Contributor Awards and Prizes
Our editorial board consists of library professionals, writers, students, and a professor.
Stephanie Katz, Editor-in-Chief, is a librarian with Manatee Libraries. She earned her Bachelor's in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida and her Master's in Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida. She was selected as one of Library Journal’s 2020 Movers & Shakers for her work with 805. Her professional and creative writing can be found in various publications including the Journal of Library Administrators, School Library Journal, YALS, Strategic Library, Authors Publish Magazine, Florida Libraries, The Bradenton Herald, and Akashic Books. She is the author of Libraries Publish: How to Start a Magazine, Small Press, Blog, and More (Libraries Unlimited, ABC-CLIO, 2021).
Jae Johnson is a librarian and Programming Coordinator for Manatee Libraries. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in writing at Cornell University and her Masters of Arts in Library and Information Science at the State University at Albany, New York. She loves literary fiction for its beauty of language and understated power.
Courtney DeSear, Poetry Editor, is an Assistant Supervisor Librarian for the Manatee Libraries. She earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and also has a Masters of Arts in Children's Literature from Simmons College. A former bookseller and teacher, Courtney loves to read Young Adult books, short stories, romance, nonfiction and fantasy.
Julieanna Blackwell, flash fiction editor, is a writer of short stories and essays. Her work has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Literary Orphans, Slippery Elm Literary Journal, MoonPark Review, and elsewhere. The Naples Daily News published her humorous column of personal essays and her stories have also been featured in local magazines and publications. She was the co-ambassador of the Authors Guild-Tampa Branch. She developed and leads the “Elements and Arcs” series of writing classes and workshops, which are designed for the adult library patron interested in exploring creative writing and flash fiction.
Aaron Drake is a Library Assistant at Manatee Libraries. He is a former magazine editor and freelance contributor to a variety of publications about travel and LGBTQ+ topics of interest. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He loves spending time at the beach, playing with his German Shepherd and exploring Florida.
Sylva Osbourne is a Librarian I of Information Services for Manatee Libraries. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Indiana in Bloomington, IN. She enjoys puzzles, plants, and video games, and especially loves reading fantasy, drama, romance, graphic novels, comics, and manga.
Molly Saunders is a teen librarian for Manatee Libraries. She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science and an M.A. in Children's Literature from Simmons University in Boston. She reviews books for School Library Journal, primarily LGBTQIA+ books for children and teens, and her writing has also appeared online at The Horn Book's Out of the Box blog and HarperStacks. You can find her writing love letters to her favorite books on Instagram @rainbowwitch_reads.
David Breakfield is a librarian with Manatee Libraries and helps maintain the Eaton Florida History Room. He holds a Bachelor’s in Humanities and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. He likes to read LGBTQIA, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy fiction, as well as cinema. He is the president of Manatee Film Society. He enjoys antiquing and going on road trips.
Mary Tischbein earned her Bachelor’s in Communications with a focus on Film Studies at Queens College in NYC. Her cartoons have been published in Aquarium Fish and Reptile print magazines. While performing standup comedy under the stage name Long Island Mary, she rose up the ranks of the local comedy scene and performed in 11 states during her 10 year run. The original material focused on caregiving her elderly mother, relocated from NYC to Florida and coming out late in life. She won and placed in the finals in many regional comedy competitions, including winning the Sarasota Chapter of Florida’s Funniest Comedian. She writes sketch comedy with her funny friends and is currently the fiscal analyst at Manatee Libraries.
Ana Y. Feliciano Chico is the Librarian II of Adult Services for the St. Petersburg Library System. She earned her Masters of Science in Information Science from the University at Albany, State University of New York and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico. She loves reading diverse books of all kinds by authors of different backgrounds.
Makayla Berry earned her Bachelor's in English with a focus in Mass Communications at the University of North Florida and is pursuing her Master's in Library and Information Sciences at the University of South Florida. She works as a Youth Services Library Associate III at Clay County Public Library System. She writes poetry and short stories, and she is working on her first chapbook.
Matthew Masucci is an Professor of Language and Literature at the State College of Florida. He is the faculty advisor of Elektraphrog, the State College of Florida Venice Campus student literary and arts magazine. He enjoys reading genre fiction and presenting papers on Literature of the Fantastic. His next presentation is “Angry Eden: Approaching Plant Entelechy through Plant Horror and Eco-Colonization in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.
Brooke M. Smith is an Information Services Librarian at Manatee Libraries. She earned a Master of Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania. A former teacher, Brooke enjoys reading cozy mysteries, nature photography, watercolor painting, drawing, and being outdoors.
Paige Eve Chant
Praise for 805
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