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 and 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
Publicity Assistant
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.

Paige Ackerson-Keily
Editor for Handsome
handsomepoetry (at) gmail.com

Paige Ackerson Kiely is the author of My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer, and other works of poetry and prose. She lives in Vermont and works at a homeless shelter.


Allison Titus
Editor for Handsome
handsomepoetry (at) gmail.com

Allison believes that the motel in each of us, that central little vacancy or solitude, is what makes a poem possible. We are grateful that her own inner-motel makes Handsome possible. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with a rough and tumble assortment of skeleton keys and the letter F.


Susan McCarty
Prose Editor
*On Hiatus* 

Susan works as a genre book editor in New York. Despite her daily exposure to werewolf romances and cowboy potboilers, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prizein 2005. Since moving to New Jersey five years ago, Susan has developed a fondness for Bruce Springsteen, disco fries and fist fights.