Ravi Shankar, Executive Director

Ravi Shankar is Poet-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust and the founding editor of Drunken Boat. He has published or edited seven books of poems, including Deepening Groove, Radha Says, Seamless Matter, Voluptuous Bristle, Wanton Textiles, and Instrumentality. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (W.W Norton & Co.), called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared on the BBC and NPR, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong.

Rob Ray, Art Editor

Rob Ray examines technology in public and outdoors spaces. This examination results in interactive public artworks, experimental films and audio works. His most recent interactive work, GETLOST! was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in Cumbria and Lancashire, UK. His video game disguised as ATM, Bucky’s Animal Spirit, was selected for the exhibition at The Lab (San Francisco), and the (re)load exhibition at Antena (Chicago). Rob also collaborates with Jason Soliday and Jon Satrom as a member of the Chicago-based circuit-bent multimedia noise trio I Love Presets. From 1999 to 2008, Rob was founder and head curator of DEADTECH electronic arts center in Chicago, IL. Rob recieved an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Michael T. Bullock, Asst. Art Editor

Michael T. Bullock is a composer, improviser, video artist, illustrator and writer living in Boston, MA, USA. His modes of work include electroacoustic composition, improvisation, drawing, and video. Bullock performs across the US and in Europe, collaborating with a huge range of artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolff, steve roden, Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley of nmperign, Mazen Kerbaj and Theodore Bikel. Bullock’s music has been released by numerous labels including Cassauna, Winds Measure, Sedimental, Grob, 1.8sec, al Maslakh, and Homophoni. He recently completed the first PhD from the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

David Harrison Horton, Managing Editor

David Harrison Horton's paintings, sculptures, sound installations and videos have been exhibited in New York, Berlin, Paris, Caracas, Minneapolis, Oakland and San Francisco.  He is the author of the prose poetry chapbooks Pete Hoffman Days (Pinball) and Beihai (Nanjing Poetry). He edits the zine SAGINAW, and currently lives in Beijing.

Erica Mena, Managing Editor

Erica Mena is a poet, translator, and book artist. She holds an MFA in literary translation from The University of Iowa and is an MFA candidate in poetry at Brown University. Her work has appeared in Vanitas, Versal, Asymptote, Two Lines, Words without Borders, PEN America, The Iowa Review and The Kenyon Review, among others. Her translation of the classic Argentine sci-fi graphic novel The Eternonaut is forthcoming from Fantagraphics. She is the founding editor of Anomalous Press, and blogs at

Emily Vizzo, Assistant Managing Editor

Emily Vizzo is a San Diego writer and educator who recently completed her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. An August 2013 resident at the Vermont Studio Center, her work has recently appeared in FIELD, North American Review, Ellipsis and Jet Fuel Review. Her essay, “A Personal History of Dirt,” was listed as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013. A National Writing Project fellow with the San Diego Area Writing Project, she teaches yoga at the University of San Diego. 

Jesse Saldana, Assistant Editor

Jesse Saldana is finishing his MFA in poetry at the University of Washington. In Seattle he works with Wave Books. Before moving west he attended the University of Virginia, where he ran two reading series, was editor of the lit mag Glass, Garden, and worked with LOOK3. This past summer he worked as a counselor and instructor at U. Va.'s Young Writer's Workshop.

Editorial Assistants

Samantha Leese, Arthur Coleman, Courtney Wells, Mags Webster

Bailey Lewis, Production Editor

Bailey Lewis is a fiction writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa.  She received her MFA from the University of South Carolina and is a former editor of Yemassee Literary Journal.  Her work most recently appeared in Northwind where her story "Seance," won second place in the magazine's fall fiction contest.  Her collaboration with artist Erica Cassill will be exhibited at the 2013 Flying House show in Baton Rouge.  You can find her at

David Kutz-Marks, Production Assistant

David Kutz-Marks teaches literature and creative writing at King’s College and the University of Scranton. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Caketrain, Rattle, The Carolina Quarterly, Silk Road, Western Humanities Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Verse Daily, and others. 

Production Assistants

Jason Teal, Ashley Strosnider, Mike White

Mary-Kim Arnold, Director of Community Outreach

Mary-Kim Arnold’s short fiction has appeared online at Tin House and Wigleaf, and in the print journal, The Pinch. Her poems have been published in burntdistrict, Two Serious Ladies, So and So Magazine, and Sundog Lit. She has also written for HTML Giant, The Lit Pub, and The Rumpus, where she is Assistant Essays Editor. She received her MFA in fiction from Brown University and is studying poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.

Valeria Campilongo, Development Associate
Daniel Godston, Social Media Editor

Daniel Godston teaches and lives in Chicago. His chapbooks include Splice Poems (Argotist Ebooks) and Sonic Textures Triptych (Linguiscope Books), and his writings have appeared in Chase Park, After Hours, BlazeVOX, Versal, Beard of Bees, Drunken Boat, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, Eratica, The Smoking Poet, Horse Less Review, Moria, Apparatus Magazine, EOAGH, Requited Journal, Certain Circuits, Sentinel Poetry, and other publications. His poem “Mask to Skin to Blood to Heart to Bone and Back” was nominated by the editors of 580 Split for the Pushcart Prize. He also composes and performs music, and he directs the Borderbend Arts Collective.

Jamie Townsend, Production and Social Media Assistant Editor

Jamie Townsend is the managing editor of Aufgabe, and Elderly, an emergent hub of ebullience and disgust. He is author of STRAP/HALO (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs; 2011), Matryoshka (LRL Textile Editions; 2011), and THE DOME (Ixnay Press; 2011), as well as the forthcoming long-player SHADE (Elis Press, 2014).

Stephen Lewis, Designer

Stephen Daniel Lewis has writing in Noo Journal, Five Quarterly, and Bluestem Quarterly. He is editor-in-chief of Robot Melon and co-editor-in-chief of Vannevar.

Claire Zoghb, Graphic Designer

Claire Zoghb’s collection, Small House Breathing, won the 2008 Quercus Review Poetry Series Annual Book Award. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press. Her poems have appeared in Connecticut Review, CALYX, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America (The Lebanon Issue), Natural Bridge, Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War, and Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems. She holds an MALS from Wesleyan University. A freelance graphic artist/book designer, Claire lives in New Haven’s Morris Cove neighborhood and works across the harbor as Graphics Director at Long Wharf Theatre.

Michelle Chan Brown, Poetry Editor

Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness and others.

Michelle received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Fellow. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle has received scholarships from  the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. Her chapbook, The Clever Decoys, is available from LATR Editions. She lives with her husband, the musician Paul Erik Lipp, in Washington DC, where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat and co-curates the Cafe Muse series. Find her online at

Andrea Henchey, Assistant Poetry Editor

Andrea Henchey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University, though she’d prefer to hold your hand. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Journal, H_NGM_N, Absent, Other Rooms, Pank, The Scrambler, A River & Sound Review and Forklift, Ohio. Her poem 'The Moon is So Smart' was selected the winner of Smartish Pace's 2012 Erskine J Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Founder of Hartford's 'Inescapable Rhythms' poetry reading series, she recently returned to Connecticut after two years living and teaching in Namibia. Learn more at

Nicholas YB Wong, Assistant Poetry Editor

Nicholas YB Wong is the author of Self Splt (Kaya Press, forthcoming 2014). He is a finalist of Wabash Poetry Prize and New Letters Poetry Award, both in 2012. His work is forthcoming in The Common, Cream City Review, Minnesota Review and Sonora Review.

Poetry Readers

Jacob Harksen, Meghan Dahn, Candy Shue, Douglas Ray, Matthew Hamilton, Subhashini Kaligotla, David Kutz-Marks, Yael Villafranca, Jennifer Lue, Ching-In Chen, Megan Levad, Robert Bruno, John Dudek, Thao Nguyen, Jim Redmond, John Ganiard, Claire Skinner, Noel Mariano

Sybil Baker, Fiction Editor

Sybil Baker is the author of The Life Plan, Talismans, and Into This World. She spent twelve years teaching in South Korea before returning to the States in 2007. She is an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she serves as the Assistant Director of the Meacham Writers’ Workshop. A recent recipient of a MakeWork grant for Chattanooga, she teaches in the first international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong and at the Yale Writers’ Conference. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.

Holly Wendt, Asst. Fiction Editor

Holly M. Wendt teaches writing and literature at Casper College and is the director of the Equality State Book Festival. She is a 2013 recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Jentel Foundation and will be a 2014 Robert and Charlotte Baron Creative and Performing Artist and Writers Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared at Memorious, The Rumpus, Classical Magazine, and others.

Fiction Readers

Garrett Crowe, Mitchell Stocks, Sarah Yu, Jason Stocks, Jenn Lyman, Kathryn Henion, Jeanie Chung, Laura Koons, Racquel Goodison, and Daniel Denecke

Lupe Mendez, Contributing Editor Librotraficante Folio

Originally from Galveston,Texas, Lupe Mendez has lived in Houston for more than a decade, where he works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, the Word Around Poetry Tour, and the Brazilian Arts Foundation to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature, and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. Lupe’s recent work is now part of Flash (University of Chester, England)—the international forum for flash fiction, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, and La Noria Literary Journal. He is a Librotraficante and an MFA Candidate in poetry at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Erin Wilcox, Non-Fiction Editor

Erin Wilcox is a writer, poet, musician, and editor. She is the nonfiction editor for Drunken Boat: An Online Journal of Art and Literature, a former copyeditor for Alaska Quarterly Review, the founding coordinator of the Editorial Freelancers Association’s Arizona chapter, owner of Wilcox Editing Services, and a staff editor at The Editorial Department. Erin's creative work has been featured recently in Praxis: Gender and Cultural CritiquesShort and TwistedSpiral OrbSoundzineStoneboatCold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of AlaskaVeil: Journal of Darker Musings, and in radio broadcasts in Alaska and Arizona. She writes for various trade and scholarly publications, including Copyediting and Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Find out more at and

Amanda Dambrink, Asst. Non-Fiction Editor

Amanda Dambrink studied nonfiction at Brigham Young University and at Ohio University before moving to Madison, Wisconsin where she now works for a medical software company by day and scribbles essays by night. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Prairie Margins, Normal School, Alimentum, and The Iowa Review.

Librotraficante Readers

Cannon Roberts, Christina Saraceno, Gregg Schroeder, Nina Feng, Jeanie Chung, Nicholas YB Wong

Librotraficante Interns

Alexandra Besket, Chris Kaplan

Shira Dentz, Reviews Editor

Shira Dentz is the author of two books, door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), and black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Tilt/Shearsman) and Sisyphusina (forthcoming from Red Glass Books). Her writing has appeared in many journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and New American Writing, and featured online at The Academy of American Poets’ website (, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award and Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Shira has a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Utah, and is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. She is also Drunken Boat's Reviews Editor.  Find her online at