Ranger was rejected from seven MFA programs, so she decided to become a Protestant minister. She was most recently published on Autostraddle as the co-author of the fiction piece "Handcrafted Bamboo." In addition to writing, Ranger enjoys knitting, baking, and (of course) adventuring. Ranger lives in the New York Capital Region with her kitten, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce.
Raised on a family farm in New Hampshire, Jonathan Mack has spent most of his life in India and Japan. Stories and essays have appeared in Quarter After Eight, Gargoyle, Epiphany, Zymbol, Mary, Quick Fiction, The Tokyo Advocate, Japanzine, and elsewhere. His blog is Guttersnipe Das.
Theodosia Henney is a careful traveler, a reckless dreamer, and a fearless tea-drinker. She attends circus school in Vermont where she cultivates a spectacular floordrobe, works in a jam factory, and knits colorful legwarmers for all her acrobat friends. She edits poetry at Cactus Heart Press and can be found at theodosia-henney.com.
Ashlee Beals is a 20-year-old human living in Berkeley, California. When not writing, she can usually be found playing banjo or drawing comics. qu.ee/r Magazine is her first publication! She can be found on Facebook but she admits to being a very disappointing person to Internet-stalk.
Amelia Edelman is a writer, editor, yoga teacher, and slo-mo bicycler from New York City. She is a graduate of Vassar College (BA), New York University (MA), and has also studied at fun places like St. Andrews University in Scotland, the Center for Book Arts, and the Unterberg Poetry Center. Her work has appeared in/on a motley assortment of publications including So To Speak, The Arts Politic, xoJane, Elephant Journal, NPR, MindBodyGreen, Thought Catalog, MTV Act, and others. Amelia lives in Brooklyn with her partner (and a cat named Prudence) and she currently writes for a non-profit drug treatment organization, among other projects. Follow @apedelman on Twitter to get in touch.
Katherine Robb advised clients from Amazon.com to mom-and-pop businesses on complex structural, financing, and regulatory matters before transitioning from a legal career to the creative life. Her nonfiction and fiction have been published in the Taconic Press, Anglers’ Club of Portland, and the New York University Annual Survey of American Law. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and blogs about her return to running after a 6-year hiatus, followed by foot and knee surgery.
Stacy Brewster is a public advocate for the City of Portland, Oregon, work that supports the hours he spends in his basement working on stories and poetry. He is part of the writing collective Full Frontal and his work has appeared in Plenitude Magazine and Rougarou. For years he has facilitated writing workshops for Write Around Portland, a non-profit that provides workshops at no cost for people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of domestic violence, low income seniors, and others who may not have access to writing in community because of income, isolation or other barriers.
Krista Coppedge is a photo-taking, music-playing, wave-surfing kind of gal who makes her living as a piano technician in San Diego, California. She received her Bachelor’s at Florida State University for Studio Art (concentration: Photography), with a minor in Art History. Her work has been published in various books and magazines and exhibited at the University of North Florida, Florida State University, and Wright State University. She also sings in the San Diego Women's Chorus, plays piano and trumpet for various choirs, gigs around Southern California with her band, and rebuilds and tunes pianos
Halee Kirkwood is a Junior at Northland College, a small environmental school in Ashland, WI, who is majoring in Writing with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. She’s published poems and fiction in local literary magazines The Mosaique and Aqueous, as well as online horror site 69 Flavors of Paranoia. Her hair color and style changes more rapidly than the temperature of Northern Wisconsin, and has two pet fancy rats named Dmitri and Kilgore. You can find her on Facebook if you enjoy copious amounts of selfies and angst-ridden haikus.
Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez is from Vilches, Chile. In 2010 she attended the Bucknell Writing Seminar for Younger Poets and in 2013, the Lambda Writers Retreat for Emerging LBGT Voices. Her current projects include a novel in Spanish and a narrative series of poems with an intersex character. She is co-director of the not-for-profit Palampore Writers, which promotes positive social change by teaching creative writing in communities that have been oppressed, marginalized, and/or struck by natural disaster.
Melanie Bell lives in San Francisco but grew up on Prince Edward Island, Canada. She earned an MA in creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal. Her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, CV2, Grain, Cicada, and various other magazines. She teaches workshops on Enneagram personality types.
Sarah Maria Medina is a poet and a fiction/creative non-fiction writer from the American Northwest. She received a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington. Her essays have appeared in Hip Mama Magazine, Squat Journal, Mutha Magazine, and Rebelle Society. Her poetry has been printed in Raspa, a Queer Latino Literary Journal, and As/Us Literary Journal, among others. She is also the author of a chapbook of poetry titled Girl Turnin’ Queen and Other (Broken) Havana Love Stories. She currently resides in Mexico with her daughter, and is working on her Havana memoir.
Laura Krughoff’s first novel, My Brother’s Name, was released by Scarletta Press in 2013. Her short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines and journals, Washington Square Review, The Seattle Review, and The Threepenny Review, and her non-fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Huffington Post, Dot429 Magazine, and SheWired. She’s a grad student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives, writes, teaches, and does most other things in Chicago. You can find her at laurakrughoff.com.
Sam Corfman recently graduated from Pomona College. He then went adventuring, but it turned out that the great adventure had already begun before the adventuring, with graduation. That is, it was the start of misery. But you can read his poetry in 1913: A Journal of Forms.
Hannah Brush, this issue’s cover artist, is a freelance illustrator, novelist, and comic-book-maker. She is most heavily influenced by various world mythologies, fairy tales, and accounts of the paranormal. She holds a BA in English and enjoys the company of small furry animals. You can catch up with her on Tumblr.
Stefana McClure, interviewed in this issue, was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1959. She lives and works in New York.
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