Gessy Alvarez is founder and managing editor of the literary website, Digging Through The Fat. Her prose has appeared in Entropy, Drunk Monkeys, Extract(s), Literary Orphans, Bartleby Snopes, Thrice Fiction, Pank, and other publications. An excerpt of her first novel, The Last Kingdom in Astoria, was recently featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Find Gessy at (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006926025117); Digging Through The Fat (https://www.facebook.com/diggingthroughthefat/ ) Twitter: Digging Through The Fat (@diggingpress)
Shinjini Bhattacharjee is a poet and the Editor-in-Chief of Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal. Her poems have been published, or are forthcoming in Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Gone Lawn, Crack the Spine, Jersey Devil Press, Metazen, Red Paint Hills Poetry, Literary Orphans, Metazen, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and also the author of Masquerading Fawn, a poetry chapbook.
Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014). Her short story collection was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story “Whiskey & Ribbons” won Editor’s Choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth‘s Million Writers Award. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net, appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015 and has also appeared in places like SmokeLong Quarterly, Little Fiction, Wigleaf Top 50, Longform Fiction, Carve Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Pithead Chapel, Gigantic Sequins, Folio, American Short Fiction (online), Midwestern Gothic, Juked, Word Riot, Sundog Lit, The Rumpus, and many others. She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper. Find more @ LeesaCrossSmith.com and WhiskeyPaper.com.
Gay Degani has had three of her flash pieces nominated for Pushcart consideration and won the 11th Glass Woman Prize. Pure Slush Books released her collection of stories, Rattle of Want, (November 2015). She has a suspense novel, What Came Before, published in 2014 (second edition coming in summer, 2016), and a short collection, Pomegranate, featuring eight stories around the theme of mothers and daughters. Founder and editor emeritus of Flash Fiction Chronicles, she blogs at Words in Place where a list of her published work can be found.
Kathy Fish has joined the faculty of the Mile-High MFA at Regis University in Denver. She will be teaching flash fiction. Additionally, she teaches two-week intensive Fast Flash© Workshops. Recently, she served as Consulting Editor for the Queen’s Ferry Press The Best Small Fictions 2015. Her fourth collection of short fiction, Rift, co-authored with Robert Vaughan was published with critical acclaim in 2015, and her story “Room With Many Small Beds” won Best of Small Fictions 2016. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2015), Threadcount, Guernica, Indiana Review, New World Writing, Denver Quarterly, New South, Yemassee Journal, and various other journals and anthologies. She was the guest editor of Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2010. She is the author of three collections of short fiction: a chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women (Rose Metal Press, 2008), Wild Life (Matter Press, 2011) and Together We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2012). She blogs at http://www.kathy-fish.com/.
Rosie Forrest is the winner of the 9th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest judged by author Pamela Painter, and her work has been published with Dogwood Literary Journal, Literary Orphans, Hobart, Wigleaf, Word Riot, Whiskey Island, and SmokeLong Quarterly, among other journals. Rosie was the 2013 writer-in-residence with Interlochen Arts Academy, and she holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. A Nashville resident, she teaches for Vanderbilt University in a variety of capacities and is the assistant director of academic residential programs with Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth. More can be found at rosieforrest.com
Ashley Inguanta is a small-press author, editor, photographer, and yoga teacher who has dedicated her life to helping others heal by developing healthy coping mechanisms. She is the author of three collections: The Way Home (Dancing Girl Press, 2013), For The Woman Alone (Ampersand Books, 2014), and Bomb (forthcoming with Ampersand Books in the fall of 2016). Ashley is also the Art Director of SmokeLong Quarterly, and she is a Contributing Editor at The Writing Disorder. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Central Florida in 2011, and she earned her 200-hour RYT certificate from YOGAMAYA New York in 2014. As a mental health advocate and queer rights advocate, she’s volunteered with organizations and facilities like Equality Florida and Lakeside Alternative, and currently she teaches healing, restorative writing, and yoga classes at several locations in Central Florida. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in places like The Rumpus, Bartleby Snopes, Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, OCHO, The Good Men Project, SmokeLong Quarterly, PANK, Wigleaf, Gone Lawn, Pindeldyboz, Elephant Journal, Breadcrumb Scabs, and Sweet: A Literary Confection. She earned an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train for their Very Short Fiction Award, and Ashley was nominated as UCF’s choice for the AWP Intro Journals Award in fiction. Most recently, her poem “San Andreas Fault” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by The Ampersand Review.
Jayne Martin’s work has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Blink Ink, a Literary Orphans, Flash Frontier, F(r)iction, Bartleby Snopes and Hippocampus, among others. She is the author of “Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry.” Find her at injaynesworld.blogspot.com and on Twitter @Jayne_Martin.
Kona Morris received her moral guidance from Kermit the Frog. She is originally from the foggy redwood hub of Humboldt County, California, though she has since lived everywhere from Boston to a remote village in northern Alaska. She was the co-founder and editor of Fast Forward Press, and she has been a featured writer and panelist at literary events across the country. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, and she is currently working on a novel, a short story collection, and a book on the craft of writing with the author and artist Bobbie Louise Hawkins. Kona helps to run the monthly F-Bomb flash fiction reading series at the Mercury Café in Denver, and she currently teaches editing and letter regurgitation to college students. Find Kona at konamorris.com
Sally Reno’s fiction has been among the winners of National Public Radio’s Three Minute Fiction Contest, Moon Milk Review’s Prosetry Contest, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in a vaporish grotto where she serves as Pythoness to blink-ink print and Haruspex for Shining Mountains Press.
Nancy Stohlman Born on Paradise Island to a race of Amazon Warriors, Nancy Stohlman came to America to fight for peace, justice, and truth. Her tools include her Lasso of Truth–a rope that compels truth-telling from those bound by it–her bullet-deflecting bracelets, and an invisible airplane that flies faster than the speed of sound. Her books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories (2014), The Monster Opera (2013), Searching for Suzi: a flash novel (2009), Live From Palestine (2003), and three anthologies of flash fiction including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape (2010), which was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is the creator and curator of The F-Bomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, a founding member of Fast Forward Press, and her work has been recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. By night Nancy straps on stilettos and becomes the lead singer of the lounge metal band Kinky Mink. She dreams of one day becoming a pirate.
Meg Tuite writing has appeared in over 300 journals including Berkeley Fiction Review, Epiphany, Superstition Review, JMWW, One, the Journal, Prick of the Spindle, Monkeybicycle andBoston Literary Magazine and many anthologies. She has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist four times in the Glimmer Train short story writer’s contest. She is author of Domestic Apparition (2011) San Francisco Bay Press, Disparate Pathos (2012 Monkey Puzzle Press), Reverberations (2012 Deadly Chaps Press), Bound By Blue (2013 Sententia Books), Her Skin is a Costume (2013 Red Bird Chapbooks), Grace Notes (2015 Unknown Press) and Lined Up Like Scars (2015 Flash International: The Short-Short Fiction Press, University of Chester, UK). She won the Twin Antlers Collaborative Poetry Award from Artistically Declined Press for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging, (2014), written with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale. She teaches at the Santa Fe Community College, and is a columnist at Connotation Press and JMWW. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband and menagerie of animals. Read her blog posts here.
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April Bradley is from Goodlettsville, Tennessee and lives with her family on the Connecticut shoreline near New Haven, Connecticut. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Smokelong Quarterly’s “Why Flash Fiction” Series, Boston Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Chronicles: An Adventure in Short Fiction, Flash Frontier, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Magazine, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Narratively, and Thrice Fiction, among others. She has a Master’s in Ethics from Yale University and studied Philosophy and Theology as a post-graduate scholar at Cambridge University. Her fiction has been nominated for the 2015 Best of the Net Anthology and for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. She is the Associate Editor for Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazineand Press.
Leonora Desar‘s writing can be found in Harpur Palate, The Citron Review, Prick of the Spindle, Psychology Today, WomansDay.com, and in Bartleby Snopes as a Story of the Month. She also received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train‘s Very Short Fiction Award, and was a finalist for SmokeLong Quarterly’s 2016 Kathy Fish fellowship. Leonora lives in NYC and holds an MS from the Columbia Journalism School. She is a senior assistant editor of Bartleby Snopes and a reader for the Bellevue Literary Review.
Danielle Dyal studies English Writing and Communications at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a writer and has been published in several literary magazines and journals. She is an Assistant Editor at Bartleby Snopes and an intern at Carolina Wren Press.
Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates) is a fiction writer and musician. Her first novel, To Love a Stranger, was a finalist for the 2016 Schaffner Press Music in Literature Award and will be published in June 2017 by Blue Moon Publishers (Toronto, ON). Her second novel, From the Circle House, is a foray into historical fiction, featuring romance, betrayal, and political and religious intrigue. Kris’s short fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Potomac Review, Glassworks, Reed, Bluestem, and Luna Station Quarterly, among other journals. She has been a contributor at the Kenyon Review Writers and Novel Workshops and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and is currently a senior assistant editor with Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine. Kris is a no-holds-barred reader with special devotion to Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Richard Adams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, and Neil Gaiman. She loves hiking and exploring the outdoors, especially if it involves lakes, oceans or streams. She lives in Maryland with her husband Paul and feline contingent Alafair and Templeton. Find her online here.
Atossa Shafaie received a B.A. in English literature from George Washington University and an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University. She served as Fiction Editor for So To Speak and the Publications Assistant at AWP. Her stories have been published by Scribes Valley, Dreamquest One, Coffee House Fiction, Fish and SFWP Quarterly. Her flash fiction has earned honorable mention by Glimmer Train. She is currently working on her first novel and is currently a senior assistant editor with Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine.
Nathaniel Tower founded Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine in 2008. As an up-and-coming writer, he was frustrated with the slow response times and impersonal responses of most literary magazines. Since then, Nathaniel has had over 200 short stories published in print and around the web. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize multiple times, and a story of his was named a storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story in 2009. After teaching high school English for nine years, Nathaniel moved to Minneapolis with his wife and daughter where he began a new career in internet marketing. He has three published books to his credit, including the acclaimed short story collection Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands. Find out more about Nathaniel’s publications and his thoughts on writing and juggling here: Nathaniel’s Blog