Audrey Shipp is Managing and Founding Editor of Decolonial Passage. Born in Los Angeles, she published bilingual poems as a young adult and then spent some decades teaching secondary level education in Los Angeles public schools. Her early poems were published in The Americas Review (Arte-Publico Press). Her recent nonfiction has been published in A Gathering Together, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, and Litro-NY. She has both a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. from UCLA and an M.A. in English from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She has taken a copious number of creative writing classes over the years through the Creative Writing Program at UCLA Extension where she is completing a Certificate in Creative Writing.
Ntando Sindane, Assistant Nonfiction Editor, is an academic, researcher, and activist based in Pretoria, South Africa. He writes for various popular South African media outlets and is Editor at Red Pen. His research interests include decolonisation, particularly in relation to the pedagogical framework of the intellectual property law curriculum in South African universities. His research critically analyses various decolonial and socialist methodologies when juxtaposed with human rights, the Constitution of South Africa as well as normative teaching methods. He holds the LLB and LLM degrees from the University of South Africa and is currently making preparations towards a PhD degree in Intellectual Property Law. His LLM dissertation is titled,“The Call to Decolonise Higher Education: Copyright Law Through an African Lens.” He is an ardent follower of Test Cricket, and an undying supporter of Kaizer Chiefs Football club, #Amakhosi4Life!
Samir Knego, Editorial Assistant, approaches the decolonial project from a disability studies/justice perspective, and works to center accessibility in his editing relationships and work. Samir has a degree in Religious Studies from Macalester College, where he studied religions’ intersections with disability, colonialism, and queerness. He is a writer for dubble, a UK-based zine about disability and chronic illness.
Isaiah Holbrook, Flash Fiction Editor, holds a B.A. in English from Saint Francis University and recently received his MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University. He’s been published in The Rumpus, Adelaide Magazine, and Delta Epsilon Journal, where he received first place in short fiction in the journal’s national writing contest. He’s also received acceptance into Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ voices and will attend the summer of 2021.
Sanjana Thakur, Fiction Editor, grew up in Mumbai, India, and went to high school in Dubai, UAE. She has a degree in Anthropology and English with Creative Writing from Wellesley College, where she explored the intersections of food, colonialism, and visual culture in South Asia. She is passionate about diasporic literature and has a vested interest in decolonising the literary world, which she hopes to occupy space in, both as a reader and writer. Her own fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is deeply informed by her study of colonial and postcolonial South Asia and her lived experience as a South Asian woman. Sanjana currently does freelance tutoring and editorial work in Mumbai.
Sabrina Alli, Assistant Fiction Editor, is a writer, editor and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. Her essays have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, and The New Inquiry. She has both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in African American Studies from Columbia University and a B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Patrice M. Wilson, Poetry Editor, was born in Newark, NJ and has a PhD in English with concentrations in postcolonial theory and literature. She wrote a poetry thesis, “Between the Silence,” for her MA. She has three chapbooks with Finishing Line Press, and one full-length book, Hues of Darkness, Hues of Light, with eLectio Publishing. Her poetry has been published in several journals. Having been a professor and editor of the literary magazine at Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI, where she lived for many years, she is now retired and resides in Mililani, HI.
Jake Kirby, Assistant Poetry Editor, is a writer from western Massachusetts. They recently received their B.A. in English from UMass Amherst where they worked as a Program Assistant with the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. They run an independent press, INLY arts, which serves as an online space that promotes the art of young writers. Jake currently works with AMOR (Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance) to support victims of individual and state-sponsored violence.
Salaam Odeh, Poetry Reader, spent her early years in Amman, Jordan, before beginning her college career in Japanese Studies and Creative Writing at Earlham College in Richmond, IN. Following the drastic change in cultural norms that occurred during her formative years, she has explored the different ways in which Arab women choose to live their lives, often traversing the fine line between embracing a culture and fighting against its obsolete, misogynistic traditions. Currently, Salaam is finishing her B.A. in Japanese Studies and Literature with a minor in Creative Writing. She focuses her writing on stories of magical realism. In addition, she works as an editorial intern at Earlham College’s Literary Magazine, The Crucible.