About Sun Literary
I founded my literary studio on my great-grandmother's desk in the attic of a horse barn, while raising my son and finishing my degree. I've lived in a sea captain's house; wrangled horses for a living; spent summers in England, Mexico, and Hungary; and traveled across the Southwest in an eco-renovated Airstream with my son and pup. I regularly attend writer's residencies by the Pacific Ocean.
With a B.A. in English and HarvardX studies in World Lit, my 20 years of experience as a writer, editor, and publishing consultant has shaped me into a literary polymath. I've served as a librarian, journalist, editor for an award-winning newspaper, assistant director and liaison for a network of Nashville nonprofits including literacy programs for youth and adults, creative director for Outrider Literary, editor and advisor for A Room of Her Own Foundation and was named its 2015 Blackbird Fellow.
My work and collaborations have appeared in People Magazine, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Hill Lily, American Cowboy, Southern Writers, Severine, WAVES: A Confluence of Women's Voices, and UNUM Magazine. With my amalgamation of Cherokee (Tsalagi), Euro, and Basque ancestry, different-abledness, and a deep connection to the land (intersectional environmentalism), I identify as a storyteller, advocate, mother, and sojourner who asks for the wisdom of ancient paths while migrating her own.
Sun Literary's Vision Map
We are equally, spiritually, and culturally called to be good relations and good stewards. This is the vision map and common ground by which Sun Literary operates. Sunlit is pro-active in DEI narrative work and takes a deeply-informed, culturally-imaginative, interconnected approach to collaborative projects and partnerships. To walk in beauty and engage from a place of strength, Sunlit claims what it is for and believes in infinite possibilities for kinship and shared progress on our horizon.
We gave thanks for the story, for all parts of the story because it was by the light of those challenges we knew
ourselves – We asked for forgiveness. We laid down our burdens next to each other. – Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate
Sun Lit Collaborators
Meet some of my core consultants, go-to editors, and expert readers for manuscript reviews, book development, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reading projects.
Collaborators are professionals in writing, publishing, and academic fields. All read and consult for and from their own expertise, embodied experiences, and cultural literacy (Own Voices) with a bridge-building, multicultural methodology developed by Sun Lit. In collaborations, Sunlit nurtures a culture of deep listening and curiosity, transparency and candor, support and profound mutual respect.
Sun Lit collaborates with over a hundred BIPOC expert consultants and DEI readers, both local and worldwide.
"Kinship, for me, is about creating community and safe spaces. Safe literary spaces, both in person and online, that allow writers to take the chances that make exceptional books and readers that feel seen within those stories." – Antoinette Scully
"Children of color need to see themselves in books so that they know that their experiences are valuable, human and beautiful. Children of the dominant culture need to see these books as well to consider that there are alternate perspectives. It is important for authors and illustrators from communities of color to directly represent their ways of knowing and being in this world." – Melissa Sifuentes Phillips
"Multiple-inheritance and intersections inform me – my ancestry, my connection to the land and environment, being a lone parent, and especially being differently-abled due to significant hearing loss from birth. I read about Helen Keller as an exception, an island in a sea of books featuring "normal" children. Now that I am also a proud mother to an Aspie, I recognize the need for diversity, neurodiversity, and intersectionally-inclusive stories to inform and connect us more deeply all the more keenly." – Sun Cooper
Sun Literary is a member of the National Diversity Council, National Association of the Deaf, American Indian Library Association, the National Association for Female Executives and Entrepreneurs and more.
"To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you ...
You are all my relations. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny.
One, not more important than the other ...
All of us a part of the Great Mystery.”
– Mitakuye Oyasin, Lakota Prayer