The Team


Gisele’s website

A Brazilian native and an author herself, Gisele Firmino earned a BA from Pepperdine University and an MFA in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Aside from her helping SFK authors reach as many readers as possible, Gisele also serves as the Program Coordinator for Queens University of Charlotte’s MFA in Creative Writing, as well as the Managing Editor for Qu: a literary magazine.

ALISON McCONDICHIE: Audio Book Producer

Alison on IMDB

Alison is a musician and sound engineer, currently studying to become an entertainment attorney. She has a deep appreciation for the arts and creativity, and a driving desire to help artists pursue and achieve their creative goals. Within Southern Fried Karma, she assists writers and visual artists through the legal processes of publication in The New Southern Fugitives zine, and produces audio books for SFK Press titles. In whatever work she does, Alison always has the same goal in mind: To spread the gift of creativity.

HAYLEY SWINSON: Copy-Editor and Editor in Chief of The New Southern Fugitives

Hayley’s website

In 2014, Hayley earned a MSc in Prose Writing from the University of Edinburgh, where she pursued her interest in travel writing and was selected to read her short story “Inheritance” at the Edinburgh City of Literature’s Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Now that she’s back in the States, she publishes regularly with local magazines and blogs and has recently completed her MFA in Fiction. Her thesis manuscript is a novel about a young family in coastal North Carolina who experience significant tragedy.

MANDI JOURDAN: Digital Media Specialist

Mandi’s website

Mandi Jourdan graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a BA in creative writing and a minor in classics, and she is currently in the final year of her MFA studies in SIUC’s fiction program. She is the author of LacrimosaVeritas, and the Shadows of the Mind collection, among numerous other publications. She won the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize for Prose in 2019 with her short fiction piece “Inheritance.” The Shadows of the Mind podcast based on her novel series is available on all major audio platforms. She can be found on Twitter (@MandiJourdan) and Instagram (@mandi.jourdan).  

OLIVIA M. CROOM: Book Cover Designer

Olivia’s portfolio


PINCKNEY BENEDICT: Developmental Editor

Pinckney at Southern Illinois University



Eleanor on LinkedIn

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