Audrey Shipp is Managing and Founding Editor of Decolonial Passage. Born in Los Angeles, she published bilingual poems as a young adult. Her early poems were published in The Americas Review (Arte-Publico Press). Her recent nonfiction has been published in Isele Magazine, A Long House, Sapphire Hues, Pure Slush, Another Chicago Magazine, Litro-NY, A Gathering Together, and Linden Avenue Literary Journal. 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. Audrey has taught extensively at the secondary and adult levels (from English as a Second Language to Advanced Placement College Board courses) in Los Angeles public schools. She has taken a copious number of creative writing classes over the years through the Creative Writing Program at UCLA Extension where she is currently 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!
Cameron Mouton, Assistant Editor Nonfiction and Poetry, is an Afro-Latina writer and editor born and raised in Los Angeles, California. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, she has a B.A. in American Literature and Culture and a minor in African American Studies. At UCLA she was the only undergraduate member on the team at the African journal, Ufahamu. Her first published book, Mixed (2021), details the trials and tribulations of being a biracial woman in the United States. In her writing and advocacy she works to bring awareness to marginalized groups and their stories, in order to make the literary world more inclusive. She is currently a book review editor and writer for The Festival Review, a literary magazine.
Veronica Greer, Assistant Nonfiction Editor, (she/they), is a queer Jewish editor, born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She holds an undergraduate Scottish Masters from The University of Edinburgh in Linguistics and Social Anthropology, where she wrote her dissertation on productivity culture and neoliberal personhood in online spaces. While at university, she edited and ran Leviathan, the journal of politics and international relations which publishes peer-reviewed academic political writing. She is now living in New York.
Ami J. Sanghvi, Assistant Fiction Editor, (she/he/they) is an Indian-American, non-binary, queer author, artist, designer, boxer, Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist, and recent graduate from the California Institute of the Arts Creative Writing M.F.A. program. He is poetry editor for Wrongdoing Magazine, and photographer for AsianZine, as well as the co-founder and co-editor of Gutslut Press. His work has recently appeared in So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Inverted Syntax, Humana Obscura, I Hope You’ll Still Love Me: A South Asian LGBTQIA+ Anthology, Masalazine, and several other publications and exhibitions. He was also a featured author for LUPERCALIA Press’s VULCANALIA ’21 anthology.
Anais Osipova, Assistant Fiction Editor, was born in Los Angeles and earned her B.A. in comparative literature from the University of California-Irvine. Osipova also completed a minor in law and graduated with multiple honors. Her primary area of study focused on African American Studies, African colonialism and post-colonialism, gender studies, and African literature. Her research and thesis deconstructed the intersectionality of race and gender presented in African colonial literature. Moreover, Osipova’s poetry has been published by Madness Muse Press and Ambient Heights Publishing. Currently, she is pursuing her MLS degree at Pepperdine University.
Jasonna Rogers, Assistant Fiction Editor (she/her) has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. During her time in undergrad, she worked as a senior editor on IUPUI’s literary magazine, genesis. She also contributed to IUPUI’s independent online newspaper as a writer and editor. Her poem “Abandoned Masterpiece” was published in Butler University’s literary magazine, Manuscripts. She is currently compiling, editing, and writing poetry that she is hoping to self publish soon. In addition to this, she is also writing fiction which she hopes to traditionally publish in the future.
Gwen Pearson, Assistant Fiction Editor (she/her) was born and raised in Rhode Island and recently received a BA in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University. She completed her senior thesis project on the intersectionality of social justice and poetry/prose, researching specific avenues in the greater Los Angeles area and focusing primarily on racial injustices. An avid poet and writer since childhood, Pearson has always recognized the power and weight words carry. She is passionate about equality and empathy in all forms, spending much of her young adult years volunteering for organizations like Meals on Wheels and Best Buddies. She is now planning on furthering her education and receiving her MFA in creative writing.
Sophia Farooq, Fiction Reader (she/her) is a Pakistani-American who holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Community Engagement and Social Change from UCLA. As a reader and writer, she is fascinated by the countless intersects between activism and prose. Sophia acted as a director for VOICE, a nonprofit focused on gender visibility, where she helped publish a children’s workbook/picture book centered on gender and sexuality. It is now taught at some LA County public schools. More recently, she worked with Homeful, a nonprofit centered on housing justice. There she performed research tasks, wrote white papers, and curated scripts for panels and video content, which were either published on the nonprofit’s social media or in their newsletters.
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, Assistant Poetry Editor, 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.
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