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Portrait of Nick Walker

Nick Walker — Managing Editor for Autonomous Press; Quality Control

Nick 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 — Developmental Editor; Author Marketing

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 Chamber, and her developmental writing advice has been integral to the work of several of our writers, including both Ada Hoffmann and Athena Lynn Michaels-Dillon. She is also our the partner who takes point on author communication and orientation, which primarily involves finalizing contracts, educating writers about our publishing process, and providing author marketing solutions.”

Athena Lynn Michaels-Dillon — Chief Operations Officer; Digital Marketing

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. Athena is prolific and contributes to the press and other outlets under a number of pen names.

Bridget Allen

Bridget Allen — Chief Financial Officer; Warehouse Manager

Programmed to be a mid twentieth century housewife with a second wave feminist veneer, B. Allen gleefully disappoints. Since the 1980’s, in venues ranging from indie weeklies to the Huffington Post, Allen has been writing highly personal stories of disability’s intersection with poverty, feminism, queer culture, and abuse. Keyword searches to find B. include: autistic, chronic illness, intersex, parenting, transgender, and queer.