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Publisher/Senior Editor Joe Ponepinto is the author of the novels Mr. Neutron and Curtain Calls, as well as dozens of short stories published in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. His major literary influences include Zadie Smith (whose novels somehow convinced him he could become a writer), Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Bolaño, James Joyce, Bernard Malamud, Ted Chiang, Yasunari Kawabata, Margaret Atwood, Tobias Wolff, and dozens of others. Best book on writing: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders.

Publisher/Senior Editor Zachary Kellian, a widely published author of flash fiction and short stories, is finishing up his first novel. He is also the co-host of the podcast Literary Guise, encouraging men to use literature as a way to discuss their thoughts and emotions. His major literary influences include Dylan Thomas, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Yukio Mishima, Anne Proulx, and John O’Brien. You can find him online at zacharykellian.com

Editor 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). Renee’s literary influences include Samuel Beckett, Sylvia Plath, Denis Johnson, Albert Camus, Dylan Thomas, John Donne, and Paula Vogel.


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.

Ronak Patel is a first generation Indian-American writer, researcher, and educator. His research interests include racism in education and the model minority myth. He has published reports and data narratives for non-profits, school districts, and state agencies in Washington and Hawaii. Ronak’s fiction explores narratives of the South Asian American experience and his literary influences include Juhmpa Lahiri, Kiran Desai, T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Arundhati Roy, John Cheever, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Marci Pliskin is a Seattle-based writer. Her work has appeared in The Cottonwood Journal (University of Kansas) and Orca, A Literary Journal. She has written for MSNBC. She is a 2019 New Millennium Writer’s Finalist in Non-Fiction. Some of her major literary influences include Alice Munro, George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Sam Lypsite, Kimberly King Parsons and Annie Proulx.

K.A. Tate is a tech turned fiction writer living in the Northern Shenandoah Valley with two great partners who are quiet when she’s writing and the same number of parrots who are not. Her work is focused in rural Appalachia where she was raised. She has her MFA from West Virginia Wesleyan and has so far been published in BULL with other publications upcoming. Her biggest literary influences include Stephen King, Otessa Moshfegh, Alice Munro, Shirley Jackson, Larry Brown, and Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. She has a website where she writes about craft for people who don’t know they’re writers yet at katatewriting.com.

Jacob Laba is a young writer currently living in El Cerrito, California. His focus is chiefly that of short stories which tend to settle in the realms of fabulation and the literary allegory. His literary interests are far and wide, but some of his major influences include Italo Calvino (and other members of Oulipo), Jorge Luis Borges, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, Isabel Allende (as well as a great deal of other Latin American magical realists), Ali Smith, and Julio Cortázar.

Liz Rosen is a short story writer whose work has appeared in Litro, Ascent, Pithead Chapel, SanitariumBest Short Stories of the Saturday Evening Post, and others. Her fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Awards twice, and her story “Tracks” was the 2021 first prize winner of the Writer’s Digest Annual Competition in the literary/mainstream category. She is a former writer for Nickelodeon TV; Associate Producer of primetime news; academic whose area of specialty was apocalyptic storytelling; and Non-Fiction Editor for Ducts.org. She is currently obsessed with ghost-hunting shows and has an excellent “Did you hear that?!?”

My name is Noah Barry and I’m currently living in Richmond, California. I’m a novice when it comes to the literary world—with a newfound passion for writing short, vignette style stories. I’m part of multiple organizations—some of which include advocating for animal rights, being part of an organization supporting pro-choice for abortion rights, and the “Physicians Organizing Committee” advocating for better access to health care for people with unfair disadvantages. I’ve recently started getting more into different styles of poetry—some of my inspirations include William Wordsworth, and many poets who go deeper into writing poems regarding nature. One writer who I love reading, who can make you think and writes in a very elegant manner, is Kazuo Ishiguro.

Noha Khalil is a writer and student from New York City. Recent work has appeared in King Ludd’s Rag. Noha’s favorite writers include Toni Morrison, Yaa Gyasi, and Stephen Jay Gould.

Nolan Thilk is a young writer living in Aurora, Illinois. His literary tastes are eclectic, and his influences include Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Dickens, Neil Gaiman, George Orwell, Dorothy Parker, and Salman Rushdie. 

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