We are Boston- and Cambridge-based writers, editors, and creative professionals aiming to foster a community of creative individuals and organizations dedicated to art, ideas, and making culture thrive.
Combining ‘Pangea’ — the world continent — and ‘gyrus’– the ridges of the cerebral cortex crucial to verbal association, Pangyrus is about connection.
What We’re Looking For
We want to publish well crafted, thought-provoking writing and multimedia storytelling in every genre you can imagine. Short stories, investigative reporting, reviews, essay and memoirs, flash fiction, poetry, journalism, short documentary film and visual arts, just to name a few. If you think our readers will find it entertaining and compelling, send it our way. We read every submission that we get with fresh eyes and an open mind. If your piece is what we’re looking for, our editors will work with you one-on-one to polish your work and get it ready for publication.
Who We Are
Greg Harris-Editor Greg Harris was born in Boston and received his MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University. He has taught writing at Harvard University since 2003. Greg has been recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. His audiorecording “Champion of Hot Peppers” won a 2001 National Parenting Publications Association Gold Medal for storytelling. His translation of Seno Gumira Ajidarma’s novel Jazz, Perfume, and the Incident was published as part of the Modern Library of Indonesia (2012).
Cynthia Bargar-Managing Editor Cynthia Bargar’s poems have appeared in Aperion Review, Driftwood Press, Sonic Boom, Gargoyle, LUMINA Online, The Centrifugal Eye, Poesia, & Airplane Reading. In April 2015 she wrote & posted 30 poems in 30 days as part of PoMoSco, a project of The Found Poetry Review. Her picture poem, Chimera, a collaboration with artist Nick Thorkelson, spent many days on a Boston fence as part of the exhibit, Windows on Fort Point. Cynthia is currently working on a manuscript, tentatively titled, Mental Health Movies.
Robin Beaudoin-Coordinating Editor Robin Beaudoin is a writer and Harvard Book Store staffer. A former intern in Beacon Press’s marketing department, she has contributed work to the Beacon Broadside, Bustle, and Gnome Magazine.
Ahna Wayne Aposhian- Managing Editor, Print Edition Ahna Wayne Aposhian is a writer specializing in short fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in Add Verb, The First Line, The Cliffhanger, and Subtext. She attends Harvard as an undergraduate.
Anne Bernays- Fiction Editor Anne Bernays is the author of ten novels, including Professor Romeo and Growing Up Rich, and co-author of What If?, one of the most widely used guides to creative writing. A teacher of fiction writing at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, she has published essays in The New York Times and other major publications.
Cheryl Clark Vermeulen- Poetry Editor Cheryl Clark Vermeulen is an Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her poems and translations have appeared in Caketrain, Jubilat, Third Coast, TWO LINES Online, DIAGRAM, EOAGH, Split Rock Review, Inertia Magazine, admit2, Carve [poems], Dispatx, Propeller Quarterly, Thermos blog, and eXchanges, as well as the anthology Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico. She is the author of the chapbook Dead-Eye Spring (Cy Gist Press) and a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowship. She received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, after working for a decade in non-profit organizations. Raised in a suburb south of Chicago, she has lived in Boston since 1998.
Dan Mazur- Comics Editor Dan Mazur is an independent cartoonist, editor, publisher, and author who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His comics have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his Cold Wind (with Jesse Lonergan), was named a notable in The Best American Comics of 2013. He is the co-writer with Alexander Danner of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present. He is co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and founder of Ninth Art Press, a small press devoted to comics and comics anthologies, which has recently published SubCultures: a Comics Anthology. www.danmazurcomics.com
Marie Danziger- General Nonfiction Editor Marie Danziger is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and was director of their Communications Program for almost 20 years. She has taught persuasive writing and speaking, film, and literature at universities in the Boston area and abroad for many years and has worked as a journalist, speechwriter, and academic administrator. She holds a doctorate in English and Rhetoric from Boston University and is the author of Text/Countertext and a range of articles on film, popular culture, and policy analysis, as well as co-author of the textbook Communicating in Business Today.
Kalpana Jain- Contributing Editor Kalpana is a writer and researcher at Harvard Business School and student at the Divinity School pursuing a Master in Theological Studies. Kalpana is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School. She has been a senior journalist whose reporting played a significant role in elevating public health as an important topic of news coverage in India. She has been been a health editor with the largest circulating English Daily, The Times of India.
Carmen Nobel- Contributing Editor, Features Carmen Nobel is a senior editor at Harvard Business School and a frequent contributor to publications including Boston Globe, NPR Science Friday, and Inc. Magazine. She lives in Watertown, Mass.
Christopher Hartman – Reviews Editor
Christopher Hartman is a 1985 graduate of Hartwick College. He is the author of one book, Advance Man: The Life and Times of Harry Hoagland; editor of another, Learn, Earn & Return: My Life as a Computer Pioneer, by Harlan E. Anderson, as well as numerous book reviews and features for the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. He presented at the 2006 Business History Conference held at the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre, has been an event producer at several Boston Book Festivals, and served for five years as Vice President of Bookbuilders of Boston.
Lakeisha Landrum – Business Strategy Consultant
CLakeisha Landrum was the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for The Harbus News Corporation, and has served as a research associate at Harvard Kennedy School and at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In addition to her work for the Harbus, she co-wrote (with Greg Harris) The Yale Experimentfor the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Chronicle Review.
Yahya Chaudhry – Social Media Assistant Yahya Chaudhry is a writer specializing in international relations, history, politics, non-fiction book reviews and film criticism. His work has been published in Jacobin Magazine, New Left Project, The Boston Globe, and other publications. He attends Harvard as a graduate degree candidate.
Graeme Harcourt- Newsletter Editor and Marketing Assistant Graeme Harcourt comes from TalkingWriting.com, where he approached authors and helped publicize their work. Previously a research assistant to Harvard faculty, he explored linkages between Islam and underdevelopment, digital media and leadership, and past and present forms of nature writing, among other completed projects. Graeme studies under Special Student status at the Kennedy School and Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He writes about communications media’s impact on organizational behavior and enjoys crafting songs, fiction, and essays.
Jess McCann- Nonfiction Editor Jessica McCann works in research communications at Harvard University. She is also a freelance writer and editor of everything from academic articles to novels to blog posts. Jessica is currently finishing her graduate degree in English with Harvard Extension School, and she holds a BA in English from Northeastern University. When she’s not reading and writing, she enjoys travel, yoga, and hiking.
Esther Weeks – Visual Arts/Graphic Design, Web Developer Assistant
Esther Weeks has a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College and a MFA in Visual Information and Instructional Design from Harvard Extension School. She spends her summers working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service and leads a semi-nomadic life, usually in the Western United States. She enjoys hiking, photography, videography, and travel.
Mona Tousian- Science Editor Mona Tousian was born in California and received her degrees from UC Berkeley in Neurobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Mona has lived abroad in Japan, the Lesser Antilles, and has spent the last 8 years in Boston. She’s worked at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, MIT, and UCSF Medical Center. Her work has been published in Behavioral Research and Therapy, Harvard Gazette, and her hand-drawn neural network illustrations were published in Predictions of the Brain by Oxford University Press. She currently teaches in Boston and works at Harvard’s Department of Institutional Diversity and Equity.
Erica Boyce Murphy – Associate Fiction Editor Born and raised in Massachusetts, Erica holds a BA in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and a JD from Harvard Law School. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her first novel.
Sarah Colwill-Brown – Associate Fiction Editor
Sarah is Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House and blog editor at GrubStreet, the nation’s leading creative writing center, where she also teaches the novel. Her work has appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, Poetry & Audience, and other places, and she was a 2017 recipient of the work-study scholarship for Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Sarah has served on the editorial team for Post Road, Solstice, and The Conium Review, and is thrilled to have found a journal to call home in Pangyrus. She is at work on her first novel, and is represented by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic. More information available at sarahcolwillbrown.com.
Abraar Chaudhry- Design Assistant Abraar Chaudhry is a designer specializing in web design, publishing and computer programming. He attends Brown University as an undergraduate majoring in applied mathematics.
Deborah Norkin – Food Writing Editor
Deborah Norkin is Editorial Director of Santé, an online publication to the up-market restaurant trade (isantemagazine.com). She is wholly responsible for all editorial content for the magazine. Her features, essays and fiction have appeared in magazines and newspapers, including The Boston Globe. She holds a BS in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Professional Chef’s Diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers Business School.
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