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Shanille MartinFounding Editor, Director of Publicity     

Shanille Martin is a Black writer based in Brooklyn, NY, but born on the beautiful island of Jamaica. 

Shanille received her BA in Creative Writing and Psychology from Purchase College. After graduating, she worked as an Assistant Creative Writing Instructor at Writopia Lab, while also editing for Radish Media. 

 

Shanille is featured in various magazines and publications such as Italics Mine, Gandy Dancer, News Week, et al.

 

Shanille is seeking out memoirs, personal essays, comics, and erotica works that explore sexuality, the mind, the self, and the human connection. Ultimately, she wants personal and intimate stories that capture the experiences of women of color.

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Kiana Livingston, Contributing Editor

Kiana Livingston is a poetess, playwright, screenwriter, actress, and activist based in Washington, DC. After graduating from Purchase College at SUNY with her B.A.'s in Creative Writing and Playwriting & Screenwriting, she works incessantly to develop her surrealist narrative voice. After founding the art collective USAF (Us As Fuck), she focused her work towards fighting social justice issues faced by people of color through fantasy. A true child at heart, it is through strange and imaginative worlds that she is able to understand and dissect the world around her. 

Kiana currently serves as the Narrative Director for the emerging immersive theater company, Silver Dream Productions, which focuses on exploring the societal issues in our own reality through entering an alternate cyber-verse. 

If you’ve got any plays or fantasy suggestions of any medium, send it her way. You also can’t go wrong with a good murder or white collar crime podcast.

Ashley Imanë, Founding Editor, Managing Editor

Ashley Imanë (ee-mahn-ee) is a Caribbean-American writer from Brooklyn, New York. During her time at Purchase College at SUNY (and during her descent into the world of Fanfiction and Wattpad), Ashley was a Poetry Editor for Italics Mine Literary Magazine, a Children’s Managing Editorial/Production Intern for Simon & Schuster, a Writing Instructor's Assistant for Writopia Lab, and recently, an intern for Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc. 

 

In 2019, after earning her B.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction Concentration), she began her pursuit of a career in publishing. A natural busy-bee, you can find her either teaching middle school ELA lessons, feeling the burn in weekend dance classes, freelance editing by request, working on Brown Sugar, or fangirling over her favorite novels. 

 

Ashley loves to read Young Adult, New Adult, and Women’s genre fiction. Specifically, she loves all types of romance, paranormal, fantasy, suspense, and/or fiction that delves into deep themes such as grief, loss, identity, struggle, and other sensitive topics in current events and today's political climate that are overlooked within the black community. 

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