At X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, we work hard to give our readers the best authors on the planet. We have the best authors on earth. Here they are.
Christina V. Antonovskaya’s prose works have been featured online, on personal blogs, Metatron’s OMEGA, and Lemon Star Magazine (forthcoming), among others. From just north of Toronto, she has completed BA in Psychology. Contact @_christinaanton
Jon Berger lives in Saginaw, Michigan. He was Anti-Heroin Chic’s featured poet for the month of October. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five 2 One Magazine, BULL, Jellyfish Review, Ellipsis Zine, Faded Out, Occulum, and elsewhere. He tweets @bergerbomb44.
Aaron Buchanan is a philosophy and Latin instructor in Tampa, Florida. He is a native of Michigan —a mystical, incongruous land which features prominently in his work.
Toom Bucksaw divides his time between skulking the buttes of Montana, rustling Flapjack McGraw’s cattle and cutting his nails with a dull knife. His twitter handle, branded on the side of his steed, is @toom_buck.
Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle is from Auckland, New Zealand and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has appeared in publications such as Fanzine, Turbine, and Best NZ Poems. She is the author of Autobiography of a Marguerite (Hue & Cry Press, 2014). She can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @zarahbm.
Drew Buxton spent more money last year on spilled cappuccino, in cafes from one side of this world to the other, than you made. His stuff has been featured in Hobart, Vice, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Funhouse, Mayday, and Hypertext among other publications. He blogs about pro wrestling for Clash Media.
Jonathan Cardew hails from the steel city, Sheffield, but lives in the cream city, Milwaukee. His short fiction can be found at wigleaf, cream city review, Passages North, Maudlin House, and elsewhere. He edits fiction for Connotation Press. Check out more here or @cardewjcardew.
Tobias Carroll is the author of the novel Reel and the short story collection Transitory. He’s the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn, frequently writes about culture for a variety of journals, and can be found on Twitter at @tobiascarroll.
Shane Jesse Christmass is the author of the novels, Yeezus In Furs (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018), Napalm Recipe: Volume One (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017), Police Force As A Corrupt Breeze (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2016) and Acid Shottas (The Ledatape Organisation, 2014). An archive of his writing/artwork/music can be found at www.shanejessechristmass.
Sheldon Lee Compton’s most recent writing can be found in Always Crashing, JMWW, Deer Heart, and Free State Review. He has been nominated for the Chaffin Award for Excellence in Appalachian Writing and was a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award. He lives in Kentucky.
Marisa Crane is a lesbian writer and editor. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pigeon Pages, Pidgeonholes, Drunk Monkeys, among others. She currently lives in San Diego with her fiancée. She loves wiener dogs, all flavors of aioli, and making Allen Iverson references. Her Twitter handle is @marisabcrane.
Paul Curran’s novel Left Hand was published by CCM in 2014. Pieces from Bubblegum’s Funeral, a collaboration with visual artist Marc Hulson, have appeared in galleries across London and Paris. Paul currently lives in Tokyo and is slowly assembling a J-novel.
Tyler Dillow lives in Wichita, Kansas. His work has been featured in Occulum and BALDHIP.
Nathaniel Duggan is from Maine and likes Used 2008 Honda Civics. He can be found on Twitter @asdkfjasdlfjd
Lanny Durbin lives in Springfield, Illinois, plays in a few bands and drives a Buick. His work has appeared in Hobart Pulp, Maudlin House and *82 Review, among others. He can be found on Twitter @LannyDurbin
Brian Alan Ellis is the author of three novellas, three short-story collections, a book of humorous non-fiction, and Something to Do with Self-Hate, a novel. His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Funhouse, The Collapsar, Talking Book, and Queen Mob’s Tea House, among other places. He lives in Florida.
Isabella Esser-Munera teaches in Brooklyn, New York and is an advocate of children everywhere. Her work has been featured in Faded-Out magazine, Maudlin House, and Anti-Heroin Chic. A child of immigrants, her projects focus on identity and intersection. She is currently working on a novel and tweets as @esserisst.
Elytron Frass is a concoction of two parts beetle wing and one part fodder of the Western Canon. He is the pseudonymous author/visual artist of Liber Exuvia (gnOme, 2018). His short stories and poetry feature in Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, Sleepingfish, SCAB, and The Offbeat—with forthcoming work in Parasol: The Journal of the Centre for Experimental Ontology. He tweets @Elytron_Frass.
Scott Garson is the author of IS THAT YOU, JOHN WAYNE? — a collection of stories. He has work in or coming from Threepenny Review, American Short Fiction, Kenyon Review, Conjunctions and others.
Kristin Garth is a poet from Pensacola who has had a few fever dreams in prose. Her poems and shorts stories have been featured in Luna Luna, SCAB, Anti-Heroin Chic, Drunk Monkeys, Ghost City Press, Occulum and many other publications. Her poetry chapbook Pink Plastic House is available through maverickduckpress.com. Follow her sonnets, socks and secrets on Twitter: @lolaandjolie and her website.
Joseph Edwin Haeger is the author of Learn to Swim (University of Hell Press, 2015). His writing has appeared in The Pacific NW Inlander, RiverLit, Hippocampus Magazine, and others. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and sons. You can find him on Twitter at @JoeTurquoise.
Marston Hefner is a writer living in Los Angeles. He has a story published by Tyrant Magazine. In his free time he plays backgammon and practices yoga.
Andrew Higgins earned his MFA from New York University. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Belt Magazine, The Vehicle, and elsewhere. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Claire Hopple’s fiction has appeared in Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Bluestim, Jellyfish Review, Timber, Heavy Feather, and others. Too Much of the Wrong Thing, her short story collection, was recently published by Truth Serum Press. More at clairehopple.com.
Jocelyn Hungerford is the nom de plume of a sentient entity, fractured consciousness and mountain hermit. She has been published in the Sydney Review of Books, Mascara Literary Review and Meanjin.
Anastasia Jill (Anna Keeler) is a queer poet and fiction writer living in the southern United States. She is a current editor for the Smaeralit Anthology. Her work has been published or is upcoming with Poets.org, Lunch Ticket, FIVE:2:ONE, Ambit Magazine, apt, Into the Void Magazine, 2River, and more. You can find her here.
Zachary Kennedy-Lopez is a born-and-bred Left Coaster working toward his MFA at Rutgers University–Camden. A cat-dad who likes swimming and Latin American electronic music, his work has been supported by the Patrick Rosal Dice Fellowship, as well as fellowships from Writing by Writers, and has appeared in The Southampton Review, Mortar Magazine, and other publications. He can be found on Instagram and Twitter, both @queerbooksloth.
Sean Kilpatrick, raised in Detroit, is published or forthcoming at Boston Review, NERVE, New York Tyrant, BOMB, Fence, Columbia Poetry Review, evergreen review, Sleepingfish, VICE, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Black Sun Lit, Spork, The Quietus, Whiskey Island, The Malahat Review, Hobart, Diagram, Vol.1 Brooklyn, LIT. He wrote Anatomy Courses (with Blake Butler, Lazy Fascist Press) and Sir William Forsythe’s Freebase Nuptials (Sagging Meniscus Press).
Shane Kowalski was born outside of Philadelphia. Currently he’s a lecturer at Cornell University. His work appears or is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Electric Literature, The Offing, Hobart, and elsewhere. He’s the author of Dog Understander (Frontier Slumber Press).
Kristin LaFollette is a PhD candidate at Bowling Green State University in Rhetoric and Writing and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has been featured in RED INK, Common Ground Review, Bridge Eight, West Trade Review, and Poetry Quarterly, among others. Her work was featured in the 2017 anthology Ohio’s Best Emerging Poets, and Kristin’s manuscript Body Parts won the grand prize in the 2017 GFT Press Chapbook Contest and was published in March 2018. She currently lives in northwest Ohio. You can visit her at kristinlafollette.com.
William Lessard has writing that has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, FANZINE, Prelude, Hyperallergic, PANK, Brooklyn Rail, Heavy Feather Review, glitterMOB. His work has also been featured at MoMA PS1. He co-curates the Cool as F*** reading series in Brooklyn and is Poetry editor of Boog City.
Kevin Maloney is the author of Cult of Loretta (Lazy Fascist Press, 2015). His stories have appeared in Hobart, Barrelhouse, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and a number of other journals and anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Sebastian Mazza was born and raised in Washington, DC and just finished his BA at Columbia in NYC. His writing has been featured in Reverberations Magazine and on the Ugly Duckling Presse blog. You can follow him @geckocerebellum.
Alistair McCartney is the author of two cross-genre novels The Disintegrations (2017) and The End of The World Book (2008), both published with University of Wisconsin Press. The Disintegrations is the winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley award for LGBTQ Fiction. TEOTWB was a finalist for the PEN USA Fiction Award and the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White debut fiction award. Other work has appeared in journals such as 3:AM, Fence, SCAB, Animal Shelter, Blood-Tree Literature, 1913, Gertrude, and Bloom. Originally from Australia, he live in Los Angeles, where he teaches fiction in Antioch University’s MFA program, and directs their undergraduate creative writing concentration.
rob mclennan lives in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles include the poetry collection A perimeter (New Star Books, 2016), and the forthcoming How the alphabet was made (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018) and Household items (Salmon Poetry, 2018). robmclennan.blogspot.com
Andrew Miller is an MFA candidate at Miami University and author of the memoir If Only the Names Were Changed (CCM 2016). He’s done with Facebook but still dumping photos to Instagram and documenting the antics of Columbus Skateboarding & Geriatrics on YouTube. See more at Andrew-Miller.com.
Michael Mungiello is from New Jersey and lives in Queens. It’s a wonderful place. Every single second of life is pleasure. You can read other stuff by him in Hobart and Fourteen Hills, among other places. His Twitter is _______Michael_.
Elle Nash is the author of the novel Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc Books, 2018), and the chapbooks AVOKA (Ghost City Press, 2017). She is a founding editor at Witch Craft Magazine, a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp, and lives in the Ozarks with her husband and their dog.
Benjamin Niespodziany is a night librarian at UChicago and has no idea how to ride a pogo stick. He spends his days running the multimedia art blog and music label [neonpajamas]. He recently released a chapbook of lofi poems known as Ants on Stilts and has had his work published in formercactus, Occulum, Ghost City Press, tenderness, yea, and a small handful of others. Find him: @neonpajamas or soundcloud.
Vanessa Norton is an artist living in Oakland. She is the writer of Sweet 16: 16 Photographs of 16 Ex-Boyfriends Taken When They Were 16 (Wasted Books, 2018). Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Fanzine, Tammy, Black Warrior Review, and DIAGRAM. Her work may be found here @vfnorton and here.
Marc Olmsted has appeared in City Lights Journal, New Directions in Prose & Poetry, New York Quarterly, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and a variety of small presses. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including What Use Am I a Hungry Ghost?, which has an introduction by Allen Ginsberg with praise from Michael McClure and Diane di Prima. Olmsted’s 25 year relationship with Ginsberg is chronicled in his Beatdom Books memoir Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg 1972-1997 – Letters and Recollections. Find more of his work here.
Jeff Phillips is a washed up varsity cross country skier and storefront theatre method actor. He was co-host of The Liquid Burning, an apocalypse themed reading series, and he co-hosted the Chicago reading series Pungent Parlour. His short fiction has appeared in Seeding Meat, This Zine Will Change Your Life, Metazen, Chicago Literati, and Literary Orphans. He is the co-founder of Zizobotchi Papers, a literary journal dedicated to the novella and a regular contributor at the site Drinkers With Writing Problems. You can find him @TheIglooOven or on his site.
Sam Phillips is an author an artist based in San Francisco. His work focuses on humanity while playing with viewpoint and universal truth. He is fascinated by how peoples understanding of existence. His work can be found at sadface4dayze.com.
Ted Prokash has 3 novels available at Joyless House Publishing. Napawaupee County Blues is coming soon from Expat Press. Find him in the falling-rock outfit, Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones. He is a graduate of Algoma High School, class of 97.
Bob Raymonda is the Founding Editor of Breadcrumbs Magazine. He graduated from SUNY Purchase with a focus in creative nonfiction and will be pursuing his MFA in speculative fiction at Sarah Lawrence College in the fall. Some of his other work can be found in Luna Luna Magazine, Peach Mag, and OCCULUM. Read more here or find him at bobbysnacks (Instagram) or @bobby_snacks.
Bram Riddlebarger writes, plays music, and lives in Athens, Ohio. He is the author of one chapbook of poetry, Chez Filthy (JKPublishing), and two novels, Earplugs (Livingston Press) and Golden Rod (Cabal Books).
Jim Ruland is the author of the novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome, and the co-author of My Damage with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF! He runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its fourteenth year, and is currently working on a book with the band Bad Religion.
Nayt Rundquist‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Etchings, The Long Road to Spring, and Up North Lit. He is the managing editor for New Rivers Press. Nayt lives just outside space and time with his artist-jeweler wife and their fifth-dimensional dog.
Kevin Sampsell lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works at a bookstore and runs the long-running micro press, Future Tense Books. His writing has appeared recently in Wigleaf, The Elephants, Kolaj Magazine, Interrupture, and apt. His most recent book is This Is Between Us (Tin House Books). See more of his work at kevinsampsell.com and kevinsampsellcollages.tumblr.
Bob Schofield is the author and illustrator of The Burning Person, The Inevitable June, and Moon Facts. He currently lives in Rotterdam, working in game development. He likes what words and pictures do. In his next life he hopes to come back as a whale or beautiful tree.
Michael Seidlinger is an Asian American author of novels, including My Pet Serial Killer, The Fun We’ve Had and The Strangest. He serves as the social media editor at Electric Literature, a producer for Publishers Weekly, and co-publisher of Civil Coping Mechanisms. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter (@mjseidlinger), and Instagram (@michaelseidlinger)
Jonah Solheim is a writer and filmmaker from Madison, Wisconsin, currently juggling two novels, several short stories, and a soul-sucking day job. You can find film related content on his YouTube channel.
Hannah Stevens is a writer of short stories and flash fiction and currently based in Leicester in the UK. Her collection of short stories, Without Makeup and Other Stories was published in 2012 by Crystal Clear Creators. She has published stories in a range of anthologies, small-press publications and online, has a PhD from the University of Leicester, and lives with her house-rabbit Agatha. You can find her website or on Twitter as @Stevens_Han
Jason Teal is a specter now living in the Little Apple of Kansas. He earned an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University in 2017. He currently organizes Driptorch Community Performance Series with Arrow Coffee Co. and runs Heavy Feather Review. Work appears in Knee-Jerk, Vestal Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Matter Press, Hobart, and Quarterly West, among other publications.
Joel Tomfohr has an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA. His work is forthcoming in Clockhouse Vol. 6 and has appeared in BULL, Hobart, and others. He teaches Creative Writing and Literature and sells books at City Lights in San Francisco. He lives in Oakland.
Wayland Tracy lives in Wichita, Kansas and works with flowers.
Gregg Williard’s fiction, essays, poetry and visual art have appeared in Diagram, The Collagist, Your Impossible Voice, decomP, All The Sins and Sein und Werden, among others. He teaches ESL to refugees in Madison, Wisconsin and produces the spoken word radio show Fiction Jones/Under the Radar for WORT community radio (wortfm.org). His novel with graphics, The People in Tubes Motif is forthcoming in 2019.
xTx is a writer living in Southern California. Her work has been published in places like The Collagist, PANK, Hobart, The Rumpus, The Chicago Review, Smokelong Quarterly and Wigleaf. She says nothing at www.notimetosayit.blogspot.com
M.C. Zendejas is a fiction writer from Texas. He is currently studying creative writing at the University of Houston. His work is featured or forthcoming in Your Impossible Voice, Contemporary Collective Magazine, and Z Publishing’s Anthology: Texas’s Best Emerging Poets. He likes candy corn, museums, and slamming brutal death metal.
Mieze Zuber is mostly stateless. American by birth, and nothing by choice. She lives somewhere across the big pond and writes because she has to, not because she wants to.