Born the son of an unemployed coal miner in a tiny Kentucky Appalachian villa named Big Creek (population 400), Jason fought his way out of the hills to the big city of Lexington. He attended Transylvania University (real school with its own vampire) and received a degree in computer science. Since 2004, he has owned and operated Apex Publications. He is the editor of five anthologies, author of Irredeemable and For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, a three-time Hugo Award loser, an occasional writer, and usually can be found wandering the halls of hotel conventions seeking friends and free food.
Lesley Conner is a writer, social media editor and marketing leader for Apex Publications, and Managing Editor for Apex Magazine. She spends her days pestering book reviewers, proofreading, wrangling slush, doling out contracts, and chatting about books, writing, and anything else that crosses her mind on the @ApexBookCompany Twitter account. Most of her nights are spent with a good book and a glass of wine. Her alternative history horror novel, The Weight of Chains, was recently published by Sinister Grin Press. To find out all her secrets, you can follow her on Twitter at @LesleyConner.
Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Bianca Spriggs, is an award winning poet and multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky, she holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bianca is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, multiple Artist Enrichment and Arts Meets Activism grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Pushcart Prize Nominee. In partnership with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, she is the creator of The SwallowTale Project: Creative Writing for Incarcerated Women. Bianca is the author of Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications, 2010), How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing, 2011), and her work may be found in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently the Managing Editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.
Hannah Krieger has been an avid reader since the age of three. Much of her free time is spent reading any books she can get her hands on. Hannah graduated from Georgetown College with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a creative writing emphasis. She’s a department supervisor at a retail establishment by day and an editor and writer by night. One of her greatest accomplishments is being a minion for Apex Publications. She is also passionate about writing and is looking forward to bringing her ideas to life in the forms of short stories, novels, and poems. Her life goal as an editor is to one day find and edit the next Harry Potter or Jane Eyre. On a typical day, Hannah can be found with her nose in a book, scribbling feverishly away in a notebook, or editing the next latest and greatest manuscript from Apex.
Lisa Shininger was born, lives, and will perhaps die one day. When she isn’t devouring every story in sight or producing the Apex Magazine podcast, she co-hosts Bossy Britches and writes about pop culture on lisashininger.com. She is also a Cleveland Browns fan, despite their best efforts to convince her otherwise. You can follow her on Twitter at @ohseafarer.
Andrea Johnson, Carolyn Charron, Rebecca Hurley, Beth Sutherland, Rodney Carlstrom, Dawn Griffin, Eileen Maksym, Gabrielle Harbowy, Jessica Nelson, Joshua P’ng, Joshua Colwell, Kendall Pletcher, Lindsay Anderson, Lia Mitchell, Lisa Cox, Lisa Bolekaja, Mike Baldwin, Reese Menezes, Amanda Parker, Beverly McPherson, Eliyanna Kaiser, Kelle Dhein, Lauren Smith, Tacoma Tomilson, Zachary Tringali, and Tae Thompson.
Lesley Conner wrangles the submission slush and this group of roustabouts.