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ERIC AKOTO [email protected], @eric_akoto Eric is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Litro Magazine. His passions lie in progressive politics, civil & labour rights, freedom of expression, quality & independence in arts and journalism, social enterprise, secularism, good technology, and above all the power of words to connect and bring a level of empathy to different peoples. With a journalistic background his writing has featured in various magazines, and contributed to various books he also comperes at literary events such as the Hay Festival. The first thing he does when visiting a city is to don a pair of trainers and go for a jog around the city. He highly recommends a morning meditation to start your day.
Tara Isabella Burton [email protected] Tara’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc, The Dr TJ Eckleburg Review, Guernica, and more. In 2012 she received the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. She is represented by the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency of New York; her first novel is currently on submission.
ANDREA CALABRETTA [email protected]
Andrea is arguably the most widely travelled amongst us, her curiosity about the world has taken her to five continents, India, Southeast Asia, Iceland, Europe, the Portuguese Azores, Peru, North Africa, Turkey, and beyond. She is also a writer and editor based in Philadelphia, and is our Essays Editor from Philly. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Emerson College in Boston and has taught and tutored writing at universities in the U.S. and overseas. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Plenty Magazine, Your Middle East, Literary Traveller, and elsewhere. She recently spent a year in Tunisia as a Fulbright scholar and is currently at work on a book about her experiences during the so-called Arab Spring.
ZACHARY WATTERSON [email protected] Zachary is a writer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his essays and short stories have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, River Styx, thestranger.com and Commentary Magazine’s 2012 summer fiction issue. His work has received several awards, including a Pushcart Prize nomination and a New Stories from the Midwest nomination. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a 2011 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and fellowships from the University of Washington and the Jentel Artist Residency Program. His essay “Open Late Hours” appeared in Post Road and was selected by Robert Atwan as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013.
SOPHIE LEWIS is Litro Magazine’s contributing editor in Rio. She was Print Editor of Litro Magazine from July 2009 to September 2010. Sophie’s passion for all things Brazil has seen her make the move to Rio and currently lives in Rio de Janeiro. She also translates prose from French to English, writes, interviews, travels and tastes wine. She helped to found the BBC National Short Story Award.
LAURA HANNUM is Litro’s graphic designer. She grew up in California and moved to the UK in 2011. She recently finished her MA in Communication Design at the Winchester School of Art with a distinction. Laura has now returned back to sunny California.