Meet the Staff
You see their names scrawled at the bottom of your edited stories, email them for publishing advice, and enjoy their beautiful designs on the site, but who are these mysterious TBL staff members? Finally! All is revealed...
TBL employs a staff of dynamic writers, editors, graphic designers, and artists who are all passionate about the written word. With forces combined, TBL’s diverse staff serves writers across the globe with quality editing, pristine publications, and engaging graphics.
CEO, Tethered by Letters
After the publication of her first novel at the age of eighteen, Dani Hedlund founded the international literary nonprofit, Tethered by Letters (TBL). Over the course of the last decade, TBL has grown into one of the largest independently-funded literary nonprofits in the nation, with bases across the US, UK, and Southeast Asia. She is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of F(r)iction, an art and literary collection specializing in boundary-defying work. Since its inception in 2015, F(r)iction has risen to critical acclaim, becoming one of the fastest growing literary journals in the world. In her ever-elusive free time, Dani lectures about the ins-and-outs of the publishing industry, writes very weird fiction, and runs a strange little board game company called Bad Hipster Games.
Random Facts: She loves the Oxford comma (and not just because she went to school there). She hates people who rage against split infinitives (and not just because Star Trek can do no wrong...though, clearly, it cannot).
Education Director, Tethered by Letters
Senior Editor, F(r)iction
Leah lives in Denver, where she is very preoccupied with literature, sour beer, friendship, and the Rocky Mountains. Her poetry manuscript With Scissors & a Tiny Saw won the University of Denver’s Mary Cass Award in 2015. You can find her in the virtual realm on Instagram (@miss.teamountain) and Twitter (@snoggingleah).
Random Fact: In fourth grade, Leah won the schoolwide spelling bee (against seventh and eighth graders! Eighth graders!) with the word "marionette."
Contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach Director, Tethered by Letters
Senior Editor, F(r)iction
Mia lives in Queens, NY and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hofstra University. Her poems and essays have appeared in multiple journals, most recently the Bellevue Literary Review and Minerva Rising. When she’s not writing or editing, Mia is most likely a) creating spectacular road-trip playlists, b) watching obscene amounts of reality TV, or c) setting her friends up on blind dates. Follow her on Twitter (@MiaMHerman).
Random Fact: Mia is a violinist and has been playing since she was three years old.
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Publishing Director, Tethered by Letters
Senior Editor, F(r)iction
Andrew Jimenez is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. His nonfiction work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Daily, Luna Luna, and Curlew Magazine. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is currently working on a novel about the early life of Abraham Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter (@o0oo00o0o).
Random Fact: Andrew enjoys watching competitive Super Smash Bros. tournaments. His favorite player is Hungrybox.
Contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketing Director/Internship Supervisor, Tethered by Letters
Senior Editor, F(r)iction
Kaley Kiermayr is an editor living in Boston. She studied Literature at Franklin University Switzerland and is currently studying for her Publishing MA at Emerson College. In her down time, she enjoys weekend trips and getting involved with LGBTQ+ literature and writing projects. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @jagermayr.
Random Fact: Kaley has moved every two years, on average, since she was born.
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Executive Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Assistant Editor, F(r)iction
Helen Maimaris earned her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. After studying, she traveled, worked, and volunteered in Latin American for eighteen months. Her experiences range from volunteer scientific research with humpback whales, to flash quote reporting at the London Paralympics, to animal rehabilitation in the Bolivian rainforest. A lifelong obsession with reading and writing led her back to the city of Norwich in the UK, where she is working on a number of short stories and enjoying the many literary events the city has to offer. Follow her on Twitter (@HelenMaimaris).
Random Fact: Helen has synesthesia, so associates every person she meets with a color, and for her music isn't just heard: it's a visual spectacle. Much like having a personalized visualizer!
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David Abrams is the author of Fobbit (Grove/Atlantic, 2012), a comedy about the Iraq War that Publishers Weekly called “an instant classic” and named a Top 10 Pick for Literary Fiction in Fall 2012. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, an Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Montana Honor Book, and a finalist for the L.A. Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Abrams’ short stories have appeared in the anthologies Watchlist (O/R Books, 2015), Red, White and True (Potomac Books, 2014), Fire and Forget (Da Capo Press, 2013) and Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand (Press 53, 2013). Other stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, Salon, High Desert Journal, Salamander, Connecticut Review, F(r)iction, The Greensboro Review, Consequence, and many other publications. Abrams earned a BA in English from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He retired from active-duty after serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years, a career that took him to Alaska, Texas, Georgia, the Pentagon, and Iraq. He now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife. He blogs about books at The Quivering Pen.
David Galef is a shameless eclectic with over a dozen books in two dozen directions, including the novels Flesh, Turning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress (a Book Sense choice, listed by Kirkus as one of the Best 30 Books of 2006); the short-story collections Laugh Track and My Date with Neanderthal Woman (winner of Dzanc Books’ Short Story Collection Award); and the co-edited anthology of fiction 20 over 40. His latest volume is Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook from Columbia University Press. A co-founder of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi, he is now a professor of English and the Creative Writing Program Director at Montclair State University.
Scott O’Connor was born in Syracuse, New York, and lives with his family in Los Angeles. He is the author of the novella Among Wolves, and the novels Untouchable and Half World. He has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Story Prize. Additional work has appeared or is forthcoming in Zyzzyva, The Rattling Wall, VLAK, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. Warm Bodies became a #5 New York Times bestseller and inspired a major Hollywood film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music and taking pictures of everything.
Josie Sigler’s collection of stories, The Galaxie and Other Rides, was awarded the Ruby Pickens Tartt First Fiction Award and published by Livingston Press in 2012. Her book of poetry, living must bury, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books. Sigler’s very short story, “The Compartment,” won the 2012 Barthelme Prize. Other work has appeared in journals such as Story Quarterly, Prism International, Fugue, Water-Stone, Hunger Mountain, and Redivider. Sigler was awarded a 2011 PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, which afforded her the opportunity live on a remote homestead near the Rogue River in southern Oregon, as well as a Sitka Center for Art and Ecology Residency. She attended College of the Atlantic and University of Maine, and holds a dual Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California.
Research Assistant & Junior Editor
Rachel lives in Central NJ with her parents and brother, who, among other things, convinced her to stick her tongue on a C battery cell when they were kids. She studied creative writing and psychology in college, but dropped the latter when she realized she’d rather analyze fictional people. She spends a lot of her free time reading, daydreaming, and trying not to sound as pithy as she feels. She’s also convinced she’d make an excellent tree.
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Education Specialist & Junior Editor
Johnny Caputo is a pirate, but only part time. He spends the rest of his time teaching, reading comic books, going for the occasional guilt-inspired run, and writing. He received his MFA in creative writing from Chatham University in 2016. His work is forthcoming in The Pea River Journal and the collaborative novel Eslyd’s Awakening. You can read more about his work at johnnycaputo.com or by following him on Twitter @gojohnnycap. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio where there is plenty of loot to be plundered and grog to be drunk.
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Amanda grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a recent graduate from Creighton University's MFA program, where she focused mainly on fiction. She enjoys writing stories that emphasize the strangeness of our daily lives and the unique ticks that make us all flaw-fully beautiful human beings. Amanda is also the Non-Fiction Editor for Creighton's literary magazine Blue River. When she isn't busy waiting tables, writing, revising, caffeinating, or interning, Amanda likes to hula-hoop, listen to music, and hang out with her friends.
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Ray enjoys writing about himself in the third person—he is the most qualified person in the world to speak about himself, and it’s nice to be an international expert in something. In addition to this singular talent, Ray is also a compulsive writer and obsessive reader who has been swallowing oeuvres and breathing back his own scribblings since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He is very happy to be in a position where he can do what he loves, and to be able to share this love with so many people. He currently resides at DU where he majors in Creative Writing and Computer Science.
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Marketing Assistant & Junior Editor
Amanda Farbanish is a senior at Drew University pursuing an English major with a concentration in communications and media, a writing minor, and an Asian studies minor; yes, it is quite the mouthful. A lover of words, felines, and the sound of summer thunderstorms, she is a writer and editor who makes a habit of talking about both whenever possible. When she is not doing Editor-in-Chief duties for Drew’s literature and art magazine Insanity’s Horse, she is chasing her cat around the house to force it to listen to her newest YA novel idea, or having a casual conversation with the trees while hiking. You can find her on Twitter (@AmandaFarbanish) or peruse her published works at amandafarbanish.wordpress.com.
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Outreach Assistant & Junior Editor
Corinne Guichard lives in Southern California, where she always has snow jackets on hand—not for those chilly 70 degree winters, but for the occasional sub-zero degree mountains she climbs. She recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies with a degree in Literature and a minor in Professional Writing and Editing. At UCSB, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of two publications: SexInfo Online, an academic website devoted to sex, health, and relationships, and Spectrum Literary Journal. These days, when not analyzing the rhetorical strategies at work in casual conversations, she might be found tutoring college students in writing, getting too personal at open mics, or flipping around on long pieces of fabrics called aerial silks. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram (@unrefined_co).
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Rebecca Hannigan lives an uncomplicated life in Denver, Colorado, which involves taking magazines and turning them into collage, stalking bookstore shelves, and climbing rocks. She graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she received the Bain Swiggett Prize for Poetry and attended the Writers’ Conference. Her fiction can be found in Maudlin House, The Mountain Goat, and Suspect Press.
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F(r)Online Assistant & Junior Editor
Alyssa Jordan is a freelance writer in Southern California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chapman University in 2013. Currently, she is an Associate Editor at the 1888 Center and a Staff Reader for E&GJ Little Press. Her work has appeared in publications like Every Day Fiction, The Ampersand Review, and 100 Word Story. She may or may not be addicted to stories about reapers, particularly ones with food addictions.
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Editorial Assistant & Junior Editor
Dylan is a native Ohioan who spends a quarter of every year on the road. He is an MFA student at the University of Alaska, where he studies fiction, and he spends the school years teaching ninth graders how to love Shakespeare. He lives in Cleveland, where the lake-effect snow falls like cotton and he can frequent the best taco shack in North America. In the summer, you can find him riding his Triumph Bonneville through the Cuyahoga Valley or writing short stories about the time he lived off grid in bush Alaska.
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Research Assistant & Junior Editor
Sonya Minner is the new Marketing Assistant for TBL (where she does a little bit of everything), after both successfully graduating from California University of PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and also completing her Publishing Internship with TBL. If she's not writing, she's probably watching, talking, or tweeting about hockey. One day, she hopes to both pay off her student loan debt and publish a best-selling young adult novel, just maybe not in that order.
Contact Sonya at SMinner@tetheredbyletters.com.
Internship Assistant & Senior Editor, F(r)iction
Stefanie lives in California in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spends her days technical editing and her evenings reading and editing glorious TBL fiction. She’s one of those maddening people who buys five new books and then rereads Harry Potter instead. These days, Stefanie is more focused on editing than writing, although she used to dabble in experimental fiction and remains fascinated by magical realism.
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Marketing Assistant & Junior Editor
Zoe Nepolello is a senior at DePaul University pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She currently holds the position of Flash Fiction Section Editor for DePaul’s award-winning literary and art magazine, Crook & Folly. When not focused on her editorial and scholarly duties, she’s devouring any YA novel she can get her hands on or writing her own. She dreams of her future home library, buying every edition of her favorite novels and series, and the dragon she’s determined to one day own.
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Store and Donations Manager & Junior Editor
Zachary Sanfilippo is a recent graduate from the University of Denver with a BA in Political Science and English. Originally from Southern California, he now lives in Denver in an attempt to join the world of ‘adulting.' Of course, to postpone this as long as possible, he enjoys spending his time reading, writing, playing video games, and perpetually watching Friends over and over again. Previously, he worked at the Sturm College of Law and the Colorado State Capitol. His poetry won a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention from Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and a fantasy novel is (hopefully) on the way.
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Outreach Assistant & Junior Editor
Evan James Sheldon lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and ever-growing horde of dachshunds. When he’s not writing, he is devouring any Southern Gothic literature he can get his hands on. When he grows up, he wants to be a monstrous amalgamation of Gandalf and Flannery O’Conner. He is a recent graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. His work has appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine and Dually Noted. If he has been drinking, he will try and give away books to anyone foolish enough to make eye contact.
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Anna recently graduated from Colorado College with an English major, Creative Writing track. You might be wondering how you pronounce her last name and she wants you to know this easy jingle: Sue broke her Shin on the Ski mountain (sue-shin-ski). She currently lives in Denver and loves to ski, hike, read, write magical realism, and help her mom in the studio. You will often find her in an ice cream shop with a cone the size of her head or scanning flights to obscure places.
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Suzie Bartholomew earned her BA in English from Purdue University North Central (now Northwest) and is now a grad student living in Indianapolis, IN. She is currently finishing her Creative Writing MFA at Butler University. Due to her love of the English language, she has worked in two bookstores and her undergrad’s writing center, was the editor for her school’s newspaper, and is currently a reader for the literary magazine Booth. She enjoys bringing literature to life by acting in plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV Part 1, Taming of the Shrew, and God of Carnage. When she’s not writing or reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, she loves to watch anything that has to do with the paranormal on TV, cook, spend time with friends, and cuddle with her cat.
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Eli Bergersen is currently living in Loveland, Colorado, though she hopes to move somewhere else shortly and start many travelling adventures. She received her Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing at Colorado State University, attended the Denver Publishing Institute, and finished an internship with Luath Press in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is currently writing her own anthology of Gothic short stories and a sci-fi/Gothic novel, and she has published a story and a poem series in school literary magazines. One of her biggest goals is to live in the UK and work closely with stories, hopefully both within the publishing industry and as a writer.
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Kenneth A. Fleming is a fiction writer and editor living in Maryland. He holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and has recently completed the Professional Sequence in Editing at UC Berkeley. Kenneth is also an Associate Editor for the Potomac Review and an Assistant Fiction Editor for Redux, an online literary journal.
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Maribel Leddy is a senior Writing Seminars major at Johns Hopkins University. She's from Buffalo, New York, but she hates the cold and the snow. She loves Shakespeare, cats, science fiction, K-pop, and discovering new restaurants. Her favorite phone app is Yelp. She once disliked coffee and wine, but after spending several weeks in Europe she has developed a taste for both. After she graduates, Maribel plans to move to NYC to pursue a career in publishing.
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Lauren Lopez was probably absent the day they taught the meaning of the word “no” in school. They’re a Writing, Literature, and Publishing major at Emerson College, who got their start making construction paper books about a dog. They abandoned that dream somewhere between learning they couldn’t draw and discovering the Internet. They spend most of their spare time making greeting cards, yelling about the gays, or cursing about baseball.
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Suzanne's real estate career began in the late 80's, buying distressed properties, renovating and reselling for a profit. Suzanne has also managed large REO portfolios for Bank of America, Bear Stearns, Chase, Wilshire Capital, Ocwen and Barclays. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Children's Advocacy Center in Colorado Springs, and is currently on the Business Development Committee for the Rocky Mountain MS Center. Suzanne also has a BS degree from the University of Northern Colorado as well as being married to the wonderful Steve, having several incredible children, and many amazing family members.
Jennifer is a Calirado native (a person born in California that now lives in Colorado) who leads a fortune 100 global marketing team by day and sits on TBL's board of directors, also by day (her days are long). She's passionate about creating community and bringing people together for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Her obsessions include rock climbing, coffee, traveling, and storytelling. You can find her instagram @jm_leong filled with adventures and peppered, of course, with snaps of her cat.
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As a graduate from the Denver School of the Arts, Ian Leprino has been impacting the Denver art scene from a young age. Since then, he’s gone on to develop a career in business, dance, and philanthropy. With more than eleven years of experience in business management and development, Ian owns and operates Ovation Academy of Dance and works as the COO of Leprino Home Inc. In his free time, he contributes his expertise to an array of Denver-based nonprofits (though TBL is his favorite), fighting for the importance of art in our community.
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Web Developer and Board Member
From wrangling misplaced commas to aligning graphics with pixel precision, Matt Rahill found his passion for writing, editing, and design when he joined his high school yearbook staff. In college, he set a goal of turning his love for grammar into an editing career by graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and a minor in leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver. Matt started his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a communications professional writing, editing, and producing Web content. During that time, he developed a passion for building websites. Now, he is a Web developer building dynamic applications, and he offers TBL the technical knowledge to help make the website a better resource for writers. Matt also has a Master of Applied Science in Information and Communications Technology with a concentration in Web design and development from the University of Denver. Since 2010, he has served on TBL's board applying his knowledge of writing, editing, and building websites to help TBL grow.
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Jon Schindehette is an award-winning creative that has had a great impact on the publishing and gaming industries for the past 30 years. Currently, he is nurturing his pet project, ArtOrder Publishing, a space for creatives to bring their publishing and manufacturing dreams to life. He is also the creative director for ThinkGeek Solutions, a division of GameStop where he creates apparel, toys, collectables and accessories for the video game community.
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Zachary credits empty refrigerator boxes with first inspiring his imagination. He broke his British art teacher's heart by putting away the sketchbook to pursue music, which was ultimately trumped by creative writing. Zach obtained his B.A. in English & Writing from St. Norbert College, graduating cum laude from the Honors Program. He studied abroad in the United Kingdom at Lancaster University but was profoundly disappointed to have an American professor teaching his Shakespeare course. Afterward, Zach took the advice of his mentors and didn't sell his soul in law school, emerging a lawyer with the desire to do good instead of evil. He oversees communications and outreach for IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. His expertise includes content management, writing, editing, publishing, marketing, media/public relations, and nonprofit development. His other interests include film, dinosaurs, Joss Whedon, changing the world, and psychoanalyzing his cats.
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