Issue 4 Contributors
Issue 4 Contributors
Ema Pina is a London-based painter. Her artworks reconcile analytical observations of surface and interiority, by interweaving aspects of longing with the representation of artefacts, nature and the body. Her visual lexicon speaks, in riddles, of fictions within reality, the embodiment of sentience and the agency of idleness. Pina also writes musings on the processes of writing, thinking and feeling. Born in Portugal, she graduated in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (UAL), London, in 2014 and has exhibited regularly since then, with shows including Through a Screen Darkly at Sensei Gallery, London, and The Future is Female, at La Porte Peinte, Noyers, France. Curatorial projects include Here then, was I / Here now, am I and Void Feelers, both at Thames-Side Studios Gallery in London. Her work was awarded the Kate Barton Award in 2014, the Brian Botting Prize and the Clyde & Co Art Award Collection in 2015, and the Eaton Fund in 2019. emapina.com
Klara Kofen writes, makes films, directs, designs and builds costumes and sets out of discarded materials. She is the Artistic Director of Waste Paper Opera, a London based experimental music theatre and performance collective. Occasionally, she investigates international trade shows. Her work is influenced by her research into the impact new technologies have on notions of agency and responsibility, mushrooms and microbes, eighteenth-century pornography and the French Revolution. Klara studied at Glasgow University, Oxford University and Guildhall. She was born into a Greek and Polish family in Germany.
Stephen O’Donnell is based in Dublin and has had stories published in Typehouse Magazine, Strange Horizons and Five on the Fifth, among others. stephenmodonnell.wixsite.com/steodo
Charles J March III
Charles J March III is an asexual and neurodivergent Navy hospital corpsman veteran, who is currently trying to live an eclectic life with an interesting array of recovering creatures, in Orange County, CA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Evergreen Review, Atlas Obscura, Litro, the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Lalitamba, 3:AM Magazine, Fleas on the Dog, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Taco Bell Quarterly, Storm Cellar, Harbinger Asylum, BlazeVOX, Bareknuckle Poet, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Beatnik Cowboy, Points in Case, Stinkwaves, The Writing Disorder, Literary Orphans, Otoliths, Oddball Magazine, amongst others. In 2020 he was a prize-winner in Blood Tree Literature’s Chimera Hybrid Contest. linkedin.com/in/charles-j-march-iii-4114b5b2 / soundcloud.com/charles-john-march-iii
Annie Schoonover is a Minnesota native who recently graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, with a major in Creative Writing as well as minors in English and Theatre. Her work has previously appeared in Barnstorm Journal and The Poet magazine and is forthcoming in Thimble Literary Magazine. twitter.com/AnnieSchoonover
Conor Baird is an artist who was born and raised in Glasgow, where he is now based. By showing work in galleries and festivals, as well as sewers, he seeks to intimately unpack, and make a mess of, personal narratives around intimacy, shame, belonging and violence. With performance, film and installation Baird uses subversive dramaturgies and selected materials, to collage an unmonumental ‘queer actionism’. Recently, thanks to inaction and reflection during lockdown, this collaging has slid into more formalised approaches to publishing. He studied BA(Hons) Sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, graduating in 2013, participated in the alternative postgraduate programme, Syllabus III, in 2018, and completed his MLitt in Theatre and Performance Practices at University of Glasgow in 2019. conorbaird.com
Hailey Piper is a transgender speculative writer, and author of ‘The Worm and His Kings’ and ‘Benny Rose, the Cannibal King’. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, and her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, The Arcanist, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, among others. haileypiper.com / twitter.com/HaileyPiperSays
Sally O’Reilly writes for voice, page and screen, and makes performances for galleries, conferences, and opera houses, as well as open-air swimming pools, bathing machines and train tabletops. She savours complications that involve infrastructure, technology, voice and psycho-social encounter. Longer fictional works include the operas And London Burned (Temple Music Foundation, 2016) and The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music, Opera North, 2015); the novella The Ambivalents (Cabinet, New York, 2017) and the novel Crude (Eros Press, 2016). She is also the head barkeeper of The Open Arms online pub.
Ignacio Evangelista is a Spanish photographer, with a degree in psychology, based in Madrid. His photographic series show the relationship between nature and the artificial. By connecting his images with the human trace Evangelista focusses on places, or situations, where something seems contradictory. He has exhibited in the US, Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, UK, Hungary and Spain; his images have also been featured on CNN International and ARTE TV Channel, as well as in The Independent, POLKA Magazine, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Citylab-The Atlantic, Der Spiegel, VICE, The European, Haaretz, ArchDaily, Domus Magazine, La Repubblica, El País Semanal and El Periódico de Cataluña, among others. ignacioevangelista.com
Mauricio Montiel Figueiras
Mauricio Montiel Figueiras was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1968. Based in Mexico City he is a writer of prose fiction, essays and poetry, and works as a translator, editor and film and literary critic. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has been Resident Writer for the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in England (2003) and The Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy (2008). In 2012 he was appointed Resident Writer for the prestigious Hawthornden Retreat for Writers in Scotland. In 2020 he was appointed Resident Writer for the Saari Residence in Finland.
Omer Wissman is a 36-year-old single and asexual multidisciplinary artist, currently living on disability due to a comorbidity of mental health disorders. He narrowly escaped high school but not junior high. After proving too odd for even the oddest job, he went to university on an SAT scholarship and barely graduated from the psychology and music departments, albeit with some honours. His soul was at last, partially saved by a 27th birthday gift: a book of prose poems that opened up a life of writing – from drama to kid-lit. After exhausting local publishing opportunities with a poem printed on a column at the country’s oldest and weirdest mall, Wissman returned to the English of his angry lyrics’ youth, and since then has had texts published by PopMatters, Sensitive Skin and Serotonin, among others.
Colin James has a couple of chapbooks of poetry published, Dreams of The Really Annoying, from Writing Knights Press, and A Thoroughness Not Deprived of Absurdity, from Piski’s Porch Press, and has published a book of poems, Resisting Probability, from Sagging Meniscus Press.
David Romanda lives in Kawasaki City, Japan. His work has appeared in Ambit Magazine, Magma, The Moth, Poetry Ireland Review, and Popshot Quarterly. Romanda’s chapbook, I’m Sick of Pale Blue Skies, is slated for publication in Spring 2021.
Jack Lawton is a writer of fiction and essays. His work has been included in The Mouldy Bike and the Inniu, Inné, Amarach collection. He currently works as a writer in the video-game industry in Galway, Ireland. twitter.com/_jacklawton_
Amanda Minkkinen is a sociology student at the University of Copenhagen and a writer of short fiction and poetry. She has work in Mycelia, Odd Magazine and Wu-Wei Fashion Mag. twitter.com/aljminkkinen & instagram.com/aljminkkinen
Frank Roger was born in 1957 in Ghent, Belgium. With his first story appearing in 1975, he now has several hundred short stories to his credit, published in more than forty languages, including Scots and Scottish Gaelic. In 2012 a story collection in English, The Burning Woman and Other Stories, was published in Ireland by Evertype. As well as writing fiction he produces collages and visual art, in a surrealist and satirical tradition, which have also appeared in various magazines and books.
William Joys was born in Slough in 1989 and is based in London. As an artist working in performance, he uses writing, in the form of song, and sculpture, in the form of costume, to develop characters based on the symbolism of objects, encounters and architecture. Twinned with his own objectification he implicates himself within a shifting authoritarianism that is at times, masculine, feminine, androgynous and derived from both the animate and inanimate. In other words: if Shirley Bassey were a lighthouse, she’d be William Joys. Recent performances include a tour of William Joys: A One Man Show at Kunstraum London UK, Kunsthalle Münster, Münster DE and Kunsthalle Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg DE. www.williamjoys.co.uk
Trahearne Falvey is a writer and teacher from the South Coast of England. His criticism has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, Entropy and Sabotage Reviews, and his fiction has appeared in Mycelia, Molotov Cocktail and Short Fiction Journal, among others. He won the Aurora Prize for Short Fiction in 2020. twitter.com/TrahearneF