Cosmonauts Avenue is an online litmag run by POC, queer and trans folks from all over the world. We are dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices and are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to, Black and Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, cis-women, trans people, non-binary people, genderqueer, agender and gender non-conforming, two-spirit, queer people, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, disabled and chronically ill people, and neurodivergent people.
We publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and more; and since our debut in 2015, we have published hundreds of poets, writers, and artists—both established and emerging, in English and in translation.
Cosmonauts Avenue accepts submissions year round; and in staying true with our mission, submissions are free and will always be in order to remain accessible to all contributors. Unfortunately, since we are an entirely volunteer-run magazine, we are unable to pay contributors at this time. However, we strongly believe that writers and artists should be compensated for their words and work, therefore our team is working diligently to find sustainable ways to pay contributors in the future.
Like our namesake which leads its pedestrians to the “Monuments to the Conquerors of Space” we hope our litmag leads you to monuments to the conquerors of the new literary scene.
Bükem Reitmayer, Editor in Chief
Bükem Reitmayer is a Turkish-Canadian writer. Her work has appeared in No Tokens, PANK, Minola Review, and Carousel, among others.
Shastri Akella, Fiction Editor
Shastri Akella worked with a street-theater troupe and at Google for five years and then earned his MFA in fiction at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His works have appeared in Hypothetical Review, The Common, The Rumpus, &Now, Danse Macabre, the Oxford Bookstore e-Author longlist, and The Hindu. His novel, a queer love story about an English musician and an Indian street-theater actor set in 1990s postcolonial India, deals with issues of body shame, gender fluidity, and guilt.
Dina Alqassar, Poetry Editor
Dina Alqassar is a PhD student studying early 17th century poetry with a focus on faith and sexuality.
Franchie Viaud, Assistant Editor
Franchie received her bachelor’s degree in English Lit. from Boston University. It’s two years later, and she’s starting the first year of her MFA in Prose at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Try as she might, she can’t seem to venture beyond The Old Colony State. She enjoys horror movies, steak (well-done like a heathen), tasteful erotica, and occasionally, EDM. She currently resides in Easthampton, MA suffering through remote classes.
Grayson Chong, Assistant Editor
Grayson Chong is a transhistorical Caribbeanist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an artist-scholar, she creates visual art to articulate how early modern ideologies of race and gender influence current attitudes and policies across ethnic groups in the Caribbean. Her research uses transhistorical, feminist, and diasporic approaches to explore how family structures, identity, and womanhood are expressed in visual and musical performances within Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora. Her works have been featured in Contemporary Media Arts Journal (2021) and in the Small Axe Salon special issue on textiles (2021). In her creative life, Grayson is a poet. Her poetry focuses on colonization, creolization, and the bond between grandparents and grandchildren.
Levi Pulford, Assistant Editor
Vera Goodwin-Brown, Assistant Editor
Vera Goodwin-Brown is a public educator, writer, and editor in Western Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College and a M.Ed in Special Education from Lesley University.
Contributing & Past Editors
Madeleine Maillet (Founding Editor), Max Winter (Illustrator)
Aliza Ali Khan (Fiction Editor), Dāshaun Washington (Poetry Editor), Emily Hunerwadel (Design & Anthology), Frankie Barnet (Fiction Reader), Jay Keery (Poetry Editor), Jay Pabaroo (Poetry Reader), Miles A.M. Collins-Sibley (Poetry Editor), Paige Cooper (Fiction Editor)