Those Who Are Responsible

Founding Cohort

Nicole Balsamo


Nicole Balsamo is a Creative Writing MFA candidate at the University of Central Florida. She is a fiction writer, and often writes fantasy, science fiction, and supernatural fiction/urban fantasy. She takes an interest in the weird and unknown as a consumer and a creator. The weirder, the better. When not writing, she can be found playing with Luna, her mini Dachshund, replaying Final Fantasy X until the end of time, and being scolded by her boyfriend for pausing television shows and movies to give an unsolicited forty-five minute lecture on the character arc and story progression established in a two-minute scene.

Madison Brake

Writer | Producer | Marketing

Photo by Elle Rene

Madison Brake is an illustrator and fantasy writer interested in animals and the underlying darkness of fairy tales. Her short stories have appeared in The Blackwater Review and Chomp. In 2019, she graduated from Ringling College with a BFA in Illustration and an appreciation for writing. A continual nomad, Madison currently lives in an undisclosed location with her family, pets, and twenty skulls. She works as a freelance artist while pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida.  

Follow her on Twitter: @MadBrake

Rebecca Fox


Rebecca Fox writes short fiction and novels about memory, belonging, and the narratives that shape us, usually through the lenses of fabulism and fairy tale. She also works as a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant. Rebecca created the Write 100 Challenge, a program that encourages and equips writers of all ages and stages with the community, accountability, and resources to reach their writing goals.  

Rebecca received her B.A. from Wheaton College where she studied English – Writing and Biblical & Theological Studies. She currently studies creative writing at the University of Central Florida as a candidate in the MFA program.

Sam Harden


Sam Harden was born in Atlanta, Georgia and made the move as a child to Florida with her family, where she began writing from an early age. She grew up in Gainesville, Florida with her family, including her older sister and her younger brother. Her childhood included a household full of avid readers and her father especially fostered a love for reading in his children. She studied the international baccalaureate program in high school. After high school she moved to Central Florida to study at the University of Central Florida. While getting her undergraduate degree in creative writing, she began a career as a rock climbing instructor, which she now does on the side, along with climbing expeditions of her own. Her one true love besides writing is being a rock climbing instructor, where she is certified by the Climbing Wall Association as a nationally recognized climbing wall instructor. She is continuing her education at the graduate level at the University of Central Florida and has plans to get her PhD alongside continuing her ongoing career in rock climbing instruction. She has been published in several undergraduate literary magazines, like The Susquehanna Review, The Red Cedar Review, and The Cypress Dome.  

Kenneth Nogurea

Audio Engineer

Nicole Pendleton

Podcast Director

Nicole Pendleton writes essays, memoir, and short fiction. In 2019, she received the Outstanding Thesis: Literary Nonfiction from the University of Central Florida for her essay collection about being raised as a latchkey kid. She also received the Outstanding Writer in the Community award for the Write Your Story Workshop. Her poetry has been published in the inaugural issue of the literary journal, Egg.

Nicole is a retired application developer and failed domestic engineer living with her family in Florida. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Central Florida, and a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and The Academy of American Poets.  Follow her on Twitter: @ncballarini.

Marelize Roets

Show Runner. Girl Friday.

Marelize Roets is a born-and-bred South African with a soft British lilt in her voice. She is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Central Florida. She primarily writes flash fiction, short stories, and screenplays. Her favorite genres include psychological horror, historical fiction, and the undermined dramatic suspense between strangers. She has been published in Scarlet Leaf Review and is rapidly gaining her ten thousand hours of experience writing. She lives her life by making bad decisions until someone comes from the future to stop her. 

Follow her on Twitter @MRoetsWritrix and Instagram @marelizeroets 

Becca Rowell

Writer/Producer/Audio Engineer

Rebecca Rowell is a DC-born cat owner that is interested in writing and reading light psychological horror with fantasy elements. She has work published in Boned: A Collection of Skeletal Writings and The Charles Carter: A Working Anthology under her pen name, Eli Rowell. She is a current MFA candidate at the University of Central Florida, where she studies creative writing and collects novelty mugs that have swear words on them.

Find her on Instagram @rowellings and on Twitter @elirowell_.