Mira Mason-Reader, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Mira Mason-Reader is the founder and editor-in-chief of Apricity Press. She has a B.A. in English, Creative Writing and Dance from Mills College and has an M.A. in Creative Writing from University College Cork in Ireland.
Mira is a poet and a dancer whose writing has been published in a variety of publications including, Cordella Magazine, ELKE "A Little Journal" and The Walrus Literary Magazine. Mira is a recipient of the Mary Merritt Henry Prize for a group of poems. As a dancer, Mira has performed both her own work and other choreographers' for a little over twenty years. Most recently, Mira was selected to perform in "Reading a Wave", a dance & art installation by Bay Area artist Laura Elayne Miller.
Authors close to Mira's heart include e. e. cummings, Sandra Cisneros, Dorianne Laux, William Carlos Williams and Jeffrey Eugenides.
Neil Davidson, Fiction Editor
Neil Davidson is the fiction editor for Apricity Press. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, where he focused his studies on American and Russian literature. He has a friendly obsession with folklore and myth of all varieties.
Neil is a fiction writer, whose work has been previously published by Scary Dairy Press and Unbound: Literary Arts Magazine. He won Unbound’s 2013 “My Bloody Valentine” Theme Contest with his short story of the same title. In 2015, he was awarded the Walter and Nancy Kidd Scholarship by the University of Oregon for his participation in the highly competitive Kidd Tutorial creative writing program. As a writer, he has an endless love and appreciation for the subtlety of the short story, but has also been known to dabble in the occasional novel.
His favorite writers include Cormac McCarthy, Alice Munro, and Isaac Babel.
Olivia Mertz, Poetry Editor
Olivia Mertz is a Poetry Editor for Apricity Press. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Olivia is a poet and visual artist. Her work employs portraiture to investigate the human psyche, personality, and relationships. She is inspired by the natural world, intimacy, and awkward moments. Olivia’s work has appeared in The Walrus, she is a recipient of the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, and she was a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Recently, Olivia’s enjoyed Shane McCrae’s Mule, Stephanie Young’s Ursula or University, and Ariana Reines’ Coeur De Lion.
Eden Sugay, Poetry Editor
Eden Sugay is a Poetry Editor for Apricity Press. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College and is working up the nerve to pursue her MFA, while working at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, CA.
Eden is a poet and (sporadic) dancer. Her writing highlights her voice as a queer woman of color and documents a constant, evolving journey navigating identity and relationships. Eden is inspired by the sun and the pink-faced, glossy-eyed details of honesty. Her work has appeared in The Walrus.
Poets and writers whom Eden possesses profound admiration for include Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Nayyirah Waheed, Roxanne Gay, Yrsa Daley-Ward, and Ada Limón.
Darian Volk, Visual Arts Editor
Darian Volk is the Visual Arts Editor for Apricity Press. Darian has a B.A. in Art History at Portland State University and lives in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Darian has been working in the visual arts field for a number of years, varying between the creation of her own works of art to teaching art to special needs students at the local high school she graduated from. Her personal art focuses on turning literary works into visual art pieces with a concentration on the human form. As an art history student, she has studied many art movements, her favorite being ancient art -especially Greek and Roman- as well as the Renaissance.
Her favorite artists include Titian, Dürer and Cindy Sherman- specifically the “Sex Pictures” series.
Kelly Warburton, Prose Editor
Kelly Warburton is the Prose Editor for Apricity Press. She is twenty- nine and has an MA in Creative Writing in University College Cork, as well as an Arts degree from UCC in English and Psychology and an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway.
She previously worked in publishing in London. She lives in Cork, Ireland with her two friends and her dog Brody.
Marcelo Kuna, Dance Editor
Marcelo Kuna is the Dance Editor for Apricity Press. He graduated with a B.A. in Dance from the Communication of the Body Arts course at PUC-SP. He currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil. Dancer, singer and certified DanceAbility teacher (Montevideo, 2013), Marcelo is interested in exploring queer performativity, and the mixed abilities of (dis)abled bodies through the arts of the body.
Recently, he created a concert called "Cancioneiro Queer" (Queer Songbook), which features LGBTQ/feminist songs from the repertoire of Weimar Republic Cabaret, Opera, Broadway, Off Broadway, and Brazilian Musical Theatre. Together with his solo "Transviado (Ich bin die fesche Lola!)", the concert was presented as a part of the November/2016 SESC Palladium's program comprised of LGBTQ artists' work, in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.
In 2016, he published a 'made for iBooks' ebook called "I Am The Naughty Lola!", currently available for purchase on the Apple Store's iBooks app. A feminist art manifesto that focuses on a male body dancing with camp sensibility, the book travels through recent Dance history, and Queer Theory to investigate possibilities for a queer dance.