Charlie J. Stephens is a queer fiction writer and poet living in Northern California. Charlie has lived all over the U.S. as a bike messenger, wilderness guide, bookstore clerk, and seasonal shark diver (for educational purposes only). Charlie is currently a public high school teacher, perhaps the wildest adventure of all.

Charlie recently won second place in The Flexible Persona’s Short-Shorts Editor’s prize, and won first place in The Forge Literary Magazine’s 2018 Flash Fiction Competition. Other written work has most recently appeared in Gravel Literary Magazine, Rappahannock Review, Not Your Mother’s Breast Milk, and “Nothing Short of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story” (Outpost19 Books). Charlie has made the honorable mentions list for Glimmer Train’s short story competitions three times in the past two years.

A non-fiction piece titled, “Me and My Teen Queen” will be part of Original Plumbing’s Ten Year Anniversary Edition to be published by Feminist Press in spring 2019.

Charlie is currently working on a collection of short stories, as well as their first novel.