Issue 8 Contributors

Essam M. Al-Jassim is a writer and translator based in Hofuf, Saudi Arabia. He taught English for many years at Royal Commission schools in Jubail. Mr. Al-Jassim received his bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and education from King Faisal University, Hofuf. His translations have appeared in a variety of print and online literary Arabic and English-language journals.

Adele Annesi is co-author of Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guide to Success. She has published with 34th Parallel, Midway Journal, The Pittsburgh Quarterly and Southern Literary Review, where she was managing editor. Her work has been anthologized for Chatter House Press, and her essay on Italian citizenship is among the Clarion Award-winning Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers. She teaches for Westport Writers’ Workshop. Her blog is Also find her on Twitter @wordforwords, Facebook adele.annesi and Instagram adelemannesi.

Paul Brownsey lives in Scotland and is a former member of the Philosophy faculty at Glasgow University. His book, His Steadfast Love and Other Stories, was published by Lethe Press, New Jersey, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards. Recent work has appeared in Event, The Ocotillo Review, upstreet, The Blend International (Australia), and the Iron Press (UK) anthology, Aliens.

Philip Cesario began writing short stories when his best friend finally took his paws off his keyboard. A latecomer as a fiction writer, his work has appeared in the Eunoia Review. He is currently at work on short stories as well as his first novel. He and his wife, Janet, live in New Jersey. He and the dog have come to terms on a working arrangement.

Kristyn Dunnion was raised in the southern-most tip of rural Canada and now lives in Toronto. She has authored six books, most recently Stoop City (Biblioasis, 2020), winner of the 2021 ReLit Award for short fiction, and Tarry This Night (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017). A queer performance artist and heavy metal bassist, Dunnion is also a community mental health support worker. Photo by Tanja Tiziana.

Catherine Gammon is author of the novels China Blue (2020 Bridge Eight Fiction Prize, Bridge Eight Press, 2021), Sorrow (Braddock Avenue Books, 2013) and Isabel Out of the Rain (Mercury House, 1991). Her fiction has appeared widely in literary magazines, most recently in New England Review, Cincinnati Review, The Missouri Review, and Always Crashing, and online at The Blood Pudding and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. More at Twitter @nonabiding,, and 

Mike Goodwin reads and provides editorial feedback for Craft as well as teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Though his finest achievement might be the time a barber said that he grew “rough mustache hair,” squint hard enough at an internet search to find his fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Otherwise, he spends much time with his spirited three-year-old son.

Natascha Graham’s plays have been performed at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Thornhill Theatre, London and Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York where her monologue, Confessions: The Hours won the award for Best Monologue. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction essays have been previously published by Acumen, Rattle, Litro, Every Day Fiction, The Sheepshead Review, Yahoo News and The Mighty among others. Natascha also writes the continuing BBC Radio Drama Everland, and has an upcoming theatre show at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London.

Lisa K. Harris is a Pushcart Prize-nominated author who writes about growing-up, outdoor adventure, and coping with speed bumps. Her essays have appeared in Roanoke Review, Passages North, Whitefish Review, among others. She co-authored an environmental policy book (Cumulative Effects, Krausman and Harris, 2011). Lisa splits her time between Tucson, Arizona and Whidbey Island, Washington. She works as an environmental consultant and is in search of an agent for her latest novel.;@harrislisakim.

Tina Klimas’s stories can be found in The First Line, Ravens Perch, Dime Show Review, Literally Stories, and The Write Launch. “Muse in 1982, or The Year of Sylvia Plath” is part of a collection of linked short stories that she is working on completing. She is also a poet with poems published in several journals. She enjoys her writing life in Redford, MI, where she lives with her husband and their dog.

Geri Lipschultz has published in The New York Times, Ms., The Toast, Black Warrior Review, College English, The Rumpus and others. Her fiction appears in Pearson’s Literature: Introduction to Reading and Writing and in Spuyten Duyvil’s The Wreckage of Reason II. She teaches writing at Hunter College and Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her one-woman show Once Upon the Present Time was produced in NYC by Woodie King, Jr. http://www.gerilipschultz.comhttp:   @alicebluegown1

Rolando André López graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. At Grub Street Boston, he has taken workshops with K Chess, Shalene Gupta, and Porsha Olayiwola. In April 2020, he was one of the readers for the Boston Office of Culture and Arts’ poetry exhibit on Afrofuturism. During the summer of 2020, due to the pandemic, he relocated to Puerto Rico. In November 2020, he took part in an interactive poetry workshop led by Mayra Santos-Febres on Facebook Live, contributing verses for the group-authored poem, “Un Mundo Posible.” An educator and student of the (digital) humanities and the natural sciences, he lives with his family in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

S.S. Mandani is a writer, runner, and coffee person from New York City. His fiction is featured or forthcoming in Shenandoah, X-R-A-Y, New World Writing, Lost Balloon, Autofocus, Litro, Ligeia, Storm Cellar, and others, and was nominated in 2021 for the Best of the Net anthology by Nurture. He studied fiction writing at The University of Florida and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. His novel-in-progress explores Sufi mysticism and a future hundred-year climate war that unites a dysfunctional family of jinns. As a columnist, he writes about drinks and culture for “Liquid Carriage” at No Contact and radios @SuhailMandani.

Haley Moore is a screenwriting and film MFA grad from Louisiana State University. She has been published by Anti-Heroin Chic and The Hunger, and she is currently trying to write a book about having seizures and living with aphasia, but she keeps getting interrupted. She lives in Baton Rouge with her two cats, Dinah and Arlo, and can be found on Instagram @maley_hoore.

Mandira Pattnaik’s work has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2021, Press53, Citron Review, Watershed Review, Passages North, DASH, and Timber Journal among others. Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best Microfictions nominated, her fiction has also received commendations in Litro Magazine Summer Contest 2021 and CRAFT Flash Contest 2020. Find her at and on Twitter @MandiraPattnaik. 

Abdul Elah Abdul Qader is an Iraqi novelist, short story writer, dramatist and playwright. He was born in Basra in 1940. Mr. Abdul Qader holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Dramatic Literature. He completed his studies in the literary field and received his Ph.D. from the National Academy of the Kyrgyz Republic. He is currently working as the executive director of Sultan bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation in Dubai, UAE.

Aïda Riddle is a New York City native, cat lover, and amorous purple girl. She is a Black Femme creative writer and musician hoping to blur the lines of genre and present a world illustrative of our many different and intersecting identities. She has been published in Expat Press, Hysterical Mag, Maximum Rock N Roll, and La Voz magazine. Aïda graduated from Bard College in 2013 with a BA in Written Arts. Her website is

Charles Scott is a writer living in southern Ohio, where he works by day in the real estate industry. He began writing again several years ago after a lengthy hiatus. He has had stories appear in Third Wednesday, The Broadkill Review and, most recently, The Carolina Quarterly.

Sam Simon is a writer and translator from Oakland, Ca. He is a contributing editor for the Barcelona Review and teaches creative writing at the Institute for American Universities. He is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of

Robyn Thomas is a Canadian-born writer currently living in Scotland. Her work has been published in FreeFall Magazine and The Polyphony, and she has written, directed, and acted in award-winning films which have screened internationally. Robyn recently completed her MSc in Global Mental Health at the University of Edinburgh. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @mzrobynthomas.