A.R. Bender is a writer of German heritage now living in Tacoma, Washington, USA. His short stories, flash fiction, and poetry have been published in numerous literary journals. He’s also seeking representation for his completed historical novel. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking off the grid and coaching youth soccer.

Margaret Erhart’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Best American Spiritual Writing 2005, and many literary magazines. She won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, and The Butterflies of Grand Canyon (Plume), was a finalist for an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Margaret welcomes responses and conversations at

Seth Jani lives in Seattle, WA and is the founder of Seven CirclePress ( Their work has appeared in The American Poetry JournalChiron ReviewGhost City ReviewRust+Moth and Pretty Owl Poetry, among others. Their full-length collection, Night Fable, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2018.  Visit them at

Toni Jones is an African American woman who fled Washington DC to attend University of Tampa. She writes domestic superhero fiction out of a compulsion to combine her love of Tennessee Williams and comics. Her work won an honorable mention in the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest in 2020 and she was a semifinalist in the Stories That Need to be Told Contest by TulipTree Publishing.

Greg Gossel was born in 1982 in western Wisconsin. With a background in design, his work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. Gossel’s multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process that simultaneously features and condemns popular culture. See more of his work at

Mary Beth Hines is a writer following a career as a project manager. Her poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction has been published in journals such as Brilliant Flash Fiction, Crab Orchard Review, Eclectica, Literary Mama, and Madcap Review among other places. She is looking for a home for her first poetry collection.

DS Maolalai has been nominated eight times for Best of the Net and five times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, “Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden” (Encircle Press, 2016) and “Sad Havoc Among the Birds” (Turas Press, 2019)

T. S. McAdams lives in the San Fernando Valley and has plastic grass for reasons. In addition to one previous story in Madcap Review, his fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless SkiesSanta Monica ReviewPembrokeLady Churchill’s Rosebud WristletMonkeyBicycle, and other fine periodicals near you.

Miriam McEwen writes about disability and bodily autonomy. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is an associate editor at the South Carolina Review and a co-editor for The Swamp. Miriam’s essays and author interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Under the Gum Tree, Past Ten and the South Carolina Review. She lives in the foothills of South Carolina.

Seth McKelvey teaches at Clemson University. His poems appear most recently in Word For/WordTRANSOME-ratioBateauBlazeVOX, and Stickman Review. He co-edits the online journal of poetry and short fiction S/WORD (

Gabriel Meek is a poet pursuing an MFA at Eastern Washington University and working on his first poetry collection. He runs, reads fantasy, and cooks pizza in Spokane, WA. His poems have previously appeared in Furrow MagazineLaurel Moon Magazine, and The Palouse Review.

Michael Passafiume is a Brooklyn, NY-based writer whose work has appeared in Flypaper Magazine, Foliate Oak, The Louisville Review, Meat for Tea and Mojave Heart, among others. His chapbook, archipelagos, is available from Blue Hour Press.

Joshua Ruffin received his MFA from Georgia College & State University. His work has appeared in BoothPost RoadPANKAdirondack ReviewEmrys JournalBodega and more. He lives, works, and runs in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mollie Swayne is a writer living in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee. Her work has appeared in Carolina QuarterlyEuphonyPigeon Parade QuarterlySamfiftyfour, and other publications. She currently works in local news.

J. E. Weiner has spent over two decades at Stanford, crafting compelling narratives in print, online, and in film for multi-billion-dollar University campaigns. She is now telling her own stories in a collection of essays chronicling a life imbued in equal measure with boundless humor and unimaginable heartbreak and a debut novel of historical fiction set in her girlhood home, The Great State of Texas. Weiner is a founding member of the Pacific Coast Writers Collective and lives with her family in the Bay Area.