Contributors

Wild Musette’s contributors include not only the best in American literature, but poets, writers, and artists from around the world. We’re immensely proud of their hard work, impressed with their skills, and honored to count them as contributors to our press.

If you are interested in becoming a contributor, please see our submissions page.


Gershon Ben-Avraham grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and currently lives in Be’er Sheva, Israel. His story, “Grandma’s Postcard,” was published in the Winter/Spring 2016 edition of Steel Toe Review. His story, “The Janitor,” was published in Issue 18 of Jewish Fiction .net, in September, 2016. When not writing, Gershon can be found walking his collie, Kulfi, in one of the many parks in Be’er Sheva.

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F. J. Bergmann edits poetry for Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (sfpoetry.com) and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com), and imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets.

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Jenny Blackford‘s poems and stories have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Cosmos, Westerly, and more. In 2013, Pitt Street Poetry published an illustrated pamphlet of her cat poems, The Duties of a Cat. Her most recent poetry prize is first in the Connemara Mussell Festival Poetry Competition 2016.

www.jennyblackford.com


Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier is an internationally published writer, poet, and visual artist. She has been a Vine Leaves Literary Journal cover artist and featured in New York’s Calliope Magazine and WebSafe2k16, Toronto’s The Scarborough Big Arts Book, and Long Exposure Magazine. She designs for San Francisco’s VIDA supporting their Literacy for Life program.

www.kcbgphoto.com

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Travis Burnham‘s work has found homes in Far Fetched Fables, Hypnos Magazine, Bad Dreams Entertainment, South85 Journal, SQ Quarterly, and others. He is a member of the online writers’ group, Codex, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College. He also recently won the Wyrm’s Gauntlet online writing contest. Burnham has been a DJ on three continents, and teaches middle school science and college level composition. He lives in Upstate South Carolina with his wife, but grew up in Massachusetts, is from Maine at heart, and has lived in Japan, Colombia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Judi Calhoun majored in Art and English at Palomar College, in San Marcos, California. She studied the pure contour method as well as intensive creative communication discipline under the tutelage of Children’s book illustrator, Michael Sternagle and portrait artist Steven Miller. Their substantial training provided Judi with a well-rounded education in both portrait work and illustration.

Some of her paintings have graced the covers of romance and fantasy novels, and many of her watercolor paintings can be found on the covers of web magazines including Pithy Pages for an Erudite Mind and Dual Coast Magazine. Lately, Judi has worked closely with publishers to design book cover art for some award winning novels.

In 2009, Judi was the winner of the Artist Innovation Award by Art Works, NH and twice commissioned to create a cancellation stamp for the US Postal service.

www.judiartist2.wix.com/judisartwork


Salena Casha‘s work has appeared in over thirty publications. Her fiction has been included in Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her first three picture books are housed under the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishing umbrella.

www.salenacasha.com

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Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry through the Low-Residency Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2016. Her recent work has appeared in Cirque, Tidal Echoes, Inklette, We’Moon, Sheila-Na-Gig and Pure Slush among other literary journals.  Kersten co-edits the quarterly journal Alaska Women Speak.  When not exploring the summer lands and dark winter of the Yukon Territory, she lives in Sitka, Alaska with her husband and photographer Bruce Christianson, and daughter Rie.

www.kerstenchristianson.com

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Dani Clark earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College of California in 2011. Her most recent fiction credits include pieces in S/tick Magazine, Literally Stories, Crack the Spine Literary Journal, Slink Chunk Press, and Pure Coincidence Magazine. Dani writes quarterly news articles for San Francisco’s Western Edition newspaper and is also the Director of Volunteer Services for an Oakland-based animal rescue. When not working or writing Dani’s favorite pastimes include snake-wrangling, cultivating kombucha tea, and socializing feral kittens.

www.stmarys-ca.edu/dani-clark-mfa-fiction-11


Melissa Crandall writes fantasy, dark fiction, and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors, Allegory online magazine, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is the author of three science fiction media tie-in novels. A nonfiction book, The Man Who Loved Elephants is currently under consideration. She lives in Connecticut, where she spends her free time cooking, gardening, and beating her husband at Scrabble.

www.melissacrandall.com


Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet  raised in the rural town of Conneautville. She has three published chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press, 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon, 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series, Dragons & Magic, was published in October 2015. Her third novel, Centaurs & Magic, was published November 2016. Her poetry collection Sing Your Own Song is forthcoming through Barometric Pressures Series.

www.facebook.com/Linda-M-Crate-129813357119547/

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Victor Cypert is writer of short stories and poetry. His work has appeared in Lamplight and Illumen magazines. He is pursuing an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. He lives in Alabama.

www.victorcypert.com

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R.C. Davis is a fiction writer and poet who lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa. While he grew up in the rolling hills that form the western banks of the Mississippi River, his interests in people, places, and genres are cosmopolitan in scope. His published works consist of The Light In The Window (Route 3 Press), Cane Pole Logic (Amber Waves of Grain-Shapato Publishing) and Snow Fall On Dead Leaves (Daily Palette-Iowa Writes). This also includes six poems, published in venerated collections throughout North America. R.C. has a passion for music & culture, and has backpacked Ireland, Scotland, England and the European continent, many times over.

www.rcdavis-tellinstories.com

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Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but she received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. Her poetry has garnered her two Rhysling nominations and has appeared in nearly twenty journals; her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, and Altered Europa. Her critically well-received Edda-Earth series is available through Amazon.

www.edda-earth.com


Ellen Denton is a freelance writer living in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, three cats, and an extended family of deer and other wildlife that appear now and then outside her house. Her writing has been published in over a hundred magazines and anthologies.

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Margaret Eckman has come to love the rigor poetry demands—telling a complete story, well and beautifully, in a few short lines; she continues to strive toward that goal. An editor by trade, her award-winning poems have appeared in the Broadkill Review, Aurorean, Nantucket Magazine, and other publications. Her book Hope Runs Through It (as M. W. MacKay) is a collection of poetry that explores the beauty and mystery of nature, the struggles and hope of spirituality, and the challenges and blessings of raising a child with special needs.


Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates) is a pianist and teacher. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Potomac Review, Reed, Digging Through the Fat, and other journals, and was featured in Bookends Review’s Best of 2016 anthology and Peacock Journal’s 2017 print anthology. Her debut novel, To Love A Stranger, was a finalist for the 2016 Schaffner Press Music in Literature Award, and was published in May 2017 from Blue Moon Publishers (Toronto). She has been a contributor at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

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B.H. Findley is a medievalist and fiction writer. Her short fiction has appeared in Quantum Fairy Tales and Aether and Ichor. She lives on a farm in central Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.

www.bhfindley.com

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Ingrid Garcia tries to sell local wines in a vintage wine shop in Cádiz, and writes speculative fiction in her spare time. She’s sold stories to F&SF, Panorama, Futuristica 2 and Capricious. Her first published poem just appeared in Ligature Works.

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Brandon Getz earned an MFA in fiction writing from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. His work has appeared in Versal, Burrow Press Review, The Delmarva Review, and elsewhere. He is currently finishing a serialized adventure novel about a werewolf in space. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

www.brandongetz.com


John Grey is an Australian poet and US resident. He has been published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review, and Big Muddy Review, with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

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Talie Helene is a musician and writer from Melbourne, Australia. She writes poetry, fiction, and songs. Talie is horror editor for the anthology The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (Ticonderoga Publications). She was news editor for the Australian Horror Writers’ Association for four years (2006-2010). She is a member of the SuperNova writers’ group. Talie has a background in music journalism—especially extreme genres—and has performed with many artists including The Tenth Stage, Wendy Rule, Saba Persian Orchestra, Maroondah Symphony, and Eden.

www.taliehelene.com


Christine Hillingdon was born in England and migrated with her family to Adelaide, South Australia in 1963. In 2011 she self published a book through Peacock Publications about her 27 years working as a psychiatric nurse at Hillcrest Hospital. She is the author of the children’s fiction book THE GIRL FROM FAR AWAY (Gnome On Pig Productions, 2016) and a novel THE MADDEST KIND OF LOVE (Driven Press, 2016).

www.christinehillingdon.com

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Jeehyun Hoke is an illustrator living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Jee specializes in fanciful art for children’s books. She has illustrated Goldilocks is Back, Beaver’s Cave Expedition, My Lemonade Stand Can’t Stand Me, and develops her own books and artwork.

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Marjorie Jensen is an Oakland-based writer, educator, bibliophile, dancer, and witch. She was the editor of Arcana: the Tarot Poetry Anthology, and taught tarot writing workshops at U.C. Berkeley and The Liminal Center. Marjorie studied intersections of magic and writing at Mills College as part of her M.F.A. program, and she currently reviews occult books and tarot decks for Spiral Nature Magazine.

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Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. She has work appearing in Nature, Flame Tree Press’s Murder Mayhem and Dystopia Utopia anthologies, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Grimdark, and others. She recently caught the editing bug and has finalized her third anthology for an independent press.

www.gerrileen.com

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Cynthia June Long is a librarian, occasional storyteller, and student of faerie folklore. Her fiction has been published in Lissette’s Tales of the Imagination, her poetry at Miscellanea: The Transdimensional Library and her creative nonfiction at Transient magazine. She earned her M.F.A. in Fiction from Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA in 2016 where her novel draft of The Stolen Child was awarded Thesis of The Year. She is writing an urban fantasy novel featuring faeries in America, and blogs about literature, spirituality, and Celtic culture.

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Virginia M. Mohlere was born on one solstice, and her sister was born on the other. Her Southern drawl is pronounced. She is aware that there is a Santa Claus. Her work has been seen in Jabberwocky, Lakeside Circus, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Ideomancer, and Through the Gate.

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Linda McCullough Moore, her work acclaimed by Alice Munro, is the author of four books and more than 350 shorter published works. She has won numerous national short fiction awards including the Pushcart XXXV. She writes and mentors writers in Northampton, MA.

www.lindamcculloughmoore.com


Matthew Mutiva is a professional writing major with a creative writing minor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is a former Assistant Editor of The Driftless Review literary journal. His poem “Hood Superheroes” won first place in the 2015 Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards Contest.

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Mari Ness spent much of her life wandering the world and reading. This, naturally, trained her to do just one thing: write. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Fantasy. She is a regular contributor to Tor.com, most recently with the Disney Read-Watch, a series about Disney animated films and their source material.

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Sharon Kae Reamer is a speculative fiction writer, American expat, and senior scientist at the University of Cologne, working mostly on archeoseismology projects. She lives on the outskirts of Cologne with her husband, son, and two tuxedo cats, Loki and Finn MacCool. Primary Fault is the first novel in her complete five-book Schattenreich fantasy-suspense series. She’s now in the throes of completing her first SF novel.

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Joel Reeves’ stories have appeared in several small press magazines, including Tales of the Unanticipated and the anthology Return to Deathlehem. Three of his fantasy novels, Of Quills and Kings (2009), Walpole Unbound (2011), and Dreams, Schemes, and Spiny Machines (2014) were published by Double Dragon Press. He lives in Northwest Michigan with his family and a pet cat, Penguin.

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Alexandra Renwick is a dual Canadian/US writer of noir,  mythpunk, and literary fabulism. Under various iterations of her birth name, her eclectic poems and stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies ranging from Beneath Ceaseless Skies to The Baltimore Review to The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. Her award-nominated collection Push of the Sky got a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was an official reading selection of the Powell’s Books SF Book Club. She currently splits her time between Portland, Austin, and Ottawa.

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James Lawrence Rhodes is a dyslexic English teacher at an inner city school in Liverpool. He has been published in The Southpaw Literary Journal, Mungbeing, Flashes in the Dark, 365 Tomorrows, and others. He is a regular contributor to Schlock Webzine (under a range of pseudonyms) and has self-published The Hettford Witch Hunt series (as James Rhodes) and The Days of Mister Thomas (as Oafish J Rhodes).


J. J. Roth lawyers at a tech company, parents her two school-aged sons, and writes literary speculative fiction in the interstices. Her work is forthcoming in Podcastle, and has appeared in Nature, Urban Fantasy Magazine, and various semi-pro and small press venues.

www.jjroth.net


Terry Sanville lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his artist-poet wife (his in-house editor) and one skittery cat (his in-house critic). He writes full time, producing short stories, essays, poems, and novels. Since 2005, his short stories have been accepted by more than 230 literary and commercial journals, magazines, and anthologies including The Potomac Review, The Bitter Oleander, Shenandoah, and Conclave: A Journal of Character. He was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize for his stories “The Sweeper,” and “The Garage.” Terry is a retired urban planner and an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist—who once played with a symphony orchestra backing up jazz legend George Shearing.

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Lynne Sargent is a writer, and circus artist based in the Hamilton area. She holds an MA in philosophy from McMaster University, specializing in bioethics. She is a lover of all things fey, strange, and bloody. She is a novice writer, specializing in poetry and fairytales.


Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Strange Horizons, Nonbinary Review, Mad Scientist Journal, Evil Girlfriend Media, and the anthologies Gigantic Worlds, Aphrodite Terra, and Mosaics: An Anthology of Independent Women. Her poetry book, The Futurist’s Mistress, is available from mayapplepress.com.

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Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Escape Pod, Tesseracts, and many other publications throughout the world.

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S. L. Scott has a Master’s degree in Professional Writing and Publishing. She placed Honorable Mention in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction for her short story “The Morning Star,” which appeared in Eyes that Pour Forth and Other Stories, and received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future 2014 First Quarter. She has been published in Bewildering Stories magazine, The Rogue’s Gallery anthology, and was editor of Helix: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Research in 2013 and 2014. Currently, she writes about the craft of world-building in her blog, Woman in the Red Room.

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Judith Skillman’s work has appeared in Shenandoah, Poetry, Zyzzyva, FIELD, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Awards include an Eric Mathieu King Fund grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her collection Kafka’s Shadows was published by Deerbrook Editions in February 2017.

www.judithskillman.com


Keith Skinner is a writer and photographer from Berkeley, CA focusing on history and culture. His nonfiction has appeared in Travelers’ Tales anthologies, The San Francisco Chronicle, Panorama, and others. His travel stories have been awarded Solas Awards for the past four years. He is currently at work on a historical novel set in 19th century California.

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Susan Spalt lives in Carrboro, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including Annapurna (Red Dashboard Press, 2015) and Disorder (Red Dashboard Press, 2014) and Pinesong (NC Poetry Society). Susan is one of four poets featured in Carrboro Poetica (Old Mountain Press, 2012). Longer If It’s Raining (Red Dashboard, 2016) is her first chapbook.

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Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about fever dreams and half-glimpsed shapes in the shadows. His prize-winning fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Mad Scientist Journal.

www.danstout.com


Jordan Taylor grew up in a small town in the American South, where she was raised on equal parts Jesus and fairy tales. She has since lived in New York, Portland, and now Raleigh, NC, where she keeps several bookshelves full of books and one cantankerous corgi.

www.jordanrtaylor.com


Bethany van Sterling is a translator, performing artist, and writer of historical and speculative fiction. Her works have appeared in webzines such as The Drabble, Friday Flash Fiction, and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, and anthologies such as History Will Be Kind (The Copperfield Review, 2015), Crossing Over (Thirteen O’Clock Press, 2015), and Passionate Pasts (Kellan Publishing, 2013). She currently resides in Madrid, Spain.

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Bill Vernon served in the United States Marine Corps, studied English literature, then taught it. Writing is his therapy, along with exercising outdoors and doing international folk dances. Five Star Mysteries published his novel Old Town, and his poems, stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies.

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Shannon Connor Winward is the author of the Elgin-award winning chapbook, Undoing Winter (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her writing has earned recognition in the Writers of the Future Contest and has appeared (or is forthcoming) from Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, The Pedestal Magazine, Pseudopod, Literary Mama, Cast of Wonders, and Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine. In between writing, parenting, and other madness, Shannon is also a poetry editor for Devilfish Review and founding editor of the forthcoming Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal.

www.shannonconnorwinward.com

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Brooke Wonders’ fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex Magazine, and The Dark (among others), and has been anthologized in the &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing and the Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa.

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J. M. Young is a graduate of the Florida State University with Creative Writing and Theatre degrees. At Orlando Repertory Theatre, she gained experience as a​ ​co-playwright for “Writes of Spring” (an annual creative writing program for students K-12), and as a writer of original shorts for the Rockin’ REP REC Fest. She is currently working on a novel set to debut in early 2018.