Contributors to this issue


S. Anand

S. Anand is a poet, translator and raga musician. He is better known as the publisher of Navayana, where, over the years, he has collaborated with several authors and artists to broadcast the ideas of B. R. Ambedkar, the militant philosopher of equality and author of the revolutionary "Annihilation of Caste." Anand lives in Delhi.

Anaïs Beaulieu

Anais Beaulieu was born in Limoges, where she attended art school. She has traveled widely in Africa, and those influences, together with the embroidery her grandmother taught her as a child, help shape her work today. She lives in Montreuil, France.

Jessica Bottalico

Living and working in Beacon, NY, Jessica Bottalico examines the narrative behind mundane objects that occupy domestic spaces and landscapes. Bottalico completed her BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art and MFA in Painting at Rutgers University. Recent exhibitions include J Cacciola Gallery, Bronx Community College, Zurcher Gallery, Causey Contemporary, Proto Gallery, and Abrons Arts Center. She has completed Residencies with the Vermont Studio Center, and the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists in Lehon, France. She exhibits with Collective 131, and online collective of female artitsts. When she’s not painting in her studio, she teaches art to high schoolers.

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown’s new book Not Heaven, Somewhere Else, in which is included “To Grandmother’s House,” was published in the October, 2018 by Tarpaulin Sky. She is currently putting together a book of essays. She is also is a the author of a dozen other books published in the US and abroad, including American Romances, The Haunted House, The Dogs: a Modern Bestiary, The Terrible Girls and The Gifts of the Body. “Monstrous,” her one woman performance/talk about Frankenstein premiered at Northwest Film Forum. For 20 years she taught in the low residency MFA program at Goddard College and is currently Senior-Artist in-Residence at University of Washington, Bothell. She lives in Seattle with her spouse.

Max Colby

Colby’s maximal work in textiles and painting reframe conversations on domesticity, power, and gender within a queer context. Colby has exhibited at venues including the International Print Center, New York, TEMP Gallery and the Henry Zarrow Center. Colby’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Coastal Post, and “De File en Aiguille” published by Pyramyd. They were an artist in residence at MASS MoCA and a Leslie-Lohman Museum Queer Artists’ Fellow. Born in West Palm Beach, Colby received their BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. They live and work in Brooklyn.

Holly Coulis

Holly Coulis was born in Toronto, Canada. She received her BFA from the Ontario College or Art and Design and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Recent shows include Simon Lee’s Viewing Room in London, Cooper Cole in Toronto, Klaus von Nichtssagend in New York and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Artforum, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. Two years ago, she moved to Athens, GA after 17 years in Brooklyn, NY. Forthcoming shows include SOCO Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Klaus von Nichtssagend in NYC, and Philip Martin Gallery in Los Angeles.

Pwaangulongii Dauod

Pwaangulongii Dauod is a Nigerian writer. He grew up in northern Nigeria. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, he has been awarded the Gerald Kraak Prize and shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. Dauod has contributed nonfiction writing to Granta and Brittle Paper. He is currently working on a novel and a book-length essay.

Andrea Dworkin

Andrea Dworkin (1946–2005), was an American radical feminist author associated with antipornography, antirape and battered women’s movements of the 1970s and 80s. She wrote more than ten books, including nonfiction works, anthologies, and novels; and she coauthored, with feminist law professor Catherine Mackinnon, the controversial Antipornography Civil Rights Ordinance in 1983. “In Memory of Nicole Brown Simpson” is excerpted from Last Days at Hot Slit: the Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin, edited by Johanna Fateman and Amy Scholder.

Billy Jacobs

Billy Jacobs is a New York based painter, whose work deals with crimes, conspiracies, and the shadowy side of American history. He is currently represented by False Flag Projects.

Joyce Johnson

Joyce Johnson’s best known book is the memoir Minor Characters, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983. Her other seven books include The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac, the memoir Missing Men, The Lies and Truths of the Sternberg Case, Door Wide Open, and In the Night Cafe and two earlier novels. She was the winner of a 1987 O’Henry Award and a 1992 NEA. She taught for many years in the MFA program at Columbia and the 92nd Street YMHA.

Mirza Ghalib

Mirza Asadullah Khan "Ghalib" (1797–1869) wrote in both classical Farsi and Rekhta, the forerunner of modern Urdu/Hindavi/Hindi/Dehlavi/Hindustani as it is variously known, a language whose very name means "scattered, mixed." Predominantly writing in the ghazal form, Ghalib singularly altered the capacity of language for beauty. He wrote once: "Should anyone say, how could Rekhta be the envy of Farsi/ Recite to them, just once, what’s been uttered by Ghalib: like this"—echoing another master, Rumi: "If anyone asks: ‘How did Jesus raise the dead?’/ kiss me on the lips, say: like this!" Born in Agra, Ghalib lived most of his life in Delhi, and was fond of French wine.

Bradley Kerl

Bradley Kerl is a painter and educator based in Houston, Texas. He has been the focus of solo exhibitions at Jonathan Hopson Gallery (2018), Galveston Arts Center (2017) and Art Palace Gallery (2014, 2015, 2016). Group exhibitions include 10 Years 10 Artists (2018) at Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans, LA, 44 Artists from Texas (2018) at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, TX and FUN (2017) at Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas, TX. His work also appears in New American Paintings No. 138 and Friend of The Artist: Volume 7.

Jee Leong Koh

Jee Leong Koh is the author of Steep Tea (Carcanet), named a Best Book of the Year by UK's Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. He has published three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. Originally from Singapore, Jee lives in New York City. He is the founder and organizer of the literary non-profit Singapore Unbound, which is dedicated to the advancement of freedom of expression and equal rights for all.

Larry Krone

Larry Krone is a New York-based visual and performing artist. As a theatrical designer he also creates sets and, as the force behind House of Larréon, designs unique costumes and stage gowns for dance, theater, and cabaret.

Minerva Martinez

Minerva Martinez is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from the New School. Minerva worked in the world of championship boxing for almost decade and is presently working on a collection of short stories about the sweet science and a novel about a boxing cutman. Her work has appeared in W42ST Magazine and Newtown Literary Journal.

Charles Ramsay McCrory

Charles Ramsay McCrory is an MFA candidate in fiction at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a former editorial fellow for American Short Fiction, and his work has appeared in Mississippi Review, Southern Humanities Review, and The New Guard.

Yasmin Nair

Yasmin Nair is a writer, academic, and activist based in Chicago, a co-founder of the radical queer editorial collective Against Equality, and a member of Gender JUST Chicago. Her work can be found at Her piece originally appeared there as "Your Trauma Is Your Passport: Hannah Gadsby, Nanette, and Global Citizenship" and has been edited for this publication. Her Manifesto appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Evergreen.

Matthew Sharpe

Matthew Sharpe is the author of the novels You Were Wrong, Jamestown, The Sleeping Father, and Nothing Is Terrible. His four short-short stories are part of a series; other stories in the series are posted on his blog, 'Very short stories r us.'

Octavio Solis

Author of more than twenty plays, Octavio Solis is considered one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. His works have been produced in theatres across the country, including the Center Group Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. His fiction and short plays have appeared in the Louisville Review, Zyzzyva, Eleven Eleven, Catamaran, Chicago Quarterly Review, Arroyo Literary Review and Huizache. Retablos is his first book.

Laurie Stone

Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She has published numerous stories in such publications as N + 1, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Fence, Open City, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in "Novel: An Installation," writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory's gallery space. She is at work on Postcards from the Thing that is Happening, a collage of hybrid narratives. Her website is:

Jeanne Thornton

Jeanne Thornton is the author of The Dream of Doctor Bantam and The Black Emerald, both finalists for a Lambda Literary Award, and one of the editors of We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology. She is one of the copublishers of Instar Books. She lives in Brooklyn. More information at

Frederic Tuten

Frederic Tuten is the author of five novels including Tintin in the New World, Van Gogh’s Bad Café, and The Adventures of Mao on the Long March and a book of short stories, Self-Portraits: Fictions. His memoir My Young Life was published by Simon & Schuster in March of this year. Tuten is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction and the Award for Distinguished Writing from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Not Vital

Not Vital was born in a village in the Engadine Valley of the Swiss Alps. His work is regularly exhibited in galleries and collections around the world.

Antoine Volodine

Antoine Volodine is the primary pseudonym of a French writer who has published twenty books under this name. He also publishes under the names Lutz Bassmann and Manuela Draeger. Most of his works take place in a post-apocalyptic world where members of the “post-exoticism” writing movement have all been arrested as subversive elements. Together, these works constitute one of the most inventive, ambitious projects of contemporary writing. The piece appearing here is from the opening of his 1990 novel, Lisbonne Dernière Marge.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is a graduate of the Master of Philosophy Program in Literary Translation at Trinity College Dublin, where he is currently affiliated as a creative practitioner. He is the translator of Sébastien Brebel’s novel Villa Bunker, published by Dalkey Archive Press. His translation of Bruce Bégout’s story “Watching My Best Fiend” just appeared in Best European Fiction 2018.