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 Coffin Bell, Knight’s Library Magazine, perhappened, Cathexis Northwest Press, Serotonin, Atlantis Mag, 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

Assistant Managing 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.

Assistant Managing 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.

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

Acquisitions Editor, Poetry

Taylor Byas

Taylor Byas (she/her) is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is now a PhD candidate and Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati, an Associate Editor for The Cincinnati Review, and an Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus. She is the 1st place winner of the 2020 Poetry Super Highway, the 2020 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contest, and the 2021 Adrienne Rich Poetry Prizes. She was also a finalist for the 2020 Frontier OPEN Prize and the 2021 Pigeon Pages Poetry Contest. She is the author of the chapbook Bloodwarm from Variant Lit, a second chapbook, Shutter, from Madhouse Press, and her debut full-length, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times, forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in August of 2023. She is also a co-editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol X: Alabama, forthcoming from Texas Review Press. She is represented by Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Agency.

Poetry Editor

Megan Nichols

Megan Nichols is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Animal Unfit (Belle Point Press, 2023). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary ReviewThe Threepenny Review, Frontier Poetry and elsewhere.

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

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

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 & 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.

Poetry Editor

Bonnie Shinn

Bonnie Shinn is a poetry and fiction writer. She has recieved her B.A. degree in both Creative Writing and Philosophy and Literature from New England College. She has also recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing from NEC. Her work often focuses on reimagined fairytales and dysoptian worlds. She resides with her partner and their two cats in New Hampshire.

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

Jeanne Marie-Fleming

Jeanne-Marie Fleming is an MFA candidate in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work is published in the wVw Anthology, Hudson Valley Parent, and on the Read650 podcast. She is a teacher and a writing mentor for incarcerated individuals at Transforming Lives NY.

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

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

Ashley Kim

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.

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

Tori Walters

Tori Walters is a writer living in NYC. She is an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has previously been published in Penultimate Peanut Magazine and Helen: a Literary Magazine.

Nonfiction Editor

Lily Andrews

Lily Andrews is a creative writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is an MFA in Writing student at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in Rio Grande Review. She lives in NYC and volunteers as a reader at Variant Lit.

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.

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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