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The authors

Daniel T. Amato lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Benni, and his rat terrier, Pippi.  The family recently moved from San Diego; in fact, Pippi was born in beautiful Bonita.  Benni provides much-needed support and Pippi helps in destroying (mostly) unwanted manuscripts as Daniel pursues his passion of writing science fiction and fantasy.

Jake Arky is the playwright-in-residence and education administrator at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Jake is the author of several plays, including Nosh (2004), The Shift (2005), Brothers of Astoria (2006), My Friend Dahmer (2009 — based on the graphic novel by Derf), Sexbot 2400 (2011), and The Sheriff of El Cajon (2012). He has worked with The Cherry Lane Theatre, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Playwrights Project of San Diego, and is the co-founder of So Say We All. Jake completed his B.F.A. in dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Jake would like to thank his sister wives for all eternity, Justin and Ryan, for making the last night on earth the best night of his life.

Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, performer, artist, producer and inclusive arts researcher/advocate. Okka recently produced and performed in Indonesia’s first livestreamed spoken word show at the US Embassy Cultural Center, with simultaneous performances from poet-stars in LA, is teaching performance poetry at Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and hosts open mics. She has a masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in interactive arts and innovation (ITP), where she was a Tisch Departmental Fellow, was the first Indonesian writer-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, and her writing on the arts was most recently published in international journal The State. In Jakarta, there is a statue of a man holding a plate of fire; since Okka was small she has called it “Patung Kue”, or the Cake Statue. She mistakes much of fire for cake, and this is how she befriends it.

Jackson Bliss is a published Asian-American fiction writer, avid travel junkie + electronic music composer from Chicago who has also lived in PDX, NYC, West Africa, Argentina + LA. Currently, he’s working on my dissertation in English + Creative Writing at USC with TC Boyle + Aimee Bender.

Ryan Bradford exploded into a kajillion particles when the world ended. ryancbradford.com

Gabe Durham is the author of FUN CAMP, a novel forthcoming from Mud Luscious Press. His writings have in Quarterly West, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, The Lifted Brow, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Blog:http://gatherrounchildren.com Twitter: @gabedurham

Stacy Dyson has spent her life performing, singing, designing, and producing her way around the world of spoken word poetry. “It’s not enough to say “We sing because we want to..we fly because we can. (the motto of her arts consortium, DragonsWing). You have to actively live that life, otherwise it’s all just fancy wordplay”.

Kristin Everson resides in the landlocked state of Utah and dreams of salty seas and freshwater lakes. She wishes she wrote more, but enjoys photography, pottery, and eating anything in sight.

Amelia Gray is a writer living in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of AM/PM (Featherproof Books), Museum of the Weird, (Fiction Collective 2) and THREATS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, McSweeney’s, DIAGRAM, and Caketrain, among others.

Justin Hudnall graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts by way of the Department of Dramatic Writing. He briefly absconded from the arts to serve with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York and Southern Sudan. He currently acts as Executive Director of So Say We All, a San Diego based non-profit arts collective. He a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fellow and recipient of their Rising Arts Leader Award, as well as a former resident of Vermont Studio Center. His work has been featured by The Quotable, Citybeat, Voice of San Diego, Pinchback Press, Naughty American, The Huffington Post, Vermin on the Mount, and Heinemann Press.

Pat Johnsonis currently an English M.A. student at San Francisco State University. He enjoys writing poetry, screenplays, and creating short films. Pat in the process of completing his first novel, The Virgin and Marilyn Monroe, and a compilation of Creative Non-Fiction short stories. More of his work can be found at: honestbuzzard.com.

Sunny Katz is a fucking cyborg.

Kate Lee graduated from Cornell Law School in May 2011.  She is a stand-up comic whose credits include the Skidmore Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival.  She has written for the Cornell Daily Sun, the Muir Quarterly, and is a regular contributor to Bitter Lawyer.

Dallas McLaughlin is a writer, comedian and actor from San Diego, CA. He’s written and performed on Yo! Gabba Gabba!, The Aquabats! Super Show! and FoxRox. He’s also written for Sports Illustrated, Converge Magazine, and has had three of his plays staged in San Diego and Los Angeles: Pushing Back Days, Death: Live in Concert! & Untitled: Not the Musical! Dallas has yet to make any money.

Wade Pavlick lives with his family above a canyon in San Diego where he can feel the ocean breeze rushing through his house during the summer. He’s completed one novel and is working on a second.

Natanya Ann Pulley is half-Navajo born to Kiiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan). Her maternal grandfather is Tachiinii (Red Running Into Water Clan).  She is currently working on her PhD in Fiction Writing at the University of Utah and is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Good Medicine: A Collection of Native American Humor (Red Horse Press 2013). A writer of primarily fiction and non-fiction with outbreaks in poetry, Natanya’s publications include Western Humanities Review, The Florida Review, Drunken Boat, and McSweeney’s Open Letters Column (among others).  Her poetry will be included in the anthology Women Write Resistance (Blue Light Press 2013).

Kelli Wescott served as the Executive Director of San Diego Writers, Ink and worked for Words Alive before relocating to Maine. She likes Barbara Kingsolver and avocados. She’s also Henry’s mom.

Skye Wheeler was born in Nairobi, Kenya and has spent most of her life in the east African region.  She worked for Reuters as a journalist for three years in Juba, South Sudan. She now lives in Washington D.C. working for the international humanitarian and development organization Oxfam.