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Meet the contributors: Thursday Simpson

THURSDAY SIMPSON is a multimedia artist and a co-founding editor at OUT/CAST, a journal for queer & Midwestern writers. Her first chapbook, Three Gothic Stories, is published with Moonchaps. She composes soundtracks for her writing and is steeped in a 1970’s prog and 1980’s cowpunk aesthetic. She believes in Feline Satan and garlic and onions. Ask her to do an impression of King Diamond or Kevin Steen and she will probably smile. Her Twitter is @JeanBava and her full publication history can be found at

Check out her essay "My Name is Thursday" in Nasty! Vol. 2. Available for pre-order HERE


Meet the contributors: Jessa Jordan

JESSA JORDAN (noun) – A fearless, sarcastic Black femme learning, living and loving in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Although her roots are in Atlanta, GA, USA, Jessa has done her best to assimilate to Yankee living (she refuses to give up drinking sweet tea, though). Armed with a plethora of lipsticks, she has been known to drink the blood of misogynists and will punish anyone in the name of the Moon. As a writer, her style has been heavily influenced by the prose of Miranda July, Charles Bukowski, Anais Nin and Alex Elle. Tiny and powerful, Jessa swapped climbing trees in her youth for climbing poles in her 20s and is usually found dancing to equal parts Crime Mob and Lana Del Rey on any given night. Published in the likes of Shout Your Abortion, HUSTLER Magazine, and Subvrt Mag, she is now working on her first fiction novel, which will hopefully debut in 2021.

Check out her essay "Going Viral" in Nasty! Vol. 2. Available for pre-order HERE!

Photo credit to @JestEfe.Shots


Meet the contributors: Jennifer Manalili

JENNIFER MANALILI is a Filipino student and aspiring writer from San Diego. The only child of Asian immigrants, Jennifer tries to incorporate both cultures into her writing. She is a Journalism Association of Community Colleges award winning writer, as well as a 1st place San Diego Society of Professional Journalists winning columnist. Currently, she is a co-host on the forthcoming podcast None of the Above, a collaboration between So Say We All and Voice of San Diego.

Her fiction and poetry has previously been published in City Works Press, Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable, and internationally in Fan Club Notts. In 2017, she was nominated for a PEN America/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers for her horror story Hunger. She is passionate about science fiction and horror, feminism and body positive activism, as well as writing in hopes of helping to break the stigma that surrounds mental illness - particularly in Asian communities.

Check out her essay "Still Walking" in Nasty! Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy HERE


Meet the contributors: Larissa Glasser

LARISSA GLASSER is a librarian-archivist from New England. She writes dark fiction centered on the lives of trans women and heavy metal. Her latest work is available in Transcendent 3: The Year's Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press) and Tragedy Queens: stories inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath (Clash Books). Her debut novella F4 is available from Eraserhead Press. Larissa is a Member at Large of Broad Universe. She is on Twitter @larissaeglasser

Check out her essay "#TERFcult : A transsexual woman’s hopes for the soul of 21st century feminism" in NASTY! Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy HERE

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Meet the contributors: Leza Cantoral

Let's meet the contributors!

LEZA CANTORAL is the editor in chief of CLASH Books, the author of Cartoons in the Suicide Forest and Trash Panda, and editor of Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath. She hosts Get Lit With Leza, a podcast where she talks to cool ass writers. She's a Mexican emo millennial who lives on the internet. You can find her on Twitter, IG & FB at @lezacantoral

Check out her essay "Never Cursed" in Nasty! Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy HERE


Meet the contributors: Constance Ann Fitzgerald

CONSTANCE ANN FITZGERALD is a zine maker and the author of Glue. Her work has appeared in Volume 1 Brooklyn, Clash Media, Entropy, and Dostoyevsky Wannabe: Cassette 85. She currently lives in Portland Oregon where her happiness is wholly contingent upon whether or not there is a dog in the room. Find her on Twitter @constanceannx3

Check out her essay "Above the Knee" in Nasty! Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy HERE.


Meet the contributors: Autumn Christian

AUTUMN CHRISTIAN is a fiction writer from Texas who currently lives in California. She is the author of the books "The Crooked God Machine," "We are Wormwood", and "Ecstatic Inferno," and has written for several video-games, including Battle Nations and State of Decay 2. When not writing, she is usually practicing her side kicks and running with dogs, or posting strange and existential Instagram selfies.

She's been a freelance writer, a game designer, a cheese producer, a haunted house actor, and a video game tester. She considers Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Katie Jane Garside, the southern gothic, and dubstep, as main sources of inspiration.

Check out her essay "In the Palace of Bones and Champagne" in Nasty! Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy HERE


Meet the contributors: Rios de la Luz

RIOS DE LA LUZ is a queer xicana and chapina living in El Paso. She is the author of the short story collection, The Pulse Between Dimensions and The Desert (Ladybox Books, 2015) and the novella, Itzá (Broken River Books, 2017). Her work has been featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Luna Luna Magazine, Corporeal Clamor, Entropy, Broadly, The Fem Lit Magazine, World Literature Today, WOHE Lit and St. Sucia.

Check out her essay "Sex and the Phantom" in Nasty! Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy HERE.


Meet the contributors: Violet LeVoit

VIOLET LEVOIT is a film critic and novelist. A former Emmy-winning PBS producer, Violet began her writing career as a film critic and arts journalist for Baltimore City Paper. Her work appears at Turner Classic Movies, Allmovie, PressPlay, Bright Lights Film Journal, Film Threat, and others. She is a contributor to the film history compendium Little Black Book: Movies (Cassell Illustrated). She is the author of five books, including the critically-acclaimed dark Hollywood tale I Miss the World (King Shot Press). She is also Associate Editor and Researcher for the Eisner-award-winning graphic novel publisher Beehive Books. Originally from Baltimore, she lives in Philadelphia.

Check out her essay "99 44/100" in Nasty! Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy HERE


Meet the contributors: Lydia Xythali

Let's meet the contributors!

Lydia Xythali was born in 1988 in Athens, Greece. After a short-lived stint in one of the first Athenian free press publications in 2006, she went on to write pulp stories for the pop art-centric magazine Project Amoeba. She lives and works as an EFL teacher in Athens.

Check out her essay "The Kobayashi Maru for Queers," her FIRST international publication, in Nasty! Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy HERE


Nasty! Vol. 2 open call for submissions

Open Call for Submissions:

Nasty! Vol. 2

June 1st-June 30th, 2018.

All submissions received by end of June will receive a response by August 14th, 2018.


Nasty! Vol. 2 is seeking radical non-fiction essays that provide crucial commentary on what it’s like to be a woman or non-binary person today. We are looking for essays that are fierce in tone and bold in their proclamations. We want stories only you can tell. The idea is to present a multitude of experiences in a raw and accessible manner. We want this book to empower, educate, and inspire the general population, reaching out to those who may have experienced something similar, and to raise awareness and build stronger allyships.

We are looking for essays in the 2500 to 5000 word range (though longer--and shorter--essays will definitely be considered). Payment is five cents per word for original work. Multiple submissions are welcomed as long as they are consistent with the theme of the anthology. We are not interested in fiction, poetry, or works that are also being considered for publication elsewhere.

Partial-proceeds (50%) of this work will go to benefit SMYRC - Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center in Portland, Oregon. You can read more about them here:  


Subject Line: (title of essay) // Nasty! Vol. 2 Anthology

Body: brief author bio and 3-5 sentence summary of your essay. Why should read your essay? Tell us here! 

Attach: please send your essay as a word/word-compatible attachment. No PDFs please. 

We will send out a confirmation email within three days of receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation email within the designated time frame, please reach out to us.

Anthology projected for a February 2019 release from King Shot Press and will be edited by Tiffany Scandal.

King Shot Press Housewarming Party

Tonight was surreal.


Great turnout. Lots of new faces. Powerful readings and such a strong sense of community. I hope the high I'm feeling from this event never goes away.


Everybody Bleeds took care of the door charge and period drive for the event. Bull Run Distillery and Portland Bloody Mary Mix sponsored the event and allowed for there to be an open bar with fun anti-stigma drinks. 


Kat Attack Photography and All Bad Days offered up really cool prizes to be raffled off. 

Zig Zag Patch Co offered Nasty! embroidery at the event.


Live readings from Diana Kirk, Tara Dublin, Cervante Pope, Eleanor Rose, and Jennifer Robin rocked the house and brought on all the feels (so beautiful to see people affected by hearing their stories and talking to the writers about how much their words moved them. I will forever be happy to see these writers gain new fans).

Diana Kirk

Diana Kirk

Tara Dublin

Tara Dublin

Cervante Pope

Cervante Pope

Eleanor Rose

Eleanor Rose

Jennifer Robin

Jennifer Robin

The love and support in the room felt unreal. Thank you to everyone who showed up and made us feel right at home. We love you.

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