Variant Literature is a small, nonprofit press and magazine committed to publishing diverse voices at all stages of their careers.

We strive to be a press that fully supports our writers in carving paths for their work outside of big publishing. We believe that

the small press community is vital in helping writers establish themselves and in fostering accessibility in publishing. We work

hard to be an active part of that community, developing ongoing relationships with our contributors and readers.



Tyler Pufpaff

Tyler Pufpaff is the author of A Quarter Life. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crepe & Penn, Boston Accent Lit, Coffin Bell, Poke, Havik, perhappened, and The Daily Drunk Mag among others.

Managing Editor

Kalyn RoseAnne Livernois

Kalyn Livernois is an MFA candidate at New England College. She is a prose editor at Cobra Milk and the founder of an editing collective, which makes space for writers to receive free editing on their work. Her writing can be found in Dust Poetry Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, and elsewhere. You can find her on Twitter @kalynroseanne.

Associate Managing Editor

Barbara Lock

Barbara Lock, MD, MFA ’22 (Sarah Lawrence College) teaches Narrative Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her fiction and nonfiction writing appears in STORY, Superstition Review, The Forge, and elsewhere. There’s more about her at

Acquisitions Editor, Poetry

Adrian Dallas Frandle

Adrian Dallas Frandle (he/they) is a poet & queerdo cook. In addition to Variant Lit, they read poetry for Okay Donkey Lit Mag/Press. They have poems in or forthcoming in HAD, Daily Drunk Mag‘s “Marvelous Verses” print anthology, The Madrigal, Stone of Madness Press, Final Girl Mag, Celestite Poetry Journal, Moist Poetry Journal, the lickety~split, Rejection Letters, wrongdoing magazine, Olney Mag, Sledgehammer Lit Mag & more. Tweets: @adrianf

Poetry Editor

Ray Ball

Ray Ball currently lives on the land of the Dena’ina, where she works as a history professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is the author of four books, including the poetry chapbooks Tithe of Salt (Louisiana Literature, 2019) and Lararium (Variant Lit, 2020). Her poems and fiction have appeared in numerous journals, including descant, Glass, Orange Blossom Review, and X-R-A-Y and have received multiple nominations for Pushcart and Best of the Net. She is an associate editor at Coffin Bell and an assistant editor at Juke Joint. You can find her on Twitter @ProfessorBall.

Poetry Editor

Kalyani Bindu

Kalyani Bindu is a research assistant at the Indian Institute of Science, and works at the intersection of neuropsychiatry and informatics. She forays into poetry when at a loss of words, and into prose when the world becomes see-through. Two Moviegoers was her first poetry collection. Her works have appeared in the Kali Project (Indie Blu(e) anthology), Better than Starbucks, Half Empty Magazine, the Indian Express, New Asian Writing, Muse India, Guftugu and others. During her time as a columnist (The Occasional Owl) in White Crow Art Daily, she wrote articles revolving around socio-cultural themes.

Poetry Editor

Megan Nichols

Megan Nichols lives in the Ozark Mountains. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Pretty Owl Poetry, Variant Lit, and River Mouth Review.

Poetry Editor

Phuong Anh

Phuong Anh is a budding writer and translator from Vietnam, currently on her undergraduate journey at UCL. She is the Head Editor at BIPOC run lit mag GENCONTROLZ. Her first work in French can be found at Interpret Magazine and her essay on Asymptote’s blog. You can also find her sporadically posting @annsannotations on Instagram.


Poetry Editor

Keana Moreau

Keana Moreau is an MFA candidate at New England College for Poetry and Poetics. At the University of Vermont, she completed a BA in English with Writing and American Literature concentrations as well as a BS in Secondary Education with an English concentration. She is the former Poetry Editor of the University of Vermont’s Literary Magazine, The Gist. Her work has most recently appeared in Plain China. You can find her on Instagram @Keanafaith.


Poetry Editor

Day Heisinger-Nixon

Day Heisinger-Nixon is a poet, interpreter, and translator. Raised in an ASL-English bilingual household in Fresno, CA, they hold an MA in Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies from Gallaudet University and are an MFA candidate in Creative Writing: Poetry at New England College. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Apogee, Foglifter, Peach Mag, and elsewhere. Currently based in Arles, in the south of France, they can be found online @__day_lily__ and at


Poetry Editor

Erica Abbott

Erica Abbott (she/her) is a Philadelphia-based poet and writer whose work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Midway Journal, Kissing Dynamite, Scrawl Place, Serotonin, Anti-Heroin Chic, and other journals. She is the author of Self-Portrait as a Sinking Ship, a Best of the Net nominee, and volunteers for Button Poetry, Kissing Dynamite, Write or Die Tribe, and Mad Poets Society. Follow her on Instagram @poetry_erica and on Twitter @ erica_abbott.


Poetry Editor

Rachael Crosbie

Rachael Crosbie (they/them) is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of the winnow. They read poetry for Persephone’s Daughters, Dollar Store Magazine, and Variant Literature. Rachael has four poetry chapbooks published or forthcoming: self-portrait as poems about bad poetry, swerve, MIXTAPES, and Trick Mirror or Your Computer Screen. You can find them on Twitter @rachaelapoet posting about squishmallows, She-Ra and The Princesses of Power, and their cats.


Poetry Editor

Sher Ting

Originally from a sunny island in Southeast Asia, Sher Ting is a Singaporean-Chinese currently residing in Australia. She is a 2021 Writeability Fellow with Writers Victoria and a 2021 Best of The Net nominee with work published/forthcoming in Rust and Moth, Eunoia Review, Heavy Feather Review, The Citron Review, and Kissing Dynamite. She tweets at @sherttt and writes at


Poetry Editor

Kevin Risner

Kevin A. Risner is a product of Ohio. He is the author of Do Us a Favor (Variant Literature, 2021). His poems have recently been published in Idle Ink, Ink Drinkers, CP Quarterly, The Ocean State Review, Lucent Dreaming, and more.


Poetry Editor

Hannah Grieco

Hannah Grieco is a writer in Washington, DC. Her poems can be read in Poet Lore, Trampset, Pithead Chapel, Okay Donkey, Heavy Feather Review, and more. She also writes essays and fiction, but who cares? Find her online at and on Twitter @writesloud.

Poetry Editor

Nick Soluri

Nick Soluri is a poet and playwright from North Carolina. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Misfit Magazine, Albany Poets, Poetry South, and the anthology Without a Doubt: Poems Illuminating Faith (NYQ Books, 2022). He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City. He tweets @nerkcelery.

Poetry & Fiction Editor

K.M. Crane

K.M. Crane (she/her) grew up on the flat starthistle-filled fields of California. She holds a B.A. from CSU, Sacramento. Some of her work has appeared in Star*82 Review, IO Lit (Refractions), and Brenda Magazine. Find her on Twitter @kmcranewrites or Instagram k.m.crane.

Fiction Editor

Lisa Croce

Lisa M. Croce is a writer of novels, short stories and blogs. Born in the Northeast, she moved to California in 2009 and has been living in Los Angeles since 2015. She received her BA and MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is the Associate Managing Web Manager for Lunch Ticket Literary Journal. She’s using this socially distanced time to read everything she wasn’t able to while in grad school and finishing her manuscript, which has finally become a joy. You can find her on Twitter @missguided_ink and at

Fiction Editor

Dink Dinkins

Dink! (she/her/hers) grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Clark University and is currently earning her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at New England College. Her favorite book is Beloved by Toni Morrison and she has a pet chicken named Blanche! You can find her on Twitter @dinkthinks.

Fiction Editor

Tessa Rossi

Tessa Rossi is an MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a 2019 recipient of the ArtsWestchester Teaching Artist Grant for her writing workshop and an ArtsWestchester grant for her program of visual art and literature across the curriculum at St. Ann’s Parish School. She holds a JD from NYU.

Fiction Editor

Jeanne-Marie Fleming

Jeanne-Marie has recently launched her offspring and left the world of teaching to pursue her lifelong passion. She is having more fun than she anticipated at the MFA writing program at Sarah Lawrence. Her work appears in Hudson Valley Parent, Mature Life, and the wVw Anthology. You can find her on Instagram @jeannemariefleming or Twitter@jmlgsf.

Fiction Editor

Katherine Dye

Katherine Dye is a novelist and short-story writer who lives in New York City. She earned her BA in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College and her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. You can find her on Twitter @katmdye.

Fiction Editor

Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty is a fiction candidate at Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA in Writing program. She is also the Graduate Writing Office Assistant at Sarah Lawrence and hosts monthly student readings on campus. Originally from New Hampshire, she now lives in the Bronx with her husband, two dogs, and 20-year-old ginger cat.

Fiction Editor

Genevieve Mills

Genevieve Mills is a speculative fiction writer from Louisville, Kentucky, now living in Bronxville, New York. She has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fantasy Magazine, Wigleaf, matchbook, and Jellyfish Review, among others.

Nonfiction Editor

Victoria Buitron

Victoria Buitron is a writer and translator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Fairfield University where she was the Associate Editor for Brevity and co-EIC of CausewayLit. Her work has been featured or is upcoming in EntropyBare Life ReviewSpry Lit, and more. She hikes, rock climbs, and goes to movie theaters whenever she needs a break from reading and writing.

Nonfiction Editor

Dillon Rubalcava

Dillon Rubalcava is a headstrong empath who recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. He writes creative nonfiction memoirs and poetry, and he’s spending this summer traveling around the U.S. He loves furiously doodling and doing cartwheels, sometimes concurrently. He is also a recently starved concert-buff, and a staunch advocate for tipsy painting.

Nonfiction Editor

Dawn Raffel

Dawn Raffel is the author of five books, most recently The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, BOMB, and others. She works as a developmental editor and teaches cross-genre writing. Find her at

Nonfiction Editor

Pascale Potvin

Pascale Potvin is Editor-in-Chief of Wrongdoing Magazine. She was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Microfiction anthologies, and she was a finalist in The Conium Review‘s 2021 Innovative Short Fiction Contest. She is the author of EROTECAY (LUPERCALIA Press, 2021) and Folktales for the Diseased Individual (2021) and has work featured in Eclectica Magazine, Juked Magazine, Gingerbread House Magazine, and many others. She has a BAH from Queen’s University. Find her at or @pascalepalaces on Twitter.

Nonfiction Editor

El Rhodes

E. E. Rhodes (she/her) is an archaeologist who lives in Wiltshire in Southern England. Her prose and poetry is published in a wide range of anthologies and journals. Her nonfiction book, My Family & Other Folklore was recently longlisted for the Nan Shepherd Prize, and her flash novella about queer, working-class, rural lives recently won the Louise Walters Books P.100 Competition.

Nonfiction Editor

Kira Carney

Kira Carney received a B.A. degree in Gender & Women Studies as well as a B.A. degree in Creative Writing, both earned at Knox College. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction through a remote and independent-study program with New England College. Kira has work published in Knox’s literary magazine Cellar Door as well as articles published on an online platform called KultureHub. You can find Kira on Twitter @ehitried.

Nonfiction Editor

Sarah Catherine Golden

Sarah Catherine Golden is a mental health therapist, writer, and artist currently based in the Pacific Northwest. She is a former editor at Chiron Publications, and her writing has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, Basement Medicine, and the Asheville Citizen-Times. Her photographs have appeared in galleries and print media in the US, France, and Australia.

Nonfiction Editor

Janet Pfeffer

Janet is a creative non-fiction writer and teaching artist. After breast cancer and depression, she discovered the transformative power of story. A graduate of Cornell University, she also holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught writing workshops for cancer patients at Memorial Sinai Hospital where she is also an advisory board member. Her work has been published in LUMINA Journal and in Memorial Sloane Ketering’s annual anthology. Janet is completing her debut memoir.

Art Editor

Charlie Madison Taylor

Charlie Madison Taylor is a poet, essayist, painter, and songwriter from Boulder, Colorado currently living in Buffalo, New York. They earned a BA in Creative Writing and Dance Studies from Knox College in 2016. Learn more by following them on Twitter @carma_t.

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