From those early days with Edward Gorey, discovering Poppy Z. Brite and Anne Rice’s works in grade school, and exploring the classic works of Shelley, Poe, and Lovecraft, David has indulged in the odd for as long as he can remember.
His own works have been featured in multiple micro-fiction and poetry anthologies, soundtrack compilations (as a singer/songwriter), and chapbooks.
David holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program.
Her favorite dystopian novels include The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Feed by M.T. Anderson, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Emily holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program and attended the Tin House Young Adult Fiction Workshop in Spring 2021. When she’s not writing, she works as a freelance fiction editor with Angelella Editorial and tries to teach her dog, Fury Rose, the names of her toys.
Aileen holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Aileen also has a JD from GW Law School. She is currently an acquisitions reader for a literary agency.
When Aileen is not working, writing, or cheering on fellow writers, she enjoys hanging out with her wife and son and exploring the great outdoors with their spoiled Pit Bull/Boxer mix named Wink, who sleeps as much as possible and snores very loud.
Kyle McHugh is a trans author, artist, and educator. He teaches English to students grades 7-12.
His writing focus is on poetry, flash fiction, verse novels, and young adult fiction.
Kyle holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and works as a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project through Clemson University and the State University of New York at Albany. His original flash fiction has been featured in the Hundred Word Horror series of anthologies from Ghost Orchid Press.
Kyle has been an avid reader since childhood, and enjoys scary stories that expose the anxieties of being stuck in our mortal bodies and situations.
Kyle lives in Albany, New York, with his wife and their two sons.
She’s a fan of works that purposefully cross genres and experiment with form. In her own writing, she enjoys crafting characters who create chaos from order or order from chaos.
Neidy holds both her BA and Master’s degrees in English and works in higher education administration for the state of New York.
Marianne has taught writing and art workshops for over a decade, and currently develops content and UI/UX for educational software. She lives in Philadelphia with several fake plants and two mysterious cats.
You can find Marianne @flamingoboots on Instagram.
She currently attends VCFA, where she will receive her MFA Writing for Children and Young Adults, and works as a bookseller in the world’s greatest bookshop. When she isn’t reading or writing, you can find her cooing at her adorable pet snake, drawing, or playing the guitar.
Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing from Champlain College, with a specialization in editing and publishing. When he isn’t reading or writing, he’s working as a freelance editor for Angelella Editorial, or probably picking out the next good read.
Some of their favorite past reads include Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Harper attends VCFA and is working toward their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. They are slated to graduate in Summer of 2023. When they’re not reading and writing, they’re tutoring kids or spending time with their polycule and six pets.
She is currently an acquisitions reader for a literary agency and a freelance editor with Angelella Editorial.
Her first MG nonfiction title, THE GHOSTLY TALES OF SAN ANTONIO, debuted in August 2021.
She also grew up in a haunted house and comes from a family of psychics.