Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, LLC
Registered in Montana, USA.
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Executive Editor

Cutter Streeby  earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors at University of California, Riverside; a Master of Arts in English Literature from Kings’ College, London, UK; and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia, in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. He is an independent Social Media Marketing Specialist.

Editorial Intern/Associate Editor Candidate

Rapeepat Wonchana

Managing Editor

Kalireyna Streeby is an active-duty Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy and a Bachelor’s Degree candidate in Business Administration at Redlands University (San Diego campus).

Associate Editor

Jeff Streeby a Pushcart Prize nominee and a nominee for Sundress Press’ Best of the Net Anthology, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He is a frequently published mainstream poet whose work has appeared in over 40 literary journals in the US, the UK, Ireland, and Asia, including Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, Naugatuck River Review, Rattle, and Whiskey Island. His haibun “El Paso: July” was selected by Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015 from Queen’s Ferry Press. He is a writing consultant for second-language academic writers working in English. He has over 30 years of experience as a teacher of English language and literature at secondary and university levels.

Associate Editor

Pamelyn Casto twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, has published feature-length articles on flash fiction in Writer’s Digest (and in their other publications), Fiction Southeast, and Writing World (and elsewhere). Her essay on flash fiction and myth appears in Rose Metal Press’s Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips From Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field and her 8,000-word essay on flash fiction is included in Books and Beyond: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading (4 volumes). She also has a 5,000-word article on flash fiction as the lead article in the new book Critical Insights: Flash Fiction. Subscribe to her free online monthly FlashFictionFlash newsletter (first issue published in 2001) for markets, contests, and publishing news for flash literature writers.

Contributing Editor, Experimental Discourse

W.J.P. Newnham hitchhiked around Australia working as barman, bum and waiter, slaughter hand, deckhand and master, spending 25 years working in the Northern Prawn Fishery. He has travelled extensively in Southeast Asia, the Americas, and Japan and speaks marketplace Indonesian with some fluency. He is the winner of the 2016 The Lifted Brow’s Experimental Non-fiction Prize. His numerous short stories have been published in Nocturnal SubmissionsOverlandThe Lifted BrowMeanjinWesterly and Horror Sleaze Trash [to name but a few].

Contributing Editor/Translator, Arts & Letters of Africa (Nigeria focus)

Adekunle Adewunmi is  the author of Arise Nigeria, a collection of poetry that examines the peculiarity of the nation. He is a member of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) and was featured as Poet of the Week in Daily Trust Newspaper, Nigeria. A freelance, Adekunle works as a correspondent with Church Times, a specialized newspaper company. During his one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme at Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation, he worked as a Corps On-Air Personality (OAP) while submitting his poems and articles to the State’s newspaper for publication. Adekunle Adewunmi was recognized in 2018 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an Outstanding State Youth Ambassador for his efforts towards curbing youth irregular migration in Nigeria. Adekunle Adewunmi is an advocate of youth and good governance in Nigeria.

Contributing Editor/Translator, Arts & Letters of Spain

Jorge Sarabia Martínez is a writer, poet, translator, performer, and artist. Sarabia-Martinez is familiar to audiences in Andalusia and Canaria under his heteronym Borge Luis Jorges as a co-host of the program Sonrie como Puedes on Radio Nacional Canarias or in the most bohemian café theatres where he recites his Gilicoñeces, El coñómano or Mariscus Interruptus. Among Martinez’s credits are a translation of Massimiliano Gatti’s Stanze Istanze from Italian to Spanish and several published books, most notably Fausto, o desesperadamente azul, a modern theatrical (per)version of the classical myth.

Contributing Performance Artist, Oral Interpretations

Hermione Laake is an award-nominated writer and published emerging author and is an associate of the Society of Authors. In 2012 she published her debut sequel to Jane Eyre, a novella cum short story, “Betha’s Journal: A Perfect Immleman [n] sic Turn” under her pen name, Hermione Wilds. In 2016 Laake appeared on Susan Wingate’s Blog Talk Radio to discuss writing influences. In recent years Laake has focused on writing short stories, two of which have been accepted for publication; her most recent work is “Black Ink and Anxiety,” published with O: JA&L. Laake held the post of Chair and Secretary of Competitions for Hampshire Writers’ Society from 2012-2013, supporting emerging authors and running monthly creative competitions. Laake is currently working on a Creative Writing MA, some performance work, and several novels and short stories. She is open to collaborating creatively.

Screening Reader, Drama for Page & Stage

Carrie Waeldin is a 25-year high school English teacher and a lifetime reader of all things.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theater from Tulane University and has continued with doctoral studies in English Literature. Considering herself more of a storyteller than an author, she considers her soulmates those who understand and manipulate the power of words.

Executive Assistant

B.J. Streeby, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hillsdale College in Michigan and Master of Arts as an Educational Specialist in Teaching of Reading from Michigan State University. She is a retired National Board (NBPTS) certified teacher, among the first six so certified in the state of Montana.

Art Director


Editor, Poetry

Rachel Custer is the Poetry Editor and a reviewer and editorialist at O:JA&L. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Temple She Became, is available from Five Oaks Press. Other work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, OSU: The Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, B O D Y, [PANK], and The Antigonish Review. On February 13, 2019, Rachel Custer became a recipient of a 2019 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Editorial Intern/Contributing Editor Candidate, Interview Specialist

Nureni Ibrahim is a budding, enterprising researcher and critic of contemporary writing who lives and writes from somewhere in Nigeria. He studied English and Literature at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. He is among the 2017 scholars of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation, New York. He has presented papers both in local and international conferences. Ibrahim is a spoken-word artist and has performed poetry at Ahmadu Bello University Day of Literature, Footprints of David Arts Festival and a league of others. His works are featured in Decent E-News, Queensland, Australia; The Mamba Journal of the Africa Haiku Network, Kumasi, Ghana; Shamrock Haiku Journal, Dublin, Ireland; Best ‘New’ African Poets 2016 Anthology, Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon, to mention but a few. He is a 2018 Wawa Book Review Young Literary Critics Fellow.

Editor, Prose Discourse 1001-10,000 words

James Weitz is a satirist and author of a novel, The NAFTA Report, a satire of globalization in which Mexican tap water is exported to the United States and sold as a laxative. He has lived in Asia and Latin America for most of the previous 15 years. During that time, Weitz has worked as a technical editor and taught ESL, composition and law at schools and universities in Latin America, China and Taiwan. Previously, he worked on anti-corruption issues at the Organization of American States and in privatization at the World Bank. His stories have appeared in the journals Red Savina Review and Pennyshorts. Jim Weitz has an Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics with a focus on cross-cultural communication from Nottingham University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota. He also contributes articles to O:JA&L on Literary Tourism associated with the Western Pacific region.

Contributing Editor, Theater Arts

Brad Crager earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from the University of California, San Diego through its highly regarded Performing Arts Program. As an undergraduate, he acted in a number of college plays and after completing his degree, he acted in several local community productions. To explore dramatic techniques necessary for motion picture performance, he trained for film acting with the Cynthia Thornell Acting Workshop where he became a student of the Meisner Technique. Currently, he studies with the Will Warren Acting Company in classes that require improvisation, scene study and character development. His recent film credits include the series pilot Tell Me How Much I Love You, the movie Enemy Within, and more recently, the movie Trafficked.

Contributing Editor/Translator, Arts and Letters of Russia (Moscow focus)

Vera Falenko is a 2017 graduate of the Moscow Aviation Institute, a State University. She is a native Russian speaker and a language specialist with fluency in English (English level C2, according to the European frame) and Spanish (Spanish level C1). She is a senior teacher of foreign languages at Alibra School, a private institution in Moscow. Falenko provides selected Russian and Spanish translations for our readers in the Eurozone and in eastern Europe. She maintains an independent book review site, offering book reviews in three languages.

Contributing Performance Artist, Oral Interpretations

Nishi Munshi has been an actor, singer, musician and choreographer/dancer in the entertainment industry for fifteen years. Her acting credits include working with  NBC, CBS, USA Network, FOX, Warner Bros., Lifetime and other networks on shows such as “Jane the Virgin,” “The Originals,” “Bones,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Switched at Birth,” “Days of Our Lives,” and many more. Being a skilled Classical (Kathak, Bharatnatiyam) and Bollywood dancer, she has choreographed for and danced with prominent artists  Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo and with Michael Jackson’s Cirque ONE show.  She is an advocate for human rights and has served as a board member for Valley Family Center (victims of domestic violence) volunteered many hours of her time at the Braille Institute and as a tutor and mentor for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Her Webisodes, Youtube videos, a book of poetry and the novel that she is currently working on are aimed to raise funds for the people of Puerto Rico, human rights activism and for educating our at-risk youth both in America and abroad.

Consulting Editor, Arts and Letters of Greece

Eftychia Panayiotou, consulting editor.