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Leah Angstman

Direct correspondence inquiries
to Deputy Editor Paige Ferro
Leah Angstman is Founder and Editor-in-Chief and gives final editing approval for all work passing across Alternating Current’s desk. She is a historian and transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore, and writes fiction, creative nonfiction, plays, and poetry, generally with a historical bent. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award and was a recent placed finalist in the Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction (Washington & Lee University), Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition (in both Poetry and Fiction categories), Saluda River Prize for Poetry (twice), Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Contest, and West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. She has had 20 chapbooks published, has earned three Pushcart Prize nominations, and serves as a fiction and nonfiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Midwestern Gothic, Atticus Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Slice Magazine, and Shenandoah. Born and raised in Michigan, she is an alumna of Lansing College and Michigan State University and has taught Creative Writing and poetry classes at college level, as well as led writing workshops and been a keynote speaker and panel member for writing conferences. You can find her publications at leahangstman.com.

Paige Ferro
Deputy Editor
Paige Ferro is Deputy Editor at Alternating Current and right-hand woman to the Editor-in-Chief. She is the top dog in the chain of command, so contact her for your specific needs and inquiries if you can’t find your questions answered elsewhere on our website. (General press or operations questions should be addressed to Julia Hy.)

Julia Hy
Relations Director
Book Reviewer

Julia Hy is our Relations Director and an occasional Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. She handles all incoming mail and inquiries for general questions and operations concerns, and she ran our Buffalo Small Press Book Fair table for years before the event closed down. Julia lives in Buffalo, New York, in a small house with one large dog and two mischievous kittens. Returning to school to complete a major in Creative Writing and Illustration, she fills her time with painting and arts of all sorts, writing, editing, and reviewing fantastic works of literature. Find her writings and musings on theycallmesusie.blogspot.com.

Do Nguyen Mai
Funding Director
Book Reviewer
Events Assistant

Do Nguyen Mai is our Funding Director for Alternating Current, a Book Reviewer for The Coil, and a Vietnamese-American poet and musician currently residing in the Los Angeles Area. Contact her for any questions or concerns with fundraising, sponsorships, award funding, or advertising. In her free time, Do can often be found researching Southeast Asian history and teaching Vietnamese to young children. She is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rambutan Literary, a social media manager at The Fem, the interviews editor at Crab Fat Mag, the poetry editor at Persephone’s Daughters, and the visual curator for the journal Half Mystic.

We are seeking volunteers for the following categories:

Artistic, Audio, & Visual Designers
[We are looking for book-cover designers, people good with Photoshop or Gimp who can make marketing materials, posters, fliers, social media banners and share-images, etc., as well as people with video-editing and filming knowledge who can make book trailers, and people with good reading voices, recording equipment, and editing knowledge interested in doing audiobooks. There are some tiny stipends and token payments for some items, depending on book budgets, but they are small, if anything, so consider this volunteer work first and foremost.]

Awards & Microgrants Coordinator
[Must exercise extreme organizational skills. Your job would be to coordinate our processes for our annual writing awards (Electric Book Award, Spark Book Award, Coil Book Award, Luminaire Award for Best Prose, Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, and Charter Oak Award for Best Historical), and for our Microgrants for Marginalized Writers. You’d have to work with spreadsheets, deadlines, contacts, judges, and very meticulously catalog blind submissions and authors.]

Social Media Director (USA only)
[Someone who has a good head for social media. Must act professional and have excellent grammar and editing skills. Can’t be easily baited by trolls. Must be able to handle (and/or learn) Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Ello, Google+, YouTube, and Vimeo, and keep them all updated daily, or handle assistants or others under you who have access.]

Eric Shonkwiler
Acquisitions Editor
Critiques Editor

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to Deputy Editor Paige Ferro
Eric Shonkwiler is Director of Critique Services & Acquisitions Editor at Alternating Current, as well as an occasional Staff Book Reviewer and columnist for The Coil. He is in charge of handling all submissions, critiques, submission readers, and editing for all pieces before they are officially acquired by the press. He joined the team after his debut novel, Above All Men, became Alternating Current’s inaugural Coil Book Award winner, and his submitted short story, “Chindi,” won the 2015 Luminaire Award for Best Prose that led to a contract for Alternating Current to publish his first collection of novellas and short stories, Moon Up, Past Full. He has had writing appear in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. He was born and raised in Ohio, received his MFA from University of California-Riverside as a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, was recently selected as a New River Gorge Winter Writer-in-Residence in West Virginia, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. time zone. Above All Men was chosen as a Midwest Connections 2014 Pick by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and was included as a Best Book of 2014 selection on multiple lists, including The Next Best Book Club, Bent Country, and Chicago Book Review. His second novel, 8th Street Power & Light, a loose sequel to Above All Men, was released by MG Press in October 2016. Eric has taught college-level English and Creative Writing, and has formerly served as Regional Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, a reader for [PANK], and Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor for Crate Magazine: The Journal of UCR (now called Santa Ana River Review). You can find his books and publications at ericshonkwiler.com.

We are seeking volunteer submissions readers for the following categories:

Poetry Editor (USA only)
[Must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of poetry, past and contemporary, and read poetry regularly, especially current popular poetry books and authors. Your job would be to read poetry submissions and communicate with the Acquisitions Editor about acceptances and editing needs.]

Prose Editor (USA only)
[Must have knowledge of and regularly read past and contemporary short stories, flash pieces, essays, memoir, novels, and hybrid. Your job would be to read prose submissions, both fiction and nonfiction, single pieces and full manuscripts, and communicate with the Acquisitions Editor about acceptances and editing needs.]

History Editor (USA only)
[Must demonstrate a love of and knowledge of both history and story. Must be able to spot language and significance in history-themed nonfiction essays, stories, and poetry, and be well-read in historical fiction and poetry, past and contemporary. Your job would be to read history-themed submissions and communicate with the Acquisitions Editor about acceptances and editing needs, in addition to working on final editing for our annual history journal, Footnote.]

YA Editor (USA only)
[Must demonstrate knowledge of the YA (Young Adult) field and be able to identify the language and significance in stories with themes of science, mathematics, engineering, computing, history, and/or invention, with excellent messages for upper-middle school and high school ages. We are not interested in readers of YA romance or YA puberty/growing pain issues or YA vampire fantasy, etc. Your job would be to read YA submissions and communicate with the Acquisitions Editor about acceptances and editing needs.]

Stevie Devine
Publicity Manager
Stevie Devine is Publicity Manager at Alternating Current. All publicity inquiries should go through her, and she will direct them to their respective publicists, if necessary. If you are interested in reviews, interviews, podcasts, hosting material, excerpts, distribution, guest posts, press kits, in-store display kits, or any like promotion pertaining to our books and authors, please direct your inquiry to Stevie. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of New South and a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Nano Fiction, Louisiana Literature, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Austin Review, Joyland, Pembroke Magazine, Cheap Pop, Atticus Review, Fiction Southeast, Treehouse, and Glassworks Magazine. She is the winner of the Nano Prize, Columbia’s Issue 53 Fiction Award, and the Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Prize. Stevie grew up in Pittsburgh and now lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.

Jamie Vincent
Associate Publicist
Jamie Vincent is an Associate Publicist. She handles publicity for various titles and authors on our press. Please only email Jamie if you know for certain that you should be dealing with her directly. All general publicity questions or inquiries should be directed to Stevie Devine, so start your inquiry there.

We are seeking volunteer publicists for the following categories:

YA Publicist (USA only)
[Must demonstrate knowledge of the YA (Young Adult) field and be able to market and promote YA books with our themes of science, mathematics, engineering, computing, history, and/or invention to as wide of an audience as possible. Your job would be to familiarize yourself with our YA Spark imprint series, and to network with connections and people in the YA community to get reviews, enter contests, and seek awards, recognitions, publicity, and opportunities for our YA books.]

Mukethe Kawinzi
Events Coordinator
Mukethe Kawinzi is our Events Coordinator for all Alternating Current events, readings, signings, series, bookfairs, panels, presentations, and conferences. If you are interested in booking an author for a reading or having Alternating Current represented at an event or show, direct your inquiries to her. Mukethe is a product of Liberia, Kenya, and several different corners of these United States. She has worked across the country to expand access to healthy food while remaining dedicated to community development efforts for green spaces. Mukethe currently lives among the palms of South Florida, where she works for an arts incubator to spread the reach and impact of local artists in multiple mediums.

We are seeking volunteer editors for The Coil for the following categories:

The Coil Managing Editor (USA only)
[This is a biggie. We publish one piece every day on our journal, from columns to interviews to essays to booklists to shelfies to audio to book reviews. The Managing Editor would be in charge of making sure it ran smoothly: gathering pieces, reaching out to contacts, handling authors, reading through pitches, editing everything, updating a submission calendar, keeping on people’s butts about deadlines, and handling layout of pieces far in advance. This requires an organized person. If you are the last-minute type, this job is not for you; at the same time, you’ve got to be on the ball to handle last-minute things when they come up, because they do come up constantly. You would also be able to have your own columns or write your own pieces any time you’d like. You’d have two Assistant Editors who help you out.]

The Coil Assistant Editors [2]
[Assistant Editors to the Managing Editor of The Coil. You’d have all of the same duties as above, on a smaller scale, because you’d be assigned what the Managing Editor gave you. Requires an organized person, and someone excited about reaching out to people for pieces that fit certain themes, holidays, current events, literary trends, etc. You would also be able to have your own columns or write your own pieces any time you’d like.]

The Coil Book Reviews Editor (USA only)
[You’d be in charge of the book reviews section of The Coil. This is our toughest section because you have to communicate with all of the book reviewers, make sure they have reviews in on time (especially for forthcoming releases, which should be published on release day), solicit presses and publicists for books that your reviewers are interested in reviewing, and edit the reviews before the Managing Editor can lay them out. You will also be on the publicity lists for presses to notify you if they have new books coming out, or for authors to send you press release info, and you are in charge of sending that information around to the reviewers, and then requesting books if reviewers want them. You would also be able to request books for yourself and write your own reviews, or write your own columns any time you’d like.]

Amanda Jean
LGBT+ Diversity Editor
Direct correspondence inquiries
to Deputy Editor Paige Ferro
Amanda Jean is our LGBT+ Diversity Editor. She handles all LGBT+ material for The Coil and Pride Month, and she is the editor of our LGBT+ anthologies on Alternating Current Press. She is also an editor (and writer) of LGBT+ romance, and when not wrangling manuscripts, writing about the video game industry, or co-hosting the queer romance podcast The Hopeless Romantic with Austin Chant, you can find her watching documentaries, reading too many books on true crime, and caring too much about fictional characters. Find her at amandahjean.weebly.com.

We are seeking volunteer steady content providers for The Coil for the following categories:

Book Reviewers
[Request, read, and review books for The Coil. Must submit one review per month, according to our (really simple) standards. You choose what you read and keep the books; sometimes a book is assigned, but rarely. Token monthly payment on The Coil.]

[Select interviewees in literary, science, history, or current events fields, and interview them for The Coil. Must submit one interview per month, according to our (really simple) standards. You choose whom you interview; sometimes an interview is assigned, but rarely. Token monthly payment on The Coil.]

All queries, pitches, and questions should be sent to our Book Reviews Editor at reviews.acpress@gmail.com. Do not send attachments. Do not query a specific reviewer through our internal system; all queries are sent to all reviewers internally.

Leland Cheuk
Book Reviewer
Leland Cheuk is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil and the author of the novel, The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (CCLaP Publishing, 2015), and the forthcoming collection of stories, Letters from Dinosaurs (Thought Catalog Books). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies, including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bartleby Snopes, The Margins, and elsewhere. He is also an assistant fiction editor at Newfound Journal. He lives in Brooklyn. Find him at lelandcheuk.com.

Laura Citino
Book Reviewer
Laura Citino is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. She is a fiction writer and essayist from southeastern Michigan, and received her MFA in fiction from Eastern Washington University in 2013. Her work has appeared in numerous journals in print and online, including Passages North, Sou’wester, Gigantic Sequins, and cream city review. She is Fiction Editor for Sundog Lit and currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Find her at lauracitino.com.

Jen Corrigan
Book Reviewer
Jen Corrigan is a Staff Book Reviewer and columnist for The Coil. A nominee for the 2017 Pushcart Prize, she is a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa, and Fiction Editor for 3Elements Review. Formerly she worked as an editorial intern at the North American Review and served as a jury member for Mash Stories. Her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Heather; Apocrypha and Abstractions; The Gambler; Change Seven Magazine; Hypertext Magazine; The Tishman Review; Pithead Chapel; Cease, Cows; and elsewhere.

Brandon Flammang
Book Reviewer
Brandon Flammang is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. He is a public school teacher and lives on a mountain in Arkansas. He worked on Music Row in Nashville, trained salespeople for an IT firm, and was responsible for too much at a transportation company. His writing has appeared in The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Exploring Teachers in Fiction and Film, Missed Connections, and Dirty Chai’s Living Color issue. Brandon also has work forthcoming in the inaugural print issue of HYPERtext and is a former ediitor of the young adult magazine, Hypernova Lit. Even though he prefers not to, he is consistently an invited presenter at national conferences like NCTE and was an inaugural Crystal Bridges Museum ARTeacher Fellow. Find him at brandonflammang.com.

Margaryta Golovchenko
Book Reviewer
Margaryta Golovchenko is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil and an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Canada, where she serves as an editor for the campus’ only speculative fiction journal, The Spectatorial. She also serves as the writing editor for the music-themed literary journal, Half Mystic, an art editor for Venus Magazine, and a reader for Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things. Her work, including poetry, fiction, and essays, has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Dear Damsels, Tiny Donkey, Luna Luna Magazine, [parenthetical], Reality Beach, Pear Drop Press, The Teacup Trail, Vending Machine Press, and The Gargoyle, among others. Miso Mermaid, her debut poetry chapbook, is forthcoming this fall from local indie press, words(on)pages. Her most recent achievement was winning the Vic One Chamberlin-Goodison Prize in Poetry from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. When not maneuvering around her mountain of to-be-read books, she can be most often found sharing her (mis)adventures on Twitter.

Hannah Keeton
Hannah Keeton is our current intern at Alternating Current, earning credit through us for Morehead State University. She is a writer from West Liberty, Kentucky, now living in Morehead, Kentucky, where she is one semester away from getting a BFA in Creative Writing. She has served as an assistant editor for Inscape Magazine and has written many short stories, both inside and outside of the classroom. She is presently in the proofreading process for her first novel, and is looking to seek publication for it soon.