Issue 12 Contributors

Chris Arthur is an Irish writer currently based in St Andrews, Scotland. He’s author of several essay collections, most recently Hidden Cargoes, and has published in a range of journals on both sides of the Atlantic. His awards include the Akegarasu Haya International Essay Prize and the Sewanee Review’s Monroe K. Spears Essay Prize. Further information about his writing can be found here:

Heather Bartos writes fiction and nonfiction. She has had essays in Fatal Flaw, Stoneboat Literary Journal, HerStry, and elsewhere, and upcoming in McNeese Review. Her flash fiction has appeared in The Dillydoun Review, The Closed Eye Open, Tangled Locks Journal, and other publications, and also won first place in the Baltimore Review 2022 Micro Lit Contest. Her short stories have appeared in Ponder Review, Bridge Eight, Relief: A Journal of Art & Faith, and elsewhere.

John Brantingham was Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ first poet laureate. His work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, Writers Almanac and The Best Small Fictions 2016. He has nineteen books of poetry and fiction including Life: Orange to Pear (Bamboo Dart Press). He is the founder and editor of The Journal of Radical Wonder. He lives in Jamestown, NY.

Bill Capossere’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies, including Colorado ReviewAlaska Quarterly ReviewIn Short, and Man in the Moon. Recognitions include the “notable essays” section of Best American Essays and the “special mention” section of the Pushcart Prize Best of the Small Presses. He holds an MFA from the Mt. Rainier Writing Workshop and currently works as an adjunct instructor in Rochester NY.

Erica R. Edwards is a writer and literary critic. She is Professor of African American Studies and English at Yale University. She is the author of The Other Side of Terror: Black Women and the Culture of U.S. Empireand Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership. Twitter: @ericaredwards2

Erica Jenks Henry’s work has appeared in Literary Hub, Zone 3, Pithead Chapel, Jellyfish Review, Lumiere Review, Oyster River Pages, Raleigh Review (forthcoming), and other places. Erica grew up in Bangkok but currently calls Chicago home. She enjoys traveling with her children and finds most writing ideas while in unexpected situations. A few of her literary inspirations are Elena Ferrante, Susanna Clarke, and Lucia Berlin. Blog/writing:; Twitter: @wabisabiwoman; Instagram: @wabisabai

Jessica Manack holds degrees from Hollins University and lives with her family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her writing has recently appeared in Maudlin House, Five South, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is a recipient of a 2022 Curious Creators Grant and is working on her first poetry collection. Find her at jessicamanack.comand @jessicamanack on Twitter.

Cadence Mandybura’s fiction has been published in Pulp LiteratureFreeFallNōDFudoki Magazine, and the Bacopa Literary Review. Cadence is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, the associate producer of The Truth podcast, a freelance editor, and a taiko drummer. Find her on Twitter at @cade_bura and learn more at

Anisa Marmura is a writer and illustrator currently working on a collection of vignettes and stories that explore desire, femininity, lust, domestic adventure and reclusion.

Brendan McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in Menda City ReviewOBELUSCrow Name, and Kairos Literary Journal, which named him runner-up for their 2020-2021 Editors’ Prize in Prose. He is the author of the forthcoming Young Adult novel GlowFish. When not writing fiction, Brendan provides editorial services to conservation and human rights organizations. He lives in Seattle.

Maria S. Picone/수영 is a queer Korean American adoptee with an MFA from Goddard College. She has been published in Fractured Lit, perhappened, and others including Best Small Fictions 2021. Her work has been supported by Lighthouse Writers Workshop, GrubStreet’s Novel Generator, VONA/Voices and Kenyon Review. She is Chestnut Review and The Petigru Review’s managing editor, associate editor at Uncharted Magazine and an SFWA member. Find out more at, Twitter @mspicone.

Australian by birth and Montenegrin origin, Pavle Radonic has spent eight years living in SE Asia. Previous work has appeared in a range of literary journals, including Ambit, Big Bridge, Panoply, New World Writing Quarterly, Citron, and Antigonish Review. In the 2019 introductory issue of Orca an earlier piece of his appeared. 

Joanne Rush is an award-winning short story writer, a poet, and a youth theatre director often found  running frantically around medieval Balkan castles. Her work has been published in anthologies and journals including Best British Stories, Northern Gravy, Across the Margins, and Ghost: 100 Stories to Read with the Lights On. Joanne lives in Wiltshire, England, where she is currently editing her debut novel – a tale of art, identity, and secrets.  Website: Twitter: @jonicolarush

Stephanie Sushko is a writer living in Ontario, Canada. She has been writing since childhood, and has had work published in Literary Orphans, Cleaning up Glitter, New Note Poetry, Quibble, and Slippery Elm, among others. Website:

Michele Suzann’s work has been published in/at FENCEThe Write LaunchVol. 1 BrooklynThe RuptureAlways Crashing, and Bellevue Literary Review, among others. She writes in California, where she enjoys birding, shooting firearms, and swimming in the ocean. You can read more fiction at, or essays at Currently at work on a novel about an alcoholic apple broker determined to corner the world market in organic Fujis. Hijackings are involved.