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.


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.


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.


Brianna Scharfenberg
brianna (at) blackocean.org

Brianna Scharfenberg enjoys loose leaf tea, travel, and archery (to prepare for fictional scenarios such as a zombie apocalypse). She studied English Writing and Conflict Studies at DePauw University and currently lives in Chicago.


Kayti Lahsaiezadeh
Social Media & Outreach
publicity (at) blackocean.org

Kayti Lahsaiezadeh is a well-meaning heathen and writer of poems. A 2014 alum of the VONA/Voices Workshop, her poems have recently appeared in Post Road Magazine. Born and raised in San Diego, she currently lives and works in Boston.


Kristina Marie Darling
Assistant Editor for Handsome
handsomepoetry (at) gmail.com

Kristina Marie Darling loves to watch experiments unfold before her.  The recipient of numerous artists-in-residence fellowships in the United States and abroad, she currently lives in the airport.