RAY BRADBURY CHALLENGE
OUR ESTEEMED POETS & AUTHORS
Ashia Ajani (they/she) is a Black storyteller, environmental educator and doula hailing from Denver, CO, Queen City of the Plains and the unceded territory of the Ute, Arapahoe and Cheyenne peoples. They have been published in Frontier Poetry, Foglifter Press, Sierra Magazine and others. Follow her work at her website: ashiaajani.com.
Chloé Allyn is an Indigenous poet who writes of the natural world, love, and pleasure. Her work has been featured in WUSSY Mag, SCAD Connector and The Bastard's Review.
Ally Ang is a gaysian poet hailing from the unceded lands of the Western Nehântick people and an MFA candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle. Their work has been published in The Journal, AAWW's The Margins, Muzzle Magazine, Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and elsewhere. Ally's poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Bettering American Poetry. Find them at allysonang.com or on Twitter @TheOceanIsGay.
Jonathan Baker’s work has appeared in The Daily Beast, and he has been featured on The Other Stories podcast. Originally from the High Plains of West Texas, he now lives in Maine.
Lisa Beebe lives in Los Angeles, where she sometimes talks to the ocean. Her stories have appeared in Indiana Review, Psychopomp, Switchback, and Welter, among others. Find her online at lisabeebe.com.
Despy Boutris's writing has been published or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Currently, she teaches at the University of Houston and serves as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast, Guest Editor for Palette Poetry and Frontier, and Editor-in-Chief of The West Review.
David Carrington is an author of literary and transgressive fiction. In addition to a recent novel, The Permanent Assurance, his writing consists of a novella, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction, including pieces that received awards from Columbia University Press and Rockefeller Institute. His work has also appeared in The Rutgers Quarterly Review, National Poetry Project UK, The Asp, and other publications. Prior to his current position as a member of the administration and faculty at the State University of New York (SUNY), he lived throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Tommy Dean lives in Indiana with his wife and two children. He is the author of a flash fiction chapbook entitled Special Like the People on TV from Redbird Chapbooks. He is the Editor at Fractured Lit. He has been previously published in the BULL Magazine, The MacGuffin, The Lascaux Review, New World Writing, Pithead Chapel, and New Flash Fiction Review. His story “You’ve Stopped” was included in Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020 and the Best Small Fiction 2019. He won the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction. His interviews have been previously published in New Flash Fiction Review, The Rumpus, CRAFT Literary, and The Town Crier (The Puritan). He has led writing workshops for the Barrelhouse Conversations and Connections conference, The Lafayette Writer’s Workshop, Bending Genres, and for Kathy Fish’s Fast Flash. Find him @TommyDeanWriter.
Darren C. Demaree is the author of fourteen poetry collections, most recently “Unfinished Murder Ballads”, (October 2020, Backlash Press). He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louis Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.
David Desjardins is a journalist with roots in Rhode Island, having worked at The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, and other newspapers. His short stories have been published in Ruminate, Roanoke Review, The Worcester Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Arlington, Mass. with his wife.
Loisa Fenichell's work has been featured or is forthcoming in various publications, such as Winter Tangerine Review, Voicemail Poems, Poetry Northwest, Guernica Magazine, and Tupelo Quarterly. Her debut collection, "all these urban fields," was published by nothing to say press. She is an MFA candidate at Saint Mary's College of California and currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Cora Hyatt is a poet, student, and Indiana transplant currently living in Portland, Oregon. She has been published in Affinity Magazine, Fiction Wars, and Writers Magazine. Read more @lipglossdiet on Instagram. If delivering flowers, send red carnations.
The Poetry Box Select published Jeanne Julian’s full-length collection, Like the O in Hope (2019). Her prior publications include two chapbooks, Blossom and Loss and Relic and Myth. Her poems appear in Prairie Wolf Press Review, Poetry Quarterly, Lascaux Prize 2016 Anthology, pacificREVIEW, The RavensPerch, Snapdragon, and other journals and have won awards from The Comstock Review, Naugatuck River Review, and the North Carolina Poetry Society. She lives on a creek near the Croatan National Forest and keeps Canada geese out of her yard with a fake coyote.
Before becoming a freelance author, Joanna Theiss worked as a public defender, a government attorney, and a health researcher. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in academic journals and popular magazines. More of her writings and reviews can be found at www.joannatheiss.com. Joanna lives in Washington, DC.
Joe Nasta is a queer writer and mariner who splits zir time between New York, Seattle, and the Ocean. Zir work has been published or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Yes Poetry, Peach Mag and others. Ze co-curates a zine of unconventional art and writing at stonepacificzine.com and serve as prose reader for The Adroit Journal. Find Joe on Instagram and twitter @roflcoptermcgee
writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her story, “Pray for Rain” was selected as runner-up finalist for Light and Dark Magazine’s Flash Fiction
Contest and “Iris with Mermaids” was shortlisted for the 2019 Into the Void
Fiction Prize. Recent work has been anthologized in “Addiction and Recovery” by
Madness Muse Press, Ethel, and in the “Runaway Anthology” by Madville
Publishing. She is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Goddard
David Joseph is a graduate of Hobart College and the University of Southern California’s Graduate Writing Program, where he was awarded the Kerr Fellowship. His writing has been published in The London Magazine, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Doubletake Magazine, and Rattle. A recipient of the John Henry Hobart Fellowship for Ethics and Social Justice, he spent the past two decades as an educator and nonprofit executive in Los Angeles. He has taught at Pepperdine University and at Harvard University. He lives in San Roque, Spain with his wife Karen and their sons Jackson and Cassius.
Stephen Kyo Kaczmarek
Stephen Kyo Kaczmarek is a writer and educator in Lewis Center, Ohio.
Lip Manegio (they/he) is a Pushcart & Best of the Net nominated poet, organizer, designer, & dyke. Their work has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Puerto del Sol, the Minnesota Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. They hold a BFA in creative writing from Emerson College, serve as editor in chief/jack-of-all-trades at Ginger Bug Press, & are the author of We’ve All Seen Helena (Game Over Books, 2019). Find them at lipmanegio.com.
Jacob Nantz received his MA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Evansville Review, Sinking City, Emerge Literary Journal, Gigantic Sequins, and elsewhere. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he currently lives and writes near Washington DC, and can be found on Twitter @JacobNantz
Born and raised in India, Mandira Pattnaik writes flash and poetry. Her work has appeared, most recently, in Watershed Review, Passages North, Trampset, Press53, Bending Genres, NFFR, FlashBack Fiction, Citron Review and Amsterdam Quarterly, among other places. Her writing has also been included in anthologies, translated and received nominations for Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction. Upcoming are pieces in Flash: International Short-Short Story Mag, Timber Journal and Miracle Monocle. Tweets @MandiraPattnaik
Sarah Perret-Goluboff is an emerging writer based in Chicago, IL. Currently, she works for an educational non-profit. Her writing can be found in Bridge Eight Press and 805 Lit + Art. Most recently, her work was nominated to be featured in the Sonder Press Best Small Fictions: 2020 Anthology.
E.G. Rand is a part time funeral director and writer based out of LA.
Randy William Santiago
Randy William Santiago is an Afro-Puerto Rican writer from inner-city Chicago. He is a graduate of Cornell College's English program, a Fulbright Scholar and an ACM Mellon Fellow. Randy's fiction has been published in Prometheus Dreaming and is forthcoming in Storm Cellar Quarterly, his non-fiction in Litro Magazine, and his poetry in eris and eros.
Chris Sheehan’s fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Redivider, [PANK], Blue Earth Review, and elsewhere. He’s an MFA graduate of St. Mary’s College of California and lives in the northern Sierra.
E. P. Tuazon is a Filipinx-American writer from Los Angeles. He has published his works in several publications, most recently Peatsmoke Journal, Third Point Press, 3Element Review, Allegory Ridge, Adelaide Magazine, and a forthcoming piece in The Rumpus. He has two books, The Superlative Horse and The Last of The Lupins: Nine Stories and The Comforters. He is currently a member of Advintage Press and The Blank Page Writing Club at the Open Book, Canyon Country. In his spare time, he likes to wander the seafood section of Filipinx markets to gossip with the crabs.
Angela Wei is a senior editor for The Grotonian, a literature and art magazine, and the creative director of Circle Voice, a student newspaper. An alumna of Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, Angela is a student writer at Groton School in Massachusetts. She has won various regional awards for her visual art, and her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Typishly, The Nasiona, Five South, and Cathexis Northwest Press. Angela enjoys baking, reading, and playing guitar, bass and piano. She lives in California.
Born in Austin TX, Will Pewitt now lives in Jacksonville FL where he teaches global literature. He publishes in a variety of genres, from fiction and poetry to history and philosophy. More of his work can be found at his website.
Lucy Zhang writes, codes and watches anime. Her work has appeared in The Boiler, The Hunger, Fractured Lit and elsewhere. She is a finalist in Best of the Net 2020 and included in Best Microfiction 2021. She edits for Barren Magazine, Heavy Feather Review and Pithead Chapel. Find her at https://kowaretasekai.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen
Jenn Ashton is an Award-winning author and visual artist living in North Vancouver, B.C. She is currently completing a book about the history of her family in Vancouver and is a Teaching Assistant in The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, where she is helping others learn how to tell their stories.
Bill Weatherford is a native Californian. He grew up in a small San Joaquin Valley town and much of his writing has its roots in the central part of the state. Primarily a short story writer, he also wrote the screenplay for and produced/directed the 2014 feature film, “Underclassmen”. It's plot came from his short story, "Lee Roy Soames". He hopes to produce another of his screenplays, “Killing Flies” on which this short story is based. At present, when not traveling, he lives and writes in California’s Central Coast.