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 publications including Stoneboat, LUMINA Online, Sonic Boom, Gargoyle, Driftwood Press, Comstock Review, and poems2go, among others. Her chapbook manuscript, Sleeping in the Dead Girl’s Room, was a finalist for the Comstock Review Chapbook Contest. She lives and writes in Provincetown, MA.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – Zest! 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.
Indu Shanmugan Guzman – Associate Fiction Editor
Indu S. Guzman is a editor specializing in fiction and narrative non-fiction and writer from Chelmsford, Massachusetts; and a coordinator for the Boston chapter of Editorial Freelancers’ Association. She has past experience as in-house editor for a medium-sized trade publisher and teaching English Literature at various settings. Currently, she enjoys freelance editing. She has Master’s degree in Publishing from Portland State University, Oregon where she took courses in Rhetoric and Composition and Literary Criticism. She has a B.A. in Education/English from Concordia University. She taught various writing, publishing, and literature classes ranging from middle school, high school through undergrad in Oregon and Singapore before moving to the Boston area. She’s lived in 5 countries: India, Dubai (U.A.E), Argentina, Singapore, and of course the USA, and traveled to several others. As an editor, she’s edited award winning books, and has a broad range of interests in the study of literature from Cultural Studies, Postcolonial literature, and the Hero’s journey. When she’s not writing or editing, she loves reading or watching comedy or sci-fi.
Amanda Lewis – Online Editor
Amanda Lewis is a former literary agent who represented bestselling authors of YA and middle grade novels, picture books, and children’s nonfiction. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Radcliffe Publishing Program. She writes, paints, and cooks without recipes in Winchester, Ma.
Artress Bethany White – Nonfiction Editor
Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the author of the poetry collection My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019), and the debut essay collection Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity (New Rivers Press, 2020). Her prose and poetry have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Hopkins Review, Pleiades, Solstice, Poet Lore, Ecotone, and Birmingham Poetry Review. White has received the Mary Hambidge Distinguished Fellowship from the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts for her nonfiction, The Mona Van Duyn Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and writing residencies at The Writer’s Hotel and the Tupelo Press/MASS MoCA studios. She is associate professor of English at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and teaches poetry and nonfiction workshops for the Rosemont College Summer Writers Retreat.
Erica Reaves – In Sickness and In Health Editor
Erica L. Reaves, DrPH, MPP, is a health policy analyst, focusing on healthcare financing and service delivery innovation. Her career in public health research and advocacy began in Maryland where she focused on the implementation and expansion of Medicaid home and community-based services and supports for seniors, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Erica currently serves on the board of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization addressing health equity for Black women and girls. She joined the Pangyrus editorial team in May 2020.
Suzannah Lutz – Communications Manager
Suzannah Lutz is a writer living in Brighton, MA. She is a master’s student in creative writing at the Harvard Extension School and a former co-organizer of Wordplay, a meetup for writers in the Boston area. Suzannah is currently at work on her first novel—a work of speculative fiction about the power of empathy—and a memoir about the intersection of shame, class, and the body. She enjoys astrology, dinosaurs, and playing french horn. You can find her on Twitter at @suzannahlutz or at www.suzannahlutz.com.
Susan Wyssen – Associate Nonfiction Editor
Susan Wyssen is a printmaker, weaver, and writer. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest on a lake carved between apples trees and forests. Her work explores memory and American mythology, particularly that of the agrarian West. She is especially interested in human relationships with nature, the tendency to position nature as both aggressor and comforter, enemy and balm. She currently resides in south Florida where she follows ibises around her front yard trying to sketch their curved beaks.
Tessa Rudolph – Editorial Assistant
Tessa Rudolph is a writer and student from Los Angeles, CA. She is currently a junior at Wellesley College, where she studies English and Psychology. When she’s not writing, she enjoys dog-walking and performing with the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society.
Christelle_Saintis – Schooled Editor
Christelle Saintis is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she earned her Masters in Education with a focus on International Education Policy. Prior to her studies, she worked as a teacher for 5 years, both domestically, in Chicago, and abroad in Thailand as well as Honduras. She is an avid reader and dabbles in writing when inspiration strikes.