The Orcans

Editors

Publisher/Senior Editor Joe Ponepinto is the author of the novels Mr. Neutron and Curtain Calls, as well as dozens of short stories published in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. His major literary influences include Zadie Smith (whose novels somehow convinced him he could become a writer), Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Bolaño, James Joyce, Bernard Malamud, Ted Chiang, Yasunari Kawabata, Margaret Atwood, Tobias Wolff, and dozens of others. Best book on writing: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders.

Publisher/Senior Editor Zachary Kellian, a widely published author of flash fiction and short stories, is finishing up his first novel. He is also the co-host of the podcast Literary Guise, encouraging men to use literature as a way to discuss their thoughts and emotions. His major literary influences include Dylan Thomas, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Yukio Mishima, Anne Proulx, and John O’Brien. You can find him online at zacharykellian.com

Editor Renee Jackson is a multi-disciplinary artist currently splitting time between the US and Argentina. She has a passion for new work and a background in theatre where she has had the pleasure of assisting in the literary development and staging of several plays including (Non)Fiction (Jillian Leff), The Wildling (CJ Chapman), Minotaur (Teagan Walsh-Davis), and Gothic Arch (Jeffrey Fiske). Renee’s literary influences include Samuel Beckett, Sylvia Plath, Denis Johnson, Albert Camus, Dylan Thomas, John Donne, and Paula Vogel.

Readers

David Anderson is a writer of short fiction. While primarily focusing on short stories, his interest in flash fiction sparked while studying at Hugo House in Seattle. A recent finalist in a national flash fiction competition, he continues to study and challenge himself within a small group of emerging writers. David has also been a panelist at Pacific Northwest Writers Conference and Emerald City Comic Con.

Thomas Kenneth Anderson was born in South Bend, Indiana, raised in Romeo, Michigan, and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. He’s a Western Michigan University graduate working as a paper engineer. His focus is on flash and short fiction, with a background in journalism and satire. He enjoys mountains, beaches and fantasy baseball.

Ronak Patel is a first generation Indian-American writer, researcher, and educator. His research interests include racism in education and the model minority myth. He has published reports and data narratives for non-profits, school districts, and state agencies in Washington and Hawaii. Ronak’s fiction explores narratives of the South Asian American experience and his literary influences include Juhmpa Lahiri, Kiran Desai, T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Arundhati Roy, John Cheever, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Marci Pliskin is a Seattle-based writer. Her work has appeared in The Cottonwood Journal (University of Kansas) and Orca, A Literary Journal. She has written for MSNBC. She is a 2019 New Millennium Writer’s Finalist in Non-Fiction. Some of her major literary influences include Alice Munro, George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Sam Lypsite, Kimberly King Parsons and Annie Proulx.

Lauren Voeltz lives with her family in northern Minnesota. She grew up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota, and is a registered member of the Ste. Sault Marie tribe in Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of North Dakota. Lauren writes short fiction and has a few fantasy novels in progress. Her favorite writers/influences include Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, and Sabaa Tahir (among many others). Favorite books for writers: Revision by Kaplan and Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft. 

Ai Jiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer and an immigrant from Fujian, China. She graduated with a BA in Literature from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing an MSc in the University of Edinburgh Creative Writing program, part of their School of Literatures, Languages & Culture. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Dark Magazine, Hobart Pulp, Haunted Waters Press, among others. Ai’s literary influences include Kazuo Ishiguro, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ted Chiang, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, and many more. Find her on Twitter (@AiJiang_) and online at http://aijiang.ca

Holley Cornetto was born and raised in Alabama, but now lives in New Jersey. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Holley writes dark speculative fiction, which has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies. She is also a reviewer and regular contributor at The Horror Tree. Her favorite writers include Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oates, Shirley Jackson, Tanith Lee, Carmen Maria Machado, Kelly Link, Aimee Bender, and George Saunders.

K.A. Tate is a tech turned fiction writer living in the Northern Shenandoah Valley with two great partners who are quiet when she’s writing and the same number of parrots who are not. Her work is focused in rural Appalachia where she was raised. She has her MFA from West Virginia Wesleyan and has so far been published in BULL with other publications upcoming. Her biggest literary influences include Stephen King, Otessa Moshfegh, Alice Munro, Shirley Jackson, Larry Brown, and Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. She has a website where she writes about craft for people who don’t know they’re writers yet at katatewriting.com.

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