Charlie J. Stephens is a queer, non-binary, mixed race writer 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.
In 2020, Charlie’s work appeared in Peculiar, Gold Man Review, New World Writing, Hinterland (UK), Fresh.Ink, and Prometheus Dreaming. A short story titled “I Am a Conservationist” was published in the Sonder Press anthology “The Best Small Fictions 2020”.
In 2019, Charlie won second place in The Flexible Persona‘s Short-Shorts Editor’s prize, and in 2018 won first place in The Forge Literary Magazine’s Flash Fiction Competition. Other stories and poems have 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 is currently working on a collection of short stories, their first novel, and always has a poem or two going.