Susan O’Neill, Vestal Review co-editor since 2000, is the author of two books: Don’t Mean Nothing (Ballantine Books, UMass Press and, more recently, Serving House Books), a fiction collection based on her hitch as an Army operating room nurse during the Viet Nam war, and Calling New Delhi for Free (Peace Corps Writers Books), a slim volume of nonfiction essays, mostly funny, about the way our high-tech world messes with our heads. Her stories and essays have appeared on a great number of obscure literary sites, virtual and print, that other writers read to see if they want to have their stuff published there as well. She’s even won a few prizes and several nominations for this and that. She’s also reported and written humor columns for a couple of weekly newspapers. Her website.

Mark Budman, Vestal Review co-editor and publisher since 2000, was born in the former Soviet Union. His fiction and non-fiction writing appeared or is about to appear in such magazines as Witness, Five Points, American Scholar, Huffington Post, World Literature Today, Daily Science Fiction, Mississippi Review, Virginia Quarterly, The London Magazine (UK), McSweeney’s, Sonora Review, Another Chicago, Sou’wester, Southeast Review, Mid-American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, the W.W. Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, Short Fiction (UK), and elsewhere. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press to wide critical acclaim. He has co-edited flash fiction anthologies from Ooligan Press and Persea Books/Norton. His website.

First Reader Christopher Notarnicola’s work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2017Hotel AmerikaNorth American ReviewSmokeLong Quarterly, and The Southampton Review. He lives in Pompano Beach, Florida.

First Reader Phil Olsen is a short story writer from Liverpool, UK, who enjoys finding the absurd in the everyday. He has a Creative Writing MA from the University of Manchester and has won three flash fiction competitions – Northern Short Story Festival 2017; Writing on the Wall’s WoWFest 2016; and Book Week Scotland 2014. His writing has appeared in Bath Flash Fiction and Flash Fiction Festival and is forthcoming with Comma Press. You can find him online at

Reader David Galef has published over a dozen books, including the novels Flesh, Turning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress (listed by Kirkus as one of the Best 30 Books of 2006); the short-story collections Laugh Track and My Date with Neanderthal Woman (winner of Dzanc Books’ Short Story Collection Award); two children’s books, The Little Red Bicycle by Random House and Tracks by William Morrow Junior; a co-edited anthology of fiction called 20 over 40 (University Press of Mississippi); and the poetry collections Flaws and Kanji Poems (David Roberts Books). His latest volume is Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook (Columbia University Press). His website is, his Twitter handle @dgalef. He’s a professor of English and the creative writing program director at Montclair State University.

Illustrator and Web Designer Angie Kang is an artist and writer living in Providence, Rhode Island. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Porter House Review, Lunch Ticket, Hobart, Star 82 Review, and others. In 2020, she won first place in the Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction, the Kim Arstak Memorial Award for poetry, and the Beth Lisa Feldman Prize in Children’s Literature. Find more of her work at, or on instagram @anqiekanq.