Reckoning is a communal effort. Our editorial staff, in random order:
Mohammad Shafiqul Islam is author of Wings of Winds (debut poetry collection); translator of Humayun Ahmed: Selected Short Stories, and Aphorisms of Humayun Azad. His poetry and translation have appeared in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Poem, Reckoning, Critical Survey, Dibur, Lunch Ticket, Armarolla, Light, SNReview, Bengal Lights, and elsewhere. His work is anthologized in a number of books, including The Book of Dhaka: A City in Short Fiction. A PhD on poetry, he teaches English at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
Born in the USSR, lives in Russia. Always gay, often sad. A human, a mother, a voice.
Danika Dinsmore is a writer, world builder, spokenword artist, finder of lost things, tree whisperer, pronoiac pantheist, intersectional/eco feminist, Hufflepuff. A well-seasoned genetic mutt who has turned to activism as a means of creative expression and creative expression as a means of activism.
Sakara Remmu was first published in 2001 after witnessing a violent crime and police shooting in Seattle. In 2007 she started writing The Sable Verity Social Commentary, and became a regular contributor to local and national online, print and radio outlets. In 2016 Sakara founded Black Owned Media Broadcasting Company (BOMBCo) to create a multimedia journalism and storytelling platform to reclaim the media narratives around the social issues directly impacting the lives of Black and other people of color in Seattle and beyond. Sakara is the Host and Executive Producer of Under the Redline, a miniseries podcast exploring experiences, stories, opinions, and issues historically and actively misrepresented or ignored by local and national mainstream media, and which impact the lives of those in marginalized communities in and around Seattle.
African Heritage/First Nation
Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. Under both names she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, and Sweden, lives in Baltimore with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw. Find her online at arkadymartine.net or on Twitter as @ArkadyMartine.
Johannes Punkt writes with an accent. Previously published in Minor Literature[s], Pamphlets for the Apocalypse, among others. Studies translation at Lund University, Sweden. Email: email@example.com. (Photograph courtesy of Josefin Tollgren.)
Andrew Kozma’s fiction has been published in Escape Pod, Mythic, Daily Science Fiction, and Interzone. His book of poems, City of Regret (Zone 3 Press, 2007), won the Zone 3 First Book Award.
Portrait by Wolf William Say.
Aozora Brockman was raised on an organic vegetable farm in Central Illinois by a Japanese mother and an American father. She is the recipient of the 2015 Jean Meyer Aloe Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and is the author of two chapbooks, The Happiness of Dirt and Memory of a Girl. Aozora’s poems have also appeared in Hermeneutic Chaos, the Cortland Review, Fifth Wednesday, and other journals. Read more of her writing at: .
Michael J. DeLuca is a fernlike, woody perennial native to the Eastern US, found on hilltops and in woodland clearings from Massachusetts to Michigan. Leaves astringent; strongly tannic; used in teas, to flavor ales and as an aromatic smudge. Flowers late summer in cylindrical catkins. @michaeljdeluca; mossyskull.com.
Besides selling thirty-odd short stories (six to Analog!), twenty-some poems and a few comics, Marie Vibbert has been a medieval (SCA) squire, ridden 17% of the roller coasters in the United States and has played O-line and D-line for the Cleveland Fusion women’s tackle football team. Her college coursework was in Environmental Geology but by day she is a computer programmer.
Giselle Leeb grew up in South Africa and lives in Nottingham. Her short stories have appeared in Best British Short Stories 2017 (Salt), Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Black Static, Supernatural Tales, Reckoning, Ambit, Mslexia, and other places. She has placed third in the Ambit, Elbow Room and Aurora (Writing East Midlands) competitions and been shortlisted for the Bridport and Mslexia prizes. She is an assistant editor at Reckoning Journal.http://giselleleeb.com/, @gisellekleeb
Aïcha Martine is a musician, artist and film fanatic who writes in French and English, two of her native languages. Her parents’ occupation brought around the world as a child, and this wanderlust infuses her fiction, nonfiction and her poetry. Her writing can notably be found in Hair Trigger, L’ARgot, Bright Wall/Dark Room, and on Medium, as well as her own website. www.maelllstrom.com, @Maelllstrom