Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama’s novel HARROWGATE was published by 47North. Her short work has appeared in Stoneboat, Controlled Burn, and Arcadia, as well as on Entropy, The Rumpus, and Duende among others and in numerous anthologies. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles, where she lives with her family. 

Traces, Volume 5, Issue 2


Michelle Kouzmine

Michelle Kouzmine graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in Creative Writing. Kouzmine is currently an English professor at Miami Dade College, teaching both composition and literature.

What Cara Wants, Volume 5, Issue 2

J.D. Kotzman

J.D. Kotzman’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in After the Pause, The Bookends Review, The Chronos Chronicles (a project of Indie Authors Press), Crack the Spine, Drunk Monkeys, Foliate Oak, Ink Stains (a project of Dark Alley Press), Inscape, Kentucky Review, Pidgeonholes, Slink Chunk Press, The Speculative Edge, Straylight, An Unlikely Companion (a project of E&GJ Little Press), and Yellow Chair Review. Kotzman currently works in the health policy field in Washington, D.C. Previously, Kotzman served as an editor and writer for several print and online news publications.

Washes Ashore, Volume 5, Issue 2

Thomas Kearnes

Thomas Kearnes graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MA in film writing. His fiction has appeared in Hobart, Gertrude, A cappella Zoo, Split Lip Magazine, Cutthroat, Litro, Berkeley Fiction Review, PANK, BULL: Men’s Fiction, Gulf Stream Magazine, Wraparound South, Night Train, 3:AM Magazine, Word Riot, Storyglossia, Driftwood Press, Adroit Journal, The Matador Review, Pseudopod, the Best Gay Stories series, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, Pidgeonholes, Sundog Lit, The Citron Review, The James Franco Review, and elsewhere. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Originally from East Texas, he now lives near Houston and works as an English tutor at a local community college. His debut collection of short fiction, Steers and Queers will print at Lethe Press in 2019.

I Am Waiting for Him to Love Me and Caution Follows Desire, Volume 5, Issue 2

A. Elizabeth Herting

A. Elizabeth Herting is an aspiring freelance writer and busy mother of three living in colorful Colorado. She has had over 50 short stories published and also has a collection of short stories called Whistling Past the Veil that will be published by Adelaide Books in April 2019.

South Granby Way, Volume 5, Issue 2

Jacob Greb

Jacob Greb is a pragmatic introvert, living a quiet life with his wife and a twelve-year-old feline named Pretzel. He writes mostly to amuse himself. Jacob and Simon, his collaborative partner and friend of over twenty years, run a Tumblr page and a WordPress blog, sharing personal anecdotes from their youth and struggles with mental illness. Their work spans from dark thoughts on death, self-harm, and anger to loving and happy moments that engage the rest of their time.

thoughts, Volume 5, Issue 2

Laura Goodman

Laura Goodman’s short fiction has appeared in a number of journals, reviews and anthologies, among them: Cream City Review, South Dakota Review, Other Voices, etc. This summer and fall stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Fiction Southeast, the Arkansas Review, Flash Fiction and the Westchester Review. Laura lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado.

Life Insurance, Volume 5, Issue 2