Eric Akoto, FRSA, CEO & Editor in Chief. A keen runner and hiker Eric Akoto 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.


Michael Aliprandini Michael@litro.co.uk Senior Fiction Editor. Originally from the USA, Michael lives and works in a mountaintop village near the geographical center of Italy. His writings have appeared in several literary publications, most recently Angry Old Man Magazine and Gravel Literary Journal .

Pamela Hensley Pamela@litrousa.com Pamela is Litro USA’s #StorySunday Editor. She’s a writer, engineer, and frequent traveller. 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.


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.


Litro USA Board


Eric Akoto, FRSA, CEO & 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.


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.


Christine Bave, Treasurer

Christine Bave is a Managing Director at Apollo Global Management. She is an investment analyst on the Global Liquid Credit platform covering issuers in the industrials sector. Ms. Bave 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. Ms. Bave graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University with a BA in Mathematical Economics and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Bave resides in New York City and in her free time enjoys tennis, running and a good book.


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 Counsellors 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.


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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