Contributor Bios

Abigail Eckstine (They/She) is a 25-year-old queer writer of novels, poetry, a parent-to-be and the founder of Cauldron Anthology. Most recently they have been published in Pussy Magazine and Moonchild Magazine. You can find them on twitter @whimsywriter3.

Recently published in The Stinging Fly, Sonder, and Paper Lanterns, Ali Isaac has been awarded a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland for her current WIP, a creative non–fiction project entitled ‘Imperfect Bodies’, which she is working on with the Penguin Write Now 2020 mentorship programme. In 2020, she was awarded a writing mentorship by Words Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland, in which she worked under the guidance of author, Sara Baume.

Ally Remy (she/they) is a disabled/chronically ill undergraduate studying Creative Writing at Western Washington University. She enjoys fiction that challenges common interpretations of reality. You can find her on Twitter @Ally_Remy.

Andrina Deery (she/her) is a 21-year-old graduate in English with Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. She usually writes poetry that is a little dark, weird or strange. Her poem, Verbatim, is a personal poem, written about the effect that other (often well-meaning) people’s words have on her, and the quirks she has developed because the words really do stick with her.

Angela Mckean has written poetry all her life, since she was six, and is now branching out into flash fiction and short stories as well. Angela has travelled a lot over 7 decades, and sometimes loses sight of where she belongs. Writing grounds her and seems to help her find out who she is. She is particularly interested in representing uncertainty, ambiguity – liminal experiences and emotions.

Anna Royle (she/her) is an English with Creative Writing student at Queen’s University Belfast. She is passionate about telling female-led stories via script or prose, with a particular interest in horror and psychological thrillers.

Autumn James Haworth (he/him) is a new trans writer of short stories. Autumn tends to write about growing up, falling in love, and unusual adventures. While this does not appear in all of his work, his experience as a trans and bi man can be seen scattered into his work.

Bebhinn Tankard (she/they) recently finished her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She writes bleak prose for magazines and more cheerful radio drama scripts for her podcasting company, Knöves Storytelling.

Beth Garrett (she/her) is a Northern Irish poet whose writing often explores her identity as a queer woman. She loves to use imagery to express the emotions that can be hard to put into words directly, especially using nature. Some of her previous work has been featured in the online zine Inkstay, and in Queen’s Writer’s Society magazine The Apiary.

Brittney Uecker (she/her) is a librarian, writer, mother, and Scorpio living in rural Montana. She is inspired by the nuances of relationships and characters that can’t get out of their own way. As a true Scorpio, she is drawn to the dark underbelly of everything and strives to reveal to the world. She is @bonesandbeer on Twitter and Instagram.

Caitlin Young (she/her) is performing the concept of being a writer – poorly.

Cassia Gaden Gilmartin (she/her) is a Dublin-based fiction writer and one of two founding editors behind the environmentalist literary magazine Channel . Her recent short fiction has been published by Banshee, Transnational Queer Underground and Eunoia Review, and she is currently working on a first novel.

Ceci Mazzarella (she/her) lives in London, writing prose alongside her development work in film and TV. She writes stories that find warmth in the strange and, despite some darkness, remain playful and hopeful. A little haunting, a little humorous.

Charlotte Reed (she/her) is a student at Queen’s University Belfast, originally from Washington in England. While she does study Chemistry, she’s still heavily involved in the writing society at her uni, being a member of the committee as Public Relations Officer. She writes usually about the twisted interpretations of normal situations and has previously been published with Inertia Teens in their first issue: Feelings.

Clem Flowers (They/ Them) is a soft spoken southern transplant living in spitting distance of some mountains in Utah. Maker of a fine omelet, but scrambled egg game needs some fine tuning. Nb & bi, they live in a cozy apartment with their wonderful wife & sweet calico kitty. They can be found on Twitter at @hand_springs777.

Emma Buckley  is a Northern Irish writer studying English with Creative Writing at Queen’s University Belfast. Her work tends to focus on the strange middle-ground between horror and romance, the product of combining a slasher movie with a rom-com. Her poetry can be found, or is forthcoming in, in The Honest Ulsterman, The Apiary, Superfroot and Overground Underground.

Fran Fernández Arce (she/her) is a Chilean poet currently living in Suffolk, England. She loves reading and writing poetry about art, language, and the weather and birds she can spot outside my window.

JW Summerisle (they/them) lives in the English East Midlands. They took up painting in April 2021, having previously been published as a poet in various journals. They may sometimes be found on Twitter at @jw_Summerisle.

Lauren Foley (she/her) is Irish/Australian and bisexual. She has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and is disabled. Lauren was awarded a Next Generation Artist’s Award in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland. Credits include: Overland, Award Winning Australian Writing, Lighthouse, No Alibis, Head of Zeus and gorse. Her debut short story collection—Polluted Sex—is forthcoming from Influx Press in 2022.

Leah Taylor (she/her) is a poet from Belfast currently studying the Poetry Masters of Arts in the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University. Her writing doesn’t tend to stick to any specific themes but she has an interest in amplifying mundane details of the human experience, including her own past and present experiences and those of her peers. As a queer working class woman born just prior to the Good Friday Agreement, she is presently focussing her poetry a lot more on the idea of the modern ceasefire generation; how their experiences differ from those before them and how The Troubles’ legacy lives on in spite of the promised ‘change’ that her generation was believed to bring to Northern Ireland. Her work has previously appeared in the online magazine The Jumble and in online exhibitions by the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival.

Lorelei Bacht (she/they) is currently running out of ways to define herself, and would like to reside in a tranquil, quiet form of uncertainty for a while. Her recent work has appeared and/or is forthcoming in Anti-Heroin Chic, Visitant, The Wondrous Real, PROEM, SWWIM, The Inflectionist Review, Hecate, and elsewhere. She is also on Instagram: @lorelei.bacht.writer and on Twitter: @bachtlorelei.

Maeve O’Lynn was shortlisted for the 2021 Society of Authors’ Awards and won the 2019 TU Short Story Prize at Red Line Book Festival, Dublin. She has published short fiction and poetry in journals such as The Stinging Fly, Banshee, and The Tangerine.

Marie Little (she/her) lives near fields with her family and writes in the shed. She writes poetry/flash and tries to get creative outside of her comfort zone. Marie has work featured or forthcoming in: Sledgehammer, Five Minutes, Anti-Heroin Chic, Re-Side, Ink Sweat and Tears, Cool Rock Repository, Free Flash Fiction, Gastropoda, The Cannon’s Mouth and The Birdseed. She is on Twitter @jamsaucer.

Megan Russo (she/her) is a writer and designer residing in Austin, TX with her husband and their two pugs. Megan is active in the tabletop rpg community and is currently working on her first, solo-player rpg zine. Check out more of her work at meganrusso.com.

Monica Cardenas (she/her) is from Washington, D.C., and will earn her PhD in Creative Writing next year from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research explores the intersection of maternity and female bodily autonomy, with a focus on the representation of non-maternal women in literature. Her own writing centers on women who do not desire children, and reveals the many painful repercussions of both cultural and legal enforcement of motherhood. Her unpublished novel The Marriage Amendment was longlisted in the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize and runner-up in the Borough Press open submission competition..

Paris Jessie (she/her) is a black, queer California based poet/writer and EMT. She writes both poetry and nonfiction, with a hint of fiction. Much of her writing focuses on mental health experiences, healing and black/LGBTQ+ identity. You can find more of her work at iamparisjessie.com.

Prenesa Naidoo (she/her) is a popcorn fiend, who has just graduated with her MA in Creative Writing. She is currently turning her thesis (a collection of short stories) into a manuscript. You will always find a notebook, several pens, a half-read novel, and a moonstone tucked into her bag. Her background in Law and Psychology is reflected in her writing, tending to touch on politics and landscapes which stretch beyond the mind. The spaces between pages are where she feels, heals, explores, loves, hides, dreams, and becomes. She also believes that nothing can capture a reader’s attention more than a lived experience. Her work has been published in Odd Magazine.

Serena De Marchi (she/her) is an academic researcher of Chinese and Sinophone literatures. She was born in a small Italian town and currently resides in Taipei. She has many – albeit fleeting – passions. The most recent one is birdwatching. English is not her mother tongue and this is her first piece of fiction.

Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick (she/her) lives in Philadelphia with her husband and black cat. Her fiction has appeared in Maudlin House, Ellipsis Zine, New Gothic Review, and Coffin Bell Journal, among others. You can find her on Instagram at @shaunyfitz.

Syna Majumder (she/they) is a high schooler from India who loves to write about road trips, bass lines, and horror and love intertwining. Her work has been published in the Daily Drunk Mag, and is forthcoming in the Cathartic Lit Mag, Paper Crane Journal, and Juven Press. You can find them @fuzz_pedals on Instagram.

Zara Meadows (they/them) is an emerging poet from Belfast in Ireland. They are one of the Foyle Young Poets for 2020 and they were commended in the Tower Poetry competition of the same year. Zara’s work can be found in The Honest Ulsterman and the Irish Times, and it is forthcoming in Banshee. Their Twitter is @zmameadows.

Zoe Brönte Faulkner (she/her) has just finished a degree in English with Creative Writing at Queen’s University. She has been writing poems since her early teenage years, and over time it has become the most cathartic coping mechanism for her, and also a very freeing mode of self-expression.