Kristen Arnett is the NYT bestselling author of the debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019). She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter's Literary Award in Fiction and is a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared at The New York Times, North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, Bennington Review, The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award. She is a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain Institute. Her next two books (Samson: A Novel and With Foxes: Stories) will be published by Riverhead Books. She is represented by Pande Literary. You can find her on Twitter here: @Kristen_Arnett
The Part that Burns
Jeannine Ouellette's stories and essays have appeared in North American Review, Calyx, The Writer’s Chronicle, Narrative, Masters Review, Penn Review, and several anthologies including Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives and Ms. Aligned: Women Writing About Men. Her work has received two Pushcart nominations and been recognized in many contests including those sponsored by Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Crazyhorse, Chattahoochee Review, Fairy Tale Review, and more. She has received fellowships from Millay Colony and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, teaches and mentors through the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop and AWP’s Writer to Writer program, and is the founder of Elephant Rock, an independent writing program based in Minneapolis, where she lives near the banks of the Mississippi. Visit her at www.jeannineouellette.com
The Quiet Part Loud
Tyler Barton is a cofounder of Fear No Lit, home of the Submerging Writer Fellowship and Page Match. His short fiction can be found in Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Subtropics, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. He has attended the Adirondacks Center for the Arts Anne Marie LaBastille Residency and is the recipient of a 2019 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant to teach workshops to seniors in an assisted-living facility. He works in a nature museum and lives in Lancaster, PA with his partner and dachshund. Find him at @goftyler and tsbarton.com.
Brett Biebel’s (mostly very) short fiction has appeared in dozens of print and online outlets, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Emrys Journal, Chautauqua, Crab Creek Review, Salt Hill, and Third Point Press. He holds an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University in Mankato. He has taught writing and speech courses at colleges and universities across the Midwest and South, and 48 Blitz is his debut story collection. He lives in Iowa with his wife, Meg, and daughter, Eliza.
Tasha Coryell lives and writes in Tuscaloosa, where she received an MFA from the University of Alabama. She's had fiction, nonfiction and poetry published in Word Riot, Diagram, Barrelhouse, Winter Tangerine, and other journals. She is currently working on a novel about murderous sorority girls and a YA novel about witches taking over the government. You can find her tweeting under @tashaaaaaaa and her rarely updated website.
The Incredible Shrinking Woman
A native of NE Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor.
She is Founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal, which she launched in 2012. Athena's work has appeared in various publications including GAY Magazine, Narratively, and The Great Lakes Review. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. A Callaloo fellow, a V.O.N.A. fellow, and a Tin House Workshop attendee, Athena is the author of No God In This Room, a poetry chapbook (Argus House Press). Her work also appears in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books). Athena is the co-host of the New Books in Poetry Podcast via the New Books Network.
She resides in Philadelphia.
The Space Poet
Samantha Edmonds is the author of the chapbooks Pretty to Think So (Selcouth Station Press, 2019) and The Space Poet (Split/Lip Press, 2020). Her fiction has appeared in such journals as Mississippi Review, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, The Pinch, Indiana Review, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others. Her nonfiction has been published in The Rumpus, Literary Hub, Ploughshares, VICE, Bustle, and more. Currently, she works as the Assistant Fiction Editor for Sundress Publications and as the Fiction Editor for Doubleback Review, a new journal within the Sundress Publications family; she has formerly served as the Fiction Editor for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and as the Community Outreach Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Tennessee. Originally from Ohio, she now lives in Columbia, MO, where she's a PhD candidate in fiction at the University of Missouri. Visit her online at
Before the Earth Devours Us
(forthcoming September 2021)
Esteban Rodríguez is the author of the poetry collections Dusk & Dust, Crash Course, In Bloom, (Dis)placement, and The Valley. His poetry has appeared in Boulevard, Shenandoah, The Rumpus, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He is the Interviews Editor for the EcoTheo Review, an Assistant Poetry Editor for AGNI, and a regular reviews contributor for [PANK] and Heavy Feather Review. He lives in Austin, Texas.
The Invention of Love
Sara Schaff is the author of the story collections The Invention of Love (forthcoming from Split Lip Press in 2020) and Say Something Nice About Me (Augury Books 2016), a CLMP Firecracker Award Finalist in fiction and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for short fiction. Her writing is forthcoming or has appeared in The Missouri Review, Yale Review Online, The Belladonna, Michigan Quarterly Review, Joyland, LitHub, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She is represented by Maria Massie of MMQLit.
A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at the University of Michigan, Sara has taught at Oberlin College, the University of Michigan, and St. Lawrence University, as well as in China, Colombia, and Northern Ireland, where she also studied storytelling. Sara lives in the North Country of New York State with her husband, the poet Benjamin Landry, and their daughter. She is an assistant professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Jared Yates Sexton
I Am the Oil of the Engine of the World and The Hook and the Haymaker
Jared Yates Sexton is a writer and political analyst whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Globe and Mail, and is the author of three collections of short fiction, a novel, his account of the 2016 Presidential Election The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage, and The Man They Wanted Me To Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making, available from Counterpoint Press. Currently he serves as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University.
I Once Met You But You Were Dead
SJ Sindu was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts, and is the award-winning author of two novels, Marriage of a Thousand Lies and Blue-Skinned Gods, as well as the hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook I Once Met You But You Were Dead. A 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, Sindu holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and teaches at the University of Toronto.
Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song
Kara Vernor’s fiction and essays have appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Ninth Letter, The Los Angeles Review, The Normal School, Fanzine, No Tokens, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation scholarship for her MFA program, which began at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and ended at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her fiction has been included in Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions, The Best Small Fictions 2019, and Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California. Find her on Twitter: @karavernor.
Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home
Shasta Grant is the author of the chapbook Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home (Split Lip Press, 2017). She won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest and the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellowship. She has received residencies from Hedgebrook and The Kerouac Project and her work has appeared in cream city review, Little Fiction, Hobart, wigleaf, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Singapore and Indianapolis. Visit her online at shastagrant.com.
Kelly Ann Jacobson
An Inventory of Abandoned Things
(forthcoming April 2021)
Kelly Ann Jacobson is the author of many published novels for both adults and young adults, and her short fiction has been published in such places as Northern Virginia Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Gargoyle, and Best Small Fictions 2020. Kelly is a PhD candidate in fiction at Florida State University and teaches speculative fiction for Southern New Hampshire University's online MFA in creative writing. More information about her can be found at www.kellyannjacobson.com.
Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover
Mila Jaroniec earned her MFA from The New School. Her fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Playgirl, Playboy, Ninth Letter, PANK, Hobart, and Joyland, among others. She teaches fiction at Catapult.
Emily Thomas Mani
The Church of Wrestling
(forthcoming June 2021)
Emily Thomas Mani is originally from Brampton, Ontario and now lives in Toronto with her family. Her stories have appeared in The Forge, Barren, and Big Fiction Magazine.
Tracing the Desire Line
Melissa Matthewson’s essays have appeared in Guernica, DIAGRAM, American Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, River Teeth, and The Rumpus among other publications. She has been awarded an AWP Intro Journals award in creative nonfiction as well as residencies and scholarships to PLAYA, Art Smith, Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, and Tin House. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Montana, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Learn more at melissamatthewson.com or @melmatthewson on Twitter.
(forthcoming April 2021)
Calvin Walds is a writer, educator, and abolitionist/image-maker/nomad originally from Detroit, Michigan. His poems and texts have been published in No, Dear, African-American Review, Hyperallergic, Callaloo Journal, the Poetry Project Newsletter, Ctrl-V Journal, and are forthcoming in DIAGRAM and Black Warrior Review. As an educator, he has taught in Sunflower County, in the Mississippi Delta, Ramallah, in the Occupied Palestinean Territories, and most currently in New York City. He was a finalist for the Emerge Surface Be fellowship, the Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest, and long-listed for the Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize. He comes from a transdisciplinary academic background, and is currently a MFA candidate at UCSD in Cross-Genre Writing. Right now, he is primarily interested in questions of fugitivity as an artistic practice and practice of resistance, anticolonial African cinema, the poetics of relation, assemblage, Black [always already] experimental music, and the painter Beauford Delaney’s engagement with figuration and abstraction.
Flee is his first chapbook.
Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena
Melissa Wiley won the 2019 Autumn House Press Full-Length Nonfiction Contest for her book Skull Cathedral, concerning the body's vestigial organs and reflexes. Her fiction and essays have also appeared in places like DIAGRAM, American Literary Review, Terrain.org, The Rumpus, Entropy, Phoebe, Waxwing, The Offing, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and PANK.
This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love.
Jennifer Wortman's work appears in TriQuarterly, Copper Nickel, Glimmer Train, Normal School, Brevity, DIAGRAM, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives with her family in Colorado, where she serves as associate fiction editor for Colorado Review and teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Find more at jenniferwortman.com.