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The Sun Magazine

Contributors

May 2004

Writers

Michelle Cacho-Negrete writes from her home in a red maple swamp in southern Maine. Her essay in this issue is part of a memoir she’s writing about her childhood in New York. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines, and she currently offers writing workshops in both Maine and Italy.

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Steve Fellner’s short essays in this issue are excerpts from an unpublished memoir titled Where I Went Wrong. Other excerpts have appeared or are forthcoming in the Northwest Review, North American Review, Puerto del Sol, and Another Chicago Magazine. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Jeff Gundy’s poetry manuscript Deerflies won the 2003 Editions Prize. His most recent prose book is Scattering Point: The World in a Mennonite Eye (State University of New York Press). He teaches English at Bluffton College in Ohio.

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Lou Lipsitz can play “My Wild Irish Rose” on the harmonica. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and his next book of poems will be about psychotherapy.

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Alison Luterman has two new nieces, both born in January. She performs with the improvisational theater troupe Wing It! and is currently teaching a course on the personal essay for the Writing Salon in San Francisco. She also teaches poetry to children through California Poets in the Schools.

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At the age of seventeen, Stephen J. Lyons won a trophy for four years of perfect attendance at Chicago’s Mather High School. Now in his forties, he still believes, as Woody Allen said, that “80 percent of success is showing up.” He lives in Monticello, Illinois.

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Sy Safransky is editor of The Sun.

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Sybil Smith lives in Vermont and works as a nurse at a Veterans Administration hospital. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Southern Poetry Review, Spoon River Quarterly, and Worcester Review. She has just finished a novel set in colonial America and is looking for a publisher.

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Sparrow’s hobbies include mystery novels, walking, and Chinese food. He is also running for president of the United States.

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Michael Ventura is a writer who teaches high school in the San Fernando Valley.

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Dwight Yates lives in Redlands, California, and teaches in the writing program at the University of California at Riverside. His collection of stories, Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones, is forthcoming from Snake Nation Press.

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Photographers

Vanessa Albury will attend graduate school to study photography in the fall. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Roy Arenella is a photographer living in Forest Hills, New York.

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Jennifer Bisbing is a vegetarian with a fondness for the smell of bacon. She lives in Chicago and takes photographs throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa.

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Sandy Carter is a freelance photographer based in Victoria, British Columbia. She specializes in documentary and location photography.

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Dianne Duenzl is a photographer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Lynnette Jamneck is a photographer living in Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Jadina Lilien is a photographer and filmmaker living in New York City.

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Jerry Uelsmann’s latest book of photographs is Approaching the Shadow (Nazraeli Press). He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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Leah M. Vinluan lives in Brooklyn, New York, and takes photographs on her travels to Nepal, India, Japan, Korea, and Morocco.

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Lynne Jaeger Weinstein has been taking photographs since she was twelve. She lives in southern Vermont with her family.

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Photographer Robert Welsh lives in San Francisco and enjoys playing the violin with his daughter Alia.

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Elizabeth White lives in Jackson Heights, New York, where she takes photographs and works with America Speaks to increase citizens’ role in government.

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Madeline Wilson teaches photography at a private high school in New York’s Hudson Valley. She’s also an avid sea kayaker and has completed two trips down the Hudson River.

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On The Cover

Joseph Rodríguez is a photographer living in New York City. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and Mother Jones, and he is the author of the book of photographs East Side Stories: Gang Life in East LA (powerHouse Books). In his latest book, Juvenile (powerHouse Books), he photographs teens in California’s juvenile-justice system. On the cover, PeeWee, a member of San Francisco’s 19th Street Gang, holds his infant son.

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