The Orcans


Publisher/Senior Editor Joe Ponepinto is a Seattle area writer and editor. He 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. A former journalist, graphic artist, and political speechwriter, he abandoned those pursuits 15 years ago to pursue his love of creative writing.

Publisher/Senior 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.

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.

Lauren Voeltz lives with her family in northern Minnesota. She writes short fiction and is working on her debut fantasy novel. When she’s not writing, and especially when she is, Lauren drinks copious amounts of coffee.  She also enjoys reading fantasy, especially books by Brandon Sanderson and Sabaa Tahir. 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.

Ai Jiang (@AiJiang_) is a Chinese-Canadian literary and speculative writer. She graduated with a BA in Literature from the University of Toronto and is a current student at the Humber School for Writers. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Maudlin HouseHaunted Waters PressBeyond Words Magazine, and elsewhere. Find her online at

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