Abel is the author of the novel, The Optimistic Decade. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Paris Review.com and many other places. She lives, writes, and teaches in Northampton, Massachusetts. /p>
Stephen Beachy is the author of the novels Glory Hole, boneyard, The Whistling Song, and Distortion, the twin novellas Some Phantom and No Time Flat, and the Amish sci-fi series that begins with Zeke Yoder vs. the Singularity. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in BOMB, The Chicago Review, the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, and elsewhere. He is the prose editor of the journal Your Impossible Voice, teaches at the University of San Francisco, and lives in San Diego.
Chimene Suleyman is a writer from London. She has written for the Guardian, The Independent, Debrief, and The Pool on identity and politics. She is the editor of upcoming anthology The Good Immigrant: USA. She currently lives in New York.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of a memoir and two novels, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her memoir, The End of San Francisco, won a Lambda Literary Award, and her previous title, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. “My Romantic Life” was originally commissioned by Hugo House, and is now a part of a just-completed manuscript called The Freezer Door. Sycamore’s third novel, Sketchtasy, will be out in October 2018.
Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike
Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike is a PhD student at the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta. His poetry and short fiction have been widely published in print and online anthologies. He is a Vanier Scholar and his research interests include African and post colonial literatures, gender and sexuality studies, print and popular cultures.
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 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.