Eric Akoto, FRSA
CEO & Editor in Chief
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.


Ivy Hughes Ivy.hughes@litrousa.com Digital Strategist, Ivy has been a professional writer since before leaving university and has written and edited numerous national and international publications including the Boston Globe, Interval World, The Inertia, Entrepreneur, Success, Next American City, Rust Wire, the BBC, Ebony, Cleaver, the Eckleburg Press, Conjunctions, Pulp, Scary Mommy and others. Ivy also teaches journalism at Colorado State University…


Anna Binkovitz anna@litrousa.com Senior Manager, Masterclasses and Scholarships. Anna is a poet and organizer holding a B.A. with departmental honors in English from Macalester College and an M.F.A in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Anna’s poetry is a finalist for the 2020 Pameti River Prize from YesYes Books, and has appeared in The Shallow Ends, Atticus Review, Crab Fat Magazine, Beech Street Review, Muzzle Magazine, and elsewhere.


Pamela Hensley Pamela@litrousa.com Pamela is Litro USA’s #StorySunday Editor. She’s a writer, engineer, and frequent traveller (when pandemics aren’t raging). Her fiction has been published internationally in literary journals and anthologies including The Dalhousie Review, the Fieldstone Review, EVENT magazine, The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, and the Antigonish Review. Pamela is a graduate of Western University (London, Canada) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA). She currently lives in Colorado and can be followed on Twitter @pl_hensley and Instagram @pl_hensley.


Christy Hallberg: christy@litrousa.com Christy 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.



Bennett Anderson: Intern bennett@litrousa.com  A Lafayette native and an eleventh-generation Louisiana Creole, Bennett grew up speaking English with his parents and Louisiana French with his grandfather. He is currently studying for an MBA at Oxford University.



Litro USA Board


Eric Akoto, CEO & President

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…


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.


Ben Hartley, Trustee

Ben Hartley is the Executive Director of the National Arts Club, a 120-year-old institution based in New York City working to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts. He is additionally the former Vice President of Ruder Finn Arts & Communications Counselors and former President of Louise Blouin Media.


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.

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