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Eric Akoto 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 Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts by invitation, Eric also established the Warwick University Young Writers competition and has written for diverse publications and contributed to various books on culture. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Oindrila is Litro's Assistant Managing editor. She has a Masters in Magazine Journalism from Cardiff University, after a brief hiatus, she returns to Litro managing content flow across all its platforms. Her works have been published in Love in Trying Times (anthology), Popshot, Alt Cardiff, Icy Tales, Go With Me, ProdNote.
Sophie Lewis is an editor and translator. 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 long-listed for the 2020 International Booker Prize. She has collaborated and published works with Noemi Lefebvre.
Farhana Khalique is a writer, voiceover artist and teacher from London. Her writing has appeared in This is Our Place, Where We Find Ourselves, Litro and more. Farhana is also a former Word Factory Apprentice Award winner.
Serene Allen 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. email@example.com
Bobby Wilson is Litro's non fiction editor and is a writer and teacher living in Nanjing, China. He has a podcast exclusively about Black literature, The Most Dangerous Thing in America. He will argue with you about basketball, film or hip-hop (or pretty much anything else) until a consensus is reached. It rarely is.
Mustapha Enesi is Litro's digital editor and strategist. He is a short story writer whose work explores grief, longing, sexuality and acceptance. He won the 2021 K&L Prize for African Literature, the Awele Creative Trust Award, was a finalist for the 2021 Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize, Arthur Flowers Flash Fiction Prize and one of his flash fiction pieces will appear in the 2022 Best Small Fictions anthology. His work has also appeared in The Republic, Isele Magazine, Peatsmoke Journal, The Maine Review and The Story Tree Challenge Maiden Anthology among others. He is Ebira and writes from Lagos.
Jane Downs is the book review editor for Litro. Based in Paris, she is a freelance writer and passionate potter. Her audio drama Battle Cries has been produced by the Wireless Theatre Company and is available as a podcast, whilst the story All Dressed Up was long-listed for the Carried in Waves short story award. Other written works have been published by Litro in the UK as well as Pen and Brush and Minerva Rising in the US.
Monica Cardenas is a fiction reader at Litro. She is a PhD candidate and visiting tutor at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she studies non-maternal and ambivalent mothers in literature, and teaches creative writing. Her work has been published in Catatonic Daughters and Litro. She is from Washington, D.C., but resides in London with her partner and rescue Shiba Inu, Dojo.
Carla Scarano D’Antonio
Carla Scarano D’Antonio is a fiction reader for Litro. She obtained her Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and has published her creative work in various magazines and reviews. Alongside Keith Lander, Carla won the first prize of the Dryden Translation Competition 2016 for their translations of Eugenio Montale’s poems. Her short collection Negotiating Caponata was published in July 2020. She worked on a PhD on Margaret Atwood’s work at the University of Reading and graduated in April 2021.
Catherine McNamara is our flash fiction masterclass tutor and editor. Catherine grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris at twenty-one to write, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her recent collection of short stories, Love Stories for Hectic People, was nominated for best story collection for the Saboteur Awards 2021. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Gibbs reads for Litro's fiction submissions. He is the author of two novels: Randall, or the Painted Grape, and The Large Door, and a book-length poem, Spring Journal. He lectures in Creative Writing at City, University of London, and also curates the online short story project A Personal Anthology.
Zadie Loft is Litro's 2023 Editorial Fellow. She is a writer living in London and studying for an MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. She is an avid reader of novels, and is currently writing her own.