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Editor in Chief David Galef has published over a dozen books, including Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook (Columbia University Press), the novels Flesh, Turning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress (listed by Kirkus in its Best 30 Books of the Year); the short-story collections Laugh Track and My Date with Neanderthal Woman (winner of Dzanc Books’ Short Story Collection Award); two children’s books, The Little Red Bicycle by Random House and Tracks by William Morrow Junior; a co-edited anthology of fiction called 20 over 40 (University Press of Mississippi); and the poetry collections Flaws and Kanji Poems (David Roberts Books). He’s a professor of English and the creative writing program director at Montclair State University. His website is and his twitter handle is @dgalef.

Contributing Editor Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a writer, teacher, artist, and storyteller. She identifies as Black, Black-biracial, or Person of Color. Her writing has appeared in three anthologies including Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays About Being in The World, and her stories have been published in Catapult, Longreads, VICE, Electric Literature’s The Nervous Breakdown, Yellow Arrow Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches memoir and flash nonfiction at Blaise Writers Workshop and is also the creator, producer, and host of the long-running show How I Learned, a live storytelling / comedy / reading series. Learn how to pronounce all her names at Find her on Instagram and Twitter: @blaiseallysen.

Contributing Editor Mandira Pattnaik’s writing appears or is forthcoming in Quarterly WestThe Penn ReviewContrary MagazineThe McNeese ReviewPassages NorthDASHMiracle MonocleTimber JournalWatershed ReviewQuarter After EightPrime Number, and Best Small Fictions 2021, among other publications. Her work has received multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook Anatomy of a Storm-Weathered Quaint Townspeople (Fahmidan Publishing). Visit her website On Twitter: @MandiraPattnaik.

Contributing Editor Christopher Notarnicola’s work has appeared in AGNI, American Short Fiction, Bellevue Literary Review, Best American Essays, Chicago Quarterly Review, Image, River Teeth, The Southampton Review, and other publications. Find him in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and at

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Contributing Editor Phil Olsen is a writer from Liverpool, UK, with a Creative Writing MA from the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. His short fiction has been published by Ad Hoc Fiction, CÅnfingÅ, The Liminal Residency, Storgy, and Strix. First prize in the University of Liverpool Short Story Competition 2022, the Northern Short Story Festival 2017 flash slam, Writing on the Wall’s WoWFest 2016, and Book Week Scotland 2014. Commissions: “Journey Through Objects with Bedwyr Williams†(Science Museum, 2021-22) and “Weekend of Words†(Victoria Baths, 2019). He is also the fiction editor at Sabotage Reviews. Find him at or on Twitter: @Liverpolsen.

Contributing Editor Lucy Zhang writes, codes, and watches anime. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, New Orleans Review, The Offing, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, West Branch and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbooks Hollowed (Thirty West Publishing, 2022) and Absorption (Harbor Review, 2022). Find her at or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

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Art Director Angie Kang is a Chinese-American artist and writer living in the SF Bay Area. Her work appears in The Believer, Catapult, The Rumpus, Narrative, The Offing, Ecotone, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. She has received support from Tin House, VONA/Voices, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the Sundress Academy of the Arts. Her debut picture book, Our Lake is forthcoming with Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in 2025. Find her at or on Twitter/Instagram @anqiekanq.


Mark Budman has had work in Five Points, Mississippi Review, Virginia Quarterly, the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, and many other places. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press. He has co-edited flash fiction anthologies from Ooligan Press and Persea Books/Norton.

Susan O’Neill is the author of Don’t Mean Nothing, a collection of short stories based on her hitch as an army nurse in Vietnam; as well as Calling New Delhi for Free: And Other Ephemeral Truths of the 21st Century. Her many stories and essays have appeared online and in print.

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