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.


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.

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.

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