2020 Emerge Literary Journal Contributors

Hanna Abi Akl writes contemporary poetry and prose. His writing style flows as an endless stream of consciousness, rarely if ever solidifying in rigid form. Some bits of his work have already materialized in novels and poetry books, while others remain hidden in the dark.

Kanika Ahuja believes in the inexplicable joy of sunshines and smiles, hoarding verses on sticky notes in mason jars to be set free like paper boats on rainy days. Her work appears, or is forthcoming, at The Medley, Sidereal Magazine, and Airplane Poetry Movement’s Ultimate Poetry Anthology. She is based in New Delhi, India, and can be found on Twitter @kanika0326.

Mileva Anastasiadou is a neurologist, from Athens, Greece. A Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions nominated writer, her work can be found in many journals, such as Gone Lawn, Litro, Jellyfish Review, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Moon Park Review, Okay Donkey, Open Pen and others.

Ayesha Asad is a freshman at the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in Literature and Biology. Currently, her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Santa Clara Review, Blue Marble Review, Eunoia Review, Skipping Stones Magazine, and TeenInk and has been recognized by the Creative Writing Ink December 2019 contest.

Nicola Ashbrook is an emerging writer from the north-west of England where she lives with a menagerie of children, a husband, cats and a dog. She loves flash and has had a handful of pieces published. She is supposed to be re-drafting her debut novel, but the call of flash is strong. She can be found tweeting @NicolaAWrites

Katie Berger holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and lives in Nebraska. She is the author of Time Travel: Theory and Practice, and Swans, both from Dancing Girl Press, as well as a number of poems, stories, and essays that have appeared or are forthcoming in Cherry Tree, Thimble, The Maynard, and others. She can be found at

Elizabeth Bluth is a writer of fiction, poetry, and plays. Her work has appeared or is upcoming in LIT Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, American Writer’s Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and others. She has a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction from The New School in NYC.

Melissa Boles is a writer, storyteller, and impatient optimist from the Pacific Northwest who recently launched to help connect people to art and discuss the intersection of art and mental health. Melissa has been published on,, and You can find her at or at @melloftheball.

Linda Brooks completed BA Hons at Southern Cross University (SCU) in 2019. Several of her short stories have been published in anthologies: Coastlines 5, 6 & 7 (SCU), Wood, Bricks & Stone (Catchfire Press), Grieve (Hunter Writer’s Centre) and Longing for Solitude (Stringybark Press). She’s won creative writing awards: first prize for The Legacy University Level Creative Writing Award; first prize in the Gabe Reynaud Creative Writing Award and the Mater Misericordiae Grieve Writing Award. Her poem ‘Leaves’ was published in Seeking the Sun, 2012 anthology by Central Coast Poets Inc. She’s had two short pieces published in The Northerly – Northern Rivers Writers Magazine, ‘Waiting’ and ‘Billy and Me’.

Sophia Bruce is from New Haven, Connecticut, and is a rising sophomore at Smith College. She has previously been published in Jet Fuel Review, Long River Review, and others.

Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her poems and translations appeared in Ambit, HeadStuff, Waxwing, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. Her collection The Flavor of The Other is scheduled for publication in 2020 with Dos Madres Press. She is the current Poetry Editor of The Blue Nib.

C. A. Campbell lives in Kansas City, MO with her husband and three ridiculously needy dogs. When she is not writing, she works as a pediatric nurse. She enjoys writing intense, emotional stories that hit hard on ethical issues, promote diversity and keep readers thinking long after the last page.

Dan A. Cardoza’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have met international acceptance. Most recently his work has been featured in Cabinet of Heed, Cleaver, Entropy, Gravel, Montana Mouthful, New Flash Fiction Review and Spelk. Twitter Handle: @Cardozabig

Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar is an Indian American. She was born in a middle-class family in India and will forever be indebted to her parents for educating her beyond their means. She is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. She blogs at Puny Fingers and can be reached at twitter @PunyFingers.

Drew Coles is the world’s worst farm kid. His work has appeared in the Midwestern Gothic and has been supported by Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Megan Colgan received an English degree from the University of New Hampshire and then promptly did nothing with it after graduation. She held a string of office jobs until she had her first kid, a boy, in 2007. Her second kid, a girl, was born in 2012. She is now a stay-at-home mother who is temporarily assisting them in all of their remote learning endeavors. She loves the sound of rain hitting tree branches in the woods and eating lobster rolls in any seaside town in Maine. She currently lives in New Hampshire.

SM Colgan (she/her) is a bi writer somewhere in Ireland. Her work focuses on emotion, history, sexuality, and relationships, romantic and otherwise. She writes to understand people who are and have been, and to ease the yearning in her heart. Twitter: @burnpyregorse.

Paul Edward Costa is a writer, spoken word artist, teacher, and the 2019-2021 Poet Laureate for the City of Mississauga. He has featured at many poetry reading series in the Greater Toronto Area and has published over 60 poems and stories in literary journals such as Bewildering Stories, Lucent Dreaming Magazine, Former People Journal, POST-, and the Gyroscope Review. His first full length book of poetry The Long Train of Chaos was published by Kung Fu Treachery Press. He curates/hosts several poetry series and has won the Mississauga Arts Council’s 2019 MARTY Award for Emerging Literary Arts.

Travis Cravey lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He’s had stories published a few places. He’ll show you if you want.

Shome Dasgupta is the author of i am here And You Are Gone (Winner Of The 2010 OW Press Fiction Chapbook Contest), The Seagull And The Urn (HarperCollins India, 2013), Anklet And Other Stories (Golden Antelope Press, 2017), Pretend I Am Someone You Like (University of West Alabama’s Livingston Press, 2018), and Mute (Tolsun Books, 2018). He lives in Lafayette, LA, and he can be found at and @laughingyeti.

Tommy Dean lives in Indiana with his wife and two children. He is the author of a flash fiction chapbook entitled Special Like the People on TV from Redbird Chapbooks. He is the Editor at Fractured Lit. He has been previously published in the BULL Magazine, The MacGuffin, The Lascaux Review, New World Writing, Pithead Chapel, and New Flash Fiction Review. His story “You’ve Stopped” was chosen by Dan Chaon to be included in Best Microfiction 2019. Find him @TommyDeanWriter on Twitter.

Tyler Dempsey‘s work most recently appears, or is forthcoming, in Back Patio Press, Lammergeier Magazine, 3 moon publishing, Bending Genres, and Heavy Feather Review. Find him on Twitter @tylercdempsey.

Thad DeVassie is the author of This Side of Utopia (forthcoming; Cervena Barva Press). His work has appeared in numerous journals including New York Quarterly, Poetry East, West Branch, NANO Fiction, Juked, Collateral, Unbroken, PANK, and Lunate. He is a lifelong Ohioan who writes from the outskirts of Columbus.

Sara Dobbie is a Canadian fiction writer from Southern Ontario. Her work has appeared in Mooky Chick, Trampset, Spelk, The Cabinet of Heed, Bandit Fiction, Ellipsis Zine, and elsewhere. Look for stories forthcoming from Knights Library Magazine and Change Seven Magazine, and follow her on Twitter @sbdobbie.

Nicole S. Entin is a teenage poet, writer, playwright, and essayist living in Toronto. Her poetry has been featured numerous times in anthologies published by the Poetry Institute of Canada, and won second prize in the youth category of the Open Ages National Poetry Contest. Her full-length play, Locked in a Room, was produced for the National Theatre School Festival, winning an Award of Merit for playwriting. Her latest play, In the Chocolate Boxes, had a staged reading in October 2019 at Alumnae Theatre’s Next Stage Readings series. She is also a youth member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada. She will soon be moving on to the next chapter of her life, as she pursues studies in English and Comparative Literature at the University of St. Andrews, UK.

Elizabeth Estochen is a queer, nonbinary writer in Denver, Colorado. Her chapbook, For Love, and for Cruelty was published by WordTech Editions in January, 2020. Follow her on Twitter @estochen or her website,

Elspeth Findlay is a poet and author of short stories and essays. Dwelling in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia, they have a deep interest in understanding eco-cultures and adaptation, above and below ground. Their poetry is published in the Northerly and is touring with the Bimblebox 153 Birds. They study Arts, majoring in Creative Writing.

Lynn Finger’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Ekphrastic Review, MineralLitMag, Unlost, Night Music Journal and Drunk Monkeys. Lynn is one of the founding editors of the forthcoming journal Harpy Hybrid Review, and also works with a group that mentors writers in prison.

Jessica Frelow is an emerging writer. Her work has appeared in Versification, JHHF Review and The New York Times Metropolitan Diary. Find her on twitter @thefrelow.

Steven Genise is a writer based in Seattle. His work has appeared in Gone Lawn, Crack the Spine, After the Pause, and others, and he is the fiction editor of Cascadia Magazine. Sarah Genise is a visual artist based in a Phoenix, whose work has appeared in various shows around Arizona.

Rebecca Gethin has written 5 poetry publications and has been a Hawthornden Fellow and a Poetry School tutor. Messages was a winner in the first Coast to Coast to Coast pamphlet competition. Vanishings from Palewell Press and Fathom from Marble are forthcoming in 2020.

Farley Egan Green lives and writes in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She graduated from Scripps College and is retired from a writing/communications career. She writes for the pleasure of working with words and sounds, to tell stories and, in some cases, to make sense of difficult experiences. Her poems have appeared in the Trestle Creek Review, Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine, and elsewhere.

Shannon Frost Greenstein resides in Philadelphia with her children, soulmate, and persnickety cats. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, a Contributing Editor for Barren Magazine, and a former Ph.D. candidate in Continental Philosophy. Shannon was awarded a writing residency through Sundress Academy for the Arts in October 2019. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Crab Fat Magazine, Chaleur Magazine, Bone & Ink Lit Zine, Spelk Fiction, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @mrsgreenstein or her website: She comes up when you Google her.

Charlotte Hamrick’s poetry, prose, and photography has been published in numerous online and print journals, most recently including MORIA, The Citron Review, and Flash Frontier. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets. You can find her online at Twitter @CharlotteHam504 and on her website

Candace Hartsuyker is a third-year fiction student at McNeese State University and reads for PANK. She has been published in Heavy Feather Review, Maudlin House and elsewhere.

Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon lives near Newcastle upon Tyne and writes short stories and poetry. Her first chapbook was published in 2019: Cerddi Bach [Little Poems] by Hedgehog Press. Her first pamphlet is due to be published in 2020. She is a Pushcart and Forwards Prize nominee. She believes everyone’s voice counts.

Lindsey Heatherly is an emerging writer, born and raised in Upstate South Carolina. She has work forthcoming in The Scriblerus Arts Journal and Rejection Letters. She works as a pharmacy technician in an inpatient psychiatric hospital and spends her time at home raising a strong, confident daughter.

Sabrina Ito lives in Honolulu, HI with her husband and son, where she works as a Middle School Languages teacher. Her poems have appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Clarion Magazine, Slipstream Press, Coachella Review, West Trade Review and BlazeVox, among others. Sabrina is also the author of poetry chapbooks, The Witches of Lila Springs (Plan B Press, 2018) and Messages from Salt Water (Finishing Line Press, 2019). For more information about Sabrina’s work, visit: or follow her on Twitter at: @ito_sab.

Alyssa Jordan is a writer living in the United States. She pens literary horoscopes for F(r)iction Series. Her stories can be found or are forthcoming in The Sunlight Press, X–R-A-Y Literary Magazine, South Broadway Ghost Society, Blind Corner Literary Magazine, and more. You can find her on Twitter @ajordan901 and Instagram @ajordanwriter.

Veronica Klash loves living in Las Vegas and writing in her living room. Her work has appeared in such publications as Desert Companion, Cheap Pop, Ellipsis Zine, and X-Ray Lit. You can find more about Veronica on Twitter @VeronicaKlash.

Rich Larson was born in Galmi, Niger, has lived in Canada, USA, and Spain, and is now based in Prague, Czech Republic. He is the author of the novel Annex and the collection Tomorrow Factory. His work has been translated into Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Portuguese, French, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese.

Brett Lewis is a lifelong lover and more recent writer of fiction. He is currently beginning the final year of a PhD in English, focusing on Literary and Cultural Studies. He is a huge fan of Southern Gothic literature and Revisionist Westerns, the latter of which he will be writing his PhD dissertation on. He currently teaches composition courses at the University of Memphis and hopes to move into literature courses in the near future.

Roger Li is a high school student from the Chicagoland area. His works have been accepted into, Journal & Topics, Versification, JHHF Review, and Eskimo Pie Review, among others. He has a husky named Wilson from Texas.

Marc Littman is a short story writer, novelist and emerging playwright. His stories have been published in online magazines and anthologies from Fictive Dream to The Saturday Evening Post. His two novels are Eddie and Me on the Scrap Heap about a heroic boy with autism and The Spirit Sherpa, a mystery story with a reincarnation twist

Meagan Lucas is the author of the award-winning novel: Songbirds and Stray Dogs (Main Street Rag, 2019). Her short work has appeared in The New Southern Fugitives, Still: The Journal, and MonkeyBicycle among others. She is Pushcart nominated and won the 2017 Scythe Prize for Fiction. She is an English and Creative Writing Instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Community Technical College.

Elizabeth Mathes is a counselor who specializes in autism. She is married to a music educator and composer. They have a 29-year-old adult son with low-functioning autism who lives with them. She is often inspired to write on daily walks with her son amid the North Idaho alpine and glacial beauty.

Julianna May is a poet based in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a graduate of Wilkes University’s M.A. in Creative Writing, and a high school English teacher. She has been published in Nightingale and Sparrow Magazine, Crepe & Penn, and Teen Belle Magazine. Find her on twitter: @JuliannaMay1216

Amanda McLeod is an author and artist from Australia. Her work can be found in many places both in print and online, and she is the Managing Editor of Animal Heart Press. She’s always looking for silence and coffee. Connect on Twitter @AmandaMWrites or via

Steve Merino (he/him) is a poet from Saint Paul, MN. His work can be found in Ghost City Review, Mineral Lit Mag, and elsewhere. A full list can be found on his linktree ( Follow him on twitter @steve_merino

DS Maolalai has been nominated four times for Best of the Net and three times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (Encircle Press, 2016) and Sad Havoc Among the Birds (Turas Press, 2019)

Sage Marshall is an emerging poet from Telluride, CO. He has an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and is currently working on a lyric coming-of-age memoir called The Barbs. His poetry has been featured in Reverberations Mag and AOM.

Linda McMullen is a wife, mother, diplomat, and homesick Wisconsinite. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in over thirty literary magazines, including, most recently, Arachne Press, Luna Station Quarterly, Ripples in Space, Write Ahead/The Future Looms Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, Turnpike, and Storgy.

Bruce Meyer is author or editor of 64 books of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, and literary journalism. He was winner of the 2019 Anton Chekhov Prize for Fiction. His most recent book of short stories, A Feast of Brief Hopes (Guernica Editions) appeared in 2018. In 2020, Guernica Editions will publish a collection of his flash fiction, Down in the Ground. He lives in Barrie, Ontario.

Daniel Edward Moore lives in Washington on Whidbey Island. His poems are forthcoming in Plainsongs, The Cape Rock, Artifact Nouveau, Gyroscope Review, Magnolia Review and Kestrel Literary Journal. His book, Waxing The Dents was a finalist for the Brick Road Poetry Prize and will be released February 2020.

Zach Murphy is a Hawaii-born writer with a background in cinema. His stories have appeared in Peculiars Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Emerge Literary Journal, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Ghost City Review, Lotus-eater, WINK, and Fat Cat Magazine. He lives with his wonderful wife Kelly in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lucy Narva is a budding poet from Boston, Massachusetts. She likes unsweetened iced coffee, the smell of lilac flowers, and people who text with proper grammar. She is currently studying English at Barnard College of Columbia University, trying to balance required writing with desired writing, and, as Tim Kreider expertly wrote, grappling with “the mortifying ordeal of being known.”

Paul Negri has twice won the gold medal for fiction in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition. His stories have appeared in The Penn Review, Jellyfish Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Vestal Review, and more than 50 other publications. He lives and writes in Clifton, New Jersey.

Nymphish is a contemporary poet from Phoenix, AZ. She received her first publication from Creative Communications when she was sixteen, and has since completed her debut poetry collection, Seventh Street Sad. She is currently very active in the art, music, and poetry scenes surrounding Phoenix. She has two cats, Coraline and Arrietty, and they both look the same.

Noreen Ocampo is a Filipina American writer and student at Emory University. In the future, she aims to work in the intersection of storytelling and education, and her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Marías at Sampaguitas, 3 Moon Magazine, and Royal Rose, among others.

Abby Parcell is a nonprofit professional working to improve economic mobility in the South. Her work has been recently published in Exponent II. I live in Chapel Hill, NC.

Maria S. Picone has an MFA from Goddard College. As a Korean adoptee in an Italian American family and a New Englander, her obsessions with noodles, seafood, and the ocean are hardly her fault. Her poetry and creative nonfiction appear in talking about strawberries all of the time, Mineral Lit Mag, Ariel Chart, and the Able Muse. Her Twitter is @mspicone, and her website is

Jared Povanda is a writer and freelance editor from upstate New York. His story ‘Clawing’ was recently longlisted for Pidgeonhole‘s The Body contest, and his work has been published in CHEAP POP, Maudlin House, and Splonk, among others. Find him online @JaredPovanda and

Ivy Aloa Robb is an emerging artist and poet living in northern Minnesota. Her work can be found in Lindenwood Review, VampCat Journal, and is forthcoming in Mineral Lit Mag. When she is not writing you can find her bird watching or brewing tea.

Karen Schauber is a Flash Fiction writer obsessed with the form. Her work appears in 45 international literary magazines and anthologies, including Brilliant Flash Fiction, Bending Genres, Ekphrastic Review, Fiction Southeast, and New Flash Fiction Review. ‘The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings’ (Heritage House, 2019), celebrating the Canadian modernist landscape painters, is her first editorial/curatorial flash fiction anthology. Schauber runs ‘Vancouver Flash Fiction’, a flash fiction Resource Hub and Critique Circle, and in her spare time, is a seasoned Family Therapist. A native of Montreal, she has called Vancouver home for the past three decades.

Finola Scott is published widely in the UK & Eire. Her poems are found on posters, postcards and tapestries as well as in magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland, The Fenland Reed and Lighthouse. Current Makar of the Federation of Writers, her pamphlet Much left Unsaid is published by Red Squirrel Press.

Daniel Shooter’s short fiction has been published in Spadina Literary Review (Canada), and in forthcoming issues of Dream Catcher (UK), Reality Break (USA), and The Fiction Pool (UK). Daniel has been writing seriously for about three years and divides his time between teaching Music part-time at a local school and being a stay-at-home dad.

EC Sorenson is a media producer and writer. Her recent work has appeared in Litro Magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Tiny Molecules, X-R-A-Y Lit Mag, Tiny Essays and Monkey Bicycle. She has previously been shortlisted for a Writers Digest Short Story award and longlisted for the Fish International Short Story Prize. She lives in Australia. Find her on Twitter at @ecwsorenson

Anna Spence is an academic by day and a writer by compulsion. Her work appears in Ellipsis Zine and Elephants Never. You can find her on Twitter @MSSalieri

Lannie Stabile is a finalist for the 2019/2020 Glass Chapbook Series and semifinalist for the Button Poetry 2018 Chapbook Contest – has her first published collection, Little Masticated Darlings, now out with Wild Pressed Books. Her works are published in Glass Poetry, Pidgeonholes, Okay Donkey, and more. She is a Pushcart nominee.

Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. In 2019 she won the ‘Selected or Neglected Collection Competition’ with Hedgehog Poetry Press for her collection Totems. Her writing blog can be found at and @grimalkingerry on Twitter.

A journalist for 20 years, Hannah Storm’s flash fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction is often inspired by her experiences travelling the world for work. This year she won the ‘I Must Be Off!’ travel writing prize, placed second in the Bath Flash Fiction Award and was highly commended in the TSS flash prize. She lives in the UK with her family and works as a media consultant and director of a journalism charity.

Kristin Tenor finds inspiration in life’s quiet details and believes in their power to illuminate the extraordinary. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in both print and online journals, including The Midwest Review, Spelk Fiction, Bending Genres, Milk Candy Review, Spry Literary Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, River Teeth-Beautiful Things, among others. She also volunteers as a reader at CRAFT Literary. Learn more at or follow her on Twitter @KristinTenor.

Rodd Whelpley manages an electric efficiency program for 32 cities across Illinois and lives near Springfield. His poems have appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Shore, 2River View, Star 82 Review, Kissing Dynamite, Barren, Shot Glass Journal, The Naugatuck River Review, The Chagrin River Review and other journals. Catch as Kitsch Can, his first chapbook, was published in 2018. Find him at

Kevin Richard White‘s fiction appears in Grub Street, The Hunger, Lunch Ticket, The Molotov Cocktail, The Helix, Hypertext, decomP and Ghost Parachute among others. He is a Flash Fiction Contributing Editor for Barren Magazine and also reads fiction for Quarterly West and The Common. He lives in Philadelphia.

Skye Wilson is a glittery, rugby-playing feminist from Scotland. She is working towards an MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University, and is most recently published in Spoken Word Scratch Night Zine in Paris, and forthcoming in From Arthur’s Seat. She is extremely bisexual. Skye loves ugly shirts, and poems about hope, fear, and belonging. Her pronouns are she/her.

Francine Witte is the author of four poetry chapbooks and two full-length collections, Café Crazy and The Theory of Flesh from Kelsay Books. Her flash fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologized in the most recent New Micro (W.W. Norton) Her novella-in-flash, The Way of the Wind has just been published by Ad Hoc Fiction, and her full-length collection of flash fiction, Dressed All Wrong for This was recently published by Blue Light Press. She lives in New York City.

Sally Zakariya’s poetry has appeared in some 75 print and online journals and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her most recent publication is Muslim Wife (Blue Lyra Press, 2019). She is also the author of The Unknowable Mystery of Other People, Personal Astronomy, When You Escape, Insectomania, and Arithmetic and other verses, as well as the editor of a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table. Zakariya blogs at

Madison Zehmer is a 22-year-old emerging poet and wannabe historian from North Carolina, with work in Déraciné, Gone Lawn, Drunk Monkeys, LandLocked, and more. She is the editor in chief of Mineral Lit Mag, and her first chapbook, Unhaunting, will be released by Kelsay Books in 2021.