Julián Esteban Torres López

Joanna Staniszewski

Joni Chan
Aïcha Martine Thiam
Patrick Johnson

Aïcha Martine Thiam
Nicole Zelniker

Katlego Tapala

Kate Felix
Debra Groves Harman

Susanna Barlow

Natalie Gasper
Patrick A. Howell
Andrea Lynn


Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Executive Director

Julián Esteban Torres López is a Colombian-born journalist, researcher, writer, and editor. Before founding The Nasionahe ran several cultural and arts organizations, edited journals and books, was a social justice and public history researcher, wrote a column for Colombia Reports, taught university courses, and managed a history museum. He’s a Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions nominee and 1st place winner of the Rudy Dusek Essay Prize in Philosophy of Art. He has authored several books, including Marx’s Humanism and Its Limits, which was BookAuthority’s Best New Socialism Book of 2018, and Reporting on Colombia: Essays on Colombia’s History, Culture, Peoples, and Armed Conflict (forthcoming, 2019). 

Go here to inquire about his editing services.

Twitter: je_torres_lopez

Managing Editor

Joni Chan is a Philippine-born, Los Angeles-raised writer living in Queens, New York. She primarily writes about gender and class struggles among immigrants. A librarian by training, she works for a non-profit software company and advocates for ethics, inclusion, and diversity in technology. She is an MFA candidate at Bennington College.

Twitter: @heyjonic

Columnist, Memoir Lounge

Susanna Barlow is a full-time writer. Her memoir Not in My House is about her life in a polygamous family and how she overcame the struggle of surviving abuse. It won First Place for Creative Nonfiction in the Utah Original Writing Competition 2017. An excerpt of her book was published in Artists of Utah 15 Bytes in 2018. She enjoys helping other writers with one-on-one writing guidance and as a developmental editor. 

Twitter: susanna_barlow

CNF Submissions Reader

Debra Groves Harman writes creative nonfiction and is the author of forthcoming memoir Dancing in Circles: An Expatriate in Cambodia. A first chapter excerpt won second place with the Oregon Writers Colony 2018 competition. Her creative nonfiction story “Smoke” won third place in that competition, as well. She has taught high school English for fifteen years, and before that lived in Cambodia, where she and a partner established a publishing company that was highly regarded for nearly two decades. Debra has a B.A. in English from University of Oregon, and an M.Ed. from Portland State University, as well as a Cambridge certification in teaching ESL.

Facebook: @debragrovesharman

Twitter: @harmanygroves


NICOLE ZELNIKER is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and an editorial researcher with The Conversation US. Her work has appeared on The Pulitzer Prizes website and in USAToday and Yes! Weekly, among other places. A creative writer as well as a journalist, Nicole has had several pieces of poetry published including “Cracks in the Sidewalk” (Quail Bell Magazine) and “Surge” (The Greenleaf Review), as well as three short stories, “Last Dance” (The Hungry Chimera), “Dress Rehearsal” (littledeathlit), and “Lucky” (Fixional). Zelniker’s book, Mixed, is a work of non-fiction about race and mixed-race families.

Follower her on Twitter and Instagram.

Art Director

Joanna Staniszewski is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based interior designer and artist who believes great design lives in the sweet spot where inspiration and function intersect. Her aesthetic is fresh, organic, and eclectica juxtaposition between raw + refined, playful + polished. Formally trained as a painter, Joanna’s continued practice as an artist influences her eye for color with both modern and historical art references.

Instagram: @thehumblepalace

Proofreader and Assistant Editor of Publishing

Katlego Tapala is a freelance copy-editor and sometimes writer based in Tshwane, South Africa. She has a diploma in Interior Design and is currently studying towards a degree in Linguistics and English Studies. In her past life she was an interior design consultant, bookseller, bookstore manager, and marketing coordinator for a publishing house.

Twitter: @tapalakat

Instagram: @janiecrawford22


Natalie Gasper is an internationally performed poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Write Launch, The Hickory Stump, The Remembered Arts JournalNoon by Arachne Press, and ellipsis…literature & art, amongst others. She works as an interviewer and reader for The Nasiona, and is an editorial intern with a prominent New York literary agency.

Twitter: @nataliegasper

CNF Submissions Reader

Kate Felix is a writer and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Her work can be found in Room Magazine, Litro Magazine, and Reflex Fiction, among others. Her short films have been featured in over thirty festivals and her screenplays are finalists or award winners in several competitions. She was awarded second place in the Susan Tiberghien Prize for Creative Nonfiction and her short story “Female Jockeys” was a finalist in the Literary Taxidermy competition. She has been shortlisted for several fiction prizes. She is the nonfiction editor for Cauldron Anthology and a reader for Tishman Review, Cease Cows, and The Nasonia.

Twitter: @kitty_flash

Managing Editor, Producer

Aïcha Martine Thiam is a trilingual writer, musician, artist, and an Assistant Editor at Reckoning Press. She will quote obscure film facts at you, unprovoked. Some of her fiction and nonfiction can be found on The Rumpus, Medium, Lamplight, Metaphorosis, and Bright Wall/Dark Room, among others.

Twitter: @Maelllstrom

Managing Editor

Patrick Johnson received an M.A. in Fiction Writing from San Francisco State University. He worked as a content writer for the sex-positive books and culture website The Rumpus, was Managing Editor for the international literary magazine Fourteen Hills, and was Media Director for the creative writing nonprofit So Say We All. He’s also an augmented reality thought leader and Founder and CEO of Paper Rock Reality.


Andrea Lynn‘s writing is activated by an eccentric curiosity that collects ideas and details. The training and temperament of a journalist, her natural inquisitiveness is concentrated on exploration of the human capacity to remember and to forget. She dreams of an empathetic collective.


Patrick A. Howell is an award-winning banker, business leader, entrepreneur, and writer. Howell is a frequent contributing writer to the Huffington PostTishman Review‘s Craft Talk series, Into the Void, and is a Good Men Project Blue Box Columnist. His first work was published with the UC Berkeley African American Literary Review and Quarterly Black Book Review. At Cal Berkeley, he co-founded Diatribe—a People of Color News Collective. Howell’s integrated book of poetry-design, Yes, We Be, was published by Jacar Press in February of 2018. He graduated from the Leopardi Writer’s Conference in Recanati Italy to complete work on Quarter ’til Judgement Day, a coming of age experimental fiction work.

Twitter: @patrickanthony