About Sun Literary


Sun Cooper

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, Euro, and Basque ancestry, different-abledness, and a deep connection to the land, 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 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 cultivation and kinship 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


Sunlit recommends reading  Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo and Onbeing's Grounding Virtues and Civil Conversations.


Sun Lit Collaborators

Meet some of my core consultants, go-to editors, and expert readers for manuscript reviews and DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) reading projects. Each collaborator reads and consults for and from their own embodied experience and particular expertise. In collaborations, Sunlit nurtures a culture of generous listening and curiosity, transparency and candor, and profound mutual respect.

Sun Lit collaborates with over a hundred expert consultants and DEI readers, both local and worldwide.

Meghan Pinson

My Two Cents Editing, editor, and project consultant

Antoinette Scully 

Black & Bookish, book reviewer, and diversity consultant

Lokelani Howe 

House of Howe, writer, and diversity consultant

Aric S. Queen

Author and cross-media project consultant

Saranya Francis

Poet, teacher, diversity consultant, and Star Ambassador of World Poetry

Tanya (Hyonhye) Ko Hong

Poet,  translator, and diversity consultant

Dr. Melissa Coss Aquino

Author, professor, translator, and diversity consultant.

Judy Gruen

Award-winning writer, author, editor, and diversity consultant.

Melissa Sifuentes Phillips

Teacher and diversity consultant

"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 supports We Need Diverse Books


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