2021 Emerge Literary Journal Contributors

Ariel N. Banayan is an Iranian Jewish writer born and raised in Los Angeles. He is currently a graduate fellow at Chapman University’s dual MA/MFA degree program, where he teaches a class on the rhetoric of memory to first-year students.

Deanna Baringer is a resident artist at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center where she teaches creative writing and book arts to high school students. Her work has most recently appeared in Lily Poetry Journal. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she now calls Pittsburgh, PA home.

Andrew Bertaina received his MFA in creative writing from American University. His work has appeared in many publications including: The ThreePenny Review, Witness Magazine, Redivider, Orion, and The Best American Poetry 2018. More of his work is available at

Megan Cannella (@megancannella) is a Midwestern transplant currently living in Nevada. For over a decade, Megan has bounced between working at a call center, grad school, and teaching. She has work in or forthcoming from @PorcupineLit, @dailydrunkmag, @VerseZine, @TBQuarterly, and @perhappened.

Courtney Clute just completed her MFA at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she studied flash fiction. Her work has appeared in Passages North and Z Publishing’s “Florida’s Emerging Florida Writers: An Anthology.” You can find her on Twitter at @courtney_clute.

Tristan Cody is the Creative Director of POCKETFIRE and Poetry Editor for the winnow magazine. Poetry published in HARK!, Mad Swirl and more.

Rachael Crosbie is the Editor-in-Chief & Founder of the winnow. She was recently published in Pussy Magic, Lucky Pierre Zine, and others. Above all, she loves dissecting horror films with her fiancé, reading poetry and literary theories, and hugging dogs.

Sara Dobbie is a Canadian writer from Southern Ontario. Her work has appeared in Menacing Hedge, Maudlin House, Trampset, Ellipsis Zine, and elsewhere. Look for stories forthcoming in The Lumiere Review and Drunk Monkeys. Follow her on Twitter @sbdobbie.

Marilyn Duarte holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa’s low-residency program and is currently a Staff Writer at Longleaf Review, a Creative Nonfiction Contributing Editor at Barren Magazine, and an Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor at Pithead Chapel. Her work has appeared in The Tishman Review, (mac)ro(mic), Ellipsis Zine, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and elsewhere. Originally from Toronto, she now divides her time between Canada and Portugal. You can find her at and on Twitter @MareDuarte28.

Holly Rae Garcia is a photographer and author on the Texas Coast. Her novels include Cone Join The Murder and The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge. She is also the editor-at-large for Versification, a punk poetry magazine.

Stephen J. Golds believes all the coolest people die and go to Limbo.

Shannon Frost Greenstein is the author of More., a forthcoming poetry collection from Wild Pressed Books. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Contributing Editor for Barren Magazine, and a former Ph.D. candidate in Continental Philosophy. Follow her at or on Twitter at @mrsgreenstein.

Hannah Grieco is a writer in Arlington, VA. Find her online at and on Twitter @writesloud.

Laura Hemmington is a writer and freelance copywriter. She lives in London at the forest’s edge, with her husband and their senior cat. Twitter: @laurahemmington

Meagan Johanson is a writer from Oregon, where she lives with her family and one very good cat. She enjoys playing the piano, watching things grow, and sticking the landing on a new recipe. She is always seeking a new obsession, and has lived many exciting lives, at least in her imagination. You can find her on Twitter: @MeaganJohanson.

Jad Josey resides on the central coast of California. When he isn’t writing, he spends as much time in the ocean as possible. His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Passages North, CutBank, Little Fiction, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere. Read more of his work at or reach out on Twitter @jadjosey.

Mandy Macdonald lives in Aberdeen, Scotland, trying to make sense of the 21st and other centuries. Her work appears in many print and online publications in the UK and elsewhere. Her first collection, ‘The temperature of blue’ (, was published in early 2020.

James McAdams’ debut short story collection, Ambushing the Void, was published in May by Frayed Edge Press. He teaches literature at the University of South Florida, Ringling College of Art+Design, and Keep St. Pete Lit. He is Flash Fiction editor of Barren Magazine. Currently, he’s working on a novel WIP about rehab scams entitled The Florida Shuffle; Or My Summer in Rat Park II. You can find him at and follow him @jamestmcadams on Twitter/Insta.

Amy-Jean Muller is an artist, writer and poet from South Africa who lives and works in London. Both her art and writing explore culture, memory, mental health, identity, and sexuality. She has exhibited her art in South Africa and London. Her writing can be found in various publications and is a regular contributor for Versification and The Daily Drunk. She also writes transgressive fiction and is currently completing her first novel. Twitter: @muller_aj

Anna Press is a writer and educator. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and three errant dachshunds. Her work–poetry, essays, and book reviews–appears in Kissing Dynamite Poetry’s print anthology Lift Every Voice, The Hellebore, The Columbia Review, Necessary Fiction, and Glass Poetry. Talk to her on Twitter @annaepress.

Leonie Rowland lives in Manchester and has an MA in Gothic Literature. Her most recent work has been published by Ad Hoc Fiction, Reflex Press and The Cabinet of Heed. Leonie’s debut prose chapbook, In Bed with Melon Bread, is forthcoming from Dreich in 2021. You can find her on Twitter or visit her website at

Danielle Rose is the author of AT FIRST & THEN. Her recent work can be found in Palette Poetry, Hobart Pulp, Pithead Chapel & The Shallow Ends.

Kristina Saccone crafts flash fiction and creative nonfiction in the hours between logging off from work and wrangling her young son. Her work has appeared in Dwelling Literary and The Minison Project, and she has a piece forthcoming in Unearthed. You can find her on Twitter at @kristinasaccone or haunting small independent bookstores in the Washington, DC, area.

Ashley Sapp resides in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband and two pups. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Carolina in 2010, and her work has previously appeared in Indie Chick, All Female Menu, Emerge Literary Journal, and the Common Ground Review. Ashley has written two poetry collections: Wild Becomes You and Silence Is A Ballad. She can be found on Twitter (@ashthesapp) and Instagram (@ashsappley).

A hybrid writer-scientist, Sheila Scott most enjoys turning idle thoughts into short narratives and illustrative doodles. Her work has been published in Postbox, Edwin Morgan 100 Anthology, Cabinet of Heed, Causeway, Ellipsis Zine, Flashback Fiction, Bangor Literary Journal, Poetic Republic, and the 2019 Morton Writing Competition. Her intermittently hyperactive Twitter account is @MAHenry20.

L. Sherwood’s work has appeared in New World Writing, Jellyfish Review, Elm Leaves Journal, Page & Spine, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. She lives in Springville, New York, blogs at, and is currently working on a novel.

Andy Spain is a video editor and motion graphics designer living in Durham, NC, with his wife and four children. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, and Corvus Review. His debut novel Cash Grab is forthcoming from Humorist Books in 2021.

Jake Street is a London and Lancaster based poet who describes himself as a cynical romantic. He won the Simon Powell prize in 2016 and has been published in Paper Swans’ Press’ ‘Anthology of Young Poets’ and in the 2018 Tower Poets Anthology ‘Hatch a Blue Sky.’ He runs Lancaster University’s Poetry Cafe.

Rena Su is a writer from Vancouver(ish) and writes a little too frequently about dinosaurs, cyborgs, and offbeat pop culture references. She is the author of the chapbook Preparing Dinosaurs for Mass Extinction (ZED Press, 2021). Her work has been recognized by the Pulitzer Centre, The Poetry Society of UK, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, among others. She thanks you for stumbling across the vast expanses of the literary world and landing on her work

Neal Suit is a recovering lawyer. He writes fiction and is completing his first novel. He has short stories published or forthcoming in Mystery Weekly, Boston Literary Magazine, and Fiction Kitchen. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his family and periodic writer’s block.

Claire Taylor (she/her) writers poetry, short fiction, and the occasional essay. Her work has appeared or is upcoming in numerous print and online journals including Capsule Stories, Kissing Dynamite, perhappened mag, and Canary Literary Journal. She is the creator of Little Thoughts, a monthly newsletter featuring original writing for children. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and can be found online at, or on Twitter @ClaireM_Taylor

Kristin Tenor lives in Wisconsin with her husband and is the flash fiction editor at CRAFT. Her work has appeared in Midwest Review, Spelk, Bending Genres, Emerge Literary Journal, and elsewhere. Emerge Literary Journal nominated Kristin’s flash fiction piece, “Pruning Season,” for Best of the Net 2020. More at or Twitter @KristinTenor.

Chelsea Thornton is a BA student in English Literature at Nicholls State University. She is also an MS warrior and a trucker’s wife. Her husband sometimes whisks her away, and she gets to travel all around the United States. She spends her coffee-fueled late nights reading, writing, and hanging out with her dog and two cats. You can find her on Twitter: @chelseactually.

Emma Venables’ short fiction has recently featured in Mslexia, Lunate, and The Sunlight Press. She was a runner-up in the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020. She can be found on Twitter: @EmmaMVenables.

Julie Weiss´s debut chapbook, ‘The Places We Empty,’ will be published by Kelsay Books in July 2021. In 2020, she was a finalist in Alexandria Quarterly´s first line poetry contest series and for The Magnolia Review´s Ink Award. In 2019 she was a Best of the Net Nominee. Recent work appears in Better Than Starbucks, Praxis Magazine, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and Anti-Heroin Chic, among others, and she has poems in many anthologies, as well. Originally from California, she lives in Spain with her wife and two young children. You can find her on Twitter @colourofpoetry or on her website at


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