Contributors.

ISSUE ONE, December 2015:

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Diamond Lil was an Atlanta drag legend, performing throughout the Southeast since the 1960s. She released several albums, including Diamond Lil Sings and The Queen of Diamonds.

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Grant Jerkins is the author of four novels – Abnormal Man, The Ninth Step, At the End of the Road and A Very Simple Crime. His short fiction has been featured in Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Buffalo Almanack, Out of the Gutter Online, Shotgun Honey and Blight Digest.

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Cory D. Byrom is a writer, storyteller and occasional comic originally from metro Atlanta. His writing can be seen at Huffington Post, Pitchfork, Stereogum, SheKnows and elsewhere across the web and print. He’s been seen on stage with a microphone at Risk!, Write Club Atlanta, Scene Missing and probably some others, as well as any podcasts associated with these shows. Just Google Cory Byrom podcast and you’ll see for yourself. He curated and hosted the live monthly storytelling show The Iceberg in Atlanta before burning out on that mess. He now lives in Denver, Colo.

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Sheronda Gipson is a freelance writer, blogger and social media professional who recently completed the MFA in Writing program at SCAD Atlanta. Her works have been seen in Written Magazine, SCAD’s Connector, Ivy Hall Review, Womenetics and the car review website, Speed Beautiful. She is an undefeated Write Club combatant, a Tough Mudder Finisher and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

ISSUE TWO, June 2016:

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Alayna Huft Tucker is the author of Thymebombe.com, as well as her self-published cookbook, The Japanese Pantry. Her work has been featured on WABE Atlanta Radio and appears online at The Five Hundred. She has performed for Write Club Atlanta, Bleux Stockings Society, and other Atlanta shows. When not writing she can be found painting with watercolors, taking pictures of bees, or at the playground with her daughter.

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Laura Carter lives in Atlanta, where she teaches and writes for money and for pleasure. She has been writer-in-residence at WonderRoot recently, and her latest chapbook is out from WonderRoot/Loose Change in 2016. Many of her poems, reviews and interviews also appear in journals around the internet. You can follow her on Twitter. Her home is in Edgewood with her cats.

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Myke Johns is a public radio producer in Atlanta, where he co-anchors Write Club, a live-lit series which kicks the ass of most any poetry reading you care to name. His work has appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Creative Loafing Atlanta, The Tusk, Used Gravitrons, Nately’s Magazine and the anthology Bare-Knuckled Lit.

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Alex Ridgeway is a bookseller, writer and live-lit performer based in northeast Georgia.  He has performed at Carapace, Write Club and Stories on the Square. You can watch him most months reading with Atlanta’s own circus literati, Naked City (assuming, of course, that the pumpkin bucket is kind to him).

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Parris Sarter is a South Carolina native who has made Atlanta her home for the last six years. She graduated for SCAD in Savannah with a M.A. in Performing Arts. Parris has worked in several productions throughout town some of her credits include Lake Bottom Prime (The Process Theater at Onstage Atlanta), Doubt (Out of Box Theater), Designing Women Live (Process), Hot Pink or Ready to Blow: A Totally 80’s Teen Sex Comedy (Weird Sisters Project) and The Revolutionists (7Stages). She hopes you enjoy My Momma’s Daddy and appreciates the continued support of live, local theater and the arts.

ISSUE THREE, February 2017:

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Tricia Stearns writes true stories, essays on sustainable living, food and motherhood. Her work has been featured in Loose Change Magazine, Bloom, Georgia Gardening and Fayette Woman. She has performed onstage at Carapace, Stories on the Edge of Night, Tantrum and Listen to Your Mother.

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Justin Barisich is a rising son of New Orleans, the half-Croatian middle child of a commercial fisherman, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, a freelancer, a satirist, a poet and a performer. Outside of his paid copywriting work, Justin has had his written poetry published in RATTLE, The Five Hundred, The Vanderbilt Review and other journals. He has also performed his own original spoken word poetry for thousands of folks all across the United States, in venues such as the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the National Civil Rights Museum.

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Aja Arnold is a native of Atlanta and a bartender. Her writing encompasses everyday antics in the service industry, the world of politics and the process of personal recovery in forms of creative nonfiction and op-ed. She will earn her BA in Journalism with a minor in Sociology from Georgia State University this fall.

Randy Osborne‘s work is listed in the Notables section of Best American Essays for 2015 and 2016. His writing has been published in four print anthologies and nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net. It has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, Full Grown People, The Lascaux Review, Flyleaf Journal, Story Club, Empty Mirror, Identity Theory, 3Elements Review, Bodega, SLAB, Lumina Journal, Loose Change, SunStruck, Green Mountains Review, Spry Literary Journal, Scene Missing and Thread, as well as the Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He lives in Atlanta and recently finished a book-length collection of essays.

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Jyll Thomas has written for Paste Magazine, Intown Atlanta, The Five Hundred and Bibliographile.com. She has also performed at events in Atlanta such as The Dashboard Light, Stories on the Square, Smut Slam, WABE, Carapace and a special presentation by Carapace at 7 Stages Theater sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently working on a novel to be workshopped at the Iowa Writer’s Festival this summer.

Steven Williams is a College Park native living in Fairburn with his two dogs, Ozzy and Enzo. While managing the Oz and Enz, he also works as a massage therapist. He participated in Naked City: Circus Literati, through which he discovered Atlanta’s live literature scene, from March 2015 to its finale in July 2016. His work can also be found on The Five Hundred.

ISSUE FOUR, December 2017:

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Jack Walsh is a writer, storyteller and Emmy Award-winning television producer in Decatur, Ga. His work has appeared in Creative Loafing, Nately’s, The Tusk and on WABE 90.1 FM. He has performed at The Moth, DragonCon, the Atlanta Science Festival, Fringe Festival Atlanta, and other such venues supportive of shenanigans and falderal. As Charlton Heston movies go, he prefers Touch of Evil and Planet of the Apes, but The Ten Commandments is not without its charms.

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Maddie Fay is an Atlanta-based carpenter/writer/stagehand/storyteller/butch lesbian biker who enjoys getting their hands dirty and being outside. They are forever greatful to Courtney Earl, Mary Lynn Singletary-Sinisi and their dog Myrtle for their endless support and encouragement.

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Jon Goode is a poet and playwright who hails from Richmond, Virginia, and currently resides in Atlanta. He has been a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry, TVOne’s Verses & Flow, CNN’s Black in America and BET’s Lyric Café. His stage play Khalas was showcased in the 2013 International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2006, Jon’s work with Nick @ Nite earned him an Emmy nomination alongside the Promax Gold for best copyright North America. His debut collection of poems and short stories, Conduit, was published in 2015. The book spent 12 weeks as the #1 new title in African American Poetry on Amazon. Jon is currently the Atlanta host of The Moth StorySLAM and the co-host of the Beard and Curls podcast with Amenah Arman.

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Alec Prevett is a senior undergraduate student at Georgia State University and the editor-in-chief of Underground Art & Literary Journal. He focuses on fiction writing, but he also enjoys writing poetry. Right now he’s here, but later he’ll probably be somewhere else, maybe.

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Christina Schmitt is currently a graduate student at Emory University studying theology and ethics. She is passionate about the intersection of ecology, ethics, social justice and literature. She has recently been featured in Voices of Resistance: A Sister City Anthology.

Jon Carr has been a member of the Dad’s Garage Theatre cast for more than 10 years, working as an improviser, writer and Marketing Director. He is a a member of Dark Side of the Room, a frequent contributor to Write Club Atlanta and founder of United Atlanta Improv an organization that has helped improv theatres around the city come together through collaborative works. He has appeared in a number of Dad’s Garage shows such as: Cannibal! The Musical, Democracy Achieved, The Wrath of Con (which he co-wrote) and Effed Up Fairy Tales. ‘The Lisa Turtle Rule” was first developed and read at Scene Missing and is the basis for the play Black Nerd, which will be produced at Dad’s Garage Theatre Summer 2018.

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