This Issue’s Contributors

This Issue’s Contributors

Maryam Elika Ansari

qft-MaryamMaryam Elika loves writing anything from articles to fiction, and she also loves turtles. She is a cyberactivist and a volunteer who is passionate about fighting for social justice and animal welfare, but when that gets too overwhelming she is glad to have the safe haven of fantasy to take refuge in. Question she dreads the most but gets all the time: ‘Where are you from?’ Check out her other writing on


Tim Barzyk (The TimLord)

qft-TimTim Barzyk enjoys science, writing, reading, collecting old toys, and using his imagination. Why? Cuz it’s fun. He likes fun. He has a few degrees and pretty diplomas. The University of Chicago was nice enough to give him a Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences. He sent in some box tops and got an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from there too. Before that, He studied Geology and Math at Indiana State University — yes, home of Larry Bird. Long live the Bird.


Victor Bucio

qft-VictorI have lived in North Carolina all my life and have always had a passion for Art. I like to put a lot of emotion and deeper meaning into my work. I think each of my pieces should be able to tell a story so that it is interesting and beautiful.





Meghan Casey

qft-MeghanCaseyMeghan Casey lives in southern Ontario, where she works as a librarian. Her writing has previously been published in In/Words, The Sentinel Literary Journal, NorthWords and the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival chapbook anthology for 2013.





Arlia Frink (The Queen Bean)


Queen Bean loves all things geek, nerd, or dork related, especially pudgy unicorns and chunky tomes of fantasy. When not reading, she can be found scribbling away at poetry while clutching a beloved mug of coffee, aka the nectar of the gods. Also, she likes hugs.




Tina Hacker

qft-TinaTina Hacker is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in a wide variety of journals. Her full-length poetry book, Listening to Night Whistles, published by Aldrich Press and her chapbook, Cutting It, published by The Lives You Touch Publications are available on Amazon. Since 1976, she has edited poetry for Veterans’ Voices, a magazine of writing by veterans from every state in the country. This year she was given the honor of being a 2016 Muse of The Writers Place in Kansas City.
(The photo was taken at a performance of The Magic Flute. Cutouts of the characters were in the lobby with space to pose behind them.)

Rebecca Harrison

Rebecca Harrison sneezes like Donald Duck and can be summoned by a cake signal in the sky. Her best friend is a dog who can count. Through the WoMentoring Project, she was chosen by Kirsty Logan as her mentee. Rebecca’s been nominated for Best of the Net, and her stories can also be read at Rose Red Review, Maudlin House, Luna Station Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Katie Hawkins

qft-Katie art bio

Henry Hu

qft-Henry HuHenry Hu’s Artist Statement

There are no limits to what static visuals can achieve. My personal approach of utilizing digital tools, a variety of styles can be seen across all collections matching their subject matters. Each individual collection, usually consists of multiple pieces, often in the same style, grouped by specific themes, concepts or stories.

20 years of living, some of my works touch upon life itself, others explore on subjects interest me personally. Most of my works are intentional, evolving over time. I don’t have specific ways for audiences to view them, it is what it is. Each person’s feelings and opinions will be polarized and I am totally happy with that.


John Johnson


John Philp Johnson has poetry in or forthcoming from Asimov’s, F&SF, Rattle, Strange Horizons, Apex, Pedestal, and elsewhere, including Ted Kooser’s newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.” He has a comic book of graphic science fiction out, Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town, nominated for an Elgin Award. He would live on planet Mars if he could.




Denny Marshall

qft-dmarshallDenny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, and fiction published. Recent examples include art for Mystic Nebula, poetry at The Stray Branch, and fiction at Postcard Shorts. He does have a website with previously published works.




Columbkill Noonan

Columbkill Noonan has an M.S. in Biology, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology. Her writing is mainly historical fiction with a supernatural slant. In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, aerial yoga, and riding her horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please visit her on Facebook at wwww.facebook/ColumbkillNoonan.

Schrödinger’s Cat

qft-lorinI’m a physicist who loves playing games and watching cartoons with my family. Occasionally I will get a fun idea for a short story and write it down. I love to read science fiction.






Cesar Valtierra

Cesar Valtierra hails from the sun soaked desert of the wild, wild western city of El Paso, Texas. He wields a pencil like an outlaw gunslinger, drawing up a storm since the tender age of two. He is infamous throughout the land for his provocative ink drawings, his meticulous vector illustrations, and his eye catching graphic design work. Like a thief in the night, Mr. Valtierra is a man of few words but one who with his work makes quite an impression. He follows the beat of his own drum and answers to no one; except of course, his fiancée Victoria, the love of his life, his inspiration and muse. And their two cats, Chubs and Pretty Boy. If you think you can handle the awesomeness, feel free to check out his work at and of course his comic book featuring the adventures of Balazo, the pint-sized detective at


Hayley Wallace

Hayley Wallace

Hayley Wallace is a writer, translator, and poet. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, her passion for writing was kindled at a very young age, although most early stories consisted mainly of velociraptors. After graduating from university, she spent four years living abroad in Japan, teaching English at over twelve Japanese secondary schools.

Achieving fluency in Japanese, she eventually became an official lecturer and children’s book translator for Tokyo Red Cross. She now resides in East Texas and is working on several full-length novels. Her English poetry and prose have been published in the Tyler Laurel, and her story ‘The Tenth Time’ was featured as best work in its short story category.


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