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Wild Musette’s contributors include not only the best in American literature, but poets, writers, and artists from around the world. We’re immensely proud of their hard work, impressed with their skills, and honored to count them as contributors to our press.

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M. A. Akins is an emerging writer of speculative fiction. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Fiction at Lesley University and lives in Indiana, where he spends his non-writing time wrangling nine cats.

Nikita Andester‘s nonfiction work can be found in Loam Magazine, an environmental activist publication, and The Shapes We Make. Currently a graduate student at the University of Denver for creative writing, she lives in her van around the greater Denver area. When not writing, Nikita can be found covered in glitter, reading fantasy novels, drinking coffee from her French press, or making art from trash.

Elisabeth Seldes Annacone began her career on the NPR radio show "All Things Considered," before going on to work for Oliver Stone (Platoon, Wall Street, Talk Radio, Born on the Fourth of July), Francis Ford Coppola (Dracula, The Secret Garden, Buddy, White Dwarf), and then to MGM as a senior VP overseeing movie development and production. From there, she went on to become an independent producer, working on such films as the cult thriller Disturbing Behavior, before turning her energies toward writing. Her first script won Best Family Feature at NAFF, her second, Places, Please, won the Howard J. Green award. Recently, she wrote and directed an award-winning short film called The Changing Room and has received her MFA from UCLA and her BA from Skidmore College. “Shoot and Burn” is her first short story.

Ruth Asch is a writer with one volume of poetry in print, Reflections, and poems of widely varying style and subject, but always musical quality, appearing in many literary journals. She was 2015 top winner of the Maria W. Faust Sonnet contest. She currently lives near Madrid in Spain, where she has been teaching, absorbing a little local culture, and caring for her husband and four children.

Virginia Barrett’s books of poetry include Between Looking (Finishing Line Press), Crossing Haight, and I Just Wear My Wings. She is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary San Francisco poets including OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement. Her work has most recently appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle, Narrative, Roar: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People, The Ekphrastic Review, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), and Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (The University of Arizona Press). She received a 2017 writer’s residency grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, NM. Barrett has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Gershon Ben-Avraham grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and currently lives in Be’er Sheva, Israel. His story, “Grandma’s Postcard,” was published in the Winter/Spring 2016 edition of Steel Toe Review. His story, “The Janitor,” was published in Issue 18 of Jewish Fiction .net, in September, 2016. When not writing, Gershon can be found walking his collie, Kulfi, in one of the many parks in Be’er Sheva.

F. J. Bergmann edits poetry for Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com), and imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets. Work appears irregularly in Analog, Asimov's, Polu Texni, Pulp Literature, Silver Blade, and other places. A Catalogue of the Further Suns won the 2017 Gold Line Press poetry chapbook contest.


 Jenny Blackford’s poems and stories have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Westerly, Going Down Swinging, and Cosmos.  Her poetry prizes include first place in the Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry 2017, the Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition 2016, the Humorous Verse section of the  Henry Lawson awards in 2014 and 2017, and third in the ACU Prize for Literature 2014. Pitt Street Poetry published an illustrated pamphlet of her cat poems, “The Duties of a Cat,” in 2013, and her first full-length book of poetry, The Loyalty of Chickens, in 2017.


Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier is an internationally published writer, poet, and visual artist. She has been a Vine Leaves Literary Journal cover artist and featured in New York’s Calliope Magazine and WebSafe2k16, Toronto’s The Scarborough Big Arts Book, and Long Exposure Magazine. She designs for San Francisco’s VIDA supporting their Literacy for Life program.



Tracy Boyd is a technical writer and spends her spare time creating imaginative stories that straddle the realms between magic and reality, nature and cityscape, human and animal. She has an M.A. in English Literature and a foundation in European fairytales.

Ira Brooker is a writer and editor living in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has published creative writing in many outlets, including Rivet, Hypertext, Dead Housekeeping, and the Pseudopod podcast. In addition to writing fiction, Brooker is a freelance arts journalist and critic whose work has appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cracked, Time Out Chicago, and many other sources. He spends a lot of time with his wife and son and watches far too much trash cinema.


Jenny Brundage is an actress, writer, and producer known for Clarity, Jessica Frost (2019) and Stasis (2017). She’s been published in many anthologies.

Travis Burnham‘s work has found homes in Far Fetched Fables, Hypnos Magazine, Bad Dreams Entertainment, South85 Journal, SQ Quarterly, and others. He is a member of the online writers’ group, Codex, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College. He also recently won the Wyrm’s Gauntlet online writing contest. Burnham has been a DJ on three continents, and teaches middle school science and college level composition. He lives in Upstate South Carolina with his wife, but grew up in Massachusetts, is from Maine at heart, and has lived in Japan, Colombia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.


Judi Calhoun majored in Art and English at Palomar College, in San Marcos, California. She studied the pure contour method as well as intensive creative communication discipline under the tutelage of Children’s book illustrator, Michael Sternagle and portrait artist Steven Miller. Their substantial training provided Judi with a well-rounded education in both portrait work and illustration.

Some of her paintings have graced the covers of romance and fantasy novels, and many of her watercolor paintings can be found on the covers of web magazines including Pithy Pages for an Erudite Mind and Dual Coast Magazine. Lately, Judi has worked closely with publishers to design book cover art for some award winning novels.

In 2009, Judi was the winner of the Artist Innovation Award by Art Works, NH and twice commissioned to create a cancellation stamp for the US Postal service.


Salena Casha‘s work has appeared in over thirty publications. Her fiction has been included in Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her first three picture books are housed under the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishing umbrella.


Con Chapman is a Boston-area writer and author of two novels. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and various literary magazines. He is currently writing a biography of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington's long-time alto sax player, for Oxford University Press.

Charles Christian is an English barrister turned writer, sometime werewolf hunter, and internet radio host. He’s a prolific author, and publisher.  The Urban Fantasist website is home to his blog postings on weird tales, geek stuff, tech, urban myths, folklore, and anything else that intrigues him, as well as the popular Grievous Angel science fiction and fantasy poetry and flash fiction webzine. www.UrbanFantasist.com

Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry through the Low-Residency Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2016. Her recent work has appeared in Cirque, Tidal Echoes, Inklette, We’Moon, Sheila-Na-Gig and Pure Slush among other literary journals.  Kersten co-edits the quarterly journal Alaska Women Speak.  When not exploring the summer lands and dark winter of the Yukon Territory, she lives in Sitka, Alaska with her husband and photographer Bruce Christianson, and daughter Rie.


Dani Clark earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College of California in 2011. Her most recent fiction credits include pieces in S/tick Magazine, Literally Stories, Crack the Spine Literary Journal, Slink Chunk Press, and Pure Coincidence Magazine. Dani writes quarterly news articles for San Francisco’s Western Edition newspaper and is also the Director of Volunteer Services for an Oakland-based animal rescue. When not working or writing Dani’s favorite pastimes include snake-wrangling, cultivating kombucha tea, and socializing feral kittens.


Terri Clifton was born and raised along the Delaware Coast and many of her short stories feature local settings and events. Her work appears in several anthologies including the Rehoboth Beach Reads series, She Writes, and Divine Feminine. She was awarded a Delaware Division of Arts fellowship in 2013 for Emerging Artist in Fiction. She is the author of the nonfiction book, A Random Soldier. Her current work in progress is a novel that begins during the Prohibition Era. She lives on a historic farm at the edge of the bay with her husband, a wildlife artist. She is passionate about nature, photography, and dance.

Melissa Crandall writes fantasy, dark fiction, and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors, Allegory online magazine, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is the author of three science fiction media tie-in novels. A nonfiction book, The Man Who Loved Elephants, is currently under consideration. She lives in Connecticut, where she spends her free time cooking, gardening, and beating her husband at Scrabble.


Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet  raised in the rural town of Conneautville. She has three published chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press, 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon, 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series, Dragons & Magic, was published in October 2015. Her third novel, Centaurs & Magic, was published November 2016. Her poetry collection Sing Your Own Songis forthcoming through Barometric Pressures Series.


Mary Cresswell is a science editor turned poet. She is from Los  Angeles and has lived on New Zealand's Kapiti Coast for many years. Canterbury University Press recently published her collection of ghazals and glosas, Fish Stories. Her poems are widely published in New Zealand, the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK.


Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein has been a stand-up, a poet, an author, a studio exec, a painter, an exec producer and a dedicated educator.  Her documentary, Not Afraid To Laugh, was nominated for a Peabody. She co-wrote the book Dating Your Character, a new character-based writing tool. 


Victor Cypert is writer of short stories and poetry. His work has appeared in Lamplight and Illumen magazines. He is pursuing an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. He lives in Alabama.


Sarah Milne Das is based in Oxford, UK. When not playing with Excel in a University office, she writes flash and other fiction with a touch of the fairytale, as well as the occasional essay. You can read her work in The Sandspout (Albion Beatnik Press).


R.C. Davis is a fiction writer and poet who lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa. While he grew up in the rolling hills that form the western banks of the Mississippi River, his interests in people, places, and genres are cosmopolitan in scope. His published works consist of The Light In The Window (Route 3 Press), Cane Pole Logic (Amber Waves of Grain-Shapato Publishing) and Snow Fall On Dead Leaves (Daily Palette-Iowa Writes). This also includes six poems, published in venerated collections throughout North America. R.C. has a passion for music & culture, and has backpacked Ireland, Scotland, England and the European continent, many times over.


Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but she received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. Her poetry has garnered her two Rhysling nominations and has appeared in nearly twenty journals; her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, and Altered Europa. Her critically well-received Edda-Earth series is available through Amazon.


Robert Dawson writes science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. He teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian university. In between times, he enjoys hiking and cycling, and plays soprano recorder and EWI. He is an alumnus of the Sage Hill and Viable Paradise writing workshops.

Ellen Denton is a freelance writer living in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, three cats, and an extended family of deer and other wildlife that appear now and then outside her house. Her writing has been published in over a hundred magazines and anthologies.

Ashley Dioses is a writer of dark fiction and poetry from southern California. Her debut collection of dark traditional poetry, Diary of a Sorceress, was released in 2017 from Hippocampus Press. Her poetry has appeared in Weird Fiction Review, Skelos, Weirdbook, Black Wings VI: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, and others. Her poem “Carathis,” published in Spectral Realms 1, appeared in Ellen Datlow’s full recommended Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven list. She has also appeared in the Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase 2016 for her poem “Ghoul Mistress.” She is an active member in the HWA and a member of the SFPA.


Jeffrey Doka grew up in El Paso, Texas, and now lives and writes in Daly City, California. He works as a digital marketing consultant and story development editor while studying for an MFA in Creative Writing at USF and drafting his post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel. He’s always looking for new ways that technology and writing can mix, including live-streaming his editing and occasionally his writing process.


Margaret Eckman has come to love the rigor poetry demands—telling a complete story, well and beautifully, in a few short lines; she continues to strive toward that goal. An editor by trade, her award-winning poems have appeared in the Broadkill Review, Aurorean, Nantucket Magazine, and other publications. Her book Hope Runs Through It (as M. W. MacKay) is a collection of poetry that explores the beauty and mystery of nature, the struggles and hope of spirituality, and the challenges and blessings of raising a child with special needs.

Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates) is a pianist and teacher. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Potomac Review, Reed, Digging Through the Fat, and other journals, and was featured in Bookends Review’s Best of 2016 anthology and Peacock Journal’s 2017 print anthology. Her debut novel, To Love A Stranger, was a finalist for the 2016 Schaffner Press Music in Literature Award, and was published in May 2017 from Blue Moon Publishers (Toronto). She has been a contributor at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.


Lisa Finch lives and writes in Forest, Ontario. Her work (fiction and nonfiction) can be found in many publications, including Every Day Fiction, Page and Spine, Digital Fiction Publishing, The Literary Hatchet, Mash Stories, and many others. She is lucky to have much love in her life (including a wonderful husband and three grown children), causes she defends passionately, and lots and lots of books.


B.H. Findley is a medievalist and fiction writer. Her short fiction has appeared in Quantum Fairy Tales and Aether and Ichor. She lives on a farm in central Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.


Angie Flanagan is a conceptual photographer, choreographer, and writer living in northern Wisconsin. This year, her work has been on exhibit in galleries in Wisconsin, Hawaii, California, Florida, and Texas. When she isn’t telling stories through images, movement, or the written word, she can most likely be found on her porch in the woods with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a cat.

Megan E. Freeman writes poetry and fiction, and her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Sleeping Alone, was published by Liquid Light Press. Her writing has appeared in multiple anthologies and literary journals, and her poetry has been used in commissions by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Ars Nova Singers. Megan lives and writes near Boulder, Colorado.



Ephiny Gale’s fiction has appeared in GigaNotoSaurus, Aurealis, and Daily Science Fiction. She is the author of several produced stage plays and musicals, including the sold-out How to Direct From Inside at La Mama and Shining Armour at The 1812 Theatre. Ephiny has a Masters in Arts Management, a red belt in taekwondo, an amazing wife, and six imaginary whippets.

Kristie Garner holds a Bachelor’s in history with a minor in English and a Master of Secondary Education in English Language Arts with a focus in American literature. She just finished her third year of teaching secondary English after having spent 14 years in the newspaper industry. She has since left the classroom and decided to revisit her love of writing and editing as a freelancer. She and her husband live in Troy, Alabama, with their three children, two dogs, and two cats.

Ingrid Garcia tries to sell local wines in a vintage wine shop in Cádiz, and writes speculative fiction in her spare time. She’s sold stories to F&SF, Panorama, Futuristica 2 and Capricious. Her first published poem just appeared in Ligature Works.


Rosemary Gemmell is a historical and contemporary novelist from Scotland. Her short stories, articles and occasional poems have been published in UK magazines, in the US, and online; several stories have won awards. Rosemary has a Post-Graduate Masters in literature and history and is a member of the Society of Authors, the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and the Scottish Association of Writers.


Brandon Getz earned an MFA in fiction writing from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. His work has appeared in Versal, Burrow Press Review, The Delmarva Review, and elsewhere. He is currently finishing a serialized adventure novel about a werewolf in space. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


John Grey is an Australian poet and US resident. He has been published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review, and Big Muddy Review, with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Helen Grochmal started writing fiction in her sixties when she moved to a retirement home. After two mystery novels, she turned her attention to writing short stories in various genres to test her range and talents. She even participated in a podcast and a group mystery (Chasing the Codex). Her publications include Bards and Sages Quarterly, Meat for Tea, Sobotka, Minerva Rising, and Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review.

David Hann is originally from New Zealand, though he currently lives in south China, where he also works, with his wife and young son. He used to write a lot when he was a university student (and that was a wee time ago), but has recently started to write again. In the past couple of years he's averaged two published stories a year, mostly online. This year started with an American magazine accepting one of his stories, which makes him hope 2018 will be a good year.

Melanie Harding-Shaw is a public policy writer by day and speculative fiction writer by night. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her husband and three children.


Samson Stormcrow Hayes is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Afterlife (YALSA quick picks selection), screenwriter of "The Deal", a ghostwriter on a Steven Seagal film (it shall be unnamed, but apologies if you've ever seen it), and author of numerous stories and poetry. Hayes has written for Nigel Lythgoe (producer of American Idol), the Weekly World News, and his epitaph. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he now resides in Los Angeles where the smog is slowly killing him.


Karen Head is the author of Sassing (WordTech Press, 2009), My Paris Year (All Nations Press, 2008), and Shadow Boxes (All Nations Press, 2003). Along with three colleagues, she recently published an anthology of occasional verse, On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year (Poetry Atlanta Press, 2014). Her poetry appears in a number of national and international journals and anthologies. Her first digital poetry project, “Poetic Rub,” was featured at the E-Poetry 2007 festival in Paris. Another digital project was a collaborative exquisite corpse poem created via Twitter while she stood atop the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley’s “One & Other Project.” She was the winner of the 2011 Oxford International Women's Festival Poetry Prize. She teaches at Georgia Tech, serves on the Poetry Atlanta Board, and is Editor of the Atlanta Review.


Travis Hedge Coke is a regular columnist for The Comics Cube, associate editor of Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, and a Hugo and Pushcart nominee. Until recently he taught at Shandong University, and is enjoying his return to the United States. A former editor of Platte Valley Review and Future Earth Magazine, his own writing can be found in Gargoyle, The Lumberyard, and in anthologies including The Willow's Whisper and The World is One Place.

Talie Helene is a musician and writer from Melbourne, Australia. She writes poetry, fiction, and songs. Talie is horror editor for the anthology The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (Ticonderoga Publications). She was news editor for the Australian Horror Writers’ Association for four years (2006-2010). She is a member of the SuperNova writers’ group. Talie has a background in music journalism—especially extreme genres—and has performed with many artists including The Tenth Stage, Wendy Rule, Saba Persian Orchestra, Maroondah Symphony, and Eden.


Russell Hemmell is a statistician and social scientist from the U.K. who is passionate about astrophysics and speculative fiction. Russell has had recent work appear in Gone Lawn, Not One of Us, SQ Mag, and others, and was a finalist in The Canopus 100 Year Starship Awards 2016–2017.


Edgar R. F. Herd is a poet who writes about dance. He can be found in New England’s small town contra dances or dancing old English morris dances with his morris team. Herd spends his days as a therapist in his private practice. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son.

Christine Hillingdon was born in England and migrated with her family to Adelaide, South Australia in 1963. In 2011 she self published a book through Peacock Publications about her 27 years working as a psychiatric nurse at Hillcrest Hospital. She is the author of the children’s fiction book THE GIRL FROM FAR AWAY (Gnome On Pig Productions, 2016) and a novel THE MADDEST KIND OF LOVE (Driven Press, 2016).


Jeehyun Hoke is an illustrator living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Jee specializes in fanciful art for children’s books. She has illustrated Goldilocks is Back, Beaver’s Cave Expedition, My Lemonade Stand Can’t Stand Me, and develops her own books and artwork.


Shannon Hollinger is a writer currently living in New Hampshire, where she and her husband are owned by two terriers. She was a top ten finalist for the 2016 Al Blanchard Award, and has been a nominee for the Bram Stoker Award ballot. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. With degrees in Crime Scene Technology and Physical Anthropology, she hasn't just seen the dark side of humanity—she's been elbow deep inside of it.


Marjorie Jensen is an Oakland-based writer, educator, bibliophile, dancer, and witch. She was the editor of Arcana: the Tarot Poetry Anthology, and taught tarot writing workshops at U.C. Berkeley and The Liminal Center. Marjorie studied intersections of magic and writing at Mills College as part of her M.F.A. program, and she currently reviews occult books and tarot decks for Spiral Nature Magazine.


Ali Jones is a teacher and writer, living in Oxford, England. She holds an MA in English, focused on poetry in domestic spaces and has written poetry in a variety of forms for many years. She is a mother of three. Her work has appeared in Fire, Poetry Rivals Spoken Word Anthology, Strange Poetry, Ink Sweat and Tears, Snakeskin Poetry, Atrium, Picaroon Poetry, Mother’s Milk Books, The Lake Magazine, Breastfeeding Matters, Breastfeeding Today, and Green Parentmagazine. She writes a regular column for Breastfeeding Matters magazine, and blogs for The Motherload. She was the winner of the Green Parent Writing Prize in 2016, the runner up for the Mother’s Milk prize for prose in 2016, and has also written for The Guardian. Her poetry pamphlets, Heartwood and Omega, are forthcoming with Indigo Dreams press in 2018.

E.E. King is a painter, performer, writer, and biologist. Ray Bradbury called her stories “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought-provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” In addition to her work with animals, King has been published widely. She is also the proud and somewhat fearless leader of The Albino Pineapples, a group of five award-winning writers who each have many publications to their credit. www.elizabetheveking.com

Brian Koukol, raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, now makes his home among the salt breezes and open spaces of San Luis Obispo County. A lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy has informed the majority of his fiction, which is written with the aid of voice recognition software.


Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She has over 130 published short stories. Her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Cast of Wonders, and is forthcoming from Apex Magazine, Escape Pod, and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Her debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and she has one short story collection available and one forthcoming from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking.


Christina Ladd is a writer, reviewer, and librarian. She studied Egyptian hieroglyphics at Harvard and T. S. Eliot at Oxford, but flirts with all sorts of other languages and literature in her spare time. She lives in Massachusetts.


Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. She has work appearing in Nature, Flame Tree Press’s Murder Mayhem and Dystopia Utopia anthologies, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Grimdark, and others. She recently caught the editing bug and has finalized her third anthology for an independent press.


Andrew Leggett is an Australian author of poetry, fiction, interdisciplinary academic papers, and reviews. He is also a spoken word artist and singer-songwriter, performing with his wife Linda as The Bloodmoon Wailers. In addition to a medical degree and postgraduate qualifications in psychiatry and psychotherapy, he holds a research Master's degree in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Queensland and a PhD (fiction) from Griffith University. His two collections of poetry, Old Time Religion and Other Poems (1998) and Dark Husk of Beauty (2006), were published by Interactive Press. He was editor of the Australasian Journal of Psychotherapy, 2006–2011. and is currently fiction editor for the online journal StylusLit.


Lisa Lepovetsky has published poetry and fiction in dozens of genre magazines (mostly dark fantasy and mystery) and mainstream publications, as well as many anthologies. Her most recent book of dark poetry, Voices from Empty Rooms, was published by Alban Lake. She also writes and produces mystery theaters for fundraisers, parties, and cruises as It's A Mystery! She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Howard and dog Boris.

Cynthia June Long is a librarian, occasional storyteller, and student of faerie folklore. Her fiction has been published in Lissette’s Tales of the Imagination, her poetry at Miscellanea: The Transdimensional Library and her creative nonfiction at Transient magazine. She earned her M.F.A. in Fiction from Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA in 2016 where her novel draft of The Stolen Child was awarded Thesis of The Year. She is writing an urban fantasy novel featuring faeries in America, and blogs about literature, spirituality, and Celtic culture.


Eliza Master is an enthusiastic writer and potter, and builds stoves in Guatemala. She has studied Arabic, and speaks Spanish and English. Several magazines have published her stories and Wayzgoose Press will publish her three novels; The Scarlet Cord, The Twisted Rope, and The Shibari Knot in 2018. She lives in Oregon with her Labradoodle, Samantha.

Patrick "Jon" Mayo is an accountant by day, and an aspiring writer by lunchtime and after dinnertime. He lives with husband, Bryan, and their tuxedo cat, Tala. He currently hones his craft with short stories and novels.


Dheepa R. Maturi is an Indianapolis-based writer and a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Fourth River, Tiferet, Every Day Poems, The Offbeat, Defenestration, Here Comes Everyone, Flying Island, Branches, Hoosier Lit, Corium, and The Indianapolis Review.


Matt McHugh was born in suburban Pennsylvania, attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and after a few years as a Manhattanite, currently calls New Jersey home.


Donna Migliaccio is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours, and prominent regional theatres. Fiery Seas Publishing began releasing her fantasy series The Gemeta Stone in August 2017, which includes Kinglet, Fiskur, and StoneKing. When not on stage or in front of her computer, she can usually be found curled in a chair with a good book, or tramping around muddy fields and leafy woods with her binoculars, looking for birds.


Virginia M. Mohlere was born on one solstice, and her sister was born on the other. Her Southern drawl is pronounced. She is aware that there is a Santa Claus. Her work has been seen in Jabberwocky, Lakeside Circus, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Ideomancer, and Through the Gate.

Linda McCullough Moore, her work acclaimed by Alice Munro, is the author of four books and more than 350 shorter published works. She has won numerous national short fiction awards including the Pushcart XXXV. She writes and mentors writers in Northampton, MA.


Moosey writes short stories and mystery novels. This particular Moose has had a peripatetic life that’s “complicated,” and has now wound up in Australia with a rather large marsupial family. It’s a surprisingly agreeable arrangement.


Mike Murphy has had over 150 audio plays produced in the U.S. and overseas. In 2016, he won two Moondance International Film Festival awards. Mike’s prose work has appeared in Dime Show Review, Gathering Storm Magazine, Zeroflash, Inwood Indiana Press, Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, With Candlelight, Asymmetry Fiction, Lyonesse Fiction, Communicators League, Theme of Absence, Visions With Voices, Fabula Argentea, and The Flash Fiction Press. In 2015, his script The Candy Man was produced as a short film under the title Dark Chocolate. In 2013, Mike won the inaugural Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition.


Matthew Mutiva is a professional writing major with a creative writing minor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is a former Assistant Editor of The Driftless Review literary journal. His poem “Hood Superheroes” won first place in the 2015 Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards Contest.


Mari Ness spent much of her life wandering the world and reading. This, naturally, trained her to do just one thing: write. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Fantasy. She is a regular contributor to Tor.com, most recently with the Disney Read-Watch, a series about Disney animated films and their source material.


Drew Norton is a writer from Eugene, Oregon. He enjoys lying  around all day with his fiancée and his cat, in that order.

Särah Nour is a freelance journalist based in Fargo, North Dakota. Her poetry has been published in Stone Path Review, Red Weather, and The Poetry Rag. Her short stories have been published in Northern Narratives and Mirrors and Thorns: An OWS Ink Dark Fairy Tale Anthology. She has also written for Listverseand HubPages. When not writing, she likes to cook, paint, and walk dogs at her local animal shelter.


Bayveen O'Connell is a writer based in Dublin, Ireland. She loves all things dark and mythic. Her writing has appeared in The Bohemyth, Nilvx, Molotov Cocktail, Tales from the Forest, Boyne Berries 23, Scum Mag, and others. Bayveen facilitates creative writing workshops throughout the year. She's seeking a home for her first novel and is working on her second.


Kyle Owens lives in the Appalachian Mountains. His work has appeared in Eastern Iowa Review, Odyssa Magazine, The Breakroom Stories, and The Arcanist, among others.

Michael Perret is a poet and translator in Austin, Texas.

Sherry D. Ramsey is a bestselling author, editor, publisher, creativity addict, and self-confessed Internet geek. Her debut novel, One's Aspect to the Sun, was the Alberta Publishers Association Book of the Year. Sherry is a member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia Writer’s Council, and a past Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada, Canada’s national association for Speculative Fiction Professionals. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband, children, and dogs, where she consumes far more coffee and chocolate than is likely good for her.


Sharon Kae Reamer is a speculative fiction writer, American expat, and senior scientist at the University of Cologne, working mostly on archeoseismology projects. She lives on the outskirts of Cologne with her husband, son, and two tuxedo cats, Loki and Finn MacCool. Primary Fault is the first novel in her complete five-book Schattenreich fantasy-suspense series. She’s now in the throes of completing her first SF novel.


Melinda Rooney writes, curates and edits Recycled, a site for “found” prose, poetry, essays, and art. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Satirist, North American Review, Washington Square, and Quarterly West. She lives in Chicago where she writes and teaches philosophy and literature.


Joel Reeves’ stories have appeared in several small press magazines, including Tales of the Unanticipated and the anthology Return to Deathlehem. Three of his fantasy novels, Of Quills and Kings (2009), Walpole Unbound (2011), and Dreams, Schemes, and Spiny Machines (2014) were published by Double Dragon Press. He lives in Northwest Michigan with his family and a pet cat, Penguin.

Alexandra Renwick is a dual Canadian/US writer of noir,  mythpunk, and literary fabulism. Under various iterations of her birth name, her eclectic poems and stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies ranging from Beneath Ceaseless Skies to The Baltimore Review to The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. Her award-nominated collection Push of the Sky got a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was an official reading selection of the Powell’s Books SF Book Club. She currently splits her time between Portland, Austin, and Ottawa.


James Lawrence Rhodes is a dyslexic English teacher at an inner city school in Liverpool. He has been published in The Southpaw Literary Journal, Mungbeing, Flashes in the Dark, 365 Tomorrows, and others. He is a regular contributor to Schlock Webzine (under a range of pseudonyms) and has self-published The Hettford Witch Hunt series (as James Rhodes) and The Days of Mister Thomas (as Oafish J Rhodes).

J. J. Roth lawyers at a tech company, parents her two school-aged sons, and writes literary speculative fiction in the interstices. Her work is forthcoming in Podcastle, and has appeared in Nature, Urban Fantasy Magazine, and various semi-pro and small press venues.



Elizabeth Sackett has a degree in writing from SUNY Geneseo, where she was the recipient of the Lucy Harmon Award in Fiction Writing. Her work has appeared in Gandy Dancer, Neon Literary Magazine, Subprimal Poetry Art, I Want You to See This Before I Leave, and The Literary Nest, among other places.

Terry Sanville lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his artist-poet wife (his in-house editor) and one skittery cat (his in-house critic). He writes full time, producing short stories, essays, poems, and novels. Since 2005, his short stories have been accepted by more than 230 literary and commercial journals, magazines, and anthologies including The Potomac Review, The Bitter Oleander, Shenandoah, and Conclave: A Journal of Character. He was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize for his stories “The Sweeper,” and “The Garage.” Terry is a retired urban planner and an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist—who once played with a symphony orchestra backing up jazz legend George Shearing.

Lynne Sargent is a writer, aerialist, and philosopher currently working on her PhD at the University of Waterloo. You can find more of her poetry in outlets such as Apparition Literary Magazine, Twisted Moon Magazine, and Polar Borealis. She was a 2018 Rhysling Award Nominee and 2018 Aurora Award Nominee. If you want to find out more, reach out to her on Twitter @SamLynneS.



Lorraine Schein is a New York poet and writer. Her work has appeared in Syntax & Salt, Witches & Pagans, Strange Horizons, and VICE Terraform and in the anthologies Gigantic Worlds, Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath, Phantom Drift, and Aphrodite Terra. Her poetry book, The Futurist’s Mistress, is available from mayapplepress.com.

Peggy Schimmelman is the author of the novel Whippoorwills, the novella One Day You’re a Diamond, and the poetry chapbook Crazytown. She is co-author of Long Stories Short, by Livermore’s Wild Vine Writers. Her work has appeared in Sparkle ‘n Blink, WinningWriters.com, NovellaT, Aleola, Pacific Review, Comstock Review, and others. When not writing, she plays percussion and wastes countless hours solving crossword puzzles.

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Escape Pod, Tesseracts, and many other publications throughout the world.


Jeffrey D. Schwartz teaches creative writing at the University of Denver. He received his M.F.A. from Emerson College in Boston, and spent several years teaching at universities throughout New England. His work has previously been published in Beyond Imagination.

S. L. Scott has a Master’s degree in Professional Writing and Publishing. She placed Honorable Mention in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction for her short story “The Morning Star,” which appeared in Eyes that Pour Forth and Other Stories, and received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future 2014 First Quarter. She has been published in Bewildering Stories magazine, The Rogue’s Gallery anthology, and was editor of Helix: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Research in 2013 and 2014. Currently, she writes about the craft of world-building in her blog, Woman in the Red Room.


DL Shirey lives in Portland, Oregon, where it's probably raining. Luckily, water is the first ingredient for beer. His short stories and nonfiction appear in thirty-five publications, including Confingo, Page & Spine, Zetetic, and Every Day Fiction.


Judith Skillman’s work has appeared in Shenandoah, Poetry, Zyzzyva, FIELD, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Awards include an Eric Mathieu King Fund grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her collection Kafka’s Shadows was published by Deerbrook Editions in February 2017.


Keith Skinner is a writer and photographer from Berkeley, CA focusing on history and culture. His nonfiction has appeared in Travelers’ Tales anthologies, The San Francisco Chronicle, Panorama, and others. His travel stories have been awarded Solas Awards for the past four years. He is currently at work on a historical novel set in 19th century California.


Susan Spalt lives in Carrboro, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including Annapurna (Red Dashboard Press, 2015) and Disorder (Red Dashboard Press, 2014) and Pinesong (NC Poetry Society). Susan is one of four poets featured in Carrboro Poetica (Old Mountain Press, 2012). Longer If It’s Raining (Red Dashboard, 2016) is her first chapbook.

Elizabeth Spencer Spragins is a poet, writer, and editor who taught in community colleges for more than a decade. Her tanka and bardic verse in the Celtic style have been published in England, Scotland, Canada, Indonesia, Mauritius, India, and the United States. Recent work has appeared in The Lyric, Rockvale Review, Halcyon Days, Page & Spine, and Blueline.


Hayley Stone is a writer, editor, and poet from California. She is the author of the sci-fi novel Machinations, which was chosen as an Amazon Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book of the Year for 2016. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Fireside Magazine, New Myths Magazine, Star*Line, and various anthologies. When not reading or writing, Hayley studies history, falls in love with video game characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points.


Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about fever dreams and half-glimpsed shapes in the shadows. His prize-winning fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Mad Scientist Journal.


Daniel Stride has a lifelong love of literature in general and speculative fiction in particular. He writes both short stories and poetry; his first novel, Wise Phuul, was published in November, 2016 by small UK press, Inspired Quill. Daniel lives in Dunedin, New Zealand.


Jordan Taylor grew up in a small town in the American South, where she was raised on equal parts Jesus and fairy tales. She has since lived in New York, Portland, and now Raleigh, NC, where she keeps several bookshelves full of books and one cantankerous corgi.


Gretchen Tessmer is an attorney and writer based in the U.S./Canadian borderlands of Northern New York. She writes both poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared in Nature, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Wild Musette, among many other venues.

V. F. Thompson is a writer whose work primarily focuses on the relationship between the real and the mythic and the way that they intertwine. Her stories have been published in several small press magazines and anthologies. In addition to the fantastic, much of her work focuses on queer and LGBT themes. She currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she also performs as a living statue. When not writing, she can be found drinking a strong cup of tea, devouring comic books, or concocting new recipes.


Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in KYSO Flash, Grievous Angel, Thema, and other publications.

Andy Tu is an up-and-coming writer. His stories, which have appeared in thirty-nine magazines, are inspired by his travels; within the past five years, he has lived in Cambodia, Boston, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Colombia. He is currently querying agents to represent his first novel, a literary thriller, while moving back to his home town in California. Andy writes because every person is a mystery to him, and he longs to know their stories.

Linda Tucker is a freelance writer who often writes about Jewish topics. She has published many articles and short stories in various magazines and newspapers. She lives on Long Island, New York.

Linda Tyler was born in London and now lives in a village on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She has been published by Ouen Press, D C Thomson, Bards and Sages, Riding Light, Alliteration Ink, blink-ink, and Thema. Stories in forthcoming publications include “Grey Wolfe” and “Alban Lake.” A retired lecturer, she now runs self-catering holiday accommodation and is walked daily by her Labrador.

Bethany van Sterling is a translator, performing artist, and writer of historical and speculative fiction. Her works have appeared in webzines such as The Drabble, Friday Flash Fiction, and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, and anthologies such as History Will Be Kind (The Copperfield Review, 2015), Crossing Over (Thirteen O’Clock Press, 2015), and Passionate Pasts (Kellan Publishing, 2013). She currently resides in Madrid, Spain.


Bill Vernon served in the United States Marine Corps, studied English literature, then taught it. Writing is his therapy, along with exercising outdoors and doing international folk dances. Five Star Mysteries published his novel Old Town, and his poems, stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies.

Dawn Vogel writes and edits both fiction and nonfiction. Her academic background is in history, so it's not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA, and Codex Writers. Her steampunk series, Brass and Glass, is being published by Razorgirl Press, with the second book, Brass and Glass 2: The Long-Cursed Map, available in May 2018. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.


Richard D. Weaver is an Illustrator of things biological and writer of things fantastic.  He lives on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by things biologic and fantastical.

Lynne Weiss lives outside Boston where she is an active member of the Grub Street writing community and does her part to advance and protect civil liberties and respect for all as a Quaker and a community activist. She loves local theater, music, and art, whether in the Boston area or while traveling. She earned her MFA from UMass Amherst and her work has appeared in a number of literary journals and sites, including The Boston Globe, Radcliffe Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Change Seven, and Circa, and The Common, [PANK], and Ploughshares blogs.


Douglas Weissman is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco. His Young Adult series (Deep Freeze) and New Adult novel (Bad Connections) were released by Epic Press in Fall 2016. His short fiction has been published in 3Elements Literary Review and is forthcoming in Soft Cartel.

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has published or aired mainstream and speculative short fiction in Neo-Opsis, Prix Aurora-winning (2015) Bundoran Press anthology Second Contacts, Prix Aurora-winning (2016) Laksa Media’s The Sum of Us, and Bundoran’s upcoming 49th Parallels. She also writes comedic murder mysteries for Calgary entertainment company Pegasus Performances, with over eighty scripts produced. A retired public servant, Liz lives in Ottawa with her husband, writer and publisher Hayden Trenholm.

Mary Vlooswyk is an Alberta-born emerging artist. She was short-listed in January 2018 for Quattro Books Best New Poet Award. Her poetry placed third in a Canada 150 Contest. Her writing has appeared in Gusts, FreeFall Magazine, Mothers Always Write, The Asahi Shimbun, and Haiku Canada anthologies. She has dabbled in visual arts. Mary is a lover of the outdoors but can be equally moved by music. Travel and music, especially cello, which she studies, often influence her writing and her open mic sessions.



Shannon Connor Winward is the author of the Elgin Award  winning chapbook Undoing Winter and winner of the Delaware Division of the Arts' 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction. Her work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Lunch Ticket, The Pedestal Magazine, Cider Press Review, The Monarch Review, Qu, Literary Mama, and Wild Musette Journal, among others. In between writing, parenting, and other madness, Shannon is also a poetry editor for Devilfish Review and founding editor of Riddled with Arrows literary journal.


Brooke Wonders’ fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex Magazine, and The Dark (among others), and has been anthologized in the &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing and the Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa.


Jeff Wood lives in Colorado with his two daughters and three  cats. He has had over twenty short stories published in print magazines and online publications such as Boston Phoenix, New York Press, Camas: The Nature of the West, Fiction at Work, Six Sentences, Everyday Weirdness, The Greyrock Review, Bellowing Ark, tomlit, CRATE, Java Journal, and Clifton. He also has a children's play included in the anthology CHILDSPLAY, in the company of such authors as Sam Shepard and Maya Angelou. When not writing he spends way too much time staring at the night sky.

J. M. Young is a graduate of the Florida State University with Creative Writing and Theatre degrees. At Orlando Repertory Theatre, she gained experience as a​ ​co-playwright for “Writes of Spring” (an annual creative writing program for students K-12), and as a writer of original shorts for the Rockin’ REP REC Fest. She is currently working on a novel set to debut in early 2018.

Richard Zwicker is an English teacher living in Vermont, USA, with his wife and beagle. His short stories have appeared in T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, Zetetic, Perihelion Science Fiction, and other semipro markets. Besides reading and writing, his hobbies include playing the piano, jogging, and fighting the good fight against middle age.