Publisher

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L)
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in California, USA.

Buttonhook Press is an imprint of O:JA&L

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.

Senior Associate Editor for Content and Production

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 and haibunist whose work has appeared in over 40 literary journals in the US, the UK, Ireland, and Asia. 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.

Senior 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.

Associate Editor for Content

Hermione Laake earned her BA (hons) from The University of Winchester. Laake is an award-nominated children’s writer, published emerging author, and 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. Recently Laake has focused on writing short stories, four of which have been accepted for publication; ‘Consumption’ was published with O:JA&L in 2020. Laake has raised five children, assisted as teaching support in schools and colleges, and currently reads for her Creative Writing MA at Kingston School of Art, London. Laake is also an occasional contributor of advice to emerging writers as part of O:JA&L’s “Editor’s Advice” features.. She is a Londoner and keen cyclist living in Bristol with her partner.

Associate Editor for Content as Prose Discourse 1001-10,000 words

James Weitz is a satirist and author of a novel, Gonzo Global, 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.

Associate Editor for Content and Contributing Editor for 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].

Associate Editor for Media and Media Production

Malisa A. Elliott is a globally-minded interdisciplinary writer, published poet, creative consultant, filmmaker and playwright. Years of independent work in film, theatre, publishing, distribution, PR and administration have brought the UK-based talent a wealth of experience. When not writing and producing, the dynamic founder of M Elliott Enterprises works with individual artists, producers, creatives, charities and educational organisations seeking fresh, efficient and dynamic approaches to brand development, arts initiatives, media projects and cultural programmes. Elliot has professional experience with recorded and live poetry readings as well as other content.

Assistant Editor for Theater Arts

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.

Assistant Editor as Liaison for Two-Year College Caucus at AWP

Marla J. Jarmer earned her BA in Theatre (Directing) from the Herberger College of Fine Arts and from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and her MA in English at Fort Hays State University.  She is a professor of rhetoric and composition, the writing center director, and the editor of Waiting for Rain at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Illinois, where she has been awarded both the A. L. Webster Endowed Chair (2016) and the Dorothy Duley Endowed Chair (2014 and 2017). She is the co-editor and a contributing author of The Bully Pulpit, Presidential Speeches, and The Shaping of Public Policy (2015) and has published works of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Contributing Editor/Translator for Arts & 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 Editor and Interview Specialist Arts & Letters of Africa (Greater Africa focus)

Nureni Ibrahim is a researcher and critic of contemporary writing who lives and writes from 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.

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.[/vc_column_text]

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

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.

Contributing Editor for Book Reviews

Rowena Mondiwa (also uses the name Hannah).