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About Pangyrus

Based in the Boston area, Pangyrus is a community of writers, editors, and creative professionals  dedicated to art, ideas, and making culture thrive. Pangyrus is about connection. We bring readers to make unexpected connections across a wide range of ideas, genres, and geographies. We also prioritize the publication of new and unexpected voices.

The name’s echo of “papyrus” is deliberate: we engage with political and social  issues,  but edit  for  writing that will stand the test of time. Our hybrid publishing model — 2-3 posts per week online and 2 print editions a year—allows us the flexibility to publish topical opinion pieces alongside poetry, comics journalism alongside memoir and fiction.

Meet the Staff

Greg Harris


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).

Amanda Lewis

Managing Editor

Amanda Lewis is a former literary agent who represented bestselling authors of young adult and middle grade novels, picture books, and children’s nonfiction. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard/Radcliffe Publishing Program. She writes, paints, and cooks in Winchester, Ma.

Anne Bernays

Senior 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.

Virginia Pye

Fiction Editor

Virginia Pye’s collection, Shelf Life of Happiness, won the 2019 IPPY Gold Medal for Short Fiction. Her novels, River of Dust and Dreams of the Red Phoenix, have also received literary awards. Her essays have appeared in Literary Hub, New York Times, The Rumpus, Huffington Post and elsewhere. Virginia has taught at NYU and UPenn and most recently at GrubStreet in Boston. She serves on the board of the Women’s National Book Association, Boston chapter, has been a Tin House scholar and a repeat fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Ginny lives in Cambridge with her husband and mini poodle puppy, Honey. Visit her at:

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.

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.

Yelena Chzhen

Assistant Managing Editor

Yelena lives in London with her husband, two kids, a dog and a cat. A few years ago she left her career in Financial Consulting to do what she always loved. She writes book reviews on her blog and for UK magazines, works in a school of creative writing and in her spare time enjoys pottery.

Deborah Norkin

Zest! Editor

Deborah Norkin is Editorial Director of Santé, an online publication to the up-market restaurant trade ( 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.

Cynthia Bargar

Associate Poetry Editor

Cynthia Bargar’s poems have appeared in many journals including LUMINA, Comstock Review, Gargoyle, Driftwood Press, Sonic Boom, Stoneboat Literary Journal, and Poems2Go. Her forthcoming debut collection, Sleeping in the Dead Girl’s Room, will be published by The Lily Poetry Review Press in 2022. She lives and writes in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Aime Card

Associate Nonfiction Editor

Aime Card is author of And Beneath it all Was Love, a memoir about her experience with breast cancer. Her current work in progress is an historical nonfiction narrative about a women's track team in 1960 and their journey to the Olympics from her hometown in Nashville. On the best days you can find her walking a beach on the North Shore of Boston with her sidekicks, Serendipity and Moose, baking with her daughter, listening to her son bang on the drums, or with a glass of wine in her hand by the firepit with her husband.

Indu Shanmugam Guzman

Associate Fiction Editor

Indu S. Guzman has worn many hats during her life: high school English teacher who taught in the US & abroad, boutique salesperson, administrative assistant at Harvard Law School, editor at Ooligan press, freelance editor, and Boston chapter coordinator for Editorial Freelancers' Association. As an editor, she's edited award winning books. Currently, she is the Marketing & Production Coordinator at Chalice Press. Fiction remains to be her first love. She received her M.S. in Publishing from Portland State University, Oregon, where she's also studied rhetoric & composition and literary criticism. She lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts with her husband and kids. When she isn't writing, she enjoys reading books that take her to another place whether it be literary fiction, mainstream fiction, or science fiction.

Michaela Gaziano

Schooled Editor

Born and raised in the Boston area, Michaela Gaziano has worked in policy research and education in Washington D.C., New York City, and Malaysia. She recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a master’s degree in public policy, where she enjoyed writing for the student newspaper. She loves cooking and eating, reading in hammocks, and hiking New England.

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.

Rachel West

Field Notes, Science Editor

Rachel is a biologist, writer, editor, and educator from New Hampshire who loves exploring the outdoors (on foot and in her kayak) and sharing her passion for nature with others. She has published in the Boston Globe and numerous scientific journals, and has written radio spots for the Montshire Museum of Science (VT) describing some of the wonders of the natural world to listeners of all ages. She has taught Environmental Science at a community college and led dozens of hands-on natural science workshops in elementary schools (with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Four Winds Nature Institute). She holds multiple science degrees, and has studied writing in several genres at the University of New Hampshire, Grub Street, and Creative NonFiction. She continues to expand her skills through MFA coursework and by volunteering with Biodiversity for a Liveable Climate.

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.

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.

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 leads a semi-nomadic life working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service, usually in the Western United States. She enjoys hiking, photography, videography, and travel.

Christopher Hartman

Contributing 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

Carmen Nobel

Dear Pan Editor

Carmen Nobel is a writer, editor and editorial strategist based in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her work has been published by The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Inc., NPR Science Friday, PC Magazine, Quartz, Forbes, eWeek and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Formerly the senior editor of Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, she now serves as program director of Journalist’s Resource at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.