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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 as one of the Best 30 Books of 2006); 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 davidgalef.com and his twitter handle is @dgalef.

Contributing Editor Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, artist, and storyteller who mostly prefers things you can do indoors. She identifies as Black, biracial, or person of color. Her writing has appeared in Longreads, VICE, Electric Literature’s The Nervous Breakdown, Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas, Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic., and elsewhere. She teaches memoir and personal essay writing workshops, and is also the creator, producer, and host of the long-running How I Learned, a live storytelling / comedy / reading series. Learn how to pronounce all her names at blaiseallysenkearsley.com.

Contributing Editor Jasmine Ledesma is a writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in or is set to appear in CrazyhorseRattle, and PANK, among others. Her work was nominated for both Best of The Net and the Pushcart Prize in 2020. She was named a Brooklyn Poets fellow in 2021. Her novella Shrine was a finalist for the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize.

Contributing Editor Mandira Pattnaik is an Indian fiction writer, essayist, and poet published in print and online in fifteen countries. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Best Small Fictions Anthology 2021, AAWW, Penn Review, Contrary Magazine, The McNeese Review, Passages North, DASH, Miracle Monocle, Timber Journal, Watershed Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, and Prime Number Magazine, among other publications. Mandira’s work has received multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Microfiction, and placings in Litro Magazine and CRAFT flash fiction contests. She writes regular columns for Trampset and Reckon Review. Find her at mandirapattnaik.com

Contributing Editor Christopher Notarnicola served with the United States Marine Corps before receiving his MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. His work has been published in Best American Essays, Bellevue Literary Review, Consequence Magazine, Hobart, Hotel Amerika, Image, North American Review, The Southampton Review, and elsewhere. Find him in Pompano Beach, Florida, or at christophernotarnicola.com.

Contributing Editor Phil Olsen is a short story writer from Liverpool, UK, who enjoys finding the absurd in the everyday. He has a creative writing MA from the University of Manchester and has won three flash fiction competitions: Northern Short Story Festival 2017; Writing on the Wall’s WoWFest 2016; and Book Week Scotland 2014. His writing has appeared in Bath Flash Fiction and Flash Fiction Festival and with Comma Press, among other places. Find him at polsen.co.uk.

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 https://kowaretasekai.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

Art Editor Angie Kang is an artist, writer, and designer living in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Narrative, The Believer, The Rumpus, Lunch Ticket, The Offing, Porter House Review, and others. Find her at angiekang.net or on instagram @anqiekanq.

Co-founders

Mark Budman has had fiction and nonfiction in Five PointsMississippi ReviewVirginia 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.