In early 2Screen Shot 2018-10-08 at 3.07.43 PM018, Anna Sears and Eric Fain, with the invaluable programming and design assistance of novelists Sam Gong and Teck Sway-Bien, set up CoEditoria: a secure, private, and invitational online site for sharing completed drafts of long and short creative writing.  You can read our mission statement here. Below you will find summaries of contributors in alphabetical order by first name.

Anna Sears founded and led the non-profit women writers’ group Goddesses We Ain’t: facilitating workshops, booking readings, obtaining funding to publish and to distribute five books. Presently, she uses a detailed daily journal she kept from 1969 to 1984 as a source for the fictions with which she examines her past. Her short stories, essays, and poems have been published in a number of small magazines, including Other Voices.

Eric Fain is a voracious, omnivorous, and retentive reader of almost all genres of fiction and non-fiction. A retired immigration attorney and tax-law specialist, he’s now at work on memoirs of his childhood on a Missouri farm, his 47 years in San Francisco, and his adventures in New York, Montreal, and Hollywood.

Harriet Rohmer is the founder and long-time publisher of Children’s Book Press, the pioneering publisher of bilingual and multicultural picture books (now an imprint of Lee & Low). Her books have won many major awards, including the American Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. She is the author of Heroes of the Environment from Chronicle Books. Her flash fiction and short stories have appeared in print and online magazines, including Louisiana Literature, RumbleFish, Flash Fiction Magazine, Zeek, Pacific Review, Passages North, and the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. Stories from her novel-in-stories, Last of the Refuge Cities, have appeared in print and online magazines. She is completing a novel-in-flashes, Alligator Work, begun when she was an artist-in-residence at Everglades National Park.

Katya “Kate” Rossikhina was born and raised as an only child in a top-secret, closed city in the USSR where she decided as a youngster that forbidden berries were more fun to eat than those her parents allowed her to pick. Resident of the United States for almost a decade, she works as a programmer and loves fashion so much that she has had to create a program to organize her closet.

Sam Gong is an entrepreneur and aspiring writer of speculative fiction. He strives to bridge history and futurism with creative story telling, and to portray a vision of the future that provokes reaction and discussion. His professional career spans government work in Washington DC, expanding a business to London and Europe, and starting a company in Silicon Valley. He’s a regular participant in the San Francisco Writer’s Workshop and has read pieces at LitCrawl 2017 and InsideStoryTime.

Teck Sway-Bien has been a featured writer on Wattpad, the world’s largest online writing community, and in 2016 won one of their annual awards. He is an active campaigner for the UK’s Liberal Democrats, and has written articles for the grassroots blog Liberal Democrat Voice. Living in California, he is a regular at the San Francisco Writers Workshop, and has made appearances at LitQuake, InsideStorytime, and Barely Published. He is currently working on a novel based on his travels in China and his experiences growing up in the UK and South East Asia.

Hannah Custis is a writer, teacher, Ph.D. student, and aspiring mythologist. Her current genre is personal essay/creative nonfiction – she writes about her family, teaching experiences, and adjustment to West Coast life after living in New York City, south Florida, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her work is as yet unpublished but she hopes to remedy that in the near future now that she has joined the supportive community of CoEditoria.