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 We are working with our local community on bridging the gap between the millions of authors that go unpublished.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

Tyler Pufpaff

Editor in Chief

Author of A Quarter Life. Tyler's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Torrid Literature Journal, Coraddi, Havik, perhappened, Emerge Literary Journal, and has been anthologized in Poetry Diversified 2019. When he's not reading or writing, he can be found watching mob dramas like The Godfather.

Kalyani Bindu

Poetry Editor

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.

Jasmine Flowers

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.

Ceara Hennessey

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.

Aleksander Fink

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. 

Nguyen Le

Nonfiction Editor

Nguyen is a UNC grad with a degree in biology and a love for creative writing. She's a voracious reader of all kinds of writing, but mainly sticks to poetry and creative non-fiction when it comes to her own work. Besides literature, her favorite things include plants, cats, coffee, and gin. 

Kyla Hanington

Nonfiction Editor

Kyla is a Canadian writer currently living in Maryland. Her work has been broadcast internationally on CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition and has appeared in print in the United States and Canada. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women and her BA at Vancouver Island University. She likes to ride her bike and look at birds.

Holly Hagman

Nonfiction Editor

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 is currently pursuing 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.

Anna Grissino

Anna is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor's in Linguistics. In her free time, she enjoys far-too-in-depth character analyses of Marvel superheroes and running or playing in multiple Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. Her creative passions are matched only by her love of her friends, family, and four-legged companions.

Editorial Assistant

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