Our Staff

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Christina Shideler is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hysterical. She received her MFA from The New School, where she was an assistant poetry editor at LIT. Her work has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, They, Flux Weekly, The Seventh Wave, The Ink and Code, Girlboss, and xoJane.


Sam Rae Hall is the Co-Founder and Director of Community Engagement of Hysterical and is a writer, editor, and educator living in Louisville, KY. She holds an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her writing can be found in Brooklyn Poets and The Lake Rises. You can read more at samraehall.com.


Michelle Montalbano is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Hysterical and is a librarian who sometimes writes.



Hysterical is a literary magazine that strives to highlight the diversity of writers who are women, femmes or non-binary people whose work deftly navigates and subverts societal expectations across and between genres, carving out a unique space for voices working to redefine the persistently patriarchal world of literary writing generally and humor specifically.


Hysterical will be a cultural hub for a progressive community of writers and readers where the voices of writers who are women, femmes or non-binary people are celebrated without caveat or reserve through the perspectives showcased in our print and online publications, events, and an active role in ongoing public discourse. 

Our Story

Hysterical is a dudeless literary utopia where we highlight and champion the voices of writers who are women, femmes, and non-binary people. People in the back, in the margins, people who have to fight to get a word in edgewise, people who create whole worlds just to amuse themselves.

We want to reclaim our voices. We want to celebrate people writing against prevailing patriarchal expectations, and against the expectations society places upon them to conform. We want to offer a magazine and a community that says “look at these badasses” because recognition is still minimal. VIDA’s 2016 count showed that only 48% of surveyed publications reach gender parity and we want to do our part to change that. We want to widen what is celebrated in literary circles and society as a whole.

So twice a year we’ll publish an issue, and every issue will have a humor section, because brash, combative, and subversive humor is still marked as the territory of men and because, well, we like it. But we’ll publish it all: cerebral, tragic, daring, experimental. As long as it’s good, powerful, and surprising.

Sound good? We think so. Our first issue launched on October 30, 2018 and our second issue is slated for Spring 2019.

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