Our Partners

Our Partners

Portrait of Nick Walker

Nick Walker — Coordinating Editor for Autonomous Press

Nick Walker is an author, educator, and speaker, 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. Books in which Nick’s writings appear include 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  — Coordinating Editor for NeuroQueer Books; Managing Editor, 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 Autonomous Press editor for our NeuroQueer Books imprint. In between freelance writing projects, she enjoys reading our submissions pile, writing science fiction, and ignoring email requests for contributor bios. Next year, she will be the lead editor on Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber. 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; NeuroQueer Horizons Series Editor

Michael Scott Monje, Jr. is the pen name of Athena Lynn Michaels-Dillon, the ringleader of the Puzzlebox Collective. Michael/Athena’s prior projects include the Shaping Clay blog, as well as the Shaping Clay series of novels, Mirror Project, and The US Book. Her work has appeared in Neuroqueer: The Journal, Barking Sycamores, and other venues. Athena coordinates the marketing and production labor on every book to ensure the behind-the-scenes support for our creative talent is in place for every release.

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.