Eric AkotoPublisher & Editor in Chief

Eric Akoto  Eric Akoto is Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts by invitation. Eric established the Warwick University Young Writers competition and has written for various publications and contributed to various books on culture. He is the founder and chief editor of Litro Magazine, a fully-fledged literary and creative arts platform supporting emerging and established writers across the globe. A keen runner and hiker, Eric’s passions lie in innovation, fairness and free speech. He also guest curates and comperes at The Brooklyn Book Festival, The Jaipur Literary and Arts festival, and The Hay Festival. Prior to Litro, Akoto also founded the publishing house Ocean Media Books. Eric, 40, currently resides in New York and London. He highly recommends a morning meditation to start your day.


 Michael Aliprandini Originally from the USA, Michael Aliprandini is Litro Magazine’s Assistant Fiction editor and Storysunday editor, he lives in a mountaintop village near the geographical center of Italy. His writings have appeared in several literary publications, most recently Angry Old Man Magazine (“Have You Seen This Man?”) and Gravel Literary Journal (“After the Assassination”).

Catherine McNamara

Catherine McNamara Flash Fiction Editor, Catherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris at twenty-one to write, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her collection Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize. Her work has been Pushcart-nominated and published in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Australia. Catherine lives in Italy.

Serene Allen

Serene Allen Serene is our media designer. She is based in London and has a wealth of knowledge in creating bold, dynamic and memorable short form content. Her skills include video editing, VFX, colour grading and sound mixing. She has a passion for storytelling & delivering diversity in content.

Sophie Lewis, editor-at-large, Sophie is an editor and a translator working from French and Portuguese into English. In 2016 she co-founded Shadow Heroes, a workshops series for students on critical thinking through translation. Her co-translation of Emmanuelle Pagano’s Faces on the Tip of My Tongue was longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. In 2018 her translation of Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait was shortlisted for the Scott Moncrieff and Republic of Consciousness prizes. Lefebvre and Lewis also collaborated at the Lancaster LitFest in 2019. Poetics of Work is Lewis’s second book-length translation of Lefebvre’s work.


Inés G. Labarta Podcast editor. Inés is a writer and artist born in Madrid. She has a Creative Writing PhD from Lancaster University. She lectures in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire.

Carlene Harris, Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, a seasoned New Yorker, and now adoring London, Carlene is an emotive writer with a passion for creative non-fiction and poetry. She is featured in The Salt Lake Tribune, Ham&High, Balance Garden, Epoch Press and here at Litro where she reads for the Essaysaturday’s section. Carlene holds an MA in Creative Writing & Publishing from City University London. She’s passionate about the presence and promotion of coloured voices and stories in the publishing arena.

Cindy Withjack, Cindy holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham and is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at Lancaster University, where she studies experimental narrative, trauma, and identity. Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, Litro, Women are Boring, Banshee, and Slice where she is also a fiction reader.