The Orcans


Publisher/Editor Joe Ponepinto’s latest novel, Mr. Neutron, was published by 7.13 Books in 2018. He was the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal. His short stories and criticism have been published widely. 

Publisher/Editor Zachary Kellian is an author of flash fiction, short stories, and novels. He has been published in various journals and was a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Foundation’s Short Story of the Year in 2016. His non-fiction writing career has included work as a contributor for The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. He recently concluded a national public-speaking tour on the complexities of intergenerational communication.

Co-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).


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

Zoë Mikel-Stites is a freelance fiction and copywriter. With a background in theater, she had the chance to study visual storytelling, and the interaction of story and audience up close. She has a passion for science fiction and fantasy, and any medium that can tell a good story.

Ronak Patel is an educational researcher, telling stories through data. His research interests include racism in education and the model minority myth and has published work for non-profits, school districts, and state agencies in Washington and Hawaii. He also writes fiction and is currently exploring the South Asian American experience.

Marci Pliskin writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in Cottonwood (University of Kansas) and on She lives with her family in Seattle.

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