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
Felt in the Jaw
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.
Samantha Edmonds is the author of the chapbooks Pretty to Think So (Selcouth Station Press, 2019) and The Space Poet (forthcoming from Split Lip Press). 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
The Space Poet
(coming March 2020)
Mila Jaroniec earned her MFA in fiction from The New School. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Playboy, Hobart, Joyland, LENNY, Teen Vogue, Luna Luna Magazine, FLAPPERHOUSE, Nylon, and Milkfist, among others. She is the editor of drDOCTOR and currently lives in Akron, OH, where she is writing her second novel. Tweet her @milajaroniec.
Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover
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.
The Invention of Love
(coming June 2020)
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.
I Once Met You But You Were Dead
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.
Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena
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.
The Quiet Part Loud
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 Incredible Shrinking Woman
(coming September 2020)
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.
Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home
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.
Tracing the Desire Line
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 Am the Oil of the Engine of the World and The Hook and the Haymaker
Jared Yates Sexton
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.
Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song
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.