About Us

Our Mission

At Midnight Breakfast, we’re looking for writing that will spark a conversation. We want to bring you back to late-night talks with good friends over greasy food. We are excited by fiction, personal essays, cultural criticism, and interviews. We believe in the serious, but we also believe that if you can’t make people laugh, you don’t deserve to make them think. We believe in craft and passion, and we want to support a diverse community of artists that care about these things too. By paying our contributors, we show respect for the process and the challenge of creating original, dynamic work. Let’s share the intriguing and the humorous and the meaningful. Let’s sate our appetite. Let’s go for the gut.


Rebecca Rubenstein

Rebecca likes to make words work. In addition to Midnight Breakfast, she is a freelance writer and editor, bookseller, and is also the former interviews editor of The Rumpus and a former contributing editor for the short-lived but wonderful STET. She resides in San Francisco and can often be found thinking aloud on Twitter. The way to her heart is truly through breakfast (or brunch, if it’s the weekend).

Taylor Pavlik

Managing Editor
Taylor Pavlik is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. His fiction has been published in The Tusk, The Blood Orange Review and Cantaraville, and he’s received some pretty encouraging rejection letters from the Mid-American Review and the Black Warrior Review.

Lauren O’Neal

Senior Editor
Lauren O’Neal is a freelance writer and editor in San Francisco. She has written for publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Rumpus, where she was formerly assistant editor. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal.

Nevan Scott

Art & Design Editor
Nevan is a designer and teacher working with the faculty at General Assembly in New York.

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez lives, writes, and participates in other shenanigans in Los Angeles, California. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor to BLEED (at Jaded Ibis Press) and runs the literary blog, Arts Collide. Ashley’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Weekenders Magazine, BLEED, Drunk Monkeys, The Weeklings, and First Time: An Anthology About Lost Virginity. You can also find her on Twitter at @ArtsCollide.

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Social Media Assistant

Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in writing from USF and a tendency to spill things. She splits her time writing for children and writing for adults, and her debut children’s book, Also an Octopus, comes out October, 2016. Find more of her writing on prettyokmaggie.com.

Submissions Info

We’re currently closed for submissions. For more info on what and how to submit, visit our submissions page.

For all other queries, please drop us a line at hello@midnightbreakfast.com.