Amy HeartAuthor, Illustrator, & Editor
Serafima MintzAuthor & Copyeditor
Nina C. MarínAuthor
Mia Rose ElboIllustrator
AR Mannylee RushetWriter
Abbey DarlingAuthor & Editor
Lawrence Walker IIIAuthor & Songwriter
Luna Merbruja is a Mexican-Athabaskan writer, artist, and healer. She’s the author of Trauma Queen and the forthcoming poetry book Heal Your Love. She has written about gender, sexuality, healing, and feminism for Autostraddle, Everyday Feminism, and The East Bay Express. She’s recently been published in the anthology Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic.
Currently, Merbruja is a book editor at biyuti publishing, an intern at Peacock Rebellion, and a project advisor and board member for Mirror Memoirs.
Joss Barton is a writer, photographer, journalist, and artist documenting queer and trans* life and love in St. Louis.
She was most recently a 2016 fellow at Topside Press’ Writers Workshop for Trans Women Writers and a 2013 Fiction Fellow at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging LGBT Writers Retreat. She was an exhibition artist for Nine Network’s 2015 Public Media Commons Artist Showcase and is also an alumni of the Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute. Her work has been published by Ethica Press, Vice Magazine, HIV Here & Now, Locsuts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine, and Vetch Poetry: A Transgender Poetry Journal.
Her first book, An Ozark Rainbow, a forthcoming collection of poetry and prose will be published in 2017 by Indolent Books
Tyler Vile is a writer, performer, and activist from Baltimore, MD.
Her novel-in-verse, Never Coming Home, is available on Topside Press. She is a member of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance leadership team and the vocalist in a punk band called Anti-Androgen. Her interactive poetry zine, Hassidic Witch Murderer is available on her website, tylervile.wordpress.com. She aspires to one day become the world’s greatest transsexual yenta.
Andreia Kundry Blue lives in the Hudson Valley. She writes science fiction, trans fiction, and eccentric mash-ups of the two. Her story in Resilience, “God Empress Susanna,” is part of her work in progress, Sea of Nightmares, a collection of linked SF stories. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and a member of the Brooklyn Trans Writing Workshop.
Ana Valens is a freelance journalist and fiction writer.
Originally from New Jersey, Ana first began writing fiction while studying as an undergrad at Rutgers University. Since then, her writing has been published in Bitch Media, The Toast, Waypoint, and Paper Darts. She prefers writing non-fiction, short stories, and flash fiction.
Ana’s writing deals with the darker side of queer life, from gender dysphoria to relationship abuse. It’s through these stories that she thinks both writers and readers can heal their past, feel connected to the world around them, and share their life experiences.
Ana currently lives in Brooklyn. She’s working on a collection of short stories based around trans women. In the meantime, you can catch her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/spacedoctorphd
Talia Johnson is a multi-faceted woman who is transgender, autistic, Jewish, queer, and more than the sum of her parts. Her work centres on bridging faith and queer communities, facilitating workshops, educating, speaking, writing, one-on-one coaching, counselling, and mentoring. She is a queer and trans sensitivity editor for writers and publishers. She is currently studying in Kohenet towards becoming a Hebrew Priestess, and working toward entering graduate school at the Master’s level. Her studies bridge faith, queer, and psychology using queer and feminist intersectional approaches. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Amy Eleanor Heart is an illustrator and master storyteller from another world.
Since a young age, Amy has never been far away from a pencil and a sketchpad. Her childhood love for visual storytelling has continued throughout her career as a filmmaker and now as an author. For Amy, sharing stories are a crucial and fundamental part of the human experience. She is proud to carry on this sacred tradition in the form of children’s literature.
When not making art, Amy is happily being an auntie to the many beloved children in her life. She currently resides in Olympia, Washington.
Check out Amy’s writing blog, https://medium.com/@amyheartspark, and her website, http://www.amyeleanor.com.
ina Corvus is a long-time trans activist and writer.
She’s bad at summarizing her accomplishments; she lost track of many over the years and always seems to leave something relevant out. The central theme is that Lina tries to be loving and kind, to make the world a better place for having her in it. That path has taken her through many unique and interesting experiences, some of which have been traumatic, but all of which provided valuable lessons. Lessons she is more than happy to share.
Born and educated in rural settings, Lina Corvus currently resides in Brooklyn with her long-time partner and two cats.
Serafima Mintz teaches reading and comprehension in Palm Beach County, Florida. She has been published in Gertrude and the Fine Print, and she writes the zine Even Noisy Sparrows. To contact Serafima, email her here.
Sugi works against the hegemony that academic institutions have on knowledge and that financial institutions have on power, specifically the roles that capital and obedience to oppressive structures play in upholding/withholding those institution and the rewards. She has been working most of her life on collecting stories of the lived experience of those most oppressed while attempting to make impossible the powers that hold us down. She knows first-hand and viscerally how hard it is to carve out time/energy to create while fighting every step for her and her friends’ survival, and has no further accolades to dress herself in here because you can do anything, you don’t need a fancy degree or an income or to have been published before; you are the fire that keeps us warm.
Magpie Leibowitz is an agender lumpenprole living somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.
Their current projects include two soon-to-be-completed chapbooks – Superscript / Subhuman and Stories from the End of Time – and a number of strange musical endeavors.
Casey Plett wrote the short story collection A Safe Girl To Love and co-edited the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers. Her first novel, Little Fish, is forthcoming Spring 2018 from Arsenal Pulp Press. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she currently lives in Windsor, Ontario.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she now lives in Windsor, Ontario. Find her on Twitter @caseyplett.
Bridget Liang is a mixed race, queer, transfeminine, neurodiverse, disabled, fat fangirl.
They came into their queerness in Hamilton Ontario and co-founded RADAR Youth Group at the LGBTQ Wellness Centre (the Well), the first queer group in a high school in Hamilton, and were instrumental in the passing of an equity policy at HWDSB.
Bridget is a budding academic, community researcher, workshop and group facilitator, performance artist, and writer. Much of their work revolves around intersectionality and arts-based research.
Check out Bridget’s blog at https://bridgetliang.wordpress.com.
Ariel Howland is an activist, writer, and public speaker who is also white, pansexual, genderqueer, and a butch trans woman.
She has a BA in Gender Studies from the University of Oregon. Some of her organizing work includes the Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC) and two campaigns against hate groups. She has also given speeches at Take Back the Night in Eugene and the Portland Trans Pride March.
Ariel has been published in the Earth First! Journal, Eugene Weekly, Portland Observer, and the zine Not Kidding. She has shared her poetry on the same stage as Cooper Lee Bombardier, Kokumo, and Tobi Hill-Meyer. She lives in the Eugene, Oregon area in Kalapuya territory. She prefers the pronouns they/them/theirs or she/her/hers.
To book her for a speaking event you can visit her website at queersocialjustice.wordpress.com.
Rahne Alexander is a multimedia artist, producer, musician, and performer. Her video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country, and she is an alumna of Signal Culture and the Experimental Television Center. Queer Interiors, a year-long collaborative multimedia installation was commissioned by the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2016. A component of this installation, The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt, was awarded a Saul Zaentz Innovation in Film and Media Fund fellowship. She has appeared in numerous films and videos, including Hit and Stay, Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, Milo’s Misfits, and Her Room.
Rahne performs frequently with her several bands, including Santa Librada, Guided By Wire, 50’, Flaming Creatures, andthe Degenerettes. She is occasional comedian and essayist, with publication credits ranging from the Baltimore City Paperto the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica.
She is a former organizer for the Transmodern Festival and the Maryland Film Festival, where she served five years in charge of operations and development. Rahne has since lent her organizational and development assistance to several organizations, including FORCE, Iron Crow Theatre, Venus Theater, and Wide Angle Youth Media.
Alys is a queer trans woman from the Midwest. She writes stories, code, technical documentation, dating site profiles, and grocery lists. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her cat, Jax, and way too many books.
Harris Jones is a nonbinary author of fantasy stories. They earned their degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and currently live and work in Glasgow.
As a child, Harris consumed a steady diet of books provided by the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, and Paul Stewart, and lives in constant fear that they’ve accidentally stolen a story idea from one them. Although Harris is now a writer, their illustrious career has included such prestigious job titles as “kitchen assistant,” “leaflet distributor,” and “team member.”
Harris can often be found watching cartoons, playing Dungeons and Dragons, creating languages for the people of their writing, and cartographing the world where those people live, while their dozen works-in-progress glare at them from the computer screen. They plan to finish their debut novel soon.
“I’m inspired to write by a particular emotional mixture of discovery, mystery and nostalgia. It comes over me when I read stories from my childhood; when I pore over maps of my favourite fictional worlds and wonder what tales lie behind the names and features; when I play a video game and simply have to find out what’s over that next hill; when a revelation or plot twist throws everything into new light; when a fiction feels so rich and deep that I could become lost in it.
When I write I’m chasing this sensation. For me it’s the mark of a great writer, and it’s what I aspire to achieve.”
Hello! My name is Michelle! I live on a tiny strange peninsula at the southern most point of New Jersey with my partner and our two cats, Spock (Spork) and Kirk (Curds). The freedom that comes with crafting stories has always been something has driven me to write.
Jeanelle Tabaranza is an illustrator from the Philippines who spends her time with freelance work and naruto fanart. She is currently trying her best at this adult stuff while looking for various ways on improving her craft, which is inspired by fashion, games and the tv shows she watch. When she’s not drawing, you can find her watching sitcoms and looking at kpop videos.
Angel Sera is a queer trans non-binary creator and artist who mainly works in the comfort of her home. She is constantly inspired by inclusive stories and tries to reflect the diversity she sees in the world in her art. When she is not working on art, she loves to tend to her plants, cook yummy vegetarian food, and take pictures of her cat.
Nina C. Marín
Nina Cassadaga Marín is a writer, storyteller, and world-builder from New York.
Nina first experienced the joy of writing in hyr grade school days but has always been a lover of words. Si strives to use hyr personal life experience as a non-binary trans Puerto Rican woman to inform hyr creative endeavors and ease the pain of future generations of trans and queer kids. Si is the author of the forthcoming illustrated picture book, Listening to Rainn, to be published through Heartspark Press and is currently working on a number of other Children’s/YA literature projects.
In hyr downtime, Nina enjoys making music with friends, playing elaborate video games, and hanging out with hyr cat, Tuvok. Si currently resides in Portland, OR.
Sascha is a rust belt-raised and Appalachia by way of everywhere and nowhere grown writer and witch living in Olympia, Washington. Zie is a product of trauma, punk rock, depression, and fucking resilience. Zie writes because it feeds their soul, and punk rock ruined them for any sort of career.
Mia Rose Elbo
Mia is a trans and lesbian creator from Santiago de Chile. As a digital communications and new media graduate with vast work experience in digital marketing agencies and IT companies, Mia is looking to take up on new challenges and opportunities to use her skills and experience for good rather than for big corporations profit. She has a deep interest for positive representation and tries her best to make trans people visible individuals in her country. Mia loves drawing, food, and musicals. When she’s not doing photoshoots, giving talks or interviews, she likes to play games and watch movies with her wife and two kittens.
A little about me, I’m a trans woman and my name is Caterina Gerbasi. I am a oil painter and comic book artist currently living in Sweden where I’m finishing a fine arts program. Since I was 14, and read on the same trip an Alvar Mayor comic (Enrique Breccia) and a random back issue of Hellboy, I never had much of a choice other than to do comic books. My main inspirations are Alberto Breccia, Hugo Pratt and Catherine Jones.
I am a black, biromantic ace, agender, disabled, trans woman aligned writer. I try to write stories that are personal to me without getting boxed in. My hope is that I write stories that are relatable to a wide variety of people but especially to trans women— not that are necessarily “universal,” but that they are stories that people can find pieces of themselves in them as I do whenever I read or hear the writing of trans women and other amab trans people. I believe that one of the ways we live on is through our words, so no matter how supremacist powers try they can never truly erase us.
Misha Lynn Moon is a nonbinary trans femme writer and witch living in Portland, Oregon. When she is not working on her poems and stories, she is a school counselor at an online charter school. She started writing when she was a young girl after her favorite teacher said, “I want to know what happens next in this story.” She been trying to see what happens next ever since, both in her writing and her life.
Duna Haller is a collagist, fanzine artist, writer and musician from Galiza, Spain. To her, art is a coping mecanism for mental illness and part of the trauma recovering (and sharing) process. Some themes she explores are Dissociative Identity Disorder, abuse survivor and childhood trauma, internalized misogyny, and lesbophobia.
She always tries to make her art and activism accesible via the Internet by creating fanzines, organizing events, being open to feedback, collaborating with other artists, and sharing her creative ideas.
Some things Duna loves are Marvel comics, DIY music, fairy tales, Vera Chytilová’s films, Luna Merbruja’s writing, and Loone’s music.
She has one book published in Spain (Desierto, Reflector Libros), various fanzines (ask her for more info), and is working on her first solo album since 2012.
Contact Duna at email@example.com
Photo by Irene Turmalina
Abbey (She/her/hers) is an East Coast transplant living the Midwest Domestic Goddess lifestyle while serving that sheik sporty butch look. A storyteller, folklorist, and anthropologist, she spends her time trying to give back to the community at every opportunity (teaching ESL, working at youth drop-in centers, and here at Heartspark). Currently, she’s studying to become a Buddhist chaplain. Usually, you’ll find her enjoying the things she’s horrible at like ice-skating, tennis, and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) in her downtime. Abbey believes that storytelling is powerful and transformative because it connects humans and changes the narrative landscape. She crafts stories (both doodled and written) that are strangely fun, whimsical, and manic. She also loves the word “doodled.” Doodled.
Lawrence Walker III
Lawrence Walker is a butch, sad, emo trans girl from the sticks and stones of Tha Burg.