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Pangyrus is about connection

Combining ‘Pangea’, the world continent, and ‘gyrus’–-the ridges of the cerebral cortex crucial to verbal association.

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).

Cynthia Bargar

Managing 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.

Amanda Lewis

Online 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mona Tousian

Science Correspondent

Mona Tousian grew up in California studying Neurobiology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics. After living in Japan and the Lesser Antilles, she returned to the United States and has been in Boston for 12 years working at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, and NeuroBoston, the baby think tank she founded in 2016. Her scientific work and art have appeared in Behavioral Research and Training, Harvard Gazette, and Predictions of the Brain by Oxford University Press. Her efforts center public health needs related to cultural and philosophical perspectives of wellness, quality of life, decision making, nature conservancy, and social ethics. She currently works at Harvard John A. Paulson School Of Engineering And Applied Sciences while taking care of a ill parent full-time. She’s a devout nature enthusiast who enjoys surfing, writing music, and volunteering at her local zine library.