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.


Photo of Dani HedlundDani Hedlund
CEO, Tethered by Letters
Editor-in-Chief, F(r)iction

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).

Contact Dani through the Outreach Director, Mia:
Follow Dani on Twitter: @DMHedlund.

Photo of Helen MaimarisHelen Maimaris
COO, 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 America 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.

Random Fact: Helen has synesthesia, so she 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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Photo of Mia HermanMia Herman
Outreach Director, Tethered by Letters
Creative Nonfiction 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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Photo of Andrew JimenezAndrew Jimenez
Publishing Director, Tethered by Letters
Fiction 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.

Random Fact: Andrew enjoys watching competitive Super Smash Bros. tournaments. His favorite player is Hungrybox.

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Photo of Kaley KiermayrKaley Kiermayr
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 Instagram (@jagermayr) or Twitter (@jagermayr).

Random Fact: Kaley has moved every two years, on average, since she was born.

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Senior Staff

Johnny Caputo
Education Specialist, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

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 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 Farbanish
Senior Marketing Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

Amanda Farbanish is a recent graduate from Drew University, boasting 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’s not working as a production editorial assistant at Diversion Books, she is chasing her cat around the house to force it to listen to her newest YA novel idea or playing Dungeons & Dragons. You can find her on Twitter (@amandafarbanish) or peruse her published works at

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Sam Gladstone
IT Officer, Tethered by Letters

Sam gave up studying English at the age of sixteen and would never have guessed that he would end up involved with an organization like TBL! Instead, he specializes in the languages of machines, working as a full stack developer by day, and helps TBL with any tech-related queries at all times in between. He graduated with a Master of Mathematics from the University of East Anglia and is a passionate diver, helping to introduce people to the underwater world at a local club in Norfolk, UK.

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Alyssa Jordan
Associate Editor & Dually Noted Coordinator, F(r)iction

Alyssa Jordan is a freelance writer in California. Her work has appeared in publications like Every Day Fiction, Reflex Fiction, 100 Word Story, and CHEAP POP. She may or may not be addicted to stories about reapers, particularly ones with food addictions. If you’d like, follow her on Twitter at @ajordan901.

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Stefanie Molina
Internship Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Senior Editor, F(r)iction & Online Content

Stefanie lives in California in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a freelance developmental editor specializing in fantasy and romance. She earned her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a BA in Communications from the University of California at Davis. 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, but between projects she is steadily building a pile of half-finished stories and hopes (someday!) to complete one.

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Zachary Sanfilippo
Circulation Coordinator, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

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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Leah Scott
Education Instructor, 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 (@leahcscott).

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Anna Suszynski
Editing & Gala Coordinator, Tethered by Letters
Poetry Editor, F(r)iction

Anna currently lives in Denver, Colorado, although she is known to pick up and leave to live in faraway places (the last city she lived in was Da Nang, Vietnam). She 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). Anna loves to ski, hike, read, write magical realism, and help her mom in the studio. Follow her on Instagram (@annasuszynski) or Twitter (@anna_suszynski).

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Associate Staff

Suzie Bartholomew
Outreach Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

Suzie Bartholomew earned her BA in English from Purdue University North Central (now Northwest) and her MFA from 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 was also a reader for Booth Magazine at Butler. She is a self-proclaimed nerd with a love of knowledge and the arts. She also 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 on TV that has to do with the paranormal, cook, spend time with friends, and cuddle with her cat.

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Kenneth Fleming
Outreach Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

Kenneth A. Fleming is a fiction writer and editor living in Maryland. He holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. His short fiction has been a top finalist in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters and Pleiades Experimental Writing contest. He has work forthcoming in the Delmarva Review. He is also an associate editor for the Potomac Review.

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Maribel Leddy
Assistant Editor, F(r)iction

Maribel Leddy is a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Writing Seminars. She’s originally from Buffalo, New York, but she now lives in NYC with her best friend. She enjoys going to coffee shops to write, exploring the city, discovering new restaurants, and editing fiction.

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Dylan Louis
Assistant Editor, F(r)iction

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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Zoe Nepolello
Marketing Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

Zoe Nepolello graduated from DePaul University with a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. When not focused on her editorial 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—that is, if her massive TBR pile doesn't crush her first. You can find some of her fiction work in Crook & Folly.

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Evan Sheldon
Outreach Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

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’Connor. He is a recent graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Spelk, Roanoke Review, Silver Needle Press, Speculative 66, and Poetry Super Highway, among others. If he has been drinking, he will try and give away books to anyone foolish enough to make eye contact.

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Junior Staff

Rachel Anderson
Research Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

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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Amanda DeNatale
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

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 Diess
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

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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Rebecca Hannigan
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

Rebecca Hannigan studied creative writing at the University of the South, where she received the Bain Swiggett Prize for Poetry and attended the Writers’ Conference. Her fiction can be found in wigleaf, Juked, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Stain’d, and elsewhere. She lives in Denver.

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Lauren Lopez
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

Lauren Lopez was probably absent the day they taught the meaning of the word “no” in school. They graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. They got their start making construction paper books about a dog but 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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Sonya Minner
Research Assistant, Tethered by Letters
Junior Editor, F(r)iction

Sonya Minner is a self-proclaimed writer from western Pennsylvania. She successfully graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing in 2015. Since then, she’s bounced around from place to place. She currently works in an office by day and writes YA fiction (and sometimes hockey articles) by night. If she’s not writing, she’s probably tweeting. One day, she hopes to pay off her student loan debt and publish a best-selling YA novel, just maybe not in that order.

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Editing Interns

Mackenzie Bowers

Mackenzie, or Mac as most people call her, is going into her senior year at Susquehanna University, where she is studying Creative Writing and Publishing and Editing. She is from Pennsylvania, but after spending only a semester in Scotland, she will tell you all about Stirling before she will even mention her hometown. Between frequent bouts of existential crises, she enjoys writing weird stories and making low-quality YouTube videos while sipping on far too many cups of coffee.

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Celia Daniels

Celia Daniels is a graduate student at the University of Toledo, where she is pursuing a MA in Literature. She co-hosts the fledgling podcast Write to Survive and spends most of her waking hours writing. Follow her on Twitter @celdanie04.

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Ariel Fagiola

Ariel Fagiola currently lives in Denver, Colorado, where she received her BA in English from the University of Denver and graduated from the Denver Publishing Institute. Her time is spent working as a retail manager at Tattered Cover Bookstore, adoring her dog, reading, and trying to balance living in a city while spending enough time wandering in the mountains.

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Carolyn Janecek

Carolyn Janecek will be finishing her BA in English at Westminster College (SLC, UT) next spring. She’s been on the staff of ellipsis…literature & art for the last three years and in August, she will be taking on the role of editor-in-chief. She enjoys writing poetry, dressing up for tea, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. In the future, she hopes to pursue an MFA in Poetry.

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Eileen Silverthorn

Eileen is a bookseller at the Tattered Cover in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in English Creative Writing and minors in History and Women’s Interdisciplinary Studies. Inspired by her work with CSU’s undergraduate literary magazine Greyrock Review, Eileen decided to explore a career in publishing through the Denver Publishing Institute. She enjoys spending her time traveling, editing her friends’ fan fiction, reading ten books at once, spending her whole paycheck at her place of employment, and cuddling her cats whilst writing bios about herself in the third person.

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Contributing Editors

Photo of David AbramsDavid Abrams
Contributing Editor

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.

Photo of David GalefDavid Galef
Contributing Editor

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.

Photo of Scott O'ConnorScott O'Connor
Contributing Editor

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 his stories have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Story Prize and cited as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories. Additional work has appeared or is forthcoming in Zyzzyva, The Rattling Wall, VLAK, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Photo of Isaac MarionIsaac Marion
Contributing Editor

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. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music and taking pictures of everything.

Photo of Isaac MarionJeremy Radin
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Radin is a poet, actor, playwright, and teacher. His poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Gulf Coast, Passages North, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Collapsar, Nailed, Sidekick Lit, Union Station, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Slow Dance with Sasquatch (Write Bloody Publishing, 2012) and Dear Sal (Not a Cult, 2017). He lives in Los Angeles with his four plants and his refrigerator. Follow him @germyradin.

Photo of Josie SiglerJosie Sigler
Contributing Editor

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 PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.

Board Members

Photo of Suzanna HickoxSuzanne Hickox
Board Member

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.

Photo of Jennifer LeongJennifer Leong
Board Member

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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Photo of Ian LeprinoIan Leprino
Board Member

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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Photo of Jon SchindehetteJon Schindehette
Board Member

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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