Giulia Astesani (b.1987) is an artist, lecturer and PhD candidate at Royal College of Art, she lives and work in London. Astesani’s current work and research is centred on how queer bodies navigate the ambivalent feelings of needing recognition while searching for different narratives of happiness. Through an expanded performative and writing practice, her work engages with an active process of archiving queer lives while critically questioning contemporary representations of queerness. Drawing from feminist and queer theory, archival material, pop culture and autobiographical fragments, it focuses on queer women and the gender non-conforming. In her work, she prioritises the use of feeling and emotions as valuable tools for research, proposing strategies of unknowing, un-doing and unbecoming in opposition to oppressive normative narratives of progress, success and happiness.
Paul Stephenson studied modern languages. He took part in the Jerwood/Arvon mentoring scheme and has an MA in Creative Writing from the Manchester Writing School. He has published three pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), which won the Poetry Business competition, The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016), written in the four weeks following the November 2015 terrorist attacks, and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017). He lives between Cambridge and Brussels where he takes photos of all the art nouveau doors at insta: paulstep456 / paulstep.com / @stephenson_pj
Emma Filtness lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University London. She works primarily across poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. As a queer, disabled writer brought up in a working-class steel town, she is interested in marginalised voices, bodies, and the relationship between identity and place. Her poem ‘The Overburden’ was placed in the Northern Poetry Library’s Poem of the North competition, her visual poetry featured in online exhibitions from Mellom Press and Poem Atlas, and she has work in anthologies from Broken Sleep Books and at 3:AM Magazine, among others. Follow her on Twitter @Em_Filtness and find her poetry project exploring nature and the dark feminine on Instagram @cultofflora
Flo Reynolds is a writer, artist and literature producer based in Norwich, UK. Their work explores ecology, embodiment, queerness and chaos, and their debut pamphlet, the other body, is forthcoming from Guillemot Press in 2021. Flo edits Vessel zine, and their writing can be found in The White Review, Stand, The Interpreter’s House, amberflora, Magma, Datableed and at floreynolds.com
Sam Elkin is a trans masculine writer, arts worker and producer of the podcasts Transgender Warriors, Transdemic and Queer View Mirror. Born in the UK and raised on Noongar land, Sam now lives on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation in Melbourne, Australia. Sam is currently working on a debut collection of essays about gender identity and the law.
Lisa Jones is a writer and performer from Glasgow. Her amplified muttering has been just-about-heard at the SWC New Writing Showcase, PRRPL Kitty: Queer Spoken Word & Music Night, Project Café, Hug and Pint, Sonnet Youth, and CCA. Her writing has featured in Product Magazine, From Glasgow to Saturn, Femmes Uncut, Flying Moon Festival, the Hunterian Museum journal Alcohol in the Archives, GAADA, The Queer Dot, Forest Publications, and Neon Horror: Queer Horror Anthology. She has produced two issues of a zine on domestic tedium titled Happy Birthday, Glen and Phyllis, and a collaborative zine with photographer Audrey Bizouerne. She also sings and performs spoken word with the band Dragged Up. Find her here and on Instagram (@concernedsmile).
Patruni Chidananda Sastry is a classical dancer, intrapreneur and customer service expert. Patruni started dancing at the age of seven and their unique style called ‘Expressionism’ is a new way to tell stories of awareness to the society. Patruni has also been performing the Indian Tranimal style of drag, which draws inspiration from folk artforms such as Pagativesham and Behroopiya. They have given more than a thousand performances and five hundred digital shows in India and across the world. They have been a Tedx speaker five times, and a keynote speaker at Deloitte, Uber, Amazon, Microsoft and many other organizations. They co-founded Dragvanti an online website for the drag community in India.
Kayleigh Jayshree (she/they) is a short fiction writer based in England. She has been published by Lunate Fiction and The Hearth Magazine, and has work forthcoming in Mixed Magazine, Polyphony, Ink, Sweat and Tears and The Bitchin’ Kitsch. She often writes about her mixed heritage and bipolar disorder.