Connecting Writers Through Stories

Variant Literature seeks to support authors by providing a space for personal and professional development. Through collaboration, quarterly journal publication, traditional chapbook & novella publication, and contests that may help the independent author get noticed, we're here to help you with your literary goals. We are working with our local community on bridging the gap between the millions of authors that go unpublished. We are a proud partner of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Meet The Team

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Editor-in-Chief

Tyler is a writer and editor from Dallas, Texas now living in The Triad of North Carolina and is the author of

A Quarter Life. His published work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crepe & Penn, Boston Accent Lit, Coffin Bell, Poke, Havik, perhappened, and The Daily Drunk Mag among others.

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Poetry Editor

Tyler Pufpaff

Writer and researcher from India. Two Moviegoers was her first collection. She forays into poetry when at a loss of words and into prose when the world becomes see-through. Several Indian journals and dailies have carried her works including Madras Courier, Muse India, Ethos Literary Journal, Modern Literature, Active Muse, Indian Express etc.

Kalyani Bindu

Poetry Editor

Jasmine Flowers is a well-watered poet and copywriter from Birmingham, AL. She received her BA in English from the University of Alabama. Sometimes she wonders if jasmines are her favorite flowers. You can find her published poems on her website.

Jasmine Flowers

Poetry Editor

Kalyn studies medical anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a writer of poetry and creative nonfiction who uses writing to, as Rilke says, live the questions. She self-published her first book, High Wire Darlings, in 2014. She lives with her partner and their dog Mage, who is a German Shepherd/Gremlin mix. You can follow her work via Twitter @kalynroseanne.

Kalyn RoseAnne Livernois

Guest Editor

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Khalisa Rae is a femme poet, activist, and journalist in Durham, NC, and author of Real Girls Have Real Problems chapbook. Her poetry can be seen in Rust and Moth, Frontier, Knights Library, Crab Fat, Luna Luna, Brave Voices, All Female Menu, Flypaper Lit, Hellebore, Occulum, Terse, Sundog Lit, PANK Tishman Review, the Obsidian, among others. She is the winner of the Bright Wings Poetry contest, Voicemail Poetry Conest, the White Stag Publishing Contest, and a Finalist of the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize. Khalisa is former Managing Equity Editor at Carve Magazine and Writing Center Director at Shaw University. Her debut collection, Ghost in a Black Girls Throat is forthcoming from Red Hen April 2021, and Unlearning Eden from White Stag Winter 2021/22). Follow her k_lisarae.

Khalisa Rae

Fiction Editor

Ceara is a fiction writer based in Northern New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Seton Hall University, and her published work can be found via her website. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found watching movies or playing video games on easy mode.

Ceara Masker

Fiction Editor

Aleksander is a writer of sci-fi and horror. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in psychology. He spends a little too much time watching movies, and especially enjoys the work of Stanley Kubrick. As a board game enthusiast, Aleksander can frequently be found yelling at dice for giving him low rolls. 

Aleksander Fink

Fiction Editor

Lisa M. Croce is a writer of novels, short stories and blogs. Born in the Northeast, she moved to California in 2009 and has been living in Los Angeles since 2015. She received her BA and MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is the Associate Managing Web Manager for Lunch Ticket Literary Journal. She’s using this socially distanced time to read everything she wasn’t able to while in grad school and finishing her manuscript, which has finally become a joy. You can find her on Twitter @missguided_ink and at lisamcroce.com.

Lisa Croce

Fiction Editor

Melissa Boles is a writer, storyteller, and impatient optimist from the Pacific Northwest who recently relocated to Tennessee. Her writing focuses on art, mental health, love, and the human connection. Melissa has been published in The Daily Drunk, Emerge Literary Journal, Stone of Madness Press, and at Fanfare and Sexology on Medium. Her forthcoming chapbook, We Love in Small Moments, will be published through ELJ Editions, Ltd. in May 2021. You can find her at MelissaBoles.com or at @melloftheball.

Melissa Boles

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Nonfiction Editor

Holly Hagman

Holly Hagman is a teacher and writer from a small town in New Jersey. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with her BA in creative writing and her MAT in secondary education. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction at Fairfield University where she has been an assistant editor for Brevity and the nonfiction section editor for Causeway Lit. She enjoys collecting coffee mugs, cuddling her cats, and defending the use of the Oxford comma. Her publications can be viewed on her website.

Nonfiction Editor

Victoria Buitron is a writer and translator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Fairfield University where she was the Associate Editor for Brevity and co-EIC of CausewayLit. Her work has been featured or is upcoming in EntropyBare Life ReviewSpry Lit, and more. She hikes, rock climbs, and goes to movie theaters whenever she needs a break from reading and writing.

Victoria Buitron

Guest Editor

C. Cimmone is an author from Texas. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Versification literary zine. She is alive and well on Twitter at @diefunnier

C. Cimmone

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Art Editor

Charlie Madison Taylor is a poet, essayist, painter, and songwriter from Boulder, Colorado currently living in Buffalo, New York. They earned a BA in Creative Writing and Dance Studies from Knox College in 2016. Learn more by following them on Twitter @carma_t. 

Charlie Madison Taylor

Past Readers

Daisy Brewer

Nguyen Le

Kyla Hanington

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