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About Pangyrus

Pangyrus is a literary magazine that is dedicated to art, ideas, and making culture thrive. Our name is a portmanteau of pan (all) and gyrus (the folds on the cerebral cortex of the brain). Pangyrus is about connection. We bring readers to make unexpected connections across a wide range of ideas, genres, and geographies. All that is worthy of thought and consideration, you’ll find here.

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 — two to three posts per week online and two print editions a year — allows us the flexibility to publish topical opinion pieces and reviews alongside poetry, comics, memoir and fiction.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for submitting your work. And thank you for donating so that we may continue ours.

Meet the Staff

Greg Harris

Founding 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 the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. His audio recording “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). He has published in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.

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. Virginia lives in Cambridge with her husband and mini poodle puppy, Honey. Visit her at: www.virginiapye.com

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 and others. 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 an associate professor at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Yelena Chzhen

Assistant Managing Editor and Social Media Director

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 has always loved--write. 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 (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.

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.

Molly Howes

Associate Nonfiction Editor

Molly Howes is a writer of nonfiction and memoir. Her book A Good Apology was released in July 2020 by Grand Central Publishing. She is a grateful recipient of fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and MacDowell. Her publications include the New York Times “Modern Love” column, Boston Globe Magazine, Bellingham Review, The Tampa Review, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Passages North, Emrys Journal and Pangyrus.

Apratim Gautam

Columns Editor

Apratim Gautam is originally from London and works in economic policy and international development. He has lived and worked in South East Asia and East Africa, and enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction, across politics, philosophy and public policy. Apratim loves writing, cooking, reading, and eating anything of interest in New York City.

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.

Anri Wheeler

Reviews Editor

Anri Wheeler is a writer, educator, and mother. She facilitates workshops on identity and antiracism for schools and nonprofits. She is a graduate of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator, Tin House, and VONA. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in LitHub, The Boston Globe, The Independent, Hippocampus, and Romper, among others. More at anriwheeler.com.

Aime Card

Generations 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.

Dan Mazur

Comics Editor

Dan Mazur is an independent cartoonist, editor, publisher, and author who lives in Cambridge, MA. 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.  www.danmazurcomics.com

Amy Glynn

In Sickness and In Health Editor

Amy Glynn has been working in public health for over the past decade, focusing on health disparities research and evaluation to improve care for complex needs populations. In her spare time, she writes a newsletter, Outtakes, about bloopers from her life. She was recently accepted into the Pioneer Valley Writing Workshop year-long revision program where she is finishing her first novel. When not writing or working, she is usually out hiking with her partner or drinking cold brew on the couch with her two cats.

Esther Weeks

Graphic Designer and Web Developer

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.

Matthew Koentjoro

Social Media and Marketing Manager

Matthew Koentjoro is a Boston-based marketing expert and writer of fantasy fiction, children’s books, and roleplay games. He specializes in helping game developers, authors, and similar creators build brands and leverage social media for platform growth and sales. You can see him in action on his DungeonGlitch and Gemmed Firefly brands on Twitter and gaming on Twitch.

Otis Fuqua

Associate Fiction Editor

Otis Fuqua is a fiction writer from Boulder, Colorado, living in New York City. His work has appeared in Calliope, Capsule Stories, Arkansas Review, and Jet Fuel Review, among others. He holds a degree in Creative Writing from Brandeis University, where he received the Dafna Zamarripa-Gesundheit Fiction Prize. He plays DnD, runs long distances, and is presently typing around his cat.

Our Readers:

Susannah Borysthen-Tkacz, nonfiction reader. Erica Bronstein, fiction reader. Lauren Busser, nonfiction reader. Lisa Cantwell, poetry reader. Alder Coolahan, poetry reader. Alexa Costi, nonfiction reader. Samantha Eldredge, nonfiction reader. Margaret Hanshaw, poetry reader. Judy Kessler, fiction reader. Lisa Lee, poetry reader. Kirsten Levy, fiction reader. Deb Mead, fiction reader. Anna Reidister, poetry reader. Jennifer Serafyn, nonfiction reader. Vincent Shiue, poetry reader. Matthew Silverman, poetry reader. Angelique Tung, nonfiction reader. Cassidy Vogel, poetry reader. Margot Wizansky, poetry reader.

Our Interns:

Eliza Greenbaum (Oberlin College) and Virginia Clarke (Emerson College)