Sun Cooper, Founder and Director

Longtime literary and nonprofit work, multiple inheritances, and migratory motherhood inform Sun Cooper's love for storytelling and shared progress. 
A holistic approach maps Sun's literary work and methodology, powered by curiosity and observation. Having conductive hearing loss from birth has forged an instinct for contextual vision beyond perceived boundaries. Sun founded her agency on an incandescent commitment to the art of deep listening and reciprocity across human narratives, both intimate and shared.

With a B.A. in English and HarvardX studies in World Lit, she's navigated more than 20 years in the publishing terrain as an author, editor, book project manager, nonprofit director, and publishing consultant. She participates in various national councils advancing intersectional women's and children's literature. She also serves as a multicultural facilitator & advisor for A Room of Her Own Foundation and was named its 2015 Blackbird Fellow. Her writing and collaborative publishing projects have been featured in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Severine, Hill Lily, American Cowboy, Southern Writers, WAVES: A Confluence of Women's Voices, and UNUM.

Lokelani Howe, Multicultural Content Director

Lokelani Howe is a hapa writer, photographer, consultant and content director. Being hapa deeply guides her work, alongside years of content marketing experience in nonprofit development and deep roots in the service industry. As a multicultural and multimedia creative, she helps people define their voice and develop authentic content that inspires diversity, equity, and inclusion.  She currently serves as a diversity consultant with her local education board.

Her portfolio includes brand story, content strategy, copywriting, brand photography, diversity consulting, and more. Lokelani contributes travel, culture, and humanity articles to Good Grit Magazine.

She is also working on a collection of flash nonfiction, Hapa Kine, based on her father's short kine true stories about abandonment, abuse, and amputation,and yet also unconditional love, and ultimately, kinship and homecoming.

Sun Literary's Vision Map

We are equally, spiritually, and culturally called to be good relations and good stewards. Sun Lit maps a deeply-informed, morally-imaginative, interconnected approach to storytelling projects and collaborations.  At the heart, Sun Lit subscribes to shared progress.  Read our commitment to shared progress here.

"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, U.S. Poet Laureate

Sun Lit recommends  Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo and On Being Project's Grounding Virtues and Civil Conversations.

Sun Lit Collaborators

Meet some of Sun Lit's core consultants and expert reviewers for manuscript reviews, book development, multicultural and DEI projects. Collaborators are professionals in writing, publishing, and academic fields. All consult for and from their own expertise, embodied experience, pedagogy and cultural literacy with a multicultural methodology developed by Sun Lit. Our commitment is to the paradigm shift from one "expert" towards community-guided inclusion of Own Voices on all levels of review, expertise, and feedback. Consultation is offered in specialties of literary expertise, cultural representation, accessibility, and diverse publishing.

Sun Lit has a robust global roster of 150+ expert consultants and DEI reviewers to work with, both local and worldwide.

Saranya Francis

Multilingual Poet, Social Activist, Diversity Consultant, Professor of Literature at St. Paul's Bengaluru, and Star Ambassador of World Poetry

Antoinette Scully 

Black & Bookish, National Endowment for the Arts panelist, Book Reviewer, Social Activist and Diversity Consultant

Dr. Melissa Coss Aquino

Award-winning Author, Professor of Language and Literature at Bronx Community College, Advisor for THESIS Literary Magazine, Translator, Education and Diversity Consultant

Aric S. Queen

Award-winning Producer, Author, and Cross-Media Multicultural Project Consultant

Juliette McCawley

Award-winning Director, Producer, and Cultural & Diversity Consultant

Tanya Ko Hong (Hyonhye)

Award-winning Author, Internationally-published Poet,  Translator, Cultural and Diversity Consultant

Brenna Reaves

RN, Medical and Home educator, Multiple Disability Specialist, and Diversity Consultant

Cinti Tuan

Artist, Art Director, Multicultural Educator, and Diversity Consultant

Donald Quist

Author, Educator, Diversity Consultant & Host of Black & White & Read All Over

Yaisa Mann

Author, Educator, Vitality and Life Coach, TED Speaker, Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Dr. Gina Saad

Multilingual educator, Language and Multicultural Consultant,  Co-Founder of Translata Services, and Faculty of Languages and Translation of St. Joseph University

Kristen L. Francis

Bilingual Educator, Diversity Consultant, Speaker for Congreso Internacional Montessori,  Founder of Tipai Adolescent Program

Fernando Aquino, M.S.

Journalist, National Hispanic Journalist’s Association, Media Director for El Diario La Prensa, Adjunct at Lehman College, Community Press Leader,  Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Shonda Buchanan, M.A.

Award-winning Author of Black Indian,  Speaker, International Workshop Leader, PEN Emerging Voices Program, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities Fellow and a Department of Cultural Affairs, Literary Editor for Harriet Tubman Press, Speaker, and Consultant

Tyler Tully, MiD

Author, Educator, Speaker, and Consultant of Cherokee-Choctaw and Euro descendency. Doctoral candidate in Religion. Arthur Peacocke Graduate Scholar in Science and Theology at Exeter College, Oxford

Meghan Pinson

 My Two Cents Editing, Editor, and Project Management Consultant

Judy Gruen

Award-winning Author, Editor, Contributor for the Jewish Journal and Aish, and Diversity Consultant

Melissa Sifuentes Phillips

Bilingual teacher, Education and Diversity Consultant

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Sun Lit's Community

Sun Literary is a member of the National Diversity Council, the Diversability Leadership Collective, National Association of the Deaf, American Indian Library Association, SCBWI, the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, the National Association for Female Executives and Entrepreneurs and more.

We are in community and collaboration with diverse literary advocates such as A Room of Her Own Foundation, Multicultural Children's Book Day, Black & Bookish, and more.

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