FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Julián Esteban Torres López
Joni Chan, Diaspora & Immigration Series
Robin Gow, Being LGBTQIAA+ Series
Aïcha Martine Thiam, Womanhood & Trauma, “Give Us a Smile” Series
Nicole Zelniker, Being Mixed-Race Series
Aïcha Martine Thiam
Julián Esteban Torres López
PROOFREADER & ASSISTANT EDITOR OF PUBLISHING
CNF SUBMISSIONS READER
MEMOIR LOUNGE COLUMNIST
Julián Esteban Torres López is a Colombian-born journalist, publisher, podcaster, and editor. Before founding the nonfiction storytelling organization The Nasiona, he 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 has written two books on social justice. Torres López holds a bachelor’s in philosophy and in communication and a master’s in justice studies from University of New Hampshire and was a Ph.D. candidate at University of British Columbia Okanagan, where he focused on political science and Latin American studies.
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.
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.
ROBIN GOW is a queer writer, editor, and educator based in New York City. Their poetry has recently been published in POETRY, New Delta Review, and THE VASTARIAN, and he is the Editor at Large for Village of Crickets and Social Media Coordinator for Oyster River Pages. An out and proud bisexual transgender man passionate about LGBT issues, he has given LGBTQ+ inclusivity trainings to universities and healthcare networks across the country.
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 eclectic—a 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.
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.
Natalie Gasper is an internationally performed poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Write Launch, The Hickory Stump, The Remembered Arts Journal, Noon 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.
Aïcha Martine Thiam is a trilingual writer, musician, and artist who goes where the waves take her, and an Assistant Editor at Reckoning Press. She will quote obscure film facts at you, unprovoked. Her collection of poems, “AT SEA” was shortlisted for the 2019 Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize. Some words found or forthcoming in: Berfrois, The Rumpus, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Metaphorosis, South Broadway Ghost Society, RIC Journal, Lamplight, TERSE. Journal, Gone Lawn, Truancy Mag, Crack the Spine, Confessionalist Zine, Ghost City Review, Rogue Agent, Boston Accent Lit, Déraciné.
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.
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.