aureleo sans is a flamingo. She is a Colombian-American, non-binary, queer, formerly unhoused writer/poet with a disability who resides in San Antonio, Texas. This year, she is a Tin House Scholar, a Sewanee Writers Conference fellow, a Roots Wounds Words Writers Retreat fellow, and a Periplus fellow. She was named the second-place winner of Fractured Lit’s 2021 Micro Fiction Contest and has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best Microfiction. Her work has been published in The Offing, Shenandoah, Salamander, and Electric Literature and is forthcoming in Passages North, No Tokens, and elsewhere. Follow her at @aureleos or www.aureleos.com.
Apoorva Mittal (they/she) is a queer author from northern India. They are pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at University of Southern Mississippi. They hold a B.Tech. in Software Engineering from Delhi Technological University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. They want to tell stories that break the monolith of the desi diaspora and present desi queerness in all its twisted beauty. Their short stories and essays have appeared and are forthcoming in Catapult and Electric Literature. They home in Mississippi with their married partner and a river dog named Jake Barnes. They can be found on Instagram and Twitter @MittalWrites.
Alejandro Heredia is a queer Afro Dominican writer and community organizer from The Bronx. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA, the Dreamyard Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium, and the Dominican Studies Institute. In 2019, he was selected by Myriam Gurba as the winner of the Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Contest. His book of short stories, You’re the Only Friend I Need (2021), explores themes of queer transnationalism, friendship, and (un)belonging in the African Diaspora. Alejandro’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Lambda Literary Review, Tasteful Rude Magazine, and elsewhere. Twitter: @heredia_alej Instagram: @aleherex
Amanda Paige Inman works in book marketing, but spent the bulk of her career working with children as a nanny and teacher. Her poetry and prose has been published or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Catapult, and Entropy. She attended the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. You can learn more about her at amandapaigeinman.com and follow on Twitter (@mandapaigeinman) and Instagram (@_mandapaige_).
Bobuq Sayed is a queer Afghan writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, where they were a James A. Michener Fellow, and winner of the Dean’s Award and the Irene Pines Award.
Their writing has been supported by Tin House, Kundiman, and VONA/Voices, and has appeared or is forthcoming in New Australian Fiction 2022, Gulf Coast, Collisions: Fictions of the Future, Meanjin, and The Rumpus.
They are the co-editor of an anthology called Nothing to Hide: Voices from Trans and Gender Diverse Australia (Allen and Unwin), and they are a 2022-23 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. They tweet @bobuqsayed.
Caoimhe Harlock (she/her) is a southern trans woman writer and artist. Her stories and comics about sad women and the things that haunt them have appeared in Evergreen Review, Tribes, Honey Lit, and others. Her new comic, Garbage Time in Dyke Town, is forthcoming from Diskette Press, and she self-publishes the bi-monthly queer comix anthology, Charybdis. She comes from the land of Florida Men, holds a PhD in English and Gender Stuff from Duke, and is currently working on an MFA in fiction at UT Knoxville. Find her on Twitter at @keevacomix, on Instagram as @blackleaf199x, or at any three-way crossroads doing the work of the goddess.
Elliot Wren Phillips is a writer and editor living in Boston, Massachusetts. They have an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Emerson College, and their essay “Filler Text” can be found in DIAGRAM. They have an enduring fascination with psychology and trauma, particularly as those interests intersect within marginalized communities. They have a special fondness for writing complicated trans characters (particularly ones who spend too much time online.) They enjoy organizing and playing tabletop roleplaying games. You can find them at @trannifesto on Twitter.
Hannah Gregory is a trans, queer writer. Her writing has appeared in Passages North, The Normal School, Taco Bell Quarterly, HAD, Okay Donkey, and elsewhere. She is an alum of CRIT, and is at work on a novel and a linked story collection about community and isolation. She holds a graduate degree in public policy and works for an environmental nonprofit. At the golden hour, you can find her on the streets with her trusty AE-1. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her wife and their dog, Trixie, a bearded queen. Twitter and Instagram: @hannahgrgr
Patricia Martin (she/they) is a NJ-born, LA-based writer and founder of the blog The Glam Femme. Patricia writes QTPOC-focused contemporary fiction that subverts societal norms and thoughtfully promotes diverse experiences and authentic voices. Her short stories are published in Midnight & Indigo and MMURE. They’re a freelance contributor for several publications and a 2020 AWP Writer to Writer and 2022 The Word Editor-Writer mentee. Patricia’s manuscript incorporates themes of love, found family, and identity. An editor and attorney by trade, Patricia also considers herself an advocate for those discovering their creative voices as she has done. Twitter @Patriciamwrites, IG @patriciamartinwrites
Stephen Patrick Bell (he/him) is a writer raised in New York by Jamaican immigrants, currently based in Chicago where he produced The Moth StorySLAM. His work revolves around themes of class, race, immigrant experience, sex and sexuality, loss, grief, otherness, and neurodiversity. Stephen lives in a classic six with his husband, where they collect art and operate a sex therapy practice. When not reading, writing, traveling, or cooking, he can be found eating his way through various cities. He is currently working on his first novel.
Twitter: @StephenOrBell Instagram: @StephenPatrick.Bell
Vivian DeRosa (she/her) is a writer from New Jersey. She is a current student at Smith College, where she’s majoring in English, Creative Writing, and Archival studies. Previously, she’s been honored as a 2019 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow, and her writing has appeared in Huffington Post, Poets Reading the News, and Lunch Ticket. She’s an instructor at Project Write Now and a student worker in Smith College’s special collections. Currently, she’s working on a novel. Vivian loves dying malls, exploring the archives, collaging, and lesbian pulp fiction. You can find her at vivianderosa.com, and on Instagram @vivianderosawriter.
Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of The Thirty Names of Night, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award, and The Map of Salt and Stars, which won the Middle East Book Award and was a Goodreads Choice Awards and Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize finalist. His work has appeared in the Kink anthology, Salon, The Paris Review, [PANK], and elsewhere, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Joukhadar guest edited Mizna’s 2020 Queer + Trans Voices issue and is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) and a mentor with the Periplus Collective.