Scott Alexander Hess is the author The Root of Everything & Lightning, two novellas published this month by Rebel Satori Press. He has written five novels, including Skyscraper, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and The Butcher’s Sons, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015. His writing has appeared in HuffPost, Genre Magazine, The Fix, Thema Literary Review, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote "Tom in America," an award-winning short film, starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. He teaches fiction writing at Gotham Writers Workshop and curates Hot Lit, an LGBTQ+ themed monthly newsletter. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess lives in New York City with his husband.
Joe Okonkwo’s debut novel Jazz Moon won the Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His short stories have appeared in Global City Review, The Piltdown Review, The New Engagement, Storychord, Love Stories from Africa, and Strength. His story "Cleo" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joe served as Prose Editor for Newtown Literary and he edited Best Gay Stories 2017. His short story collection, Kiss the Scars on the Back of my Neck, will be published by Amble Press in 2021. He is represented by the Baldi Literary Agency.
Sokunthary Svay is a Khmer writer from New York City. A founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), she has received fellowships from the American Opera Project, Poets House, Willow Books, and CUNY, as well as commissions from Washington National Opera, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and ISSUE Project Room. In addition to publishing a poetry collection, Apsara in New York (Willow Books, 2017), Svay has had her writing anthologized and performed by actors and singers. Svay’s first opera, Woman of Letters, set by composer Liliya Ugay, received its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in January 2020 as part of the American Opera Initiative. The recipient of the 2021 OPERA America IDEA Grant, her new opera Chhlong Tonle will premiere in Fall 2021. She teaches English at Queens College (CUNY).