Asata Radcliffe is a writer and filmmaker. Asata received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Antioch University. She writes fiction, speculative & science fiction, essays, and is a reviewer for Kirkus Reviews. She is also the co-editor for Speculative/Science Fiction.
Jennifer N. Shannon is a writer and artist. She’s authored and published three books and has had short stories and poems published in online literary magazines. Several of her poems have been transformed into visual pieces and three of her poems were recently selected for inclusion in an upcoming anthology on Tenderness.
Speculative/Science Fiction Editor
Chetan Tiwari is a civil rights lawyer, who represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination, police misconduct, prisoner rights and immigration matters. Chetan is originally from Canada and presently lives in Roxbury with his spouse and daughter. He is a diehard sports fan who supports almost all Toronto teams (Go Oilers!). One day he wants to represent NCAA athletes to advocate for their rights to earn a fair wage. Chetan Tiwari also writes short stories and is working on a novel in the genre of science and speculative fiction. His books focus on civil rights and their role in our changing society. Chetan has written several blog posts dealing with the intersection of sports and politics. He also wants to teach his daughter basketball and how to be a dominant force in the paint.
Maria Murriel is a journalist and writer, mostly of short non-fiction, though she dips her toes in the waters of short fiction sometimes. She’s covered immigration, politics and the arts for public radio outfits such as The World, Latino USA and WLRN Public Media in Miami. Her work also appears in NPR’s Code Switch, the Miami Herald and DRAFT Magazine, because she loves beer, and writing about it was actually her first job. Nowadays she produces and edits podcasts and co-hosts her own, Las Cafecitas, about pop culture and being bicultural. She lives in Boston’s Latin Quarter, because there are three Cuban restaurants within blocks of each other, and she grew up in Miami.
Nonfiction & Translation Editor
Marilse Rodríguez-García was raised in Puerto Rico and earned a BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico before relocating to the Boston area. She worked as a teacher, translator, reporter and editor, and then settled into a career as an administrator in public K-12 education. She also holds graduate degrees in library and information science and in public administration. But the heart of her life has been language and reading. She agrees wholeheartedly with Jorge Luis Borges: “‘I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Young Adult/Children’s Editor
Kristin Waites is a writer and editor. She works at The MIT Press, but spends most of her free time reading and writing young adult fiction. She also enjoys yoga, coffee, and eating good food. Kristin lives in Boston, but is a native of Texas, where she grew up and went to school. She has a degree in Professional Writing from Baylor University.
Deanne Battle is an emerging writer from Philadelphia. She is a college instructor and tutor. In her free time, she attends (and gives) poetry readings, hangs out at coffee shops, and generally tries to be a good literary citizen. Additionally, she is a first-year MFA student at the Vermont College of Fine Arts studying Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. Deanne is hard at work on her first novel.
Christopher John (CJ) Ghanny is a writer and mental health advocate currently residing in Boston, MA. CJ writes long-form fiction on themes related to migration and diaspora as well as non-fiction on diasporic identity and visual culture. CJ is a 2015 graduate of Tufts University, where he studied Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies. Currently, CJ works in Boston as a Peer Specialist in mental health care services and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Lesser and Leeward, a publishing startup aimed at emerging Caribbean voices in non-fiction and cultural studies.