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.
Sun has navigated twenty years in publishing as a writer, editor, project manager, and publishing consultant. Having embodied life experience with traditional + alternative forms of communication has deeply honed her expertise for creative language & connection. She is an active member of national literary, diversity + accessibility councils, serves as a multicultural facilitator & advisor for A Room of Her Own Foundation, and was named its 2015 Blackbird Fellow. Her award-winning writing & collaborative projects have been featured in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, People, Severine, Hill Lily, American Cowboy, Southern Writers, WAVES: A Confluence of Women's Voices, UNUM and more.
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, inclusion and accessibility. 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.
Karina Puente, Multicultural Facilitator
Karina Puente directs a women-led visual artist studio specializing in cultural art and creative facilitation. She also serves on the Board of Directors with A Room of Her Own Foundation, a nonprofit for women writers and artists. Now based in Philadelphia, her work reflects the Mexican cultural heritage of the Santa Ynez Valley where she grew up, and she is highly sought after for her DIVES, a unique method of virtual dialogue with the art of focus for creatives and storytellers at global + cultural intersections.
Her work has been exhibited in the Corcoran National Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn New York, Columbia University, Miami MoCA, Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mass MoCA and the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.
Sun Literary's Vision Map
Sun Lit maps a deeply-informed, morally-imaginative, interconnected approach to storytelling projects and collaborations. Read our Guiding Principles to Better Stories.
At the heart, Sun Lit subscribes to shared progress. Read our commitment to shared progress.
"We gave thanks for the story, for all parts of the story because it was by the light of those challenges we knew ourselves." – Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate
Sun Lit Collaborators
Meet some of Sun Lit's core consultants and expert reviewers for manuscript reviews, book development, multicultural and DEIA projects.
Our collaborators are "Own Voice" consultants & 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.
Sun Lit has a robust global roster of 150+ expert consultants and DEI + Accessibility consultants to work with, both local and worldwide.
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 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, Diversability, and more.
As we look to the possibilities ahead, Sun Lit is proactively learning and participating in Web3 DAOs & communities.