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Mariah Beckman is a Seattle-based writer and editor. A transplant from the cloudless skies and arid heat of the Arizona desert, Mariah spends most of her time trying not to feel soggy. Mariah holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Arizona State University and spends much of her free time with her beau, her family, and her pot-bellied pig, Bebop. When she’s not pretending to know how to knit, she loves to run, hike, kayak, shop, snap photos, and explore the nooks and crannies of the Pacific Northwest.

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Letter from the Editor | January 2018

Issue No. 248 ~ January, 2018

Happy New Year, fair writers, readers and artists! I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our contributors. Your support makes Pif possible, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reviewing, sharing, commenting and sending in your submissions. I …

Letter from the Editor | August 2017

Issue No. 243 ~ August, 2017

Today I’d like to talk a little about cliches, purple prose and other pitfalls that lay in wait for you, valiant writer. But first, a lengthy and rambling aside. In my humble experience, there’s a threshold that most creatives cross before they really begin to …

Letter From The Editor | June 2017

Issue No. 241 ~ June, 2017

  “I have this crushing anxiety every time I submit anything,” I tell this woman–essentially a stranger–sitting across from me. Her brown hair is trimmed into a straight, clean line and she has these beautifully manicured eyebrows, both characteristics which put a sort of regal finish …

Letter from the Editor | February 2017

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

  This month we have some fantastic guest contributors and artists to share with you, gentle reader. Award-winning novelist, game writer and journalist Lisa Brunette shares some of her experience as a writer. Author Trevor Zaples offers his two cents about writing for pay (and sometimes …

Letter from the Editor | January 2017

Issue No. 236 ~ January, 2017

“So what does Pif stand for, anyway?” Bringing new editors onto our team, this is a query I’ve heard a lot lately. It’s a fair question, and one that you might have as well. The simple answer is…(drumroll, please…)…that Pif began as a typo. The word …

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