Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

Akashic Books

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Ibrahim Ahmad is the senior editor at Akashic Books, where he has worked in various capacities since 2000. He leads frequent workshops with the Algonkian Writers Conferences and the New York Writers Workshop, where he also serves on the board of directors. He is the cofounder, with Akashic publisher Johnny Temple, of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting program, and is a regular participant in the Wilkes MFA Low-Residency Creative Writing Program and Literary Publishing MA Program.

Johanna Ingalls is the managing editor at Akashic Books where she has worked for over a decade since being rescued from the music industry by Akashic publisher Johnny Temple. A graduate of Barnard College, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and their foolishly oversized animals—an Irish Wolfhound named Beckett and a twenty-pound cat named Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Susannah Lawrence is the director of publicity and social media at Akashic Books. She oversees Akashic’s Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, in addition to Akashic’s presence on Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Riffle. She is a graduate of New York University, where she completed an award-winning undergraduate thesis on censorship, memory, and women’s rights in contemporary Irish literature.

Katie Martinez is the editorial and publicity assistant at Akashic Books. She helps manage Akashic’s various social media accounts, oversees Akashic’s original web content—including its Mondays Are Murder, Terrible Twosdays, and Thursdaze flash fiction series—and juggles any other editorial or publicity tasks that are thrown her way. She is originally from Miami, Florida, and is a graduate of New York University, where she studied dramatic literature, psychology, and media studies.

Aaron Petrovich has been working with Akashic Books since 2005, and is currently Akashic’s production manager, e-book developer, and associate editor. He was copublisher of Akashic Books’ short-lived Hotel St. George imprint, which produced his book The Session: A Novella in Dialogue. Aaron has written and performed short works of theatre in a variety of NYC venues including the Soho Rep, Improvised & Otherwise: A Festival of Sound and Form, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source, and the Estrogenius Festival.

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award, the American Association of Publishers’ 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing; and the 2010 Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature. Temple teaches courses on the publishing business at Wilkes University and Wesleyan University; and is the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn’s borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including The Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum.

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