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Since 1999, millions of readers and web crawlers have read https://www.thesatirist.comThe Satirist "America's Most Critical Journal".

The Satirist  features original works of satire, parody, and "news", fiction and poems, essays, as well as serious book reviews, movie reviews.

Contributors to The Satirist include professors from Columbia, NYU, and many other universities around the world, as well as professional writers and journalists for New York Times, LA Times, and other publications.

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Articles in The Satirist have been referenced in books, academic journals, and other publications, including The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Learning Channel, Grantland, Wikipedia, and the National Review, among many others.

The Satirist wishes it were The New Yorker, aspiring to lofty heights of wit, sophistication and perspicacity. While The Satirist does publish satirical news (like  The Onion), we encourage satire in its myriad forms (including poetry).

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Contributors

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Tal Abbady is the author of Awards Season. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, gonomad.com and other publications. She teaches at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

Casey Alexander (A Sandwich to Remember) is an English professor living in Barcelona. She has a BS from Georgetown University and an MFA from Emerson College. She can be reached at CaseyAlexander921 [at] gmail.com.

Simon Apfel (ABNORMAL INTELLIGENCE: Inside Israel’s Elaborate Animal Spy Network) was born into obscurity, the son of a frozen peas importer and a washing machine. Even from a young age, he seemed destined for greatness, urinating on an electric wall panel, and short-circuiting an entire block of flats. His fame soon spread excrementally. As a teenager, Apfel was introduced to Joyce, Dostoyevsky and Michel Houllebeq, and his self-confidence took a knock from which it never quite recovered. Nevertheless, he gradually progressed from being a rough and raw talent to become the polished piece of costume jewellery currently on display. Apfel describes his writing style as “cinematic”. His favourite pastimes include scratchcards, pigeon-kicking and procreation. He also enjoys star-gazing, hair-raising, head-scratching and chin-wagging. Apfel is senior writer at Mama Creative.

Victor Adedayo is the author of Analogies Between Football and Impact Factor (IF) in Academic Publishing.

David Alpaugh is the author of Very Good Eddie! (Limerick for John Edwards), Extreme Literary Makeovers and A funny thing happened on the way to the whorehouse....

Martin Azevedo is the author of New Official Revised Security Password Requirements Update (Version 3). His work has been published on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and RollingStone.com as well as in numerous print magazines.

Lisa Badner's (Wedding Announcements) writing has appeared in many publications, including Mudlark, TriQuarterly, PANK, Fourteen Hills and New World Writing and is forthcoming in New Ohio Review.

Marleen S. Barr (Trump Dreams of Jeannie) is known for her pioneering work in feminist science fiction and teaches English at the City University of New York. She has won the Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction criticism. Barr is the author of Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory, Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond, Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction, and Genre Fission: A New Discourse Practice for Cultural Studies. Barr has edited many anthologies and co-edited the science fiction issue of PMLA. She is the author of the novels Oy Pioneer! and Oy Feminist Planets: A Fake Memoir. 

Jack Belck (Midnight’s Sunshine) is a retired university publications editor who recently started writing for fun again. His work has appeared in The Atlantic and Manhunt.

Jared Bennett (Not the Greatest Generation) is an educator in West Virginia. He can be reached at @Jaredbennett3

Chrissy Benson (Obama Disarms ISIS with His Trademark Smile; "Progressive" Pope Francis Admits He is an Atheist) is a lawyer and writer living in New York City. Chrissy is a regular freelance legal writer for The Maryland Daily Record,  and her short stories and articles have been published in Romantic Shorts, AltVariety, The Binnacle, and Audio Arcadia. She is currently finishing up her first novel, which she aims to release….soon! A two-time marathon runner, Chrissy starts her days by the East River, where she runs every morning. She lives in Manhattan's East Village with her vegan cat, Sammy.

Stephen Bluestone (Healthcare Debate) is a past winner of the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred and has published several volumes of poetry, including The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity.

Rick Blum (Game of Bridge Drops Offensive Words “Trump” and “Spades”; Others Follow Suit) has been chronicling life’s vagaries through essays and poetry for more than 25 years during stints as a nightclub owner, high-tech manager, market research mogul, and alterkaker. His works have appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, The Poeteer, and Bohemia Journal, among others. He is also a frequent contributor to the Humor Times, and has contributed to numerous poetry anthologies. Mr. Blum’s poem, The Inertia of Permanence, was awarded first place in the 2014 Carlisle Poetry Contest. His poem, Tomfoolery, received honorable mention in The Boston Globe Deflategate poetry challenge.

Walter Bowne is the author of Publisher Promotes Hot YA Titles to Middle Schools, Turd Terrorist Hits Popular Waterpark, Local Man Loves Wife Too Much; Nauseates Friends, The Tour of Paradise University and Student Interview at Princeton University.

Adam Braff is the author of "Painter of Light" Banished to Darkness for All Eternity.

Jacob Buckenmeyer (Begging the Question) is a writer, educator and former journalist in Washington state. He holds degrees in journalism and creative writing. His fiction has been published in Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

Alexander Carver (The Proposal Thief; Hooters Take-Out) is a produced playwright and screenwriter, as well as a published author. His short stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Dark Matter Journal, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. He writes and resides in Santa Monica, California, where he is currently producing his first feature film "Naked Yoga", based on his play.

Michael Chaney (The Trumpicule: A Comic) has been published in Michigan Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Los Angeles Review, Minnesota Review, and Prairie Schooner. He lives in Vermont. His latest book on comics is Reading Lessons in Seeing (Mississippi, 2017).




Visit him at https://michaelalexanderchaney.com.

Elena Cherepanov (Alternative Hypothesis of the Oedipus Complex: Little P. Story) is a professor at the School of Psychology and Counseling at Cambridge College.

David Comfort is the author of The Elements of Bile.

James C. Coomer (Trump Shocker: “It was All a Joke”) is emeritus professor of political science and former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mercer University.  He has held university teaching and administrative positions at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, from which he earned a Ph.D,  the University of Houston-Clear Lake where he was the Associate Provost for Curriculum and Research, and at Mercer University.  He is the author or editor of four books and numerous professional articles. 

M.J. Coreil (Smile Your Way to Success) is an anthropologist currently living in Portland, Oregon who writes satires, essays and commentaries about contemporary society and culture.  Some of these are found on her website tropicofcandor.com. Her essay “Soul Repair” recently appeared in Oregon Humanities.

Peter Conroy is the author of Letter to Judge Scalia

Freelance journalist and editor Dana Cook (Don Rickles: Comic viper) has been mining autobiographies and memoirs for 25 years. His collections of encounters with the well-known--literary, political, show biz--have appeared in a wide range of publications including Salon, The Globe and Mail, The Hemingway Review, Nerve and Finest Hour, the journal of the International Churchill Society. A native of Burlington, Vermont, he now resides in Toronto, Canada. Contact: cooks.encounters(at)gmail.com

Jesse Cramer (If Jesus Were a Christian: The Series) is a published, produced, and award-winning writer of fiction, film, and drama. His most recent short film CIRCLES premiered at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy and features a cast of autistic actors. His most recent play CROSS had successful runs in New York City, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. You can read his fiction online at WordRiot and Oblong. He is represented by Paul Young at Principato-Young Entertainment. He is also one hell of a tall guy. 

Manhattan born M.G. Crisci (Donny and Vladdy: A Play) is the critically-acclaimed author of ten books based on true stories or real events in the genres of literary fiction, mystery, love and drama. He is also an internationally-recognized expert on consumer motivation and behavior, and a thought-provoking East-West social activist. He has been elected to Who’s Who in the World 21 times. For more information, visit www.mgcrisci.com

Rick Dewhurst is the author of Inside the Author’s Head: Rick Dewhurst Interview.

A senior lecturer in film and journalism at Penn State University, Boaz Dvir (You Won’t Believe What This Guy’s Doing (and Not Doing!) on Social Media) is an award-winning filmmaker (Jessie’s Dad, A Wing and a Prayer).

David Eisenbach (The De Blasio Solution) teaches presidential history at Columbia University. His latest book One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History was co-authored with Larry Flynt. He lives in New York City.

W. T. Fallon (Trump Proposes Trump Care: Viagra and Plastic Surgery for All) believes if you can’t say something nice, you should say something funny and totally true. She has few marketable skills, but is highly talented in the areas of sarcasm, satire, and snark. For the past several years, she has written for the local Gridiron Show, and this year she started a blog called Sharable Sarcasm. The 2016 election provided so many opportunities for humor that she decided to write her first novel, a political satire called Fail to the Chief, which will be released in September.

Krista Genevieve Farris ("Yes We Can!" - Required Can-Throwing Hits Public Schools) has never thrown a can of food, melon, meat or the like - a remnant of the fact her Catholic mother called it a sin and made her turn off "Bozo's Circus" anytime the clown played with food. Read more from Krista here.

Peter Fenton (“Sexing Up” the Statue of Liberty) is the author of three books: Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist (Simon & Schuster); Truth or Tabloid? You Decide! (Three Rivers Press); I Forgot to Wear Underwear on a Glass-Bottom Boat (St. Martin's Press). He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Mollie Fermaglich (The Lost Letters of Yoko Ono and Heather Mills; Waiting for Barack (a Play in One Act)) is a satirical essayist who has written for Glamour, New York Times, London Times, Mademoiselle, Village Voice, King Features Syndicate and several other magazines and newspapers.  She is the author of Mollie's Rules for the Socially Inept, and two blogs, www.molliesrulesforyou.com and her political satire column for The Times of Israel.

Steven F. Forleo (New Techniques Enhance Student Apathy) is a professor of English at the Community College of Rhode Island, and adviser to the student newspaper, The Unfiltered Lens.

Rfreed (Mad Max Maxes Out His Street Cred In....WHERE DID YOU SAY??????; Othello Rewritten; Shakespeare in Loathing) lives in a Hobbit Hole and is thereby heavily influenced by Tolkien. Unfortunately all he writes is non-fiction so that doesn't work.

Robert Friedman's (Donald Trump Chooses His Own Ego as Running Mate) short stories and humor pieces have appeared in Story Quarterly, Narrative, CAP News, Bongo News, Cosmos and many other publications.

Mark Fritz is the author of The Last Storyteller.

Thomas M. Garrett, Ph.D. is the author of Rules by Which a Great Nation Can Be Turned Into a Small One.

Andrew Geddes is a photographic contributor to The Satirist.

Leonard Glass (Awakening: the Dawn of Breakfast Dessert) is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; although married to a consummate cook and author of three cookbooks, he claims to have avoided obesity "only because she padlocks the fridge."

Scott Gordon (God Seeks Exciting Telecommuting Opportunity)is a fiction writer and independent filmmaker. Most recently Scott was a finalist in Glimmer Train's short story award for New Writers and has stories that appeared or will shortly appear in the Green Hills Literary Lantern (GHLL), Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and Mobius Magazine. In addition to writing fiction, he has written and directed numerous films and television series, including 'Til Death Do Us Part, Searching for Haizmann, and American Authors of the Twentieth Century.

Hank Greenspan (Canada to Close Border to All Americans) is a psychologist and playwright who teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild, a Fulbright scholar, a Harvard grad and--periodically--a mensch. Some of his best friends are Canadian. That may come in handy.

Steven Haas (Lenten Season Diet Plan More Popular than Ever) is a stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and author. He was selected as a Finalist in the 2016 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest and recently published the satirical screenwriting guide The Screenwryter's Toolbox.

Jason Half-Pillow (Back Cover from The Blood Soaked Bed) lives in Vicenza, Italy, where the people speak Italian in what sounds to be a Swedish accent. His writing has appeared in many places, including his computer and on unemployment application forms and at the Santa Cruz, California DMV. His writing has also appeared in the Iowa Review, Hobo Pancakes, The Driftwood Press, the Bicycle Review, and The Paris Review, though in the last case, it was his handwriting: he used the inside cover to practice forging his mother's signature. He is left-handed but plays tetherball with his right.

Philip Hall is the author of NFL to Replace Replacement Officials with Actual Zebras.

Jennifer Hanno is the author of "Don't Forget to Swim". She is the winner of the Empirical Prize for Fiction and has a story forthcoming in Ploughshares. You can read more of her writing on her blog at jenniferhanno.com

Catherine Harnett (An Ode to President Trump on the Occasion of His Inauguration) is a poet and fiction writer from Northern Virginia. She worked for the federal government for over 30 years as a Congressional staffer, a Special Assistant at the Department of State and senior executive in the Department of Justice. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines, and she is the author of two books of poetry. Catherine's fiction has been included in anthologies and journals, and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. She is currently completing a collection of short stories, and has a volume of poetry in the works.

Amie Heasley (The Voice God Gave Her) received her MFA in fiction from Western Michigan University. Her fiction has appeared in Fiction Southeast, Monkeybicycle, Juked, The Boiler Journal and Prick of The Spindle.

Marvin R. Hiemstra is the author of Death of an SUV.

B.J. Hilliard is the author of Clamlet.

Julie Homi (The Golden Source) is an avocational satirist who devoured every dystopian novel she could lay her hands on as a child, never realizing she would one day be living in one. In addition to a Master’s degree in Music Composition, Julie earned a Masters of Library and Information Science, which gave her mad Googling skills for stalking old boyfriends. She makes her living as a musician, currently touring the U.S. and Canada with elitist musical theatre types.

Timothy Hurley is the author of this self-deprecating review of Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Rebekah Iliff (Black Olives Matter) is the Chief Strategy Officer for AirPR, a PR technology company that enables data-driven brands and organizations to measure the impact of their PR efforts. She is currently a columnist for Mashable, Inc., Forbes, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur. Additionally, Rebekah frequently moderates and participates on panels at leading technology and business conferences, and she has presented at countless conferences on the future of PR and big data. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.A. in Organizational Management and Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University at Los Angeles (AULA).

Allen James is the author of The Case for April Fools’ Month.

Janet Josselyn is the author of The Comely Behavior Manual for U.S. Army Generals.

Bill Katz is the author of Ten Ways to Save Water in the California Drought

Juliet Kaufman (Jason Segel Definitely Read All of Infinite Jest before Shooting End of the Tour) is a freelance writer, proofreader, and occasional comedian based in Los Angeles, California. In 2012, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English, and has since worked at a number of random jobs, like a true millennial. She is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade and performs in improv shows here and there. She’s never tried her hand at podcasting. She likes to go to the movies once every two weeks and she always gets popcorn.

An author, journalist and playwright, Elaine Kendall (Reviewese 101; When Did That Happen?) reviewed books weekly for the LA Times from 1980 to 1997. Her books of American cultural history are The Upper Hand; (changing roles of men & women) The Happy Mediocrity; (architecture, clothing, food) Peculiar Institutions; (the beginning of women’s colleges) & Seeing Europe Again (an anthology of travel pieces). The first three were published by Little, Brown & Putnam; the fourth by Capra Press. Her articles have appeared in many national magazines & newspapers, particularly the NY Times & LA Times.

Matt Kolbet (Story: Jesus and the Sea Star) teaches and writes near Portland, Oregon. Recently, his work has appeared in Inklette, Inwood Indiana, and 3 Elements Review. His second novel, Lunar Year, will be out in Autumn, 2016.

Kathleen Kraft's (Hello Kathleen, Your Shopping Cart Is Empty) poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, including Five Points, Sugar House Review, and Gargoyle. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, and her chapbook, Fairview Road, was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press. She lives in Jersey City, NJ, where she is a freelance writer and yoga teacher.

In the course of becoming a poet and psychologist, Andrew Kuhn (In an era of bikes, what John Donne sees, The Philosopher-King of Häagen-Dazs) has sold firewood, rebuilt apartments, done aid work, and worked as a journalist. His poems have appeared in Able Muse Review, Chimaera, The Mailer Review, and other venues; work is scheduled for publication in The Heron’s Nest, Common Ground Review, and Vending Machine Press. Kuhn also conducts interviews with distinguished poets in support of the Katonah Poetry Series, an organization that has brought live poetry readings to Katonah, NY for almost fifty years. Sometimes when he's thoroughly drenched himself in a poet's work, he shakes himself like a dog, and affectionate parodies appear on the wall, which he copies down before they dry and disappear.

Bruce Lader’s (Delicacies to Die For) work has appeared in The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library: So It Goes, Poetry, New York Quarterly, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Harpur Palate, Against Agamemnon: War Poems anthology, and other magazines. Červená Barva Press published Fugitive Hope and nominated “Winter Night Fugue” for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His other books include, Embrace (Big Table Publishing, 2010), Landscapes of Longing (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009), and Discovering Mortality (March Street Press, 2005), a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Winner of the 2010 Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. He has received a writer-in-residence fellowship from The Wurlitzer Foundation, and is the Director of Bridges Tutoring, an organization that educates multicultural students. Author site: http://www.brucelader.com.

Phineas Lambert (Trump Mulls Santa Replacement After St. Nick’s Mysterious Death) has been published over 1,000 times as a journalist, essayist and research assistant in The Deal, The Washington Examiner, and The Village Voice, among others. This is his first piece of satirical news. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.

Kenneth Langer (Trump Bans Non Indo-European Words) recently completed his debut novel, The Bird’s Nest. His reincarnations include Sanskrit scholar (Harvard Ph.D.), university vice president (Brandeis), founding president of an international green building consulting company (EMSI), and aspiring cellist. Ken’s blogs can be found on his website: www.kennethlanger.com/kens-blog.

Derek Langston (David "Avocado" Wolfe Fighting Losing Battle with Chickenpox) was born in Georgia and currently living in North Carolina, but was a long time resident of the Midwest. He graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2010. He divides his time between learning new ways to deconstruct joints in his hobby of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and new ways of fixing them as a practicing PT. He recently decided to pick up the pen after decades of being an avid reader. 

Martin H. Levinson (Top Five New Mental Disorders of 2015; More Special Interest Groups Required; Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition; Baby Boomer Love: Important Dating Questions—Answered) is the author of nine books and numerous articles, plays, and poems on various subjects. He is a member of the Authors Guild, National Book Critics Circle, and the book review editor for ETC: A Review of General Semantics. His website can be accessed at martinlevinson.com.

Ken Levy (Four Weeks into Hillary’s Presidency) is the Holt B. Harrison Associate Prof. of Law at LSU Law School (http://www.law.lsu.edu/directory/profiles/ken-levy/). After finishing his graduate degree in philosophy at Rutgers in 1999, Prof. Levy attended Columbia Law School, then became a miserable lawyer, eventually escaped to Cambridge, Massachusetts to do a two-year fellowship at Harvard Law School, and finally carpetbagged to the Deep South, where he has been living with his two Chihuahuas and an ever-increasing number of rescue dogs. He writes academic articles, chapters, and – soon – books in the areas of philosophy and criminal theory and non-academic articles that are usually leftist and always angry.

Harvey Lieberman, Ph.D. (Long Live Our Gladiators!) is a clinical psychologist and healthcare administrator, who resides in New York City’s suburbs. His essays and cultural commentary have been published in the New York Times, Newsday, and other popular journals. After decades of avoiding football in all venues, he has recently begun enjoying games on TV and feels guilty about it.

Meredith Litt is the author of Endangered English: The Lost Art of Grammar.

Lauren LoGiudice (Bah Humbug: Greta Garbo Reviews Holiday Movies, Garbo on Valentine's Day: A Survival Guide for the Single Girl) is a writer and performer from NYC. Her most recent project, Garbo Dreams, involved Greta Garbo's last days alone in her apartment.

George Logothetis (The Liker) hails from scenic Gary, Indiana. His fiction and journalism have appeared in The Baffler, The Portland Review, The Brownstone Review, Vignette, Speak, Uno Mas, and 1903 Magazine. He lives in the Hudson Valley, where his home, and sanity, are currently being compromised by an invasion of perpetually pecking woodpeckers.

Alan Lord and Karlos Bedoy are the authors of The ISIS BEATLES' Greatest Hits and Great Trump Quotes.

Nick Lotz (Restructure Your Way to Happiness: How to Cope with Social Anxiety and Depression) is a Cleveland State University student majoring in Film & Television studies. He When not attending school, he is a music journalist for AltOhio.com. He has also been published on Cleveland Magazine, has had a short story published in local intercultural magazine The Vindicator, has written two unproduced screenplays and an unpublished novella (which he is currently rewriting), and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Flavian Mark Lupinetti (Fear and Loathing from Beyond the Campaign Trail), a writer and cardiac surgeon in eastern Maine, obtained his MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His stories and poems have appeared in Barrelhouse, Bellevue Literary Review, Cutthroat, The Examined Life, Neon, Red Rock Review, and ZYZZYVA.

Peter McArdle is the author of Fifty Shades of Mayonnaise.

Cameron Hunt McNabb (Jonathan Swift Applies to The Onion) is an assistant professor of English at Southeastern University. She specializes in medieval and early modern drama, and she has published in numerous peer-reviewed and popular venues. Most recently, she published two articles in Salon, "The truth about Internet slang: it goes way back" and "The creation of William Shakespeare: how the Bard really became a legend."

Tariq Mehmood (You Stink, Any Job for Bob) is a novelist and documentary film-maker, who lives and works between Manchester and Beirut. An award-winning writer, he immigrated as a child from Pakistan to England. His first novel, Hand On the Sun, was published in 1983 by Penguin (London). His latest, You're Not Proper, a story of two girls struggling in a town seething with Islamophobia, was published in March 2015 by Hope Road (London). His is the co-director of the multiple award-winning documentary Injustice, a story about people who have died in British police custody. He teaches at University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. His blog is tmehmood.wordpress.com.

Asoka Mendis (Going to Hell) is an Emeritus Professor of Space Physics at the University of California, San Diego.

Corey Mertes is the author of Gristle and Grain - Submission Guidelines.

Steven Michaels (The Frump Who Sold Christmas) was a hopeless and optimistic fool until the recent election.  He is the author of Sweet Life of Mystery: The Misadventures of a Panicky Private Eye, a parody of the genre in case the title didn't give it away! He is currently working on an anthology with other local authors in Western Massachusetts, along with independent work on his grandmother's memoir, which he has vowed not to publish until at least three or four family members forget he exists.

Haley Mistler (NRA Member Forgets Gun at Home During Mass Shooting) is an award-winning designer and illustrator living in Boston, MA. Her website is haleymistler.com.

Jennifer Moses and Stuart Green (Brooklyn Couple Survives House-Hunting Trip to Jersey Suburbs<) are long-time collaborators in the areas of child-rearing, dog walking, and mollifying in-laws. While not busy with such activities, Stuart is a law professor at Rutgers University and author of numerous works on legal theory, including Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age (Harvard U. Press). Jennifer is the author of four books -- two fiction and two non-fiction. Her short work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Southern Review, New Letters, Pushcart Prizes, Best New Stories from the South, Glimmer Train, Commentary, and numerous other publications.

Anna Murray is CEO of emedia, llc., a technology consulting company, and a writer. Her essays have appeared in Vox, Luna Luna, The Reject Pile, The Daily Mail, Soundings Review, Piker Press, Adanna, and The Guardian Witness. Her recently completed new novel is represented by David Black Agency. Her non-fiction title, The Complete Software Project Manager, was published in January 2016 by John Wiley & Sons.

Justin O’Brien (One Family’s Reorganization Plan) is a now-retired survivor of the ad industry and a free-lance writer with scores of published fiction, non-fiction and op-ed articles on diverse subjects in such publications as The Chicago Sun-Times, The Minneapolis Review of Baseball, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Chicago Parent, Sing Out!, Living Blues, The UIC Alumni magazine, The Typographer, and Southern Graphics. In addition he has contributed to The Encyclopedia of the Blues (Routledge Press), Armitage Avenue Transcendentalists (Charles H. Kerr) and Base Paths (William C. Brown). He is currently working on a memoir of the 1968 Democratic Convention riots.

Akash Pandey (Modern Wisdoms) is a creative person currently pursuing his Retail Analyst job, alongside continuing Humour Article writing. His work has been published in different platforms including "Youth Ki AWAZ", and he takes part in the rising Hip Hop culture (innovating new steps in Breaking and Cap Tricks) in the streets of Trivandrum, India.

James Papoutsis (Oxford University Study Reveals Health Benefits of Big Butts, Supporting Controversial 1986 Study by Sir Mix-A-Lot) is a Toronto-based writer and playwright whose work has received numerous arts grants including grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. His work has appeared in North American and International publications.

Phillip Parotti (The New Mayan Math) has published, in addition to three novels, essays and short fiction in a wide variety of little magazines including Southern Humanities Review, Georgia Review and Sewanee Review. Now retired after a long teaching career, he lives in southwestern New Mexico where he continues to write and work as a print artist.

More of Paul Perilli's (Word of the Day: Psephology) improvisational responses to the Words of the Day he receives from Dictionary.com are forthcoming in The Transnational. You can read more of his work at PaulPerilli.com.

Carol Poster (Winning the Fitbit Game) has published two humorous nonfiction books, Skiing! and Unnatural Fauna, with Globe Pequot and translated Aristophanes' Clouds (University of Pennsylvania Press Complete Greek Drama Series) and Plautus' Stichus (Johns Hopkins University Press Complete Roman Drama). After many years of university teaching, she has recently returned to full time freelance writing. Her most recent chapbook of poetry, Returning to Dust, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. 

Tony Powers (Donald Trump to Moderate Upcoming Republican Debate; Alice in Wonderland Calls Republican Tea Party "Stupid" in Historic Press Conference) is a born and dragged-up New Yorker. He has written hit songs, acted in hit movies (Jimmy Two-Times in Goodfellas), produced, directed, written and acted in award winning music videos, released an acclaimed CD, and currently blogs at http://barkinginthedark.com. For a complete overview of his bio see Wikipedia. He greatly appreciates any and all who read and/or listen to any of his works.

Josh Rank (Max and Tony) graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has since had stories published in The Missing Slate, The Feathertale Review, Hypertext Magazine, The Oddville Press, and elsewhere. More ramblings can be found at joshrank.com.

Jon Reiner (GOTCHA!; Let's Talk about Guns) is the James Beard Award-winning author of the memoir The Man Who Couldn’t Eat and the director of the award-winning documentary film Tree Man. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, been nominated for a National Magazine Award and recorded for NPR.

William Craig Rice (Kept Poets Society, Unrequited, Or A Dog His Doggerel, An Atheist’s Lament) has worked as a schoolteacher, auto mechanic, college teacher and president, and federal official. His verse has recently appeared in The Caribbean Writer, The New Criterion, and The Road Not Taken. He lives in Washington, DC.

Leonard J. Rosen is the author of No New Taxes!.

Wallace Runnymede, a former bog-dwelling savage, is a currently ironically-slick denizen of the Anglo-Metropolis. Hailing from the dark and disreputable Celtic-cavernous tradition of dark gallows humour, he is 'deeply offended' by the ignoble mainstream tradition of philosophizing with a hammer...he prefers to humorize with a battleaxe!

Fred Russell (Pro Ball, Voltaire in England, Bleistein at the Royal Ballet, Voltaire in England and Hillary, Barack and John Square Off on a Show That Was Never Seen) is the pen name of an American-born writer living in Israel. His novels Rafi's World (Fomite Press), dealing with Israel's emerging criminal class, and The Links in the Chain (CCLaP), a thriller set in New York with an Arab-Israel background, were both published in 2014. His stories and essays have appeared in Third Coast, Polluto, Fiction on the Web, Wilderness House Literary Review, Ontologica, Unlikely Stories: Episode 4, Gadfly, Cultural Weekly, Ragazine, In Parenthesis, etc.

Connolly Ryan is the author of Because You're an American, That's Why

Starr Sackstein is the author of Seeking refuge in ignorance, education on the rise

Michael Saul is the author of Tweeting the Apocalypse: Dispatches at the End of the World.

Fred Schellart is the artist of the caricature of Dan Geddes and all of the Lost Geniuses (Sazonov, Spielenhammer, et al.), as well as the masthead of The Satirist.

Elliot Scott (U.S. Senator’s Letter to Iran Allegedly Self-Plagiarized) is a management consultant specializing in sales force effectiveness and sales compensation. He can be reached at escott@escottco.com.

Josh Schultz (Psychedelic Re-education: A Policy Proposal for the Incarcerated, Seminary Student Expelled for Unorthodox Beliefs and Punishing Yourself to Health: One Day at a Time) is a ghostwriter, editor, and professional intuitive. You can learn more about his work at his website: www.theliterature.org.

Barry Sierer is the author of US Navy plagued by rash of submarine thefts by children and Survey Finds that Marriage Counselors Poor Spouses.

Dr. Arthur H. Smith (The Great Wall of Pie) is a retired professor of economics now living and writing on a small ranch near the Arizona – Mexico border. He has witnessed the phenomena of the 1960's hippies arising and scattering and now the same with Mexican immigrants to the USA.

SaraKay Smullens is the author of White House Whispers: First Marriage on the Rocks. She is a Philadelphia psychotherapist, activist and best-selling author of Whoever Said Life Is Fair?: A Guide to Growing Through Life’s Injustices and Setting Yourself Free: Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Abuse in Family, Friendships, Work, and Love.

Mark Spitzer (So You Want to Be the President) is the author of 25 books, mostly about fish, but he also writes short stories as a way to deal with the nightmare of reality TV taking over reality. He is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas. More info at www.sptzr.net.

Edward Stanton (The Ugly American Runs for President) is the author of ten books, including the forthcoming novel Wide as the Wind (Open Books Press, October 2016). His books have been translated and published in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Stanton has published short fiction, poems and translations in dozens of magazines and journals in the U.S. and abroad. He has been a Fulbright scholar and has lectured in many countries around the world. Stanton has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he was named Distinguished Alumni Lecturer at UCLA.

Neal Starkman (Congressman Scalise Confesses Accepting ACLU Fee) is the owner of Flashpoint Development, a consulting company located in Seattle, Washington; his website can be found at www.nealstarkman.com. Neal holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology; is the author of numerous books, videos, prevention programs, and magazine articles; and has memorized many of the words in the dictionary, but not in sequence. To help himself focus, he occasionally pretends he’s someone else.

Heather Startup is the author of "What's Next to Go". She earned her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and teaches English at Adventist University of Health Sciences in Central Florida. Her work has appeared in The Copperfield Review.

Alison Stellner (Nationwide Hypocrisy Virus Threatens Human Civility) is a professional content writer and mother of two adult children. By day, she is an Orthopedic Exercise Specialist who brings health and wellness to NASA employees. With muscles pumped and stretched, she retreats to her computer and daily feeds her soul through creative writing via her inspirational blog Daily Perspectives on Facebook and YouTube.

The 2015 Boston Writers’ Room Fellow in Nonfiction and former essays editor for The Rumpus, Tracy Strauss (Top Ten Unanswered Requests Sent By Certified Mail To My Slumlord Who Claims To Have No Email Address) is not known for her satire. She has published memoir and essays in The Huffington Post, Salon, Ploughshares, The Rumpus, xoJane, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, The Feminist Wire, The Dodo, The Southampton Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Beyond the Margins, and other publications. In 2014, Tracy appeared on The Steve Harvey Show as a relationship blogger for The Huffington Post. Bustle has highlighted Tracy as one of eight women writers to follow. Follow her on Twitter @TracyLStrauss and at tracystrauss.com.

K.D. Taylor is the author of The Cosmic Oddball, a book of poetic satires.

Lori Taylor (Kim Kardashian: Face of the New $10 Bill) is a mother, grandmother and a cat-lady who got back in academia at the young age of 48. Having been a fan of political satire for many years, this is Lori’s first satirical publication. Her guilty pleasures are reading Stephen King and watching Alfred Hitchcock movies. She is also a Whovian, who would love to be the first female Dr. Who.

David Toussaint (Why Jake Gyllenhaal is Too Pretty for Oscar; Our Mainstream Media Love Affair with Hillary Clinton!) is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and the author of four books, most recently DJ: The Dog Who Rescued Me.

Lewis R. Tucker (Trump: “Digong’s Got Schlong”) holds a PhD in marketing and a BS in management from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Columbia University. He taught at St. Mary's University, University of Connecticut, Clark University and the University of Hartford, Sultan Qaboos University, the American University of Sharjah and Capella University. His primary interests are in Marketing Management, Global Marketing and Marketing Social Responsibility and Ethics. His work experience includes product management for First National City Bank and service as an officer in the US Army. Finally, he has consulted for a number of companies and obtained numerous research grants.

Don Unger (Club MedFlight: Where Travel is a Dream instead of a Nightmare, Composer Ardith Soames Dead at 65: Founding Figure in Hypochondriacal Realism; Malware: "I’m Not the Bad Guy Here") was born at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital and has spent more than fifty years now touring medical facilities across Europe and the Americas.  He has published about thirty short stories, a handful of poems, hundreds of journalistic pieces, and done a few dozen radio commentaries for local NPR affiliates. He writes the occasional unpublishable novel as well—one of which was his MFA thesis. He was disappointed to discover that his PhD did not earn him a prescription pad.  He accepts that writing is clear evidence of mental illness; he also understands that any relief writing provides is symptomatic and temporary.  He has had a headache since 1990.

Arianna S. Warsaw-Fan Rauch (Letters from Olympus: The Legacy of Explorer Herbert J. Thornehopper) is a free-lance violinist and writer. She is hardly ever employed, but she works tirelessly nonetheless—driven by the narcissistic belief that the world will eventually notice her. She lives in Berlin with her remarkably tolerant German husband, who enables her delusions by laughing at everything she writes, applauding loudly whenever she plays, and working a real job so that she, along with her eventual vizslas and children, can have food and shelter and Jimmy Choos.

Nadia van der Watt is the author of Exploration of Masculinity in Guidoism: A Historical, Gendered Study.

Roderick Vincent’s (I am Batman. I am Superman. I am Tay, the Microsoft Millennial Chatbot) work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Ploughshares, The Nervous Breakdown, The Baltimore Post Examiner, StrayLight and Offshoots. His debut novel, The Cause was published by Roundfire Books, December 2014.

Armed with degrees from Duke University and the University of Michigan Law School, Bob Waldner moved to New York City many years ago to seek his fortune. Not being an adept fortune-seeker, he started writing fiction. His short stories have appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in The Saturday Evening Post, Pinball, theEEEL and Mulberry Fork Review. He continues to practice corporate law in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Erinn, and his two daughters, Maureen and Madeleine. You can find him on the web at www.bobwaldnerbooks.com.

David Weinraub (Mr. Bluster Runs for President) is a former high school principal who used to spray water on kids smoking cigarettes from the auditorium roof. You can get his new novel "Resistance," a WW II story published by Black Rose Writing, at www.davidweinraub.com or at www.blackrosewriting.com.

J.P. Whipple is the author of The Story of Adam and Steve.

Anna B. Wilkes (The Abominable Kitchen) is a current MFA student in poetry at Rutgers-Newark University, where she teaches composition and co-hosts the MFA student reading series.  Her work has been featured in Regardless of Authority and Apogee.

Jeff B Willey is the author of The Occupational Hazards of Occupying.

John Williams is the author of Charity.

E. Wohn (CRAPSHOT: The Future of Irregular Warfare) is a female attorney who spends most of her time trying to get the last word. She is the product of a very large and dysfunctional family and is nailing her 19th year of therapy.

Paul Zakaras (Imaginary Review: of The Wall: If You Fix It, They Won’t Come) has taught literature and writing classes at the University of Maryland, Santa Monica City College, and several other institutions. Currently he's writing innovative book reviews, original obituaries, and imaginary biographies. He expects to continue in this vein until someone tells him to stop.

Jonathan Zimmerman (666 Reasons to Like Donald Trump) teaches education and history at New York University. He is the author of “Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education” (Princeton University Press).

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