factory Hollow Press.



Mark Chester lives in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and is the former director of photography at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).


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.


Ethan Hubbard lives at Udder Joy Farm in the Chelsea Hills of northern Vermont. A longtime traveler, he’s currently at work on three books about the shepherds of Great Britain.


Leslye Hutto was a photographer who lived in rural Wyoming. The wife of this month’s interview subject, Joe Hutto, she died in 2014.


Juan Laden lives in Lander, Wyoming, where he supports himself with plumbing, welding, and tree-trimming work. His photos have been published in Photographer’s Forum, Lander Journal, and The Sacramento Bee.


Johnny Martyr is a photographer whose images have been used by Marie Claire, TED, and BuzzFeed.


Kathy Rudin is an artist from New York City who rescues dogs and cats. Her work has been exhibited at galleries in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.


Mark Townsend is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Lloyd Wolf recently contributed to the book Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project, which features photos of one of America’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods: Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia.


On The Cover

Nolan Calisch is an artist and organic farmer who lives in Portland, Oregon. He took this month’s cover photograph, of a doe at the edge of the forest, when he was an artist-in-residence at Fort Worden State Park on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

image © Ethan Hubbard

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