Every issue will explore the unexpected pain, the joy, and, most of all, the simple dignity of being human
The Sun has just been awarded the 2007 Utne Independent Press Award for Best Writing. For nearly twenty years Utne magazine has honored the best of the independent media: publications that offer perspectives not found in mass-market magazines and newspapers. This is the fifth Independent Press Award The Sun has received.
In its announcement, Utne describes The Sun as “an intimate forum where some of the finest contemporary writers share their most polished, provocative prose, and then everyone else is invited to join in. . . . In Readers Write, one of our favorite sections of the magazine, readers are invited to contribute short pieces on a broad range of topics, such as Airports or Nine To Five, resulting in a lively, nationwide dialogue.”
The Sun magazine isn't likely to be found at your regular newsstand because it's not "commercial" enough: we don't carry advertising; and we regularly print pieces that are too risky, too personal, too sad, too something. Yet somehow The Sun magazine finds its way into the right hands; readers who appreciate writing that doesn't talk down to them or up to them, but meets their level gaze.
The Sun magazine isn't "literary" or "political" or "spiritual" in the usual sense. It begins where those labels end, which is where life gets interesting. Each month, in essays, stories, interviews, and poetry, people write in The Sun of their struggle to understand their lives, often baring themselves with surprising intimacy. Our writers aren't afraid to take risks, to look at something ugly - or beautiful - and describe it honestly.
Each month we also invite readers to write on such topics as Whirlwind Romances, Locked Doors, Begging, or Hair. What results, in the words of one reviewer, is "often exciting, always heartening, sometimes as shocking as words overheard in a church confessional."
Photographs round out The Sun magazine, and each issue ends with a page of Sunbeams: quotations drawn from various sources and juxtaposed in a way that honors the rich and paradoxical nature of our lives.
We can't guarantee that The Sun magazine will be the same from month to month. But we can promise that every issue will explore the unexpected pain, the joy, and, most of all, the simple dignity of being human.
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