The Editors

As women writers, we understood that women have more often been causes, or spoils, of armed conflict than actors in their own right—or actors with any rights. Our contributors challenge such assumptions. We hope you enjoy Lock & Load, a collection of literary fiction in which guns play a compelling role. The book was conceived, assembled, and edited by Deirdra McAfee and BettyJoyce Nash.

Deirdra McAfee‘s work appears in Shenandoah, Tupelo Quarterly, Georgia Review, Willow Springs, The Diagram, and others. She’s had residencies at MacDowell, Ragdale, Ucross, VCCA, and others. She earned an MFA at The New School, an MA at Georgetown, and a BA at the University of Florida. She wore six-guns under her church dress, just in case. She’s also fired an MP-5.
Betty Joyce Nash
BettyJoyce Nash won the  2015 F.Scott Fitzgerald and Cville Weekly fiction prizes. Her work has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, the Broad River Review. She’s published journalism and essays  in newspapers, magazines, and  radio. She earned her MFA at Queens, an MSJ at Northwestern, and a BA at Mary Washington. She’s been in residence at MacDowell, Ragdale, VCCA, and Ireland’s Tyrone Guthrie Center.