LEADERSHIP

STAFF

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Lisa Pegram

Lisa Pegram is an acquisitions editor for Jaded Ibis Press. She is also a writer, literary publicist and arts integration specialist. Author of Cracked Calabash (Central Square Press) and Larry Neal Writers’ Award finalist, her poetry and essays have been published by Random House, Black Classic Press, L’Officiel, Atlas Obscura and The Independent, among others. As a developmental editor, she has worked with authors on books that span memoir/autobiographical fiction, creative nonfiction, food writing, and middle grade. As a literary publicist, her mission is to amplify the voices of writers from communities underrepresented in publishing.  She served as DC WritersCorps program director for a decade and has taught creative writing at the college and postgraduate levels. She also has over 20 years of experience in literary program design for such organizations as the Smithsonian Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art and National Geographic. Lisa completed her MFA at Lesley University and has an Executive Certification in Arts & Culture Strategies from UPenn. A Washington, DC native, she is currently based on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.

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Vanessa Daunais is the production manager for Jaded Ibis Press. She is also an avid reader of just about anything. As the production manager, she does nine million things—the range expands even as you read this. She is a wearer of many hats (so far, she likes all of them!). She’s also worn a few hats at INGRAIN Magazine, Hidden Timber Books, and Onion River Press.

Email Vanessa: marketing@jadedibispress.com

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Ashley Perez is the editor of our literary blog, Scarlet. She is also a screen reader, production assistant, and other-hat-wearer. She lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for The Rumpus, The Weeklings, and Midnight Breakfast. You can also find her on Twitter: @ArtsCollide.

Photo credit: Rachael Warecki and Camera RAW Photography

Email Ashley: scarlet@jadedibispress.com

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Crystal J

Crystal J. Hairston is the Creative Designer at Jaded Ibis Press. Crystal is a talented graphic designer based out of Atlanta Georgia. With over a decade of experience working with advertising agencies and small businesses, Crystal creates thoughtful, impactful designs for web, print and social media.

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Anthony Collins is an operations and strategy expert who currently manages the Business Operations team at LeaseLabs by RealPage, a digital marketing company in the multifamily real estate industry. Born and raised in San Diego County, Anthony is passionate about innovating and implementing solutions that have a positive impact on his company and community. He is pursuing his Master of Business Administration at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. He recently received a three-year Foster Emerging Leaders Fellowship, awarded to MBA candidates who have made considerable contributions to their organizations and have the potential to make a significant impact in sustaining and enhancing San Diego’s innovation-driven business community. Anthony also recently received a three-year Rady Scholar Award.
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Kirsten Imani Kasai is a writer, editor, and educator. A devotee of the Gothic, she is the author of three novels: The House of Erzulie (Shade Mountain Press, 2018), Ice Song (Del Rey, 2009) and Tattoo (Del Rey, 2011). Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Transition, Arts & Letters, Existere Journal of Arts & Literature, Drunk Monkeys, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and The Body Horror Book. According to Foreword Reviews, “Kirsten makes the macabre beautiful.”

She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and teaches graduate creative writing, literature, and publishing at San Diego State University and Southern New Hampshire University.

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Lily Hoang is the author of four books, including Changing, recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. She has two novels forthcoming: Old Cat Lady (1913 Books, 2016) and The Book of Martha (Insert Blanc Press, 2017). Her collection of essays A Bestiary won the inaugural Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest and is forthcoming in 2016. With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head and Prose Editor at Puerto del Sol.

Email Lily: lily@jadedibispress.com

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Elizabeth Earley holds an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her stories and essays have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The First Line Magazine, Fugue, Hair Trigger, and Glimmer Train among other publications. Elizabeth is the recipient of the David Friedman Memorial Prize for Fiction, has twice been a finalist for the AWP New Journals Award, has received two pushcart nominations, and was a finalist for the 2011 Bakeless Literary Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel, A Map of Everything, was a debut fiction finalist for the Lambda Literary Prize. Her second novel, Like Wings, Your Hands, won the Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize. It also won the 2019 American Fiction Prize for best LGBTQ novel, was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction by the Publishing Triangle, and was a 2019 Foreword INDIES Finalist.

Email Elizabeth: elizabeth@jadedibispress.com