Our editors invite pitches and submissions on everything from the latest film releases to current affairs; from short research articles to dance reviews. Scroll down to see their profiles and specialisms.
Usha Akella: Poetry Editor
Usha Akella is the Poetry editor at Lucy Writers. She earned an MSt. in Creative Writing from Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, in 2018. She has authored four books of poetry, one chapbook and scripted/ produced one musical drama. Her most recent poetry collection is due for publication from Sahitya Akademi, India’s highest literary authority. Usha’s work has been included in the Harper Collins Anthology of Indian English Poets; she was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Austin in 2015, and has read with a group of eminent South Asian Diaspora poets at the House of Lords in 2016. Usha’s work is published widely and she is often invited to international poetry festivals in Trois Riviere, Slovakia, Nicaragua, Macedonia, Colombia, Slovenia, India etc. She is the founder of ‘Matwaala’, the first South Asian Diaspora Poets Festival in the US. She has won literary prizes and enjoys writing quixotic prose articles and interviewing poets and artists. She is the founder of the Poetry Caravan in New York and Austin which has offered several hundreds of poetry readings to those in women’s shelters, senior homes and hospitals. In response the City of Austin proclaimed January 7th as Poetry Caravan Day. To contact Usha and find out about the Matwaala Festival, contact her via this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tilda Bowden: Creative Writing Editor
Tilda Bowden is the Creative Writing editor at Lucy Writers. She is currently running a creative writing workshop in Kenya at a maximum-security women’s prison in Nairobi, as well as working on a historical fictional novel based on the life of British sculptor Kathleen Scott. Her work has been shortlisted for the Louis de Bernières Fiction Prize and the Lucy Cavendish Chronicle Fiction Prize. She writes poetry and short-stories and, like many writers, edits for a number of upcoming fiction writers. Tilda is always involved in numerous creative projects and collaborating with artists from diverse backgrounds. Contact: email@example.com
Laura Carman: Politics Editor
Laura Carman is the Politics editor at Lucy Writers. A recent masters graduate from Lucy Cavendish College, Laura is currently based in her home country of Australia. She has a background in feminist theory, digital media and gender inequality. During her time as a Lucian she was the inaugural Digital Editor at the Cavendish Chronicle, the college’s own student-led magazine. Laura is dedicated to social justice and aims to work towards principles such as gender equality and environmental sustainability throughout all aspects of her life. Laura speaks her mind and pushes boundaries. Her pronouns are she/her. Laura was thoroughly engaged with life at Lucy, holding the elected position of LGBTQ+ Officer with the Student Union. She is an unapologetic intersectional feminist and her primary research focused on women and non-binary folks’ experiences online. Although a professional with a Master of Philosophy in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, and undergraduate training in anthropology and archaeology, Laura enjoys writing for leisure and follows local and global politics avidly. She is very interested in interviewing women about their experiences in politics, participation in activism, and their personal life experiences. Find Laura on Twitter @LauraCarman or email her with unsolicited cat pics, political pitches for Lucy Writers, and job offers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou: Founding-Editor-in-Chief
Hannah is the founding editor-in-chief of Lucy Writers and edits their Art & Design, Books, Dance and Theatre sections. She completed her BA in English Literature at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and has an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies from King’s College, London. She is currently studying for a PhD in English Literature at UCL and teaches undergraduate students in the department. Her doctoral thesis explores the use and representation of the human body in the work of Mary Wollstonecraft and her circle. Hannah was Dance, Art and Books editor for London Student from 2017-2018. She regularly writes for online magazines, journals and blogs, such as London Student, The Cusp, The Modernist Review, Women: A Cultural Review, The London Journal, BSECS Criticks, and the Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies. She was shortlisted and came second in the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Student Journalist of the Year Award 2018 (for criticism). She is passionate about using art and literature to encourage young women and marginalized groups to find their creative voice. Hannah has co-run a creative writing workshop for women for several years, as well as a feminist reading group. She writes about contemporary art & culture, in particular visual art, dance and fiction. For more information, contact: email@example.com or tweet to @hhgsparkles
Sauleha Kamal: Film & Media Editor
Sauleha Kamal is the Film & Media Editor at Lucy Writers. She is currently teaching at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She holds an MPhil in English Studies: Criticism & Culture from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Economic History and English from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she won the 2015 Axinn Foundation/ Anna Quindlen Prize for excellence in writing. Sauleha is a fiction writer and essayist with work published in The Atlantic, Catapult and various other magazines and anthologies (her detailed portfolio is available here). She loves living in what they call the Golden Age of Television. She welcomes broad cultural criticism, interviews and reviews on anything television, film or media. Please contact at Sauleha.firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @Sauliloquy1
Aysha Abdulrazak: Guest Editor of Disembodied Voices: Friendship during Covid-19
Aysha Abdulrazak is a writer, critic and illustrator. She has worked in the education sector for several years. Aysha is interested in the power of words and creating more productive self narratives. She is currently working on a project to promote self empowerment and self love in children. Follow Aysha on Instagram @aysha_azk. To see Aysha’s illustration project with Banan Alkhazraj, Bananabread, follow them on Instagram @bananabreadnco and @aa.doodles
Sumaya Kassim: Guest Editor of Disembodied Voices: Friendship during Covid-19
Sumaya Kassim is a writer, curator and critic based in Birmingham, UK. She writes fiction and critical essays on art and culture and speaks regularly at universities, art galleries and museums about decolonising histories and the power of storytelling. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction project on autoimmunity as well as her first novel. She tweets @_SumayaKassim
Susanna Crossman: Guest Editor of The Dinner Party Reloaded
Susanna Crossman is an award-winning Anglo-French fiction writer and essayist, published internationally in print and online. She has recent/upcoming work in Paris Review, MAI Journal, Neue Rundschau, (2019) S. Fischer, We’ll Never Have Paris, (Repeater Books, 2019), Trauma (DodoInk, 2020), 3:AM Journal, Berfrois & more. Susanna regularly collaborates and runs international hybrid arts projects. She is co-author of the French roman L’Hôpital Le Dessous des cartes (LEK, 2015) and her debut novel Dark Island will be published by Delcourt (FR) in 2021. For more follow her on Twitter @crossmansusanna or visit her website http://susanna-crossman.squarespace.com/ Rep: Craig Literary, NY.
Previous Guest Editors for Lucy Writers
Rochelle Roberts: Guest Editor of Postcards in Isolation
Rochelle Roberts is a writer and artist based in London. She has an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing from City, University of London and works as Assistant Editor for the art publisher Lund Humphries. In 2019, she was shortlisted for Streetcar Magazine’s Experimental Writing prize and her poetry has been published in Visual Verse, Eye Flash Poetry and Severine, amongst others. You can read her work on her website or follow her on Twitter @rochellerart and Instagram @rocheller.
Rochelle conceived, wrote and was guest editor of the series, Postcards in Isolation, for Lucy Writers.
Elodie Rose Barnes: Guest Editor of Life in Languages
Elodie Rose Barnes is an author and photographer. She can be found between Paris, Spain and the UK (usually mixing up her languages) while her words can be found in places such as Amethyst Review, Clover & White & Neologism Poetry Journal. Her work is heavily influenced by Modernism and surrealism. Find her online at her website elodierosebarnes.weebly.com and on Twitter @BarnesElodie.
Shirley Ahura: Guest Editor of Dance
Shirley is a writer, researcher and professional dancer/co-creator of The Archetype Dance Team. She has written on everything from race and gender to postcolonialism and popular culture, and her short interview with The Good Immigrant‘s Chimene Suleyman, was published independently in 2017. Shirley’s first love is literature, and in 2016 she completed her MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy with distinction at Goldsmiths University, where she investigated the politics of representation in the publishing industries across Britain & France.
Lucy Writers Artist
Sara Rivers: current artist at Lucy Writers
Sara Rivers is an artist who works in different media. She completed her foundation diploma at Brighton School of Art and her BA in Fine Art at Canterbury School of Art. She has also studied Art Therapy at St Albans School of Art, Hertfordshire. Sara founded the Creativity Centre, a space for outsider artists and those recovering from mental ill health, at Isledon Road (formerly Corsica Street), London. She is a founder member of the Otherside Gallery, and has created three short films, all of which were funded by the NHS. Sara is passionate about improving the services available to people experiencing mental ill health, and has led many campaigns against the continued cuts to day services in the borough of Islington. Sara is the current artist for Lucy Writers, and has designed all the artwork for the website to date. To view more of Sara’s work follow her new Instagram account @pixbysararivers and see her profile on Outside In.