Helen Beer sells for a living and writes to maintain some semblance of sanity. She is the author of numerous short stories, poems, essays, and feature screenplays, some of which have actually seen the light of day—through publication and contest honors—while some remain hidden under a rock somewhere. She shares her life with a husband, three cats, a horse, and an adventurous human son. She admits to deriving an inordinate amount of therapeutic benefit from mucking horse poop.

Patricia Quintana Bidar is a lifelong Californian with family roots in New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. Her stories have appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Little Patuxent Review, The Pinch, Sou’wester, and Wigleaf. Apart from fiction, Patricia writes for progressive nonprofit organizations. She lives with her husband and dog in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit Patricia on Twitter (@patriciabidar) or at her website Patricia Quintana Bidar.

William Clayton is a writer and editor living in Chicago.

Khanh Ha is the author of Flesh (Black Heron Press, 2012) and The Demon Who Peddled Longing (Underground Voices, 2014). He is a seven-time Pushcart nominee, finalist for the Mary McCarthy Prize, Many Voices Project, Prairie Schooner Book Prize, a twice finalist of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Award, the recipient of the Sand Hills Prize for Best Fiction, Greensboro Review’s Robert Wilson Literary Prize in Fiction, the William Faulkner Literary Competition, and the Orison Anthology Award for Fiction. His new novel, Mrs. Rossi’s Dream, was named Best New Book by Booklist and a 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIES Silver Winner and Bronze Winner.

Michael Meyerhofer’s fifth poetry book, Ragged Eden, was published by Glass Lyre Press (2019). He has been the startled recipient of the James Wright Poetry Award, the Liam Rector First Book Award, the Brick Road Poetry Book Prize, and other honors. His work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry, Rattle, Brevity, Tupelo Quarterly, Ploughshares, and other journals. He is also the author of a fantasy series and the poetry editor of Atticus Review. For more information and an embarrassing childhood photo, visit Michael Meyerhofer.

Gary Moshimer has stories in Pank, SmokeLong Quarterly, FRiGG, and many other places.

Sam Rasnake’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Spillway, Wigleaf, The Drunken Boat, Poets/Artists, FRiGG, Necessary Fiction, OCHO, Literal Latté, Pithead Chapel, The Southern Poetry Anthology, MiPOesias Companion 2012, The Bending Genres Anthology 2018/2019, BOXCAR Poetry Review Anthology 2, and Best of the Web 2009. He has served as a judge for the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, University of California, Berkeley, and as an editor for Blue Fifth Review. Sam is the author of World within the World (Cyberwit, 2020), Cinéma Vérité (A-Minor Press, 2013), and Inside a Broken Clock (Finishing Line Press, 2010).

Mather Schneider was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1970. He never graduated from college but instead lived a drunken, bohemian lifestyle while writing his mostly biographical poems and stories which were inspired by people like Henry Miller, Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Raymond Carver, and Charles Bukowski. Hundreds of his pieces have been published in journals such as Rattle, Nimrod, River Styx, FRiGG, Rosebud, and Nerve Cowboy. He won second place in Rattle’s poetry chapbook contest with his chapbook, A Bag of Hands (Rattle, 2018), and has four other full-length books of poetry available. His first book of prose, 6 to 6, was published in 2020 and chronicles his 15 years of driving a taxi in Tucson, Arizona. Two more books will be published in 2021.

Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam, and The Healing Muse, among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called (IF SF Publishing, 2015) and Until I Couldn’t (Prolific Press). She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry (She Writes Press, 2015).

Aïcha Martine Thiam is a trilingual writer, musician, and artist of color, and might have been a kraken in a past life. She’s an assistant editor at Reckoning Press and co-EIC/producer/creative director of The Nasiona, and a two-time Best of the Net nominee. Her collection At Sea, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize, is forthcoming with CLASH Books. Some words are found or forthcoming in: Déraciné, The Rumpus, Moonchild Magazine, Marías at Sampaguitas, Luna Luna, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Pussy Magic, South Broadway Ghost Society, Gone Lawn, Boston Accent Lit, Anti-Heroin Chic, Cosmonauts Avenue, Tenderness Lit. @Maelllstrom/www.amartine.com.

JR Walsh is the online editor at The Citron Review. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University, where he now teaches English as a Second Language. His writing is beloved in publications such as New World Writing, Litro, Juked, NUNUM, Blink-Ink, Bull, Hobart, B O D Y, and Esquire. For more: It’s JR Walsh.

Issam Zineh is a Los Angeles-born, Palestinian-American poet and scientist. He is the author of the forthcoming chapbook The Moment of Greatest Alienation (Ethel Press, Spring 2021). His poems appear or are forthcoming in Bear Review, Clockhouse, Glass (Poets Resist), Lunch Ticket, Nimrod, Pleiades, Poet Lore, The Seattle Review, Sporklet, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @izineh.

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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 56 | Fall/Winter 2020