Janaka Stucky
janaka (at) blackocean.org

Janaka is practicing the perfection of effort through the pursuit of pugilism, while joyfully participating in the sorrows of the world. He is also the author of The World Will Deny It For YouYour Name Is the Only Freedom, and The Truth Is We Are Perfect. He likes his whiskey neat and his music dirty.


Carrie O. Adams
Poetry Editor
carrie (at) blackocean.org

Carrie Olivia Adams makes her home in Chicago, where she is a book publicist for the University of Chicago Press, the poetry editor for Black Ocean, and a biscuit maker and whiskey drinker. She is the author of Forty-One Jane Doe’s and Intervening Absence as well as the chapbooks “Overture in the Key of F” and “A Useless Window." Her third book, Operating Theater is forthcoming from Noctuary Press.


Thera Webb
Managing Editor
thera (at) blackocean.org

Thera Webb has a silent h. She enjoys cats, and reading anarchist theory and YA fantasy novels during work hours. She is the author of two chapbooks - Reality Asylum (H_NGM_N, 2015) and On the Shoulders of the Bear (Fractious Press, 2009).


Nikkita Cohoon
Web Management & Design
nikkita (at) blackocean.org

Nikkita makes things: poems, pictures, books, or the occasional herb-infused cupcake. She likes to paste found photos, paper scraps, and her memories of St. Francis’ relics (especially his teeth) on the walls of her partially-finished Michigan basement.


Kayti Lahsaiezadeh
Associate Editor
kayti (at) blackocean.org

Kayti Lahsaiezadeh seeks to defy categorization both in life and in writing. She believes in poetry as a form of resistance, prayer, and testimony. An alum of the VONA/Voices Workshop and the Tin House Poetry Workshop, her work has been published in Kweli Journal, Freezeray Poetry, and elsewhere. Born and raised in San Diego, she currently lives and works in Boston.


A. Minetta Gould
Associate Editor
minetta (at) blackocean.org

A. Minetta Gould was raised in the mittens by a beautician & crane operator. She is the author of four chapbooks, most recently from FAMILY (Black Warrior Review, 2013) and MASS (The New Megaphone, 2014). Currently she lives & works in Denver, CO.



napoleon (they/them/theirs) is a digital nomad DIY gothpop gossip poet banshee probably currently vagabonding to a library/cemetery/24-hour coffee shop/supermarket near you ASAP. They are a recent alum of the Juniper Institute, Omnidawn Poetry Conference, Bear River Writers’ Conference, & New York State Summer Writers Institute. You can find their latest publication at Peach Mag. Barring disaster, they graduate from SUNY Geneseo in May of the Roaring 20s centennial.