Rosalie Morales Kearns

I have started a small feminist publishing house, Shade Mountain Press: www.shademountainpress.com. My list of recent publications is at https://rosaliemoraleskearns.wordpress.com/publications/

Carrianne Leung

The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter … on the outside. On the inside, she’s a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for adventure. Just as Miramar is about to venture forth on the real adventure of leaving home for university, her beloved father is killed in an accident.

Miramar watches helplessly as her family unravels in the aftermath of her father’s death. Her mother is on the brink of a recurring paranoia that involves phantom hands. Her younger siblings suddenly and mysteriously become savants, in possession of uncanny talents nicknamed The Gifts. As her siblings are swept up into the fantastic world of fame and fortune and her mother fights off madness, Miramar is left behind, feeling talentless and abandoned with no idea who she really is or who she wants to become. She gets herself to university on a bus with no family to see her off, no hugs, and no support. She is utterly on her own.

In a story that spans four eventful years, Miramar ventures forth from the suburbs of Toronto to university in Ottawa and back again. Along the way she encounters people and situations light years apart from her sheltered world. She explores new friendships, lust, and a side of herself never seen before. Ultimately, Miramar discovers the meaning of courage, belonging, and family.

Mikki Kendall

Because I also work in comics and speculative fiction my audience is larger than average and spans a wide variety of communities.

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee has a novel (GOLEM OF SEOUL) and a memoir (WHOLE), both of which are forthcoming from Ecco. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies such as ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, BuzzFeed, and Men Undressed. Born in New York City, Christine earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and her MFA at Mills College. She has been awarded a residency at Hedgebrook, and her pieces have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and placed in competitions such as the Poets and Writers’ Magazine Writers Exchange Contest, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, and others.

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ire’ne lara silva

author of furia (poetry, Mouthfeel Press, 2010) which received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award and flesh to bone (short stories, Aunt Lute Books, 2013) which won the 2013 Premio Aztlan, placed 2nd for the 2014 NACCS Tejas Foco Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for Foreward Review’s Book of the Year Award in Multicultural Fiction.

author of forthcoming collection of poetry, blood sugar canto.

recipient of the 2014 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, as well as a Macondo Workshop member and CantoMundo Inaugural Fellow.

She and Moises S. L. Lara are currently co-coordinators for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival.

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

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Evan Burton

Evan has an MFA in Poetry from the City College of New York, and he is a Cave Canem Fellow. He works as a copywriter at a digital advertising agency in San Franciso. He’s currently at work on a book of short stories titled “Love & Money.”

Evan loves a well-structured story, well-told. His idea of a good time is to watch back-to-back Godard movies while playing chess and listening to the roots.