Issue 5 Contributors

Niamh Bagnell lives in East Cork, and has been previously published in the Stinging Fly magazine, the Honest Ulsterman and Southword. She has twice read at Cork’s International Short Story Festival. She is almost the only Niamh Bagnell in the world, so is easily found online. Upcoming stories appearing in Antithesis from Melbourne University, Wilderness House Literary Review, and The Waxed Lemon.

Aiden Baker lives in South Florida, where she teaches, writes, and gets really sweaty. You can
find her work in Ninth Letter and The Sonora Review.

Die Booth is from Chester, UK, and likes exploring dark places and telling lies. You can read his stories in places like Lamplight Magazine, The Fiction Desk and Firewords. His books My Glass is Runn, 365 Lies (profits go to the MNDA) and Spirit Houses are available online, and a new collection of weird tales Making Friends (and other fictions) will be out soon. @diebooth.

Swathi Desai is a creative director in the design industry and a graduate of the Wharton School. Her work has been published in Prometheus Dreaming, the San Francisco Examiner Magazine and elsewhere. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Stephanie Dickinson lives in New York City with the poet Rob Cook and their senior feline, Vallejo. Her novels Half Girl and Lust Series are published by Spuyten Duyvil, as is her feminist noir Love Highway. Other books include Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg (New Michigan Press), Flashlight Girls Run (New Meridian Arts Press), The Emily Fables (ELJ), Girl Behind the Door (Rain Mountain Press), and her just-released Big-Headed Anna Imagines Herself (Alien Buddha). Her stories have been reprinted in New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. At present she’s finishing a collection of essays entitled Maximum Compound based on her longtime correspondence with inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey.

Wynne Hungerford’s work has appeared in Epoch, Blackbird, The Brooklyn Review, American Literary Review, and SmokeLong Quarterly, among other places. She received her MFA from the University of Florida. 

Tamara Jaffe loves to think, read, write, and sometimes speak. For love and livelihood she teaches, no matter where she lives, or with whom, or how many children she has. She has published a few articles and chapters about teaching, and a bit of satire, under a couple of different names. This is her real name, but Audree and psychophysiology are invented.

Naomi Bess Leimsider has published poems and short stories in Hamilton Stone Review, Rogue Agent Journal, Coffin Bell Journal, Hole in the Head Review, Newtown Literary, Otis Nebula, Quarterly West, The Adirondack Review, Summerset Review, Blood Lotus Journal, Pindeldyboz, 13 Warriors, Slow Trains, Zone 3, Drunkenboat, and The Brooklyn Review. She teaches creative writing at Hunter College.

David Luntz’s poems, short stories, and flash fiction have appeared in Euphony, Word Riot, Andromeda Spaceways, Punchnels, Matter Press and other print and online publications. 

Avra Margariti is a Social Work undergrad from Greece. She enjoys storytelling in all its forms and writes about diverse identities and experiences. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Forge Literary, Longleaf Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and other venues. Avra won the 2019 Bacopa Literary Review prize for fiction. You can find her on twitter @avramargariti.

Since graduating from Swarthmore College in May, Natasha Markov-Riss has been living in Maine, building a tiny house in her grandmother’s backyard, and learning to play the drums. She loves salmon. Her favorite TV show is “30 Rock.” In January, Natasha will begin her Fulbright on the Canary Islands.  

Kevin McLellan is the author of HemispheresOrnitheology (which received honors at the 19th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards), [box], Tributary, and Round Trip. He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’s 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his writing appears in numerous literary journals including Colorado ReviewCrazyhorseKenyon ReviewWest BranchWestern Humanities Review, and Witness. Kevin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.    

James Morena earned his MFA in Fiction at Mountain View Grand in Southern New Hampshire. His stories have been published in Amoskeag Journal, Forge Journal, Rio Grande Review and others. He also has published essays and poems. James teaches English at university and high school levels. You can interact with him on Insta: @james_morena.

Juan Carlos Reyes has published the novella A Summer’s Lynching (Quarterly West) and the fiction chapbook Elements of a Bystander (Arcadia Press). His fictions and essays have appeared in Florida ReviewWaccamaw Journal, and Moss Literary Journal, among others. He is the chief editor of Big Fiction Magazine, and he teaches creative writing at Seattle University. You can find him online at

Graham Robert Scott grew up in California, resides in Texas, and owns neither surfboard nor cowboy hat. By day, he’s an English professor and assessment specialist at Texas Woman’s University. His short fiction has appeared in Pulp Literature, Barrelhouse Online, Nature, and others. 

Melissa Sharpe lives outside of Detroit and works in higher education. Being a parent to two has replaced most of the things that were interesting about her. Melissa has previously been published in Redivider, Pennsylvania English, Zygote in my Coffee, and 3288 Review among others. You can follow her on Instagram @melissasawthis or

Austin Shirey has been telling stories ever since he first read The Hobbit as a kid. If he’s not writing, he’s probably reading or enjoying time with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia. His fiction has appeared in All Worlds Wayfarer Literary Magazine, Stonecoast Review, Blind Corner Literary Magazine, and is forthcoming in Eerie River Publishing’s dark fantasy anthology, With Blood and Ash. Follow him on Twitter @tashirey87 and online at

Honor Vincent’s poetry and stories are published or forthcoming in Yes Poetry, Heavy Feather Review, Strange Horizons, Entropy, Neologism, and elsewhere. She’s currently writing a comic series about Boudicca and her daughters. She’s a third generation New Yorker who lives in Brooklyn. You can find her work at