Joanna lives with her family on a Catholic Worker farm in upstate New York, where she spends her days tending goats, gardens and guests and her evenings reading and writing odd stories. Her short fiction has appeared in venues including Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, and Mysterion. She spent some years visiting her local high school with information about the downsides of military enlistment, and sometimes got to hear the military recruiters making their pitches. Some of her friends have been survivalists, and some of those friendships have survived the strain of their different word views. She is still learning how to live constructively with fear.
Sylvia Kelso lives in North Queensland, Australia. She often writes fantasy and SF set in analogue or alternate Australian settings, and likes to tinker with moral swords-and-sorcery and elements of mythology. Her 8 published fantasy novels include Amberlight and The Moving Water, finalists for best fantasy novel in the Australian Aurealis genre fiction awards. Her short stories have appeared in Australia and the US, including anthologies from DAW and 12th Planet Press, and the online e-zines Luna Station Quarterly and Eternal Haunted Summer. Her novella “Spring in Geneva,” a riff on Frankenstein, appeared in October 2013 with Aqueduct Press. Her most recent publications include “Death and the Maiden,” a novella prequel to The Moving Water, from Crimson Edge Press in February 2017. She is also an adjunct lecturer with the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University, in Queensland, Australia. Website //wwww.sylviakelso.com
Abdul-Qaadir Taariq Bakari-Muhammad was born, raised and currently resides in Hampton Roads, Virginia. His work has appeared in Zane Chocolate Flava 3 Z-Rated, Corset Magazine (Man vs Machine: The Sex Toy Issue), The Horror Zine, Fiction Terrifica, JWK Publications (Terror Train Anthology – 2014), Jack of No Trades Productions (Nothing’s Sacred Volume 2), Poetry & Prose Magazine: National Poetry Month (April 2015), Poetry & Prose Magazine: Fairy Tales and Fantasies! (May 2015), and J Parle’ Literary Magazine 4th Quarter: 2015 Edition, J Parle’ Literary Magazine Issue 1 2016, Floppy Shoes Apocalypse 3 Cream Pie Freaks (March – 2017), Schreyer Ink Publishing (June – 2017), Infernal Ink Magazine: Devilishly Erotic Horror (July – 2017), and Weirdbook Magazine Issue #37 (November – 2017). He and his wife have three beautiful children. Please feel free to visit his websites. http://bakarimuhammad.com
Akua Lezli Hope, a third-generation New Yorker, is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, metal, and wire to create poems, patterns, stories, music, ornaments, adornments and peace whenever possible. Her awards include two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Ragdale U.S.-Africa Fellowship, and a fellowship from The National Endowment for The Arts. She is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her manuscript, Them Gone, a finalist in Word Works Washington Prize competition, also won Red Paint Hill Publishing’s Editor’s Prize. Her poem “Metis Emits” won the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s short poem award. Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won the Writer’s Digest book award for poetry. She has twice won Rattle’s Poets Respond. Her poem, Endangered, serves as lyric to the 2017 International Student LiedDuo Competition composition. She was a volunteer leader for Amnesty International and loves science fiction.