Issue 13 Contributors

Sam Asher is a 34-year-old writer, father, husband, sober alcoholic, and Clarion graduate. Look for his work in Apex and the Mid-American Review among other venues, or find him at @samasherwriter.

Sway Benns is a writer based in Los Angeles, CA. She has been published by The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Interview Magazine, and others.

Stacy Trautwein Burns lives, writes, and teaches in the Denver metro area. She enjoys all the usual things: dog parks, hiking trails, ski runs, her children, pets, and husband. She dislikes gardening. She has been nominated and shortlisted for a great many awards and honors; a full list of her published work can be found at 

Katie Cervenec is an ear-buds-in writer in the evenings and a commercial interior designer by day. She enjoys sushi, learning about trees and dabbling in vegetable gardening. She aspires to read 50 books a year but has never quite made it. She’s an active member of SCBWI and the Lexington Writers Room and lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and 14-year-old triplets. You can find her on twitter @ReadKaCerv and at

Karen Chaffee lives in Central New Jersey where she can join many wonderful groups and activities focused on writing. She teaches Chemistry at the university level, and she is excited to be developing the curriculum for a science camp where high school students will explore matter particles and the early stages of the universe.

Libby Cudmore is the author of The Big Rewind (William Morrow 2016) and the Martin Wade series at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Her stories have been published in Monkeybicycle, Smokelong Quarterly, Had, The Normal School, Reckon Review and The Coachella Review. She is an alumna of the Barrelhouse Writer Camp and the recipient of the 2018 Oregon Writers’ Colony prize.

Christine Fischer Guy is a Toronto writer and journalist who developed her second novel at the blissful Virginia Center for Creative Arts in 2021. Her first novel, The Umbrella Mender (2014), received critical acclaim and her short fiction has appeared in Canadian, American and British journals. She contributes criticism and interviews to literary journals, and her 2012 profile of Métis activist Chelsea Vowel won a National Magazine Award. When she’s not buried in print you can find her at

Greta Hayer received her MFA at the University of New Orleans and has work appearing in Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cossmass Infinites, Booth, and others. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and their three alien cats. Find her online @gretahayer.

Pauline Holdsworth is a writer and radio producer in Toronto, Canada. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in The Forge Literary Magazine, Gone Lawn, The Penn Review, The Vestal Review and Litro.

Ella T. Holmes always dreamed of being a Mad Hatter or a cunning princess who is definitely not a witch, but reality intervened. Fortunately, she’s got a knack for escaping it. Born and raised around Australia, Ella spends her time avoiding bush turkeys, patting cats, and drinking coffee. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming in Coffin Bell Journal, and Macfarlane Lantern Publishing Seasonal Anthologies, among others. Ella is on Twitter @ellatholmes.

YJ Jun has been published in Sci-Fi Lampoon, Typehouse, and The Quiet Reader, and she is a reader for The Quiet Reader. She lives on the East Coast of the United States with her wife, their cat, and their dog. You can find more of her writing at 

K. Wallace King’s most recent short fiction appears in, or is upcoming, in Nightscript VIII, Chthonic Matter, Underland Arcana, and Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic, an Anthology of Hysteria Fiction. She lives in Los Angeles.

Francesca Leader is a self-taught, Pushcart-nominated writer originally from Western Montana. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Wigleaf, Fictive Dream, Barren, the J Journal, CutBank, Leon Literary, Apex Magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, JMWW, and elsewhere. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at

Gina Thayer’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, trampset, Bullshit Lit, HAD, and Parhelion Literary Magazine, among others. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is currently working on a collection of strange and speculative stories. After several years in the Pacific Northwest, Gina now lives in Minneapolis with her partner and cat.