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, book seller, 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 recently appeared in Original Plumbing (Feminist Press), 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 been a finalist for Glimmer Train’s short story competitions three times in the past two years, and was a participant in the juried writing conference at LitCamp in 2019.

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