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The Litro USA Team
Eric Akoto is the founder and editor in chief 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 divers 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.
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.
Serene Allen is our media designer. She 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
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.
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.
Ana Stavarache, is a Litro designer, Ana came out of the Litro Leadership Program. She is currently studying at Parsons School of Design in an Integrated Design Major. She was born and raised in New York City and is a bilingual, speaking Romanian and English. She plays several instruments, as well as composing her own music.
Litro USA Board
Eric Akoto, FRSACEO & President
Eric is a keen runner and hiker he is the founder of Litro, his passions lie in innovation, fairness and free speech. Eric 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 Hay Festival. He highly recommends a morning meditation to start your day… Hay Festival.
Linda Thomas BrooksAdvisory Board Member
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.
Mark LenskiAdvisory Board Member
With over two decades of public accounting experience, I specialize in corporate and individual income tax planning and consulting. I enjoy educating clients about tax opportunities that can drive growth. When I am not serving clients, I am educating and mentoring staff members. I am always happy to make introductions.
Judy ClainBoard Member
Judy Clain is Vice President, Editor-in-Chief at Little Brown, Judy arrived at Little, Brown more than twenty years ago from a career in the movie business, and since then, she’s never looked back. She has had the great privilege of editing some extraordinary books, all linked by one thing: a great voice. Some of the authors Judy has edited include Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, Jake Tapper, Ayad Akhtar, Sarah Dunn, Peter Godwin, Chigozie Obioma, Lucy Tan, Elin Hilderbrand, and Edna O’Brien. Non-fiction titles Judy has edited include Delia Ephron’s memoir, Left on Tenth, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia, and Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring. New and forthcoming titles on Judy’s list are Andrew Sean Greer’s Less is Lost, Clint Smith’s poetry collection, Above Ground, A Line in the Sand by Kevin Powers, and Kwame Alexander’s memoir, Why Fathers Cry at Night.
Hozefa LokhandwalaAdvisory Board member
Chief strategy officer of VICE Media, leading corporate strategy and business development.
Former managing director and head of content and entertainment in the Media Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan, providing capital markets and mergers and acquisitions advisory services to companies across the media sector. DJ Fesones /Iron Man Productions, DJ, & music producer.
Sara KozakAdvisory Board member
Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production for Investigation Discovery (ID) and discovery + (d+) With more than four decades of experience in the television and streaming industry, Kozak has been at the forefront of some of television's most recognizable and lucrative series and specials.