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Eric Akoto, FRSA
CEO & Editor in Chief [email protected], @eric_akoto A keen runner and hiker Eric Akoto is the founder of Litro, Eric’s passions lie in innovation, fairness and free speech. Eric Akoto is Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts by invitation. Akoto founded the Warwick University Young writers competition and has written for various publications and contributed to various books on culture. He also guest curates and comperes at festivals such as The Brooklyn Book Festival, The Jaipur Literary and Arts festival (the largest in the world) and The Hay Festival. He is the founder and editor of Litro Magazine a fully fledged literary and creative arts platform supporting emerging and established writers in across the globe. Founded in London by Akoto over 15 years ago. Prior to Litro Akoto was the founder of the publishing house Ocean Media Books. He is 40 years old and currently resides in New York and London. He highly recommends a morning meditation to start your day… Hay Festival.
[email protected] Eduardo has built a career working through periods of transition, which exemplify his capacity to lead collaboratively and creatively to engage teams and communities of supporters in moments of growth as well as transition. Eduardo has also worked to effect change in the broader fundraising and arts nonprofit landscape, by engaging in speaking opportunities on various occasions and classrooms about mentorship, fundraising and arts administration, including panels for NYU Arts Administration, CUNY Cultural Corps, Candid/Foundation Center, Swann Auction Galleries, Comp Day Podcast, Montez Press Radio and participated in funding panels including the Department of Cultural Affairs and other foundations. Most recently, he joined as a member of the CUNY Arts/Cultural Corps Advisory Board and was a participant in the American Express Leadership Academy’s Converge Academy 2019. Eduardo has a deep interest in mentorship and equitable access to arts careers in communities of color, and has recently become a AFA (Americans for the Arts) Diversity in the Arts Leadership Program mentor to further advocate for emerging talents of color. Most recently, he was listed as one of the city’s Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives by Crain’s New York Business.
Serene Allen [email protected]
Serene is our Media designer & she is based in London with a passion for creating bold, dynamic and memorable short form content. Her skills include video editing, VFX, colour grading and sound mixing. She a passion for storytelling & delivering diversity in content.
Barney Walsh [email protected]
Barney is Litro Magazine’s Assistant Fiction & #Storysunday Editor. Barney Walsh is a graduate of the University of Manchester’s MA in creative writing whose stories have appeared in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7, The Big Issue in the North: Award for Short Fiction 2013, Unthology 4, The Warwick Review, Unthology 7, Inky Needles’ Celebrity and Speed, and Shooter Literary Magazine.
Pamela Hansley [email protected] Pamela Hensley is a Canadian writer living in Colorado. Her fiction has appeared online and in journals including The Dalhousie Review, EVENT Magazine, Litro, Montreal Writes, the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology and the Fieldstone Review. She is currently writing a novel inspired by the life of Vancouver photographer Fred Herzog.
Katie McClimon: Intern[email protected] Katie grew up in New York City and recently graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in English and Psychology. She has a strong passion for creative writing, specifically poetry, and just finished writing a collection of poems for a senior project. Currently, she lives at home in New York.
Christy Hallberg:[email protected] Christy Alexander Hallberg is a Teaching Professor of English at East Carolina University in North Carolina. She is Senior Associate Editor of North Carolina Literary Review. Her stories and essays have appeared in journals like Eclectica and Fiction Southeast. Her novel, Searching for Jimmy Page, is forthcoming from Livingston Press.
Litro USA Board
CEO, President @eric_akoto
Maria Salvatierra, Chair Woman
With more than 15 years of global arts experience in Spain, the UK, and the US, Maria joined Litro as its Chairwoman. Maria headsup the Business Development and Marketing for Wilson and Butler Architects in Boston and Miami. Maria was part of the marketing team at the Royal Academy of Arts (London, UK) and promoted some of the most popular art exhibitions in the world.
Tess O’Dwyer, Trustee
Tess O’Dwyer runs an eponymous arts and culture advisory agency in New York City. She holds a Masters in Literature from Rutgers University. She served as co-editor with Doris Sommer (Harvard)
of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas (Routledge) for The Americas Society when she was Vice President of Cultural Affairs. She is proud of her board service to Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative, The Evergreen Review, Ars Interpres Stockholm, PEN American Center, and Academy of American Poets.
Linda Thomas Brooks, Trustee
Linda Thomas Brooks Is President and CEO of the The Association of Magazine Media, she has spent her career at the intersection of media, consumer behavior and technology. She has developed media and marketing strategies for many well-known brands and companies, including General Motors, GEICO, The American Cancer Society, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente and Experian. Her experience serving both businesses and consumers covers a wide-range of media disciplines and capabilities, including digital and emerging media; data and analytics; media strategy, buying and planning.
Christine Bave, Treasurer
Christine is a Managing Director and investment analyst in the Global Liquid Credit platform covering issuers in the industrials sector. Christine joined Apollo in 2016 and, prior to that, was a Principal at Halcyon Asset Management for three years covering similar industries. Prior to joining Halcyon, she was a Vice President in the Distressed Group at Barclays Capital. Prior to business school, she was an Associate in High Yield Research and an Analyst in Leveraged Finance at Wachovia Securities. Christine Bave graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University with a BA in Mathematical Economics and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Robert J. Reicher, Trustee
Has over 30 years legal practice – the offices of Robert J. Reicher advises clients on a variety of corporate and intellectual, he received his B.A. Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania (1977) and JD from Columbia University (1980), where he served on the board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review. He possesses expertise in the area of trademark and copyright registration and licensing as well as the purchase and sale of intellectual property assets. He is admitted to practice in New York and California.