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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.


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

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

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.

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. 

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

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 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 OffingSplit Lip Magazine, Infrarrealista Review, and elsewhere. They live in Texas with their partner and two cats. Find them at or on Twitter @sg_poetry

Tyler Auston, T.A., Jones (he/him) is a Black poet/writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelors in English and minor in Creative Writing. He currently works as a middle school ELA teacher and occasional music journalist/podcaster for CentralSauce. Tyler also enjoys playwriting, screenwriting, and poetry. He’s finishing his first poetry compilation, Obsidian Sun

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.



Crystal Odelle (they/she) is a queer trans storyteller, chapbooks editor at Newfound, and author of the novel Goodnight. Their stories have appeared in Split Lip Magazine, Gulf Coast, bedfellows, beestung, Passages North, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. Crystal was a Tin House Scholar and Lambda Literary fellow, nominated for Best of the Net, and anthologized in We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction. She writes RPGs at Feverdream Games and serves as academic and administrative coordinator for the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

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.

Christopher Soriano-Palma was born and raised in Watsonville, CA to Mexican-American immigrants. He graduated with an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and a double BA in English and Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. He is currently a contributor for Reclamation Magazine and has had his writing appear in several publications. He currently lives in Los Angeles, dividing his time between LA and Watsonville.


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!

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 backrandom access memory, and several chapbooks and photography publications. Find them online:

Hana Rivers is a writer, editor, and educator living in Brooklyn. She is a 2023 Periplus fellow, and her work has appeared in DREGINALD, The Los Angeles Review of Books, High Country News, and elsewhere. You can find her online at @__proseb4bros.

Rashi Rohatgi is the author of two novellas, Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow, and Sita in Exile, and the English translator of the seminal Mauritian novel Blood-Red Sweat (Lal Pasina). Her reviews can be found in Waxwing, Aerogram, DesiLit, Africa in Words, Wasafiri, World Literature Today, and other venues; her poetry and prose can be found in The Best Asian Poetry, Midnight Breakfast, No Contact, Electric Literature, and more. She is a neuroatypical American desi Norwegian academic whose work has been enriched by Bread Loaf, Tin House, VONA, and Roots, Wounds & Words.

Isaac Salazar (he/him) is an Austin-born and Houston-based multidisciplinary artist. His work has appeared in orangepeelCathexis Northwest, and The Acentos Review. He is a first-year Ph.D. student in the English department at Rice University pursuing studies in Mexican American literature and the environmental humanities. 

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 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. 

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