Aleksandra Hill, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Aleksandra (Ola) is a Polish-Canadian writer of speculative fiction. She earned a Ph.D. in computational biology from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at the New School. She is also an alumna of the Odyssey Writers Workshop. You can find her on Twitter at @_aleksandrahill.
Rowan Morrison, Editor, Fiction
Katalina Watt, Audio Director
Katalina Watt’s writing was Longlisted for Penguin WriteNow 2020 and has been published in various anthologies and magazines including Haunted Voices, Unspeakable, and Extra Teeth. Katalina is Literature Officer at Creative Scotland and has been awarded Literature Alliance Scotland’s Next Level Award for career development. She previously worked in Audio and Digital for Canongate Books and Hachette, and in event programming for independent bookshops. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University. You can find her on Twitter @KatalinaWatt.
Lian Xia Rose, Editor, Audio
Lian Xia Rose is a Chinese-American writer and podcaster who edits non-fiction by day and imagines new worlds by night. She is a recent transplant to Colorado, where she explores the intersection of queerness, diaspora and collision of cultures. Find her on Twitter @lianxiarose.
Megha Krishnan, Marketing Director
Megha Krishnan originally hails from the coastal shores of Tamil Nadu, India. She is a Communications Strategist and a Multidisciplinary Designer who has held marketing management positions in Higher Education, Nonprofits, and Community Arts Initiatives for almost a decade. She is a 2019 graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and her stories and essays have appeared, or is forthcoming in Paper Darts, Baffling Magazine, Sonora Review, Quarterly West, Zócalo Public Square and elsewhere. She currently lives and works in the Midwest. You can find her on Twitter @emelkrishnan.
Ysabella Maglanque, Social Media Manager
Ysabella Maglanque is a Filipino immigrant that has settled in Vancouver, Canada after many, many moves. When she’s not wrangling the stories stuck in her head into actual words, she can be found learning how to code to create the ultimate multimedia story.
Elaine Ho, Art Director
Elaine is a Singaporean-American illustrator. She holds a BA in Psychology, and nearly sent her application off to law school before pivoting into creating concept art for Universal Studios and Disney VR. Her work is influenced by Renaissance and Baroque mannerism, and she’s drawn to themes of the broken and the beautiful. She has been featured in American Illustration, Spectrum Fantastic Art and Infected by Art. View her work at www.artofelaineho.com, or follow her on Twitter @artofelaineho.
Isaree Thatchaichawalit, Copy Editor
Isaree Thatchaichawalit (she/they) is a Thai-Chinese-American copy editor, TV and film researcher, and fledgling writer living in New York City. She currently works as an archival and story researcher for TV shows and documentaries, including films for PBS. As a reader and writer, she continues to explore the worlds of science fiction and fantasy, with an emphasis on stories written by and about people from historically excluded communities. When she’s not waxing lyrical about the serial comma or looking after her foster cats, you can find her tweeting her feelings at @isareetweets.
Lauren Banka, First Reader
Zhui Ning Chang, First Reader
Zhui Ning Chang (she/they) is a Malaysian editor, writer and theatre practitioner based in London and Singapore. Across all fields, she works to build support, spaces and solidarity with underrepresented communities through storytelling. As a freelance editor, her primary focus is in genre fiction, and she also provides sensitivity reads for a variety of lived experiences. Zhui Ning is an alumna of the Tessera Editorial and POC in Publishing mentorship programmes, and a participant writer on the Tamasha/Hachette publishing course in speculative fiction. In their free time, they paint, make jigsaws, and watch wuxia dramas. You can find them on Twitter @witchywonderer.
Marie Croke, First Reader
Marie Croke is a fantasy and science-fiction writer whose work has been published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and DreamForge Magazine. She’s an Odyssey graduate and a Writers of the Future first place winner. She lives in Maryland with her family, all of whom like to scribble messages in her notebooks when she’s not looking. You can find her online at www.mariecroke.com and on twitter @marie_croke.
Carla B. Estruch, First Reader
Carla B. Estruch is a freelancer translator by day and an editor by night at Asociación Cultural Crononauta. They have translated books by Nnedi Okorafor, Martha Wells, Poppy Z. Brite, Rivers Solomon and Brooke Bolander, among other still-secret-projects, and short stories by authors all around the world. They are always organizing or volunteering for a lot of literary-related non-profit causes. They live in Spain with their partner and two cats.
Nuha Fariha, First Reader
Nuha Fariha is a first generation Bangladeshi immigrant. She is currently attending the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing and dreaming of living in a world with open borders.
Osahon Ize-Iyamu, First Reader
Osahon Ize-Iyamu is a Nigerian writer of speculative fiction. He is a graduate of the Alpha Writers Workshop. He has been published or has work forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Fantasy Magazine, and Strange Horizons. You can find him online @osahon4545.
Patty Nicole Johnson, First Reader
Patty Nicole Johnson is a Black and Puerto Rican content marketer and science fiction writer. In her Chicago bungalow, she weaponizes time travel, holograms, multiverses and more to envision a more equitable society. Her work can be found, or is forthcoming, at New American Legends, On the Seawall, and Midnight and Indigo. Read her work at pattynjohnson.com, or find her on Twitter @pattynjohnson.
Phoebe Low, First Reader
Phoebe Low is a Malaysian Chinese American writer whose work is published or forthcoming in nice places such as Tor.com, Abyss & Apex, Star*line, and Dreams & Nightmares. She is a proud graduate of Viable Paradise, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @_lowpH.
Katarzyna Nowacka, First Reader
Katarzyna is studying media and communication in Cracow, Poland. She is translating manuals for a living, writing queer stories to survive, and advocating for diversity and inclusivity in fiction wherever she can.
Justine Teu, First Reader
Justine is a Brooklyn-based writer working in advertising. She is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at The New School. In writing, her interests include liminal spaces and identity. Off the page, however, she regularly prides herself on keeping her seven house plants alive and not flinching – even once! – at whatever horror movie you throw at her.
Board of Directors
Aleksandra Hill serves as President of the Board of Directors.
Sanam Akhlagh, Director & Treasurer
Sanam Akhlagh is the founder/Executive Director of Pardis for Children. Prior to establishing Pardis for Children in 2011, Sanam served as a consultant for multiple for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental agencies. Sanam has been involved in various fundraising and philanthropic efforts over the years. In 2005, Sanam shot a documentary called “The Iron Cradle” in Iran which was screened at various international film festivals. After becoming a mother in 2009, she decided to pursue her love for early childhood education and community building. She received a certificate in Childcare Management and Early Childhood Education from New York University in the winter of 2011. Sanam earned her BA, cum laude, in Operations Research and received her MA in Engineering and Management Systems from Columbia University in 2003. She has served as the Executive Director of Pardis for Children since 2011 and is responsible for all strategic and operational duties. She is also the president of the board at Pardis for Children and serves on the board of trustees at Brooklyn Children’s museum. Sanam, her husband Morad, and their two sons reside in Brooklyn, New York.
Ploi Pirapokin, Director & Secretary
Ploi Pirapokin was born in Thailand and raised in Hong Kong. She is co-editor of The Greenest Gecko: An Anthology of New Asian Fantasy forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2021. Her work is featured in Tor.com, Pleiades: Literature in Context, Apogee Journal, The Offing, The Bellingham Review and more. A graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, she also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is based in San Francisco.