Abode Press is a small publishing press focused on bringing stories from marginalized voices to the forefront. We are a diverse team, comprised of talented and passionate creatives, who are working towards creating a more equitable world through literature.
Camille U. Adams is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her MFA from CUNY and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Creative Nonfiction. Camille’s memoir writing is featured in Passages North, Citron Review, XRAY Literary Magazine, Variant Literature, The Forge, Kweli Magazine, and elsewhere. She is querying her full-length memoir while working on another. Camille is a Tin House alum and summer workshop reader. She has received scholarships from Roots Wounds Words, Community of Writers, Kweli Literary Festival, Grubstreet, VONA, etc. Camille can be found on Twitter at @Camille_U_Adams where she spends way too much time.
Julián David Bañuelos is a Mexican-American poet, editor, educator, and translator from Lubbock, Tx. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. You can find his work at www.juliandavidbanuelos.com
Sara Bawany is an award-winning poet, author, freelance editor, clinical social worker, and MFA Poetry student at Texas State University. She published “(w)holehearted: a collection of poetry and prose” in 2018, which won Daybreak Press Publishing’s “Best Poetry Book” award, and her second book, Quarter Life Crisis, will be published in 2023.
Diamond Braxton (she/they) is a queer, mixed-race Black-Xicanx writer pursuing an MFA at Texas State. She has work forthcoming or published in Best Microfiction 2023, Sundress Publication's Best of the Net anthology, The Forge, The Hellebore, and others. She is the Founder of Abode Press, the Editor in Chief of Defunkt Magazine, and a Copy Editor for the Porter House Review. Learn more at www.diamondgizellebraxton.com
Aris Kian Brown is a Houston enthusiast and student of abolitionists. Her poems are published with Button Poetry, West Branch, Obsidian Lit, The West Review and elsewhere. She ranks #2 in the 2023 Womxn of the World Poetry Slam and is the 2023-2025 Houston Poet Laureate. She received her MFA from the University of Houston and currently serves as the Narrative Change & Media Manager at Houston in Action.
Based in LA, Cecilia Caballero, PhD, is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, adjunct professor of Ethnic Studies, and coeditor of the bestselling book The Chicana Motherwork Anthology. She is a 2023 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow and she served as a 2022 Visiting Teaching Artist for the Poetry Foundation. As a teaching artist, Cecilia’s goal is to cultivate more communal spaces of storytelling and healing justice for BIPOC folks. She has taught workshops at East Los Angeles College, Catapult, the Poetry Foundation, San Jose State University, and more. Cecilia is currently writing a memoir and a poetry collection. Twitter: @la_sangre_llama
Beck Guerra Carter (they/she) is a butch poet from Austin, Texas.
They hold an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University. You can find Beck's work in Lavender Review, the lickety~split, Sinister Wisdom, FEED, Defunkt Magazine, and elsewhere.
Rachel Donalson is a queer Filipina writer whose work can be found in 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘦 𝘐𝘵 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴, forthcoming in 𝘗𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘦 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳, and in the cracks that break her mother’s back. In her writing she delves into the dangers of intimacy, betrayals of the body, and liminal spaces that are both physical and conceptual. She is in the final semester of Texas State University’s Fiction MFA.
Gabby Ebertowski is a Chicana poet and artist from South Texas. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Texas State with an interest in Slavic and Chicanx studies. In 2022, she received a fellowship from The Kosciuszko Foundation and spent time volunteering with Ukrainian refugees in Krakow, Poland. She is currently working on making poetry and art more accessible for those incarcerated in the United States.
Sean Enfield is an essayist, poet, gardener, bassist, and educator from Dallas, TX. His debut collection of essays, Holy American Burnout!, is forthcoming from Split/Lip Press in December 2023. You can find his work at seanenfield.com.
C.M. Green is a Boston-based writer and theater artist. Their work focuses on history, memory, gender, and religion. You can find their writing at CatMaxineGreen.com or follow them on Twitter @cmgreenery.
SG Huerta is a queer Xicanx writer from Dallas. They are the author of the poetry chapbooks The Things We Bring with Us (Headmistress Press) and Last Stop (Defunkt Magazine). Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Offing, Split Lip Magazine, Infrarrealista Review, and elsewhere. They live in Texas with their partner and two cats. Find them at sghuertawriting.com or on Twitter @sg_poetry
noam keim (they/them) is a trauma worker, medicine maker and flâneur freak currently based on stolen Lenni-Lenape land known as Philadelphia. They are a Lambda Literary ’22 Fellow, an RWW ’23 Fellow, a Tin House ’23 Fellow and a Periplus ’23 Fellow mentored by Grace Talusan. Their debut essay collection The Land is Holy won the Megaphone Prize 2022 judged by Hanif Abdurraqib and is expected to be published by Radix Media in 2024.
Ra’Niqua Lee writes to share her particular visions of love and the South. She earned an MFA in fiction from Georgia State University in 2018, and she is currently at Emory pursuing a PhD in nineteenth/early twentieth century African American literature with a focus on spatial and Black queer feminist theories. She is the managing editor for the open-access, peer-reviewed research journal Southern Spaces, and she is an assistant fiction editor for Split Lip Magazine.
mónica teresa ortiz is a poet and interdisciplinary artist born and raised in the rural Panhandle of Texas. mónica was a 2022 visiting researcher with the Center for Arts, Design, & Social Research, and their work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Scalawag, and their chapbook, Have You Ever Dreamed of Flamingos?, chosen as a Garden Party Collective prize winner, is forthcoming in 2023.
Tenacity Plys is a nonbinary writer based in Brooklyn, with publications in Hobart, Bullshit Lit, Alien Buddha, Word Gathering, and Defunkt. Xe has been nominated for a Pushcart and a Best of the Net. Xir first novella, Family Curse - Field Notebooks (1880 - 2020) is available now from Bottlecap Press. You can find more of xir work at tenacityplys.com!
Misha Ponnuraju is a Malaysian American writer from Loma Linda, California. She was a Roots.Wounds.Words Nonfiction Fellow in 2023. Her work can be found in Kissing Dynamite Poetry and forthcoming in Shade Literary Arts. Misha will be starting an MFA in Poetry at the Ohio State University in the fall of 2023. Her writing explores conceptions of home, belonging, and love within the apocalypse.
Miranda Ramírez is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and writer born and raised in Houston, Texas. She’s the founder and director of Defunkt Magazine & Press and a literary columnist for Public Poetry. You may find her work in Atticus Review’s–The Attic, Coffin Bell, Cowboy Jamboree, Cutthroat Journal’s anthology: Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century, and Ripples in Space. She is drafting her first novel as an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University.
nat raum (they/them, b. 1996) is a queer disabled artist and writer based on occupied Piscataway land in Baltimore. They have a BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and are a current MFA candidate in creative writing at The University of Baltimore. They are also the editor-in-chief of fifth wheel press and the author of you stupid slut, the abyss is staring back, random access memory, and several chapbooks and photography publications. Find them online: natraum.com/links.
Mariah Rigg is a Samoan-Haole settler who grew up on the illegally occupied island of O‘ahu. Her work can be found in Oxford American, The Cincinnati Review, Catapult, Joyland and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and has received support for her work from VCCA and Oregon Literary Arts. This summer, her first prose chapbook, All Hat, No Cattle will be published as part of the Inch series at Bull City Press. Along with pursuing a PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Mariah is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly and the nonfiction editor at Grist, A Journal of the Arts.
Tanya Sangpun Thamkruphat is a Thai-Vietnamese American poet and essayist. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks, Em(body)ment of Wonder (Raine Publishing, 2021) and It Wasn’t a Dream (Fahmidan Publishing & Co., 2022). Her writing appears in The Orange County Register, Button Poetry, Honey Literary, The Cincinnati Review, Rio Grande Review, and elsewhere. She's a 2023 Kenyon Review alumn. Currently, she lives with her feline overlord and partner in Southern California. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @madamewritelyso.
Addie Tsai (any/all) is a queer nonbinary artist and writer of color who teaches creative writing at William & Mary. They also teach in Goddard College's MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts and Regis University’s Mile High MFA Program in Creative Writing. Addie collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankenstein and Camille Claudel, among others. They earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Addie is the author of Dear Twin and Unwieldy Creatures. She is the Fiction co-Editor and Editor of Features & Reviews at Anomaly, contributing writer at Spectrum South, and Founding Editor in Chief at the LGBTQIA+ fashion literary and arts magazine just femme & dandy.
Kimberly Wolf (she/they) is a poet and bookseller living in Texas. You can find more of her work at www.kimberlywolfpoet.com. You can follow her on Twitter @KimmieWolf.
Michael Zendejas received a Fiction MFA at UMass Amherst. He runs the film blog, The Chicano Film Shelf, and was an inaugural recipient of the Rose Fellowship, a Juniper Fellow, a 2022 winner of the James W. Foley Memorial Prize and was in the inaugural cohort of the Emerging Writers Fellowship. He consults and teaches classes on Fiction, Poetry and Screenwriting via GrubStreet. His work is featured or forthcoming in: Stanchion, North American Review, Unstamatic, Five2One Magazine and elsewhere. He's currently working on a novel!
Annette Zapata is a proud Tejana, born and raised on the Texas-Mexico border in Mission, TX. Working as a Spanish instructor at Lone Star College, she holds an MA in Spanish from Texas State University and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Houston. Her research interests lie in Latinx literature, particularly children and young adult literature, through a decolonial and feminist lens.