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Meet the Non-Stagia Authors

Christopher S. Bell

Christopher S. Bell is a writer and musician. His fiction has recently appeared in Decomp Journal, Evening Street Review, Solar Journal and the Evening Street Review among others. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Story: Blonde Nostalgia

Georgia Brisco

Georgia Brisco is a South African writer exploring the chosen family, identity, and liminal spaces. She was once in a British TV series and a bad German movie before realising she wanted to write characters instead. Georgia received the UCT Short Fiction Prize and headed a literacy programme before writing for award-winning social campaigns, including Project 84, which drove policy around suicide prevention. She is currently finishing her MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and, when she isn't regretfully getting involved in a comments-section debate, working on her first novel. You can find her at or @georgiabrisco.

Story: Working Title

Lindsey Danis

Lindsey Danis is a queer writer based in the Hudson Valley. She serves as the Creative Nonfiction editor at Atlas & Alice and is currently curating the essay/oral history project Queer Homesteading in the Hudson Valley (hvqueerhomesteading. and working on a novel. Lindsey's fiction and essays center LGBTQ voices, with a focus on fostering resilience and celebrating queer joy. Her writing has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Fodor's, Vittles, Longreads and Greatist, and received a notable mention in Best American Travel Writing
For more, visit her on Instagram @lindsey.danis.writer, Twitter @lindseydanis, and on 

Story: Presumption

Ryan Everett Felton

Ryan Everett Felton is the writer of three novels and two short fiction collections. His work has appeared in So It Goes, Punchnel’s, and MASKS. As a member of the Indianapolis performance art collective Know No Stranger, his work has been produced for stage and screen. His children’s book about armadillos was legitimized by much more intelligent people in the scientific journal Edentata. Follow him on Twitter @ryanefelton or

Story: Runoff

Eliot Hudson

Eliot Hudson, a native New Yorker, has just finished his first novel and is currently seeking representation. He’s read at the Popsickle Brooklyn Literary Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was shortlisted for the Solstice Shorts Festival 2019 (Arachne Press). Hudson also preforms as a singer-songwriter; check out his award-winning music video “Sinners in Church” (also available on iTunes and Spotify). To read more of his short stories and poetry visit

Story: The Night-Doings at Leroy's

Summer Jewel Keown

Summer Jewel Keown has written short stories published in Bikes Not Rockets, Pulp Literature, So It Goes, and Local Honey. Her romance novelist alter ego, Sofi Keren, has published the novels Painted Over and False Starts & Artichoke Hearts. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @TheSummerJewel or on Facebook @SummerJewelKeown.

Story: Motivation

Anne Laker

Anne Laker writes grants, poems, political columns, lots of postcards, and occasionally, a grocery list. She is a three-time winner of Fountain Square’s Masterpiece in a Day poetry contest. In 2016, she received a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship in 2016 for her digital exhibition project [@10000whens /], featuring 30 years of tiny diary entries. She’s also the host of Flick Fix, a movie chat show on WQRT FM 99.1 and A recent poem, “Tibbs Drive-In,” was featured in The Indianapolis Anthology (2021, Belt Publishing).

Story: Heaven's Helipad

Sarah Layden

Sarah Layden is the author of Trip Through Your Wires, a novel, and The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, winner of the Sonder Press Chapbook Competition. Her short fiction appears in Boston Review, Blackbird, Zone 3, and Best Microfiction 2020, with recent essays and articles in The Washington Post, Poets & Writers, Points in Case, Salon, and The Millions. She is an Assistant Professor of English in the creative writing program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Story: Carpe Lucem

C.T. Lisa

C.T. Lisa is a person of great intensity and few interests—most of which include books, running, eating, and playing air drums with cooking utensils. You can read his words in Hypertext MagazineMasks Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. You can listen to him in the spoken word & music collaboration TRiO. He is an MFA Candidate at Columbia College Chicago.   

Story: More Crowns

Pres Maxson

Pres Maxson is a mystery/humor author living in Indiana-polis. He’s been recognized at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, in the Paris and New York book festivals, NUVO’s “Best of Indy,” and was awarded the Naked Reviewers’ book of the year in 2018 for his novel, Pigeon. His latest novel, Bastards of the Revolution, was released this fall. Pres is also an avid musician and a TEDx speaker. To learn more, visit

Story: Cause of Depth

Zach Murphy

Zach Murphy is a Hawaii-born writer with a background in cinema. His stories appear in Reed Magazine, Ginosko Literary Journal, The Coachella Review, Mystery Tribune, Ruminate, B O D Y, Wilderness House Literary Review, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and more. His debut chapbook Tiny Universes (Selcouth Station Press, 2021) is available in paperback and e-book. He lives with his wonderful wife Kelly in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Story: I Traveled This Far Because I Love You

Keira Perkins

Keira Perkins lives in Indiana with her husband, dogs, cats and whichever stray animal she’s brought home that week. When she’s not writing, she gets paid to be a scientist. You can find her at local breweries, running Indianapolis’ trails or @keiralynn on Instagram.

Story: Fireflies

A.P. Sessler

A.P. Sessler is a resident of North Carolina's Outer Banks, A.P. frequents an alternate universe not too different from your own, searching for that unique element that twists the everyday commonplace into the weird. When not writing fiction, he composes music, makes art, and strives to connect with his inner genius.

Story: The Trees On My Street

Hudson Wilding

Hudson Wilding hails from Upstate New York, where she spends most of the year waiting for October. Her stories have previously been published in Foglifter, Menacing Hedge, and The Dread Machine, among other literary journals. More of her work is forthcoming in Corvid Queen. You can follow her on Twitter @HudsonWilding.

Story: Tunnel of Love

Lucy Zhang

Lucy Zhang writes, codes, and watches anime. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Contrary, DIAGRAM, Hobart, Jellyfish Review, New Orleans Review, The Offing, Passages North, The Portland Review, The Rumpus, West Branch, and elsewhere. Her work is included in Best Microfiction 2021 and Best Small Fictions 2021, was a finalist in Best of the Net 2020 and longlisted in the Wigleaf Top 50. Find her at or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

Story: Symmetry

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