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Readers in Residence — Issue 72

March 13, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome seven talented guest readers in residence for issue 72.

Since issue 69 we have invited writers from around the world to join SmokeLong for a quarterly reading period. Our goal is to ensure that SmokeLong’s editorial process remains inclusive, inviting and spirited. The readers-in-residence for issue 72 will be reading alongside our submissions editors to choose stories for further consideration. Our process also ensures that submitters receive a quick response.


Tang Fei is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her works have appeared in Shanghai LiteratureFlower City and Fiction World. She has written fantasy, science fiction, fairy tales, and wuxia, but prefers to write in a way that straddles or stretches genre boundaries. Many stories have been published internationally and have been included in The Year’s Best Science Fiction in the United States. She has published a collection of stories, The Man Who Sees Whales, and the novel The Unknown Feast.

The English translation of her story “熊貓飼養員/Panda Breeder,” published in SmokeLong Quarterly, was included in The Best Small Fictions 2019. The same year, “Wu Ding’s Journey to the West” won the Speculative Fiction in Translation’s Most Popular Short Story silver medal.  “Spore” was awarded the 2020 Chinese Readers’ Choice Awards (Gravity Awards) for the best short story. She is involved in different art forms such as literary criticism, poetry, installation, and photography.

Fabián Buelvas (Barranquilla, 1985) is the author of La hipótesis de la Reina Roja (2017). His stories and chronicles have been published in El Malpensante, Nexos (México), El Heraldo and Corónica. His novel Tres informes de carnaval won the Premio de Novela Distrito de Barranquilla, Colombia. Currently, he writes about culture in Contexto and Corónica.

A W Earl is a writer and storyteller. They studied English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and hold an MA in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures. They have written for the LGBTQ+ crowdfunding platform Pride Pocket, and their work has been published by Bloodbath Literary Zine, Lighthouse Journal, and The Selkie. They are a judge for The Dracula Society’s 2021 Children of the Night award, and Time’s Fool, their debut novel, was published by Unbound in 2018.

Gillian O’Shaughnessy is a short fiction author from Fremantle in Western Australia where she lives by the sea with her husband, her labrador, Huey and the ghost of her beloved terrier, Jo. She is a Pushcart-nominated writer with work forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly and Night Parrot Press.

Daniel Wiles is a writer from Walsall in the West Midlands, England. He recently completed the Prose MA at UEA as the recipient of the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship. His work has appeared in Electric Reads’ Young Writers Anthology and online at Black Country Arts Foundry. He is currently in the latter stages of work on a novella.

Chantelle Chiwetalu lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Kalahari Review, Kreative Diadem, The Muse, Shuzia Writers, Pride Magazine, and After the Pause. Twitter: @YdenSraie

Tina Tocco is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her flash has appeared in New Ohio Review, River Styx, Crab Creek Review, Passages North, Potomac Review, Italian Americana, and other journalsTina’s work has also been anthologized in The Best Small Fictions 2019 and Best Nonfiction Food (2020). She was a finalist in CALYX’s Flash Fiction Contest and an honorable mention in the River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell.


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