Carina Bissett is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of speculative fiction and interstitial art. She is currently a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing at Stonecoast and has studied with such popular writers and poets as Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Ted Deppe, Cara Hoffman, and Cate Marvin. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals including the Journal of Mythic Arts, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, Timeless Tales, Enchanted Conversations, and The Horror ‘Zine. Her work can also be found in numerous anthologies including Hath No Fury, an anthology where women take the lead. She also fosters her passion of fairy tale and folklore through creative non-fiction including her research work at the Mythic Imagination Institute and contributions to the three-volume set American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore.
In addition to teaching creative writing at Glendale Community College and Arizona State University, she has participated in the Colorado Writing Project and works with educators to develop writing instruction in the secondary school classroom. She has taught Science Fiction Fairy Tales workshops at The Brainery as well as offering workshops focused on story generation in workshops at The Storied Imaginarium. Her fiction has been nominated for the Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award and has garnered an Honorable Mention from the Ron L. Hubbard Writers of the Future Award, her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award, and she was awarded the 2016 HWA Scholarship from the Horror Writers Association.
Julia Patt is a writer, editor, and teacher. She holds degrees from the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College and the MFA program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was a fiction editor for The Greensboro Review and a workshop facilitator for the Write On Greensboro community writing series. Her academic background and interests include magical realism and genre-bending fiction, formalism, the intersections between philosophy and science fiction, the gothic, and reimaginings of classical literature. She currently teaches in the writing department at University of Maryland University College.
Her own work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, The Fiction Desk: New Ghost Stories, PANK, and Phantom Drift, among other places. She was a recipient of the North Carolina State University Prize for Short Fiction, and her novels, Through Waterless Places and I was a fourth grade zombie slayer, were shortlisted in the annual Mslexia competition.
KT Wagner is a writer and editor currently focused on speculative fiction, but with a broad non-fiction background. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ryerson University, a diploma from Kemptville College and a certificate from BCIT. In 2013 she completed Simon Fraser University’s Southbank Writing Program, and in 2015 graduated from SFU’s Writers’ Studio where she studied under mentor Hiromi Goto as part of the speculative fiction cohort.
KT has a particular interest in science fiction, dark fantasy, gothic, bizarro, alternate history and horror forms, and she loves mash-ups. Her short stories have been published by Daily Science Fiction, The Centropic Oracle, Aphotic Realm, Fantasia Divinity and several anthologies including Short & Twisted Christmas Tales, After the Happily Ever After, Dead of Winter, and Changed Worlds II. She has short-listed in several contests including the PNWA Literary Award (science fiction category), Room Magazine’s annual fiction contest and Pulp Literature’s Raven Contest. She also received an Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future.