Our Editors

Poetry

Jonathan Canel

Co-founder and Executive Editor for Poetry

Jonathan is a poet and graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in history with a focus on early-modern European history. He currently studies law at Harvard.

Samuel Chiu

Co-founder and Executive Editor for Poetry

Samuel is a graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in history with a concentration in Public History/Public Service and completed a minor in Drama with a concentration in Dance. As a longtime poet, dancer, and performer, Samuel appreciates the vitality of the arts in fostering a creatively vibrant life. Samuel believes that Literary Laundry will be a forum for reflection and discovery that will reinvigorate the experience of contemporary literature by contemporary Americans.

Edward Church

Senior Editor for Poetry

Edward is a student at Vanderbilt University, where he studies English Literature, Finance, and History--the first of the group with the most alacrity. Edward believes that good writing is the most important form of art. As such, he regards Literary Laundry as one of the most important artistic endeavors in America today.

Melissa Monaghan

Senior Editor for Poetry

Melissa Monaghan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she studied psychology and sociology. Melissa is an aspiring poet and a currently unemployed bohemian

Zachary Fogelson

Associate Editor for Poetry

Zachary Fogelson is an undergraduate at Harvard University, where he studies Computer Science and Philosophy. Zach has an affinity for travel, Flemish Baroque still-lifes, René Magritte, and other things—some of which are related to literature and others of which are related to laundry.

Carmen Dolling

Associate Editor for Poetry

Carmen is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, majoring in English and Classical Studies. She has a great enthusiasm for languages, animals, traveling, and all things dessert. After graduating from college, she intends to teach English abroad, as well as pursue an MFA degree.

Prose Fiction

Craig Harbick

Executive Editor for Prose Fiction

Craig is a graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in International Relations. Craig is extremely interested in postmodern literature and short fiction. He is an avid chef, and enjoys wine and beer tasting. Craig looks forward to sharing his literary knowledge with the Literary Laundry community.

Dean Schaffer

Executive Editor for Prose Fiction

Dean is a graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in American Studies and received a master's degree in Communication. He currently works as a music writer for SF Weekly; for the past five years, he has also been the head editor and product developer for the educational company DemiDec. In addition, he has served as the head copy editor for The Stanford Daily and as a writer for Performer Magazine and CollectorsWeekly.com. In his spare time, Dean plays lead guitar for the San Francisco rock band Finding Jupiter.

Jacob Kovacs-Goodman

Senior Editor for Prose Fiction

Jacob is a student at Stanford University, where he studies Classics and Philosophy. His interests include Latin love elegy, Judo, and the Beatles.

Jacob Stern

Senior Editor for Prose Fiction

Jacob Stern is a student at Stanford University pursuing a BA in History and a minor in Chemistry. In his "free" time, he helps to run Stanford's Mongolian Cultural Association, works with Amyris Biotechnologies, and enjoys the company of his friends and family. Jacob's love of a good read is only matched by his enduring passion for excellent food and drink. That said, he looks forward to developing a passion for laundry.

Josh Eisner

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

Josh is a student at Stanford, where he studies Symbolic Systems, Jewish Studies, and Economics. He has spent extensive time in Israel, exploring the philosophical and theological questions of Judaism. At Stanford, Josh serves as a leader in the campus Jewish community. His other passions include fiction, music, sports (he rides equestrian at Stanford), travel, food, and, now that he has reached that ripe old age, drink.

Erik Fuhrer

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction & Marketing and Distribution Director

Erik is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Glasgow. He currently lives on Long Island where he works at an independent bookshop. He has published many articles on Virginia Woolf and 20th Century Literature as well as numerous poems in online journals. While primarily a poet, he draws most of his inspiration from lyrical novels and short stories.

Ned Henningsen

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

After having taken two years off mid-college to live in Italy and write his experiences in pocket-sized moleskines, Ned finally graduated in 2011 from Stanford with a major in History, Literature and the Arts focused on modern Europe and specifically contemporary Italy. He is ecstatic that Berlusconi has ungracefully fallen off the proverbial ship and hopes to return to Italy as soon as he can. He is currently trying to make it in the food world in Boston. He is in a very serious romantic relationship with the English language, having fallen for her poetic embrace long ago.

James Hilton

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

James is a graduate of Stanford University, where he studied Human Biology with a concentration in health care economics. He currently works as a portfolio analyst at CM Capital Advisors. James is an avid lover of all things art, literature, and film. He hopes that Literary Laundry will provide a continual descent into the ever-elusive dynamism of our contemporary creative world.

Emily Holland

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

Emily is a student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Near Eastern Languages and Civilization with a prospective minor in Creative Writing. Despite her love for Fiction, Emily also devotes herself to ballet, drama, piano, and singing, among other passions.

Eric Karpas

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

Eric Karpas is a student at Stanford University. He is majoring in Earth Systems and pursuing minors in both Economics and Creative Writing. He serves on the editorial board of the Stanford Flipside, the university’s satirical newspaper. His literary interests cover a broad range of genres within the world of fiction, and his favorite authors include Fyodor Dostoevsky, Kurt Vonnegut, and Stephen King. Eric greatly looks forward to adding new names to this list while working with Literary Laundry!

Ellen Keane

Associate Editor for Prose and Publication Consultant

Ellen is a graduate student at Emerson College, where she is studying Publishing & Writing. She obtained her BA from the University of Vermont, with a double major in English and Psychology. Though she spent hours reading as a kid beneath the blankets of her bed, it was at UVM that she developed a real passion for poetry. From John Keats to Hart Crane to Major Jackson, Ellen has been inspired to emulate great writing. Like the founders of Literary Laundry, Ellen craved a journal that contained serious but enjoyable literature. She is happy to be a part of the LL team.

Grzegorz Robak

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

Grzegorz Robak is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago where he double majored in Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, and Music. He has received the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, an award of academic excellence granted in recognition of his contributions to the study of Italian culture in the USA. Greg was born in Poland in 1987 and moved to the United States in 1996. His interests include playing music on the piano, guitar, or bagpipes, and singing (check out his online music portfolio). Additionally, Greg enjoys musing on philosophy, theology, and life in the company of friends and a glass of wine (preferably from the Republic of Georgia).

Caroline Schwartz

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

Caroline is a student at Northwestern University, where she studies Radio/Television/Film and European History. As a devoted student in the latter discipline, she is always keen to explore - through her poetry, prose, and most recently, screenplays - how the complexities of the past inspire the art of the present.

Ben Seitelman

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

Ben is entering his senior year at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where he is double majoring in history and political science. His interests include politics, good food, good drink, good book, good movies, and good music. In his opinion, there is no party quite like a Literary Laundry party.

Lindsey Smith

Associate Editor for Prose Fiction

Lindsey Jean Smith graduated from Stanford University with a double BA in English: Creative Writing and Italian. She has loved reading and writing since she was a small child, and has recently cultivated a passion for creative nonfiction. Favorite authors include Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene, Katherine Mansfield, Nikolai Gogol, Guy de Maupassant, Barbara Kingsolver, Eula Biss, Gay Talese, and Bill Buford. She's quite excited to be part of the Literary Laundry team!

Critical Reflection

Corey Tazzara

Co-founder and Executive Editor for Critical Reflections

Corey is a collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in history at Stanford University. His research focuses on the free port of Livorno and the development of political economy in early modern Italy.

Giulio Gratta

Co-founder and Technical Director

Giulio is a graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in Engineering: Product Design. Giulio is a great maker of things, whether they be physical objects made for human use or websites and other software. He loves all things design. Giulio is also an avid photographer and should Literary Laundry begin hosting photographs, he'll be the first to take notice.

Ellen Keane

Associate Editor for Prose and Publication Consultant

Ellen is a graduate student at Emerson College, where she is studying Publishing & Writing. She obtained her BA from the University of Vermont, with a double major in English and Psychology. Though she spent hours reading as a kid beneath the blankets of her bed, it was at UVM that she developed a real passion for poetry. From John Keats to Hart Crane to Major Jackson, Ellen has been inspired to emulate great writing. Like the founders of Literary Laundry, Ellen craved a journal that contained serious but enjoyable literature. She is happy to be a part of the LL team.

Chanel Rion

Managing Editor

Channing Rion

Publication Consultant

Channing hails from the northernmost 4,212 acres of what was the Lone Star’s vast “King Ranch,” a place so famous for coyotes and rattlesnakes that a small girl might overlook all those other predators— oil baron wannadrillers and wild men wheeler-dealers speeding past in mortgaged Cadillacs. At the moment, Channing studies at Harvard. She is a figure skater who loves ballet, Rilke, film studies, and, of course, classical guitar.

Jonathan Canel

Vitalist Editor

Jonathan is a poet and graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in history with a focus on early-modern European history. He currently studies law at Harvard.

Edward Church

Vitalist Editor

Edward is a student at Vanderbilt University, where he studies English Literature, Finance, and History--the first of the group with the most alacrity. Edward believes that good writing is the most important form of art. As such, he regards Literary Laundry as one of the most important artistic endeavors in America today.

Matthew Gasda

Vitalist Editor

Matthew is a writer living in New York City. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied Philosophy. Matthew's favorite authors include Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Wallace Stevens, and Anne Carson. His preferred writing conditions include a rainy day, a clean kitchen table, and a pot of freshly made green tea.

Melissa Monaghan

Vitalist Editor

Melissa Monaghan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she studied psychology and sociology. Melissa is an aspiring poet and a currently unemployed bohemian

Corey Tazzara

Vitalist Editor

Corey is a collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in history at Stanford University. His research focuses on the free port of Livorno and the development of political economy in early modern Italy.

Chanel Rion

Vitalist Editor for Book Design