April won a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her short story “Project Fumarase”—she thanks Southern writer Dale Ray Phillips (My People’s Waltz) for a rigorous revision, at which she might have initially balked. Her debut story collection, The Poor Children (SFWP, 2015), was selected by David Morrell, creator of “Rambo,” as Grand Prize-winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project 2013 Literary Awards Program for Fiction. April has held residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer-in-Residence. Her debut novel, Carousel, is forthcoming in 2019 with Inanna Publications.
Born to an English teacher in Columbus, GA, Chelsey has been telling stories since childhood. She wrote her first novel at age 12, and has written five more since. She holds a B.A. with honors in Creative Writing (fiction and drama) from Mercer University, and studied writing at the University of Essex in England. Chelsey writes about race, gender, and sexuality through fantastical and magical lenses. She loves video games, knitting, hiking, cooking, and maximizing life with her beautiful wife, Amanda.
Emery has worked as a freelance writer for five years, but her love for language began as soon as she started walking. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of West Georgia, making her the third generation on her father’s side to graduate from the institution. As a native Georgian who has spent most of her life by the side of a creek, she draws inspiration from the state’s oddball weather patterns, wildlife, and people. Her poetry has been published in a number of The Bitchin’ Kitsch issues. Learn more about Emery here.