Contributors’ Notes

Claudia Acevedo-Quiñones was born and raised in Puerto Rico. After moving stateside at eighteen, she has worked close to twenty jobs, including dojo receptionist, bookseller, tomato farmer, translator, caption writer, gorilla zinester, and assistant fiction editor/contributor to The Brooklyn Rail. Her poetry focuses on femininity, cultural duality, and diaspora. A recipient of the Ferguson Merit Award and current MFA candidate at Stony Brook Southampton, Claudia lives in Hampton Bays, NY.

Cathy Adams’s second novel A Body’s Just as Dead, is forthcoming from SFK Press in 2018. Her debut novel This Is What It Smells Like was published by New Libri Press. She has stories published in Utne, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Tincture Journal, A River and Sound Review, Upstreet, Southern Pacific Review, and thirty-six other publications around the world. She earned her M.F.A. at Rainier Writing Workshop. She lives and writes in Liaoning, China.

Jake Ahlquist is in his second year of the Creative Writing MFA program at Temple University. He is a recovering theatre artist who spent nearly a decade hacking it in New York City. Currently, he lives with his wife in South Philadelphia.

Katie Batten, born 1990 Chicago, IL, graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2012. Currently, she is a second year graduate student at Tyler School of Art studying painting. Her acrylic paintings tinker between flatness and illusion, like the space of theater sets and dioramas. Sourcing from art history, crafts, and kitsch, Batten aims to disrupt gendered hierarchies of making.

Colleen Coyne is the author of the chapbook Girls Mistaken for Ghosts (dancing girl press), and her work appears in DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, BOXCAR Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English at Framingham State University and part of the editorial team at Tinderbox Editions. You can read some of her work at

T. M. De Vos is the author of Cimmeria (Červena Barvá Press, 2016), a 2015 Sozopol Fiction Seminars fellow, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Gloom Cupboard. Her work has appeared previously in Embark Literary Journal, MockingHeart Review, Vagabond, Folder Magazine, concīs, Juked, Pacific Review, burntdistrict, HOBART, and the Los Angeles Review. De Vos is the recipient of fellowships from Murphy Writing Seminars, Summer Literary Seminars, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library.

Mary Lide is currently working on a collection of essays. She is a 2015 graduate of Fairfield University’s MFA program. Her writing has appeared in Welter, Hippocampus Magazine, Spry Literary Magazine, The Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, and The Delmarva Review. More information available at

Karen Rigby is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press). A 2007 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellow, her recent work appears in The London Magazine, Bennington Review, Field, and Crannóg.

Andrew Romriell is an undergraduate at Utah State University studying Creative Writing. He has earned First Place in the 2017 USU Creative Writing Contest for Poetry and Second Place in the 2017 Utah Original Writing Competition for Creative Nonfiction. His work has been featured in Peculiar and Sink Hollow. For more information, visit

Karl Sherlock teaches poetry writing at Grossmont College and co-directs Pacific Paranormal Investigations, a skeptical inquiry group in San Diego. His queer and disability themed writing appears in various journals and anthologies including Assaracus, Cream City Review, Dickinson Review, Embodied Effigies (forthcoming), Lime Hawk, Matador Review, The Radvocate, SFWP Quarterly, Easy Street Magazine, and Wordgathering: Journal of Disability Literature. Sundress Publications selected his memoir about marrying a reparative therapy torture survivor as a 2014 “Best of the Net” finalist.

Susan St. Aubin is a San Francisco Bay Area writer whose short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies as varied as Fiction Monthly, Yellow Silk, and Best American Erotica; and online at and Great Jones Street Press. Her story collection, A Love Drive-By, was published in 2011 by Renaissance E-Books (Berkeley, California). She can be found on Facebook as Susan St-Aubin, and on Instagram as