Under the Sun 2017: Previous Authors

What are the authors doing who published their work previously in Under the Sun? Find out about their newest publications, prizes, blogs, and websites.



Suellen Alfred is a writer based in Cookeville, TN. Her latest publications are Southern Voices in Every Direction (with Maggie Vaughn), Teaching through Stories: Yours, Mine, and Theirs (with Betty Roe and Sandra H. Smith, From the Mountains to the River: Mostly True Stories Worth the Tellin (with Joyce Milligan Tatum), and Branches, a collection of poems.



Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer, poet, and photographer. Recent work appears at Fiction International and at The Tishman Review. Creative nonfiction pieces have appeared at such venues as Under the Sun and The Columbia Journal of Arts and Literature. Brian is a two time Pushcart Prize Nominee and the author of Chalk Lines (Fowl Pox Press, 2013). “Writing from the book IG7 (Indigo Gemini Seven)” is forthcoming at Baphash Magazine. Currently Brian is working on the ongoing photo essay, “Mosaics: Journeys through Urban and Rural Landscapes,” an excerpt of which is forthcoming at Irisi Magazine.



Janet Buttenwieser’s memoir, Guts, was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize and will be published by Vine Leaves Press in 2018. Visit her at Janet Buttenwieser.com.





Shuly Cawood’s memoir, The Going and Goodbye, was recently published by Platypus Press. You can find out more at ShulyCawood.com.





Jacqueline Doyle’s flash fiction collection The Missing Girl (winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition) is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in fall 2017. She has creative nonfiction coming out in The Gettysburg Review, Superstition Review, Under the Gum Tree, and Rooted: An Anthology of Arboreal Nonfiction (Outpost 19), and recent fiction in Phoebe, Monkeybicycle, and Quarter After Eight. In 2016 her work earned a Pushcart nomination, two Best of the Net nominations, and a Best Small Fictions nomination. Find her at JacquelineDoyle.com.


Shiv Dutta’s personal essays have appeared in Under the Sun, Tin House, Connotation Press, The Grief Diaries, South85 Journal, River & South Review, The Evansville Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Hippocampus Magazine, Eclectica Magazine, Epiphany, The Evergreen Review, Silk Road Review, Pilgrimage, Front Porch, and other journals. He has also produced forty-five technical papers and two technical books. One of his personal essays was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Silk Road Review. Links to some of his essays can be found on his website at shivdutta.com. Shiv is currently working on a memoir.


Gary Fincke’s new collection of personal essays The Darkness Call was chosen as the winner of the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose and will be published by Pleiades Press in early 2018. Also, West Virginia University will publish The Out-of-Sorts: New and Selected Stories late this year. The Killer’s Dog, a collection of short stories which won the Elixir Press Short Fiction Prize, was published in March of 2017.


Vishwas Gaitonde’s short story Pigs is Pigs and Eggs is Eggs, published in “The Iowa Review,” was cited as a Distinguished Short Story in the list of Notables in Best American Short Stories 2016 (guest edited by Junot Diaz; series editor: Heidi Pitlor). His short story On Earth As It Is In Heaven was published in “Santa Monica Review,” Fall 2016. Two of his short stories, The English Widow and Degree Coffee, are forthcoming in “Gargoyle” and “The Hawaii Review” respectively. He can be found on Twitter at @weareji.


Pamela Galbreath holds an MFA in Creative Writing and, until recently, taught writing courses at the University of Wyoming. In 2011, she was awarded the Wyoming Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction. Her poetry and nonfiction have placed in the Wyoming Writers and New England Writers competitions. In 2015, Under the Sun Online nominated her published essay, “Toward Eternity”, for the Pushcart Prize. Her essays have also found homes in the anthology Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism and in a number of literary journals, including The North American Review, The Vermont Literary Review, South Loop Review, Saw Palm, The Emerson Review, Lumina, and Weave. She is presently seeking an agent for her memoir, Plus Seven: Musings from an Empty Nest.


Geri Gale lives in Seattle. She is an award-winning author of Patrice: a poemella; Waiting; and Alex: The Double-Rescue Dog. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Under the Sun, South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art, Bayou Magazine, Raven Chronicles, Sunday Ink, Otoliths, and the Canadian Jewish Outlook. Her other works-in-progress include: She: prosepoems; The Gerund Collection; and In the Closet: a triad, a narrative about a girl becoming a woman alongside the jazz, poetry, and photography of Thelonious Monk, Emily Dickinson, and Diane Arbus. She is also a Seattle Moth StorySLAM 2016 winner. Visit her at GeriGale.com


Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake’s Daughter: The Roads in and out of War (University of Iowa Press, 1997) and a poetry chapbook called The Tug (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her essays and poetry have appeared in such places as Tar River Poetry, Nimrod International, Lillith Magazine, The Florida Review, The Fourth Genre, The Chattahoochee Review, and Northeast Corridor. Two recent essays were considered “most notable” in Best American Essays of 2014 and 2015. She holds an MFA from Bennington College. Please visit her at GailHosking.org.


Cynthia Jones’ non-fiction work has appeared in Under the Sun, Spokesman-Review, Sniff & Barkens, and elsewhere. Cynthia is pursuing an MFA in creative non-fiction at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Paul Lawrence, and her six-pound Affenpinscher, Poirot. Cynthia is working on her first book, a memoir, about growing up in the nuclear industry near the Hanford site in Richland, Washington. When she is not writing about nuclear bombs in the backyard, she practices appellate law in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


Anne Kaier’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, Under the Sun, 1966journal, The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Kenyon Review. Her essay, “Maple Lane,” was mentioned on the list of Notables in the 2014 edition of Best American Essays. Her memoir, Home with Henry, is out from PS Books. Her poetry appears in Beauty is a Verb: An Anthology of Poetry, Poetics, and Disability (ed. Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black and Michael Northen) which is on the American Library Association Notable Books list for 2012. Her poetry chapbook is InFire. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee. With an M.A. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Kaier teaches at Arcadia University. More at AnneKaier.com. Here’s a link to an essay that appeared in the New York Times on August 24, 2016: “Finding Refuge With the Skin I’m In.” Another essay, “Malade,” was published in 1966journal, Summer 2016 edition.


Diane Kendig has been a poet, writer, translator, editor, and teacher for many years. She has five poetry collections, including Prison Terms (forthcoming, Summer 2017), and recently co-edited the anthology In the Company of Russell Atkins. A recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright lectureship in translation, she has published widely in journals such as J Journal, Ekphrasis, Wordgathering, and Sin Fronteras. In 2011 she moved from Boston back to her childhood home in Ohio, where she blogs at “Home Again.” Visit her website at DianeKendig.com.


Jacqueline Kolosov’s essays have recently appeared in Boulevard, The Southern Review, and The Sewanee Review. Her lyric memoir, Motherhood, and the Places Between, won the 2015 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and is currently seeking a home. One of the essays, “Wherefore,” was featured in Under the Sun and was a Notable. Also a poet, fiction & hybrid (odd term that it is) writer, her third collection of poems is Memory of Blue (Salmon, 2014). She co-edited Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres which won Foreword’s IndieFab Gold Medal in Writing (Rose Metal, 2015). Jacqueline directs the Creative Writing Program at Texas Tech where she is Professor of English. She spends a great deal of time with her ten-year old daughter and their many animals, including an Andalusian mare with Spanish ancestry and a Hebrew name.



Judy Kronenfeld has recently had poems in The Rise Up Review, Verse Virtual, November 2016, as well as in The Peacock Journal and in New Verse News. Her poem in New Verse News was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her fourth full-length collection of poems, Bird Flying through the Banquet has just been released by FutureCycle Press.





Jennifer Lang’s essays have been published in Under the Sun (“Things Lost, Things Found” was nominated for Pushcart Prize 2017), Ascent, Citron Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, among others. Currently, she serves as Editorial Fellow for Proximity magazine and occasionally contributes to the Wall Street Journal’s Expat column. Since receiving an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts last summer, she’s been working on her first memoir. She resides in Raanana, Israel, where she writes, runs a writers’ salon and teaches yoga. Find her at IsraelWriterSalon.com.


Mel Livatino’s essays have appeared numerous times in Under the Sun, The Sewanee Review, Notre Dame Magazine, Portland Magazine, Writing on the Edge, River Teeth, and elsewhere. In the last dozen years eight of his essays, including three from Under the Sun, have been named Notable Essays of the Year by Robert Atwan’s Best American Essays annual. He lives in Evanston, IL, and is retired from teaching English for thirty-six years in the City Colleges of Chicago. He is nearing completion of a book about his wife’s eleven-year descent into Alzheimer’s, her death, and the grief of losing her twice. The book will be called A Long Cry of Absence: Days and Nights of the Journey through Alzheimer’s, Death, and Grief.


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Neil Mathison’s essay collection titled Volcano: an A to Z and Other Essays about Geology, Geography, and Geo-Travel in the American West will be published in June by Bauhan Press. The essays explore his travels throughout the West, ranging from a life lived under an active volcano to a family tragedy in a beloved British Columbia sailing destination. Seven of the eight essays in this collection have appeared in various literary magazines. Two have been recognized as a “Notable Essay” in Best American Essays.


Sandra Miller writes: Be careful if you decide to keep yourself busy after retirement by writing a silly medical romance just for entertaining your friends with inside stories. It might accidentally turn into a real novel of sorts, for which you’ll spend months trying to find an agent and tormenting yourself to define the tipping point where you grow too weary of waiting and decide to self-publish on Kindle. In the meantime, you keep yourself busy by writing the sequel which accidentally turns out to be better than the original, still languishing in the gears of your computer. It’s a slippery slope, and you should probably take up knitting instead so you have something warm to wear.


Lee Patton’s novella, The Faith of Power, appears in Main Street Rag’s 2017 Suspense anthology; a new story, “Joy Slipped into Puritan Town,” is forthcoming from Hopewell Publications. As far as his southern travels for the South Within Us project, three related pieces have been published recently: “The Birds of Oklahoma,” and “Zombie Candy at the Civil War Cemetery” appear in On the Verandah; “Drunk on Heavenly Florida” in the Good Men Project; and “Barefoot in Montgomery” won the 2016 prize at Poetry Matters.


Rachael Peckham is Associate Professor of English at Marshall University. Her chapbook of prose poems, Muck Fire, won the 2010 Robert Watson Poetry Award at Spring Garden Press. More recently, Peckham was a finalist in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award; the National Poetry Series Open Competition; and the Pleiades Press Robert C. Jones Short Prose Book Contest. She is the 2016 winner of Indiana Review’s 1/2 K Prize, the 2016 winner of the Orison Anthology Nonfiction Award, and the 2016 winner of Crab Orchard Review Special Feature Literary Nonfiction Award. Peckham’s essays have twice received notable mention in the Best American Essay series (2012 and 2015), and her prose poems and essays have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Peckham lives with her husband and son in Huntington, West Virginia, where she is currently at work on a collection of essays centered on the lost legacy of Harriet Quimby, America’s first aviatrix.


Lisa Romeo is a New Jersey writer, editor, and writing professor. Her work (from Blue Lyra Review) is listed in the Notables Essays section of Best American Essays 2016, and her piece from Under the Sun was also nominated for BAE in 2013. Lisa’s nonfiction has appeared in dozens of venues, such as the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Hippocampus, Brevity, Word Riot, Lunch Ticket, and several anthologies. Lisa previously worked as an equestrian journalist and public relations specialist and now teaches in the Bay Path University MFA program. Her MFA is from Stonecoast (University of Southern Maine), and she holds a BS in journalism from Newhouse (Syracuse University). Lisa serves as creative nonfiction editor for Compose Journal and editor of nonfiction craft essays for Cleaver Magazine. She lives in NJ with her husband and sons. Her blog LisaRomeo.blogspot.com offers interviews, resources, and advice for the writing community. Twitter: @LisaRomeo.



Mark Rozema’s book Road Trip was awarded the 2016 Washington State Book Award in the memoir/biography category.






Adrienne Ross Scanlan’s essays have appeared in Pilgrimage, The Fourth River, Tikkun, Under the Sun, LabLit: The Culture of Science in Fiction & Fact, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative, the American Nature Writing anthology series, An Intricate Weave: Women Write on Girls and Girlhood, and other print or online publications. She has received a Seattle Arts Commission award, an Artist Trust Literature Fellowship, and her essay, “Salvage,” was recognized as “notable science and nature writing” in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002. She is the nonfiction editor for the Blue Lyra Review and author of Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild (Mountaineers Books, fall 2016). Her website is Adrienne-Ross-Scanlan.com and she can be reached at Adrienne@adrienne-ross-scanlan.com.


Jan Shoemaker’s collection of essays, Flesh and Stones, was published in November 2016. She recently participated in a public reading of Whitman’s “Song of Myself” by two dozen Michigan poets as a celebration of democracy and will continue to engage in literary acts of resistance to tyranny.


Patricia Schultheis’s essay, “To Watch and Witness with the Cable Man,” was published in Bluestem, and two op-ed pieces of hers were published in The Baltimore Sun. Also, The Kentucky Review published her flash fiction piece titled “Glory.” “Glory” also was a finalist for the 41st flash fiction award from New Millennium Writings. Patricia is a lecturer in the Odyssey Program of Johns Hopkins University.



John Solensten is completing a collection of fifteen stories under the title All the Sad Men (Fitz did All the Sad Young Men in 1926). He is trying to write and share the narratives (mostly unspoken but often registering in anger, sadness and confusion) he is discovering among former students, classmates, and so on. He has a publisher in mind.


Alison Townsend is excited to announce that The Persistence of Rivers: An Essay on Moving Water won the 2016 Jeanne Lieby Prose Chapbook Award from the Florida Review and is just out from Burrow Press. Lyrical and poignant, spanning decades from the 1950s to the present, the book considers the impact of rivers at pivotal moments in Townsend’s life, examining issues of landscape, loss, memory, healing, and the search for home. Two of Townsend’s essays, “California Girl” (Catamaran) and “The Scent of Always: A Personal History, with Perfume” (The Southern Review) received “notable” mentions in Best American Essays 2016; the latter piece also received “special mention” in the 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her book-length collection, Nature Girl: Essays on Body, Memory, and the Landscapes of Home, was a finalist in a number of competitions. She hopes to place it soon.


Gina Troisi received an MFA in creative nonfiction from The University of Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program in 2009. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Fourth Genre, The Gettysburg Review, Fugue, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, and elsewhere. Her essays have been recognized as finalists in several contests, including the 2012 Iowa Review Award in Creative Nonfiction, the 2012 Bellevue Literary Review Nonfiction Prize, Bellingham Review’s 2012 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction, and the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose. She received an Honorable Mention for Gulf Coast’s 2012 Nonfiction Prize. She served as Writer-in-Residence 2012 at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is in the process of finishing her memoir, The Angle of Flickering Light, which was a semi-finalist for Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award, 2015, a finalist for the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Narrative Nonfiction Prize and the 2012 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize, and was awarded Second Place in Memoir for Southwest Writers Competition in 2012.


Dennis Vannatta has recently published his sixth collection of short stories: The Only World You Get: Arkansas Stories (Et Alia Press, 2016).




Writing is Bill Vernon’s therapy, along with exercising outdoors and doing international folkdances. Five Star Mysteries published his novel Old Town, and his poems, stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Recent publications include stories in The Wagon Magazine, The Wild Musette Journal, Bridge Eight, The Creative Truth, Here Comes Everyone Magazine, The Rain, Party & Disaster Society, Peacock Journal, November Bees, Door Is A Jar Magazine, Donut Factory, Clare Literary Journal, Dime Show Review, and Indiana Voice Journal.


Cathy Warner, MFA, is a writer, editor, home renovator, and realtor in Washington’s Puget Sound. Author of the poetry volume Burnt Offerings, her stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and online venues including Image Journal’s “Good Letters” blog, where she is Literary Editor. Find her at CathyWarner.com.


Melissa Wiley is the author of “Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena” (Split Lip Press). Her creative nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in places like The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, The Offing, Juked, Noble / Gas Quarterly, Drunken Boat, PANK, and Queen Mob’s Tea House. Her travels in Lapland are anthologized in “Whereabouts: Stepping out of Place,” and she serves as assistant editor for Sundog Lit.