Issue #14 The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

Carina Bissett
Guest Editor
Carina 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 Awards, 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.

Sarah Allison
A Child For Twelve Shillings
Sarah is a writer in Florida, currently working on a Masters in Library Science. She enjoys fairy tales and tracking down the origins of folklore. Her short fiction has appeared in Liguorian Magazine.

Claire Bartlett
The Little Match Girl
Claire works as a tour guide, which means she tells mostly true stories by day, and mostly fictional stories by night. She has published several short stories under her given name.

A.J. Bauers
Graffiti Tears
A.J. is a digital artist and graduate of the Stonecoast MFA writing program. Her fiction has previously appeared in Chantwood Magazine and the anthology Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth.

Amy Bennett-Zendzian
Climate Change Myths
Amy is a Lecturer in Writing at Boston University, where she teaches classes with the theme of fairy tales. She is a published poet and a playwright whose works have been staged around the Boston area.

Christine Butterworth-McDermott
The Downside to Being a Mermaid on Land
Christine’s work has appeared in The Normal School, River Styx, and Southeast Review, among others. She is the editor of Gingerbread House Literary Magazine.

Shari Caplan
Karen to Mother
Shari is the author of Advice from a Siren. Her work can be found at Gulf Coast, Zoetic Press, Blue Lyra Review, and Deluge and is forthcoming from Timber. She has worked on the VIDA Count, and at Sugar House Review and Soundings East.

Tina Carlson
Snow Queen
Tina has published poems in Dark Mountain Review, Black Lawrence Press, bosque(the magazine), and Blue Mesa Review, among others, and is the author of Ground, Wind, this Body, published March 2017 by UNM Press.

Laura Carroll
Laura writes about travel and fairy tales, and she enjoys subtly queering everything she touches. Her previous work has appeared in Global Impressions, Go Overseas, and Renaissance Magazine.

Jenn Cavanaugh
Jenn’s poems and stories have appeared in America, Parabola, and NonBinary Review’s own A Study in Scarlet issue (“Pinker’s Study”) and Write Like You’re Alive anthology (“In retrospect”). She teaches English in Paris.

Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman
The Two Nightingales
Sara and Brittany are co-founders of The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic. Their work can be found in Liminality, Uncanny, recompose, Goblin Fruit, Apex, Faerie Magazine, and Through the Gate.

Rachel Cohen
The Princess and the Prince
Rachel’s work has been published in Adelaide Literary Journal, Halfway Down the Stairs, Metamorphoses, Aether & Ichor, Manawaker Anthology, and ‘Nuff Said.

Christina Collins
Unaccounted For
Christina holds an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University, and her fiction has previously appeared in NonBinary Review, Jabberwock Review, Rose Red Review, and others.

Gray Crosbie
Gray is a queer writer and occasional performer who often writes in the boundary between flash-fiction and poetry. Her writing has been published in journals such as Firewords Quarterly, Northwords Now and Litro.

Deborah L. Davitt
The Shoes
Deborah 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. For more about her work, please see

J.R. Dawson
I Set My Ship to the Brightest Star
J.R. is an active SFWA member. She has been seen in Escape Pod, Mothership Zeta, Eclectica, and The MFA Years. Dawson has a forthcoming story in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Kelsey Dean
Kelsey’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary publications, such as Liminal, concis, Cicada, and Spark Anthology. Her YA story “Starfishing” is available on

Barbara Westwood Diehl
Thumbelina Leaves
Barbara is founding editor of the Baltimore Review. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Quiddity, Potomac Review (Best of the 50), Measure, Little Patuxent Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gargoyle, Superstition Review, NANO Fiction, Per Contra, Thrush Poetry Journal, Tishman Review, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Roberta Feins
Red Shoes
Roberta’s poems have appeared in Antioch Review and The Gettysburg Review, among others. Her second chapbook Herald won the 2016 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest, and was published by Autumn House Press in 2017.

Jeff Fleischer
The Tin Platoon
Jeff’s fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Shenandoah, the Saturday Evening Post, So It Goes by the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Deep South Magazine, East Bay Review, and Steam Ticket.

Lisa Pierce Flores
Lisa’s essays, journalism, fiction, and poetry have been in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, HealthyLife, The Jewish Daily Forward, POEM, Stand, West Wind Review, Lullwater Review, and the anthology Mermaids in the Basement (Sundress Publications).

Kin’ko Galia Vladimirovna
Солнце, Mermaid, кай и снежная королева, Волшебница, and королева
Kin’ko, a Ukrainian painter, studied in the school of art in Nikolayev and later Academy of Arts in Kharkov, Ukraine. Lives and works in Kharkov and Moscow. She has illustrated 21 books.

Milo Gallagher
Sea Legs
Milo’s poems appear or will soon appear in The Kenyon Review, The Grief Diaries, The Fem, Crab Fat Magazine, Potluck Magazine, and Anomaly. He is an MFA candidate at Mills College. You can follow him on twitter @miloemilyg.

Anne Yvonne Gilbert
Charlotte Asleep, Wild Swans, Queen Whispering
Yvonne has worked with major publishing companies, magazines, design groups and advertising agencies worldwide. Yvonne’s provocative and innovative record sleeve for Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” was recently chosen by “Q” magazine to be one of “the 100 Best Record Sleeves of All Time” and termed a “Design Classic” by BBC Television. Yvonne’s work has won many major national and international awards and her originals sell in galleries both in the UK and the USA. Her work is held in private collections including those of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the late H.R.H. Princess Margaret, Larry & Barbara Seeborg and Monica Seeborg.

Yvonne has the rare accomplishment of having been invited to illustrate and design three sets of postage stamps for the Royal Mail in the United Kingdom; Christmas 1984, Arthurian Legends 1985, and Christmas 1994. These have led to her being awarded the following international awards: Il Franco Bollo d’Or (The Golden Stamp Award), Gran Premio del’Arte Filatelica (The World’s Most Beautiful Stamp).

Jack Granath
The Princess and Her Pea
Jack is a librarian in Kansas.


Stephanie Barbé Hammer
Stephanie is a 4 time Pushcart Prize nominee and a flash fiction prize winner for her Little Red Riding Hood reboot, “Red.” Her fabulist novel The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior appeared in 2015 with Urban Farmhouse Press.

David Hoenig
On Account of the Living
David has had stories published in Flame Tree Publishing, Cast of Wonders, Elder Signs Press, Zoetic Press/NonBinary Review, Drunk Monkeys Literary, and Dark Chapter Press. He is working on his first novel.

Dean K. Hutchins
The Leap Frog
Dean has had poems published in Talking Stick, Native Realities, and Garbaj; an essay in the anthology Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time, and a short story in the anthology When Spirits Visit.

Sonja Johanson
Sambucus canadensis
Sonja has work in the Best American Poetry blog, BOAAT, Epiphany, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is a contributing editor at the Eastern Iowa Review, and the author of Impossible Dovetail, all those ragged scars, and Trees in Our Dooryards.

Kate Kastelein
The Nightingale Incident
Kate writes non-fiction, speculative, and dark fiction, as well as the occasional children’s book. Her work has appeared in New England Post, HyperInk, and Activity Maine.

Sarah Kiddle
How to Catch a Princess: Method 117
Sarah writes poetry and short stories, and reviews for For Books’ Sake, which champions women’s writing. She loves storytelling, from personal anecdotes to spine-chilling tales, preferably in a tent.

Catherine B. Krause
The Guilty Victim
Catherine is a polyamorous queer trans woman living in Niagara Falls, NY with her girlfriend Alice. Her poetry has appeared in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, The Lake, The Opiate, and One Sentence Poems.

Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Don’t Forget the Tinderbox
Jennifer teaches English at Central New Mexico Community College. She has published work in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Necessary Fiction, and Gingerbread House Literary Magazine among others.

Marie C Lecrivain
The Long Night of the Last Swan Prince
Marie is an writer, editor, jewelry designer, ordained EGC priestess, and… her work has been published in Gargoyle, Nonbinary Review, Orbis, and other journals. Her new chapbook, Fourth Planet From the Sun, will be published in Autumn 2017 by Rum Razor Press.

Tanis MacDonald
Water Damage
Tanis is the author of three books of poetry, including Rue the Day. Recent poems have appeared in The Mondegreen, FreeFall, Canthius, and Poetry is Dead. Her next poetry book, Mobile, is coming out soon.

MANDEM is a media-fluid artist conglomerate. Their work on disability poetics, the visceral body, gender and childhood is in critical dialogue with art history, religious iconography/mythology, and various -punk aesthetics. MANDEM serves as art editor for The Deaf Poets Society journal ( They have recently been artist-in-residence at Il Palmerino (Florence, Italy) and Negative Space Gallery (Cleveland, Ohio). MANDEM’s current painting series, Hypermobility, is documented online at

Matt McGee
Shovels & Ladders
Matt writes short fiction in the Thousand Oaks library until the staff makes him go home, or at least to the 24 hour Jack in the Box. His short story “Unseen Among Kings” received a 2016 Pushcart Award nomination.

Marietta Jane McGregor
Marietta’s award-winning haiku, haibun and haiga appear in journals and anthologies and have featured on Japanese television. She belongs to the Australian and British Haiku Societies, and the Haiku Society of America.

Toti O’Brien
Eleven Times Elisa
Toti’s work has most recently appeared in Masque & Spectacle, Feminine Inquiry, Indiana Voices, and Italian Americana.

Julia Older
Oooo LA LA: or The Empress Liang Chi’s New Clothes
Julia is the author of Appalachian Odyssey, and Boris Vian Invents Boris Vian. New essays-stories-poems appear in Uproooted, Poet Showcase, and Zoomorphic.

Laura Page
Laura is editor of Virga Magazine. Her work has appeared in Rust + Moth, Crab Creek Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and HYPERTEXT. Her chapbook, Children, Apostates, is available from Dancing Girl Press.

Irene Punti
The Anglerfish Strategy
Irene’s love of speculative fiction can be traced back to her first grade teacher, who read the Neverending Story to the class. Her work has appeared in Electric Spec, and is upcoming in Gaslandia: a Dieselpunk Anthology.

Brian Quinn
In the Field of Flowers, The Little Tree
Brian is an illustrator who uses different media: watercolors, pen and ink, etchings, block prints, digital and mixtures of all of these. His on-line portfolio is at

Erin Robinson
The Wicked Child
Erin graduated from Lycoming College where she studied history and creative writing and how to combine the two. She has had a poem published in “The Snow Queen” issue of Timeless Tales Magazine.

Sean Robinson
The Snow Queen’s Daughter
Sean writes science fiction and fantasy.He has been a professional fire breather, spelunker, horse-back rider, and cat dad. You can find him (with growing frequency) on Twitter @Kesterian This selection originally appeared in Metaphorosis (January 2016).

B.E. Scully
The Child in the Cradle-Grave
B.E. is the author of numerous novels, short stories, poems, and articles. Published work, interviews, and odd scribblings can be found at

Tamara Kaye Sellman
Witches’ Hearts
Tamara is a widely published writer living in Bainbridge Island, WA. She works as a sleep health educator, full-time healthcare journalist, and MS activist.

Samantha Stiers
Cut Down the Tall Poppies
Samantha has published work in Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, and other magazines.


Heather Talty
Dear H.C. Andersen
Heather is a speculative fiction writer who has been featured in Curiosity Quills anthologies Gears of Brass and Cast No Shadows, as well as in Enchanted Conversation. She is the managing editor of Newtown Literary.

Nathan Tompkins
The Tide
Nathan is a writer living in Portland. His work has appeared in many publications including Drunk Monkeys, Five2One, Red Fez, and Hobo Camp Review. He’s the author of four chapbooks, including Lullabies to a Whiskey Bottle.

Jourdan Woo
Swan Song
Jourdan has a Masters in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her work has been published in the Abundant Grace anthology. She is sporadically on Twitter @JourdanBlue.

Jane Yolen
Little Match Girl 2017
Jane is the author of over 360 published books, mostly for children, but at least 9 published poetry collections for adults from such publishers as Algonquin, Harcourt, Holy!Cow, others. She is the 2017 Damon Knight Grandmaster of ScienceFiction and Fantasy given by the SFWA organization.

Laura Zak
Girl and Womanhood
Laura placed as a finalist in the Montana Book Festival’s 2017 Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest and her work can be seen in The Manifest-Station, Trib Talk, and Sundog Literary Magazine.