Orca Staff



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 that has had selections reproduced in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best Small Fictions, Best Gay Fiction, and other notable anthologies. He has had stories published in Crab Orchard Review, Fugue, Lumina, 2 Bridges Review, and dozens of other literary journals in the U.S. and abroad, and has won a couple of contests.  He’s an adjunct creative writing instructor at Seattle’s Hugo House and Tacoma Community College.

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.


Assistant Editor Dona McCormack is a queer, disabled writer living in Northeast Ohio with her devoted partner of 19 years. She writes realism, horror and fabulism, and she toys with surrealism when she feels cheeky. She pores over writing craft manuals and clips story plots from small town newspapers, often reliable sources of ironic and diabolical material. Dona serves as assistant editor at Orca, a Literary Journal. Her publishing credits include Saturday Evening Post’s Friday Fiction SeriesTahoma Literary ReviewNEBO Literary MagazineRed Coyote, and terse Journal, and forthcoming publications include Bourbon Penn and Fabula Argentea.


Isabel Armiento studies English at the University of Toronto, where she is Editor-in-Chief of a campus newspaper and actively involved in several other campus publications. Her work has been published or is pending publication in Submittable, The Mighty Line, Adroit Journal, Antithesis Journal, and elsewhere, and she was a winner of the Hart House Literary Competition for prose fiction.

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