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Portrait of Nick Walker

Nick Walker — Managing Editor for Autonomous Press

Nick Walker is an author, educator, and speaker, as well as a faculty member at California Institute of Integral Studies and Sofia University, a 6th degree black belt in aikido, and founder and senior instructor of the Aikido Shusekai dojo in Berkeley, California. Nick’s writings appear in The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic ChildrenThe Spoon Knife Anthology, and Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber. He blogs at Neurocosmopolitanism and co-writes the Weird Luck webcomic.

N.I. (Ian) Nicholson — Managing Editor for NeuroQueer Books and Barking Sycamores

N.I. (Ian) Nicholson is the founder and managing editor of Barking Sycamores, a journal publishing neurodivergent literature. Ian’s poetry and essays have appeared in NeuroQueer, GTK Creative Journal, Alphanumeric, Assaracus, and qarrtsiluni. In Summer 2016, Ian earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University. He lives in Central Ohio with his fiancée, who is also his Barking Sycamores co-editor. He blogs at The Teselecta Multiverse and looks forward to the release of his next collection of poems, Time Travel in a Closet.

Dani Alexis Ryskamp in a Criptqiues tee

Dani Alexis Ryskamp — Legal Coordinator; Editor for NeuroQueer Books

Dani Alexis is a Michigan-based writer and editor for our NeuroQueer Books imprint. Between freelance writing projects, she enjoys reading our submissions pile, writing science fiction, and ignoring email requests for contributor bios. She was the editor of Spoon Knife 2: Test Theory and her developmental writing advice has been integral to the work of several of our writers, including both Ada Hoffmann and Michael Scott Monje, Jr. She is also our legal adviser, which primarily involves writing contracts and telling the other partners “here’s how we fix this.”

Athena Lynn Michaels-Dillon — Chief Operations Officer

It was Athena’s business plan that first brought Autonomous Press together, and it was her third novel, the Lambda Literary Finalist Defiant that helped launch our press in our first wave of books. After establishing our production and editorial quality control protocols, she established NeuroQueer Books while finishing The US Book and Imaginary Friends (both written as Michael Scott Monje, Jr.). She is currently working on her newest project, the Puzzlebox Collective Patreon, while handling daily operations and marketing for the press.

Bridget Allen

Bridget Allen — Wholesale & Logistics

Bridget Allen is an autistic writer and activist from North Texas and founder of The Octans Partnership. Ms. Allen writes highly personal stories of disability’s intersection with poverty, feminism, queer culture, and abuse. Her work has been featured on NeuroQueer, the Huffington Post, and her personal blog, ItsBridgetsWord.com. A self-described “perpetual parent”, Ms. Allen has been raising children with varied and complex needs for over thirty years. She currently juggles homeschooling her two youngest children, a love for vegan cooking and baking, and visits from her grandchildren.