Deborah Janke is the author of two novels, The Spy’s Familiar and The Spy’s Daughter, as well as numerous short stories. Presently she is completing a novella, Suzanne and Diane. Deborah is the founding executive director of a non-profit in Richmond dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. A student of Tibetan Buddhism for over thirty years, Deborah was president of Kagyu Droden Kunchab in San Francisco from 1987 – 2010. Her contention is that life is mostly all fiction.
Joe Loya is an essayist, playwright, filmmaker, actor, and author of the memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber. Beside being a commentator on radio and TV, his essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, UTNE Reader, Newsday, and McSweeney’s. Loya published the prison zombie apocalypse novel, The Red Mile, under the pseudonym, The Zombie Whisperer. Any day now he’ll be done editing his short film, Animal Style. He’s currently working on a memoir about being a good father with a darkly criminal past, titled, Dada, Tell Me A Zombie Story. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and daughter.
Rob Pierce writes genre fiction that he considers literary, because he fails to see the difference. His fiction has been or will be published in Flash Fiction Offensive, Shotgun Honey, Plots with Guns, Yellow Mama, Revolt Daily, The Rusty Nail, and The Big Adios, among others. He is the editor of Swill Magazine, and is equally comfortable taking romantic walks on the beach or dumping the body elsewhere.
America Proctor grew up in Maine, came to San Francisco at twenty-three, and spent a few wild years here before she settled down, cleaned up, and started to write about her experiences on the Streets of San Francisco.
Eva Schlesinger‘s nonfiction has been a finalist in the Truth in Words Contest and appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People as well as the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, most recently, Ode 2 Codes & Codfish, and writes a humor blog at Redroom.com.