Meet Our contributors.
Kayla Bashe is a disabled queer badass from the New York area. Their poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Liminality Magazine, and various zines, and their short fiction has appeared in the Outliers of Science Fiction anthology, as well as Solarpunk Press, Mirror Dance edited by Megan Arkenberg, and The Future Fire. They are also the author of several queer romance/speculative fiction novellas.
Read Kayla's story: Acorn Kate
Emma Cairns Watson
Emma Cairns Watson is a recent graduate of Smith College, where she studied English literature and neuroscience. She now lives on the opposite coast, coordinating university conferences on Egyptology by day and attempting to write while balancing the notebook on top of a very persistent lapdog at night. A poetry editor at honey & lime, her own work is forthcoming in RHINO, Pithead Chapel, and Ninth Letter. You can find her on Twitter @ecairnswatson.
Read Emma’s story: Speechless Beauty
Robin Cedar’s work has appeared in Blue Mesa Review, Front Porch Journal, Crab Fat Magazine, Leveler, The Fem, and elsewhere. Her poetry has been nominated for the Best of the Net and selected for limited-run chapbook projects. She received her MFA in poetry from Oregon State University and served as poetry editor and social media manager to its lit mag, 45th Parallel. She is a reader for Lemon Star Magazine, a lit mag dedicated to underrepresented undergraduate writers. She teaches English Composition and writing in Corvallis, Oregon.
Read Robin's story: Mermaids
See more: @robin_cedar
Stephanie Chan is a queer poet who has won national poetry slams in the UK and Singapore. She has represented Singapore at the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam Championships and has represented the UK at the Poetry World Cup. Now based in Singapore, she founded and runs a poetry night called Spoke & Bird, and has been published in various local and international journals and anthologies, including QLRS, Suburban Review, Griffith Review.
Read Stephanie's story: When They Ask About Us
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist whose work can be found in publications such as Eastern Iowa Review, Blue Moon Literary and Art Review, and Dark Eclipse, as well as in several anthologies. Her first chapbook of horror poetry, The Madness In Our Marrow, made the shortlist for a Bram Stoker Award nomination in 2015; her latest, Trailer Trash, will be published by Finishing Line Press in early 2019. She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband and two children.
Read Amanda’s piece: A Pillow, Discarded
Isabella Domingo Hendricks
Isabella Domingo Hendricks is a Boston-based writer who enjoys returning to familiar stories and reshaping the folklore and fairy tales that shaped her. You can find her reading and watching copious amounts of books and television (for research purposes, of course).
Read Isabella’s story: A Night to Yourself
Tiffany Elliott was born and raised in sunny Southern CA and is currently a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing candidate at New Mexico State University. Her works explore issues of abuse, trauma, and how recovery and resiliency allow people to remake themselves. Her work has appeared in isacoustic*, MUSE, Pacific Review, and Indie Blu(e)’s “We Will Not Be Silenced” anthology, and is forthcoming in Riggwelter, Inlandia, and Swimming with Elephants’ “Light as a Feather” anthology.
Read Tiffany’s story: Twilight of the gods
keren chelsea guevara
Keren Chelsea Guevara is a poet, student, and creator from Laguna, Philippines. Her writing revolves around the presence of god or the lack thereof, girls, depression, and love. Her work has been published in MELANINcollective, Sula Collective, Germ Magazine, and The Fem Lit Mag. She has written other longer works such as Nowhere in the Middle and Self Apologies. One day, she hopes to make enough of a difference in the world. For now, she writes.
Read Keren Chelsea's story: Girl of Wonder
Rebecca Kokitus is a poet residing in the Philadelphia area. She has had poetry and prose published in various journals and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. Her poetry chapbook, Blue Bucolic is forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing House in 2019. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @rxbxcca_anna.
Read Rebecca’s story: cocytus
Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017); the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and Saint: A Post-Dystopian Hagiography (dancing girl press, 2018); and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). She teaches creative writing at the College of Western Idaho and through The Cabin, a literary nonprofit.
Read Catherine’s fairy tale: The Gift of Baba Yaga
See more: catherinebaileykyle.com
Kanika Lawton is a writer, poet, editor, and film scholar living in Toronto, Ontario. She is an MA Candidate and Graduate Assistant at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, where she teaches on horror films and sex in cinema, and volunteers for LGBTOUT, Canada's oldest LGBTQ+ student organization. She is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of L'Éphémère Review, Social Media Manager of Rambutan Literary, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2018 Pink Door Fellow. Her work has appeared in Ricepaper Magazine, Vagabond City Literary Journal, Hypertrophic Literary, Longleaf Review, and Rust + Moth, and profiled in The Ellis Review, Horn & Ivory Zine, and wildness. She is the author of Wildfire Heart (The Poetry Annals, 2018) and Loneliness, and Other Ways to Split a Body (Ghost City Press, 2018).
Read Kanika's story: What the River Took & What the Knife Gave Back
Jessie Lynn McMains
Jessie Lynn McMains is a poet, writer, and publisher. They were the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, WI, and currently write a reoccuring music column for Pussy Magic. They are the author of multiple chapbooks, most recently The Girl With The Most Cake and forget the fuck away from me. You can find their personal website at recklesschants.net, or follow them on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram @rustbeltjessie.
Read Jessie’s story: Tarantella della Petrosinella
Erin Moran is a Philadelphia-based poet, journalist, bookstore babe and recent graduate of Temple University. You can find her editing SUBURBAN SPRINGTIME, an experimental zine and ethnological study about suburbia and nostalgia (@suburbanspringtime), at ernmrn.com, or on Instagram (@ernmrn).
Read Erin’s story: The Witch’s Wife
Hale Mueller (they/he) is a junior at the University of Michigan pursuing a degree in English writing and literature. They are half Venezuelan and half German, and were raised in Michigan. They are a poet, author, and illustrator, whose art explores their complex identity and relationship with themself.
Read Hale’s story: Petition for the Seelie Birds
T.R. North was born and raised in Florida and has never been featured in a “News of the Weird” column run in another state. Other works of short fiction can be found in Metaphorosis, Persistent Visions, and PseudoPod.
Buy T.R.'s fairy tale chapbook: Of Witches & Wolves
See more: @northonthegulf
Meena Rakasi is a sixteen-year-old junior from San Jose, California. When she’s not buried under schoolwork or crying over her physics textbook, she’s mining good music from Youtube, annoying her little brother, and yes, writing. Her work, the prose inextricable from advocacy, is littered around the internet, with most centering around the cultural disconnect of being a second generation American. She has been published in the Mercury News and her mother’s fridge.
Read Meena’s story: Our Time of Telling
See more: @meenarats
Nori Rose earned her Associate of Arts in Creative Writing with Honors from Austin Community College and her BA in English/Creative Writing with Honors from the University of Texas. Her work has been published in The Rio Review, Feminine Inquiry, Musings of a #LonelyFeminist, Hothouse, and online in Gingerbread House. She is a former staff writer for Jupiter Index Web Magazine, and has taught creative writing workshops on professional writing and dark fantasy to Austin-area youth. She is currently finishing her first novel, with plans to pursue an MFA in Fiction within the next few years. She is an eighth-generation Texan and lives in Austin with her husband, two rescue cats, a rescue dog, and a blue tongue skink.
Read Nori's story: Beast Girls
See more: thebluebonnetwitch.wordpress.com
S. J. Ross is a graduating history major in Montana. She finds a joyful rebellion in traditional femininities and reclaiming women’s history. Some of her favorite things include Victorian-style scrapbooks, the smell of army surplus, and happy endings.
Read S.J.'s story: Rescue
Tina Sang is a 17-year-old Chinese-American poet, writer, student currently living in Beijing. She writes mostly for fun but has published works in places like Inkbeat Literary Journal and Young Author's Review Network. She will attend Oxford University in the fall as an English student. You can follow her on Instagram at @tinaasaang or her writing account at @tinawrote.
Read Tina’s story: Skyflowers and Hidden Towers
G.G. Silverman lives just north of Seattle. Her fiction and poetry have won awards, and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from So To Speak feminist language + art, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Seventh Wave, Lunch Ticket, Molotov Cocktail, Iconoclast, Ellipsis Literature & Art, and more. She is currently at work on a short story collection as well as her third novel.
Read G.G.'s story: What the Wolf Taught
See more: ggsilverman.com
Kwan-Ann Tan is a writer from Malaysia and a student of English at Oxford University. She edits for Rambutan Literary, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in places such as The Poetry Annals, Porridge Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine and The First Line. You can find her on Twitter at @KwanAnnTan and more of her work at kwananntan.carrd.co.
Read Kwan-Ann’s story: The Singer and the Storyteller
Elizabeth Theriot grew up in Louisiana and lived in New Orleans before moving with her two cats to Tuscaloosa, where she is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. She also works as Nonfiction Editor for Black Warrior Review and teaches writing. Elizabeth has work forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Ghost Proposal, and Storyscape, and her poems can be found in Jet Fuel Review, Crab Fat Magazine, Tinderbox, The Mississippi Review, and others.
Read Elizabeth’s story: Painted Bread
See more: elizabeth-theriot.com
Alex Vigue is a queer poet and storyteller from Ridgefield, Washington. He has a degree in creative writing from Western Washington University and has been published in Drunk Monkeys, Cotton Xenomorph, and Cahoodaloodaling. His debut chapbook “The Myth of Man” was a finalist for the Floating Bridge Press chapbook competition.
Read Alex's story: Hypertension and Panic (The Well of a Witch's Power)
Natalie Wang writes about cats, ghosts, and women, and maintains that they are all the same thing. She is the runner-up of Fairy Tale Review’s 2018 contest, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, The Kindling, Rambutan Literary, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Eunoia Review and the Fairy Tale Review. Her book “The Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine” (Math Paper Press) is a collection of poems on womanhood, metamorphosis, and myth.
Read Natalie’s fairy tale: The Wolf Isn’t the Only One Who Hides in Human Clothes
Full-time broke person with expensive tastes, Andy Winter is a gay, non-binary poet from Singapore. They are a whimsical blend of narcissism and self-loathing that is thoroughly unimpressed with reality. Aside from being an English Literature major, Andy is also a drag performer. Their works have been published in Cordite Poetry Review.
Read Andy’s story: leave
Topaz Winters is a poet, essayist, editor, creative director, speaker, actress, & multidisciplinary artist. Among her internationally award-winning & critically-acclaimed creative credits include working as the author of three books (most recently poems for the sound of the sky before thunder, Math Paper Press, 2017), writer & star of the short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 2017), creative director & editor-in-chief of Half Mystic Press (est. 2015), speaker of the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb (2017), & creator of the digital art installation Love Lives Bot (est. 2018). Her work has been published in Cosmonauts Avenue & DIALOGIST, profiled in The Straits Times & The Business Times, & commended by Button Poetry & the National YoungArts Foundation, among others. She is the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was born in 1999 & studies literature & film at Princeton University. She enjoys chai lattes, classic films, wildflowers, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it.
Read Topaz's story: The Year We Fell In Love & the Forest Happened Around It
Tria Wood is a writer and educator who helps children and teachers become confident creative writers through the Writers in the Schools program in Houston, Texas. Her work has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Sugar House Review, Literary Mama, and public art installations.
Read Tria's story: The Flea Wife
See more: @triatriatria