Our Team

Indolent Books is an imprint of Indolent Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity incorporated in the state of New York. As such, we are governed by the board of directors of Indolent Arts. In addition, we have a growing team of volunteer editors and college interns. We are always on the lookout for eager and enthusiastic new team members. If you are interested in joining the Indolent Books team, please contact us.

Board of Directors

Debora Lidov, President of Indolent Arts, is the author of Trance (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Ars Medica, Cut Throat, Five Points, Salamander, upstreet, and The Threepenny Review. Debora is a medical social worker and lives in Brooklyn.

 

 

Antoinette Brim, Secretary of Indolent Arts, is the author of These Women You Gave Me (Indolent Books, 2017),  Icarus in Love (Main Street Rag, 2013), and Psalm of the Sunflower (Aquarius Press/Willow Books, 2010). She is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines as well as in the anthologies Villanelles (Everyman’s Library, 2012); Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander (FreedomSeed Press, 2013), Critical Insights: Alice Walker (Salem Press, 2012); 44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States (Third World Press, 2011); Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women (Haven Books, 2010); Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta! (GirlChild Press, 2008); and The Whiskey of our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent (Haymarket Books, 2017). Brim serves as the President of the Board of the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, Conn., and is an Assistant Professor of English at Capital Community College in Hartford, Conn.

Michael Broder, Treasurer of Indolent Arts and founding publisher of Indolent Books, is the author of Drug and Disease Free (Indolent Books, 2016) and This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He holds a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from New York University, and a PhD in Classics from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Broder lives in Brooklyn with his husband, the poet Jason Schneiderman, and a backyard colony of stray and feral cats.

 

Associate Editor

Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth (Indolent Books, 2016). Robert’s recent work appears in the Bellevue Literary Review, Kettle Blue Review, New Verse News, Radius Literary Magazine, Pretty Owl Poetry and other publications. He lives with his husband Stephen in Malden, Massachusetts and serves as Deputy Director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. His poetry, book reviews, and upcoming events can be found at robertcarr.org.

 

Assistant Editors

Lisa DeSiro is the author of the chapbook Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). She’s featured in Thirty Days: The Best of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project’s First Year (Tupelo Press, 2015) and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017). Her poems have also been published in many print and online journals, and have been set to music by several composers. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, and she is employed as Production & Editorial Assistant for C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works. Read more about her at thepoetpianist.com.

Wayne Johns is a poet whose work has appeared in Best New Poets, New England Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Image, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, An Invisible Veil Between Us (Thorngate Road, 1997). A former Lambda Literary fellow in fiction, he currently serves on the  staff of Raleigh Review and as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal.

 

Journey McAndrews is a poet, essayist, activist, memoirist, and food writer. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, Kudzu Literary Magazine, Kentucky Monthly, LILOPOH, Inscape Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, numerous newspapers and journals, and in the What Rough Beast and HIV Here & Now projects. She received an MFA from Spalding University in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry (2015), an Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women (2013) and a Writer-to-Writer Mentorship from AWP (2015), and has taught creative writing and journalism courses in colleges and creative writing workshops at community literacy organizations. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her two rescued cats—Boo Catley and Catticus Finch.

Tara Wanda Merrigan is a Hudson, NY-based writer whose work has been published by the by The Millions, Literary Hub, and The Rumpus, among other places. She holds a B.A. in the History of Literature of America from Harvard.

 

 

Rosanna Oh holds a BA in English literature with a concentration in writing from Yale University; an MFA in poetry from Johns Hopkins University; and an MA in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Harvard Review Online, Best New Poets, 32 Poems, Unsplendid, The Hopkins Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships and awards from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and the Academy of American Poets. A proud Long Islander, she lives and writes in New York City.

Samantha Pious is the author of A Crown of Violets (Headmistress Press, 2015), a selection of translations from the French poetry of lesbian writer Renée Vivien. Other translations and poems have appeared in Adrienne, Lavender Review, Mezzo Cammin, and other publications. This academic year, she is studying Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. For her dissertation, she is translating 100 Ballades: Lady & Lover (Cent Ballades d’Amant et de Dame) of Christine de Pizan, a fifteenth-century woman poet and philosopher.

Cristina Querrer is the author of chapbook The Art of Exporting (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Querrer received her MFA in Creative Writing from National University and her BA in Creative Writing with a minor in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, and is a U.S. Army veteran. She was an English Instructor at the College of Micronesia and various other colleges and currently resides in the Tampa Bay area. You can view her art and literary blog online at yourartsygirl.blogspot.com.

Roberto F. Santiago received his MFA from Rutgers University and BA from Sarah Lawrence College. His poetry has been published in Apogee, Foglifter, Assaracus, CURA, The Waiting Room Reader, Me No Habla With Acento, and other journals and anthologies. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Sarah Lawrence College, and Lambda Literary Foundation​. Roberto is​ the recipient of the Alfred C. Carey Poetry Prize and his debut book of poetry, Angel Park (Tincture, 2015), was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Roberto writes and produces his own music, ​and likens himself to Tennessee Williams in a poodle skirt, ​Gloria Anzaldúa in culottes​, and/or ​​James Merrill in ​short-shorts.​ Currently, he works as​ an educator​ in San Francisco where he also lives with a fiction writer and 17 year old cat that edits his poetry…whether he asks her to or not.

Jacob D. Snyder is a recent BA recipient from Binghamton University, with a major in English, general literature, and rhetoric, and a minor in global studies. While yet unpublished, he’s a longtime lover of books and was featured as the second-place winner in the prose category of Binghamton’s biennial Writing By Degrees conference (2017). He currently still lives in Binghamton among the rolling hills and recurring rain.

 

Interns

Michael Blood is an English major with a creative writing focus at Binghamton University, where he also serves as Vice President of the Binghamton Slam Poetry Club. Interested in a career involving publishing, writing, and teaching at higher levels, he intends to become a doctorate holding educator and author in the future.

 

 

Chloe Guedalia is an English major with a concentration in creative writing at Binghamton University. In her free time she enjoys reading books across a wide range of genres and subjects. She can be found reading anything from a book about the history of hair or the psychology of choice to contemporary classics such as The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien’s 1990 collection of linked short stories). She is working towards a future career as an editor or author.

Olivia Hu is a poet and the Editor-In-Chief of Venus Mag. She has been recognized by Hollins University and Scholastic, and her chapbook Ocean’s Children was published by Platypus Press in December 2016. Her work has appeared in Eunoia Review, Track Four, Ephemere, and other journals. When she isn’t writing, she is on staff at The Blueshift Journal. And of course, she interns right here at Indolent Books.

 

Jae Lee is an English major and creative writing minor focusing on the craft of poetry at New York University, where she is an editor for the official literary magazine, West 10th. She enjoys reading the journal entries of Sylvia Plath and other prominent literary figures and petting dogs and cats she runs into in the neighborhood in her free time. In the future, she hopes to become a published author and poet, as well as teach adolescents.

 

Julia LiMarzi is an East Asian Studies major at New York University. When not studying Asian Languages, she spends her time like a perfect Jane Austen heroine by reading, drawing, embroidering, and baking. Her greatest passion is traveling, and in the future, she hopes to travel freely as a literary translator.

 

 

Samara Rynecki is a double major in Psychology and English at Binghamton University. Her work has been published in Binghamton’s Literary magazine, Ellipsis, as well as Florence University’s monthly newsletter, Blending. She enjoys long walks on the beach and wandering down Florentine streets. In the future, she hopes to teach English and write a novel, while inspiring others to do the same.