Variant Literature is a small nonprofit press + mag committed to publishing diverse voices at all stages of their career.

Our staff is entirely volunteer run and all proceeds go towards creating new books and paying writers.

We release about 8-10 titles a year and our mag publishes quarterly.




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.

Guest Poetry and Flash 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

Tianna Bratcher

Tianna Bratcher (they/she) is Black, queer, genderfluid poet, performer and teaching artist. They are a fellow of The Watering Hole, Griot’s Well, Tin House and a 2021 finalist for the Miss Sarah Fellowship. They placed 5th at the National Poetry Slam 2017 & and placed 7th in the world at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) 2020. Their work appears or is forthcoming in The Shade Journal, Voicemail Poems, Writerz & Scribez Zine, December Magazine and My Soul Has Grown Deep Anthology.

Poetry Editor

Jasmine Flowers

Jasmine Flowers is a well-watered poet and copywriter from Birmingham, AL. She received her BA in English from the University of Alabama. Sometimes she wonders if jasmines are her favorite flowers. You can find her published poems on her website.

Poetry Editor

Danielle P. Williams

Danielle P. Williamsis a Black and Chamorro poet, essayist, and spoken-word artist from Columbia, South Carolina. She has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize 2020 and Best New Poets 2021, with fellowships from Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Watering Hole, and The Alan Cheuse Center for International Writers. She received her MFA from George Mason University in 2021. She is the author of a self-published collection of poetry, The Art in Knowing Me, and two spoken-word EP’s, At My Own Risk and We Fall Down available on all streaming platforms. You can find all of her work on her website:

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 & 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

Melissa Boles

Melissa Boles is a writer, storyteller, and impatient optimist from the Pacific Northwest who recently relocated to Tennessee. Her writing focuses on art, mental health, love, and the human connection. Melissa has been published in The Daily Drunk, Emerge Literary Journal, Stone of Madness Press, and at Fanfare and Sexology on Medium. Her forthcoming chapbook, We Love in Small Moments, will be published through ELJ Editions, Ltd. in May 2021. You can find her at or at @melloftheball.

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

Barbara Lock

Barbara Lock, an emergency physician, pursues a writing MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches Narrative Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her writing appears in Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, Fiction International, Cobra Milk, Versification, SYNAPSIS, The Best Short Stories from the Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest, 2020, and elsewhere. She tweets @medpie1.

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

Sofia Oumhani Benbahmed

Sofia Oumhani Benbahmed is a resident of Durham, North Carolina. She studies creative nonfiction writing at UNC-Chapel Hill and plans to go on to pursue an MFA in CNF. You can find her on Twitter at @OumhaniSofia.

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.

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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