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Audrey Shipp, Founding Editor, Nonfiction Editor, and Publisher

Audrey Shipp is Founding Editor, Nonfiction Editor, and Publisher 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.  After taking a copious number of creative writing classes through the Creative Writing Program at UCLA Extension, she will be starting an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Lindenwood University in early 2021.

Ntando Sindane, Assistant Nonfiction Editor

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, Nonfiction Reader

Samir Knego, Nonfiction Reader, 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.

Bre’Anna Janay, Nonfiction Reader

Bre’Anna Janay, Nonfiction Reader, is a creative writer, facilitator, and advocate based in Seattle, Washington. Her work seeks to introduce and amplify Black voices within the historical archive of written works in hopes of celebrating worlds rarely acknowledged. In addition to her extensive reading and writing endeavors, she founded the Black Joy Campaign, a grassroots organization centered on the healing and celebration of Black joy.

Isaiah Holbrook, Flash Fiction Editor

Isaiah Holbrook, Flash Fiction Editor, holds a BA 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

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. 

Carl-Eric Pean, Assistant Fiction Editor

Carl-Eric Péan, Assistant Fiction Editor, is a passionate writer and editor with over ten years of experience. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Kingston University in London, U.K and a B.A. in English Literature. C.E. Péan was born to Haitian immigrants and has lived something of a nomadic life. He has lived in five countries and speaks four languages. He has been in love with fantasy, science fiction, and fiction since childhood. He is best known for his REVOLUTION series, a series of short stories of the Gospel of Luke set in a science fictional modern United States. REVOLUTION and other stories and poems can be found at patreon.com/cepean. He has written for various print and online media, both here in the United States and the United Kingdom. C.E. Péan is represented by Jevon Bolden at Embolden Media. His first novel is in the works for publication.

Sylvia Jones, Poetry Editor

Sylvia Jones, Poetry Editor, is a writer, educator, and prison abolitionist. She lives in Baltimore with her partner, the poet and translator Agata Ambrozewicz, and their buff tabby, Theo. She recently received her MFA from American University, where she served on staff for the literary journal, Folio. Before the pandemic she worked as a GED educator for incarcerated adults in Jessup, Maryland and as a civil rights tester with the National Fair Housing Alliance. Her most recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Allegory Ridge, DIAGRAM, Ponder Review, Spilt Milk, Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere. At the moment, she serves as a staff reader for Ploughshares and a member of the 2020 VIDA Count volunteer team. She pays rent by working remotely as a COVID-19 contract tracer for the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

Jake Kirby, Assistant Poetry and Fiction Editor

Jake Kirby, Assistant Poetry and Fiction 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.

Snigdha Koirala, Assistant Poetry Editor

Snigdha Koirala, Assistant Poetry Editor, is a a poet and writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Glass, Wildness, Gutter, and elsewhere. She is a graduate student at NYU’s Centre for Experimental Humanities, where, amongst other things, she explores the sedimentation of history and violence in the English language.