Mira Mason-Reader, Founder and 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, Voices and Visions 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 flown to Rochester, New York to perform the choreography of Leigh Ann Kabatra in Dances at MuCCC, Contemporary dance by regional, national and international visiting artists. She is currently a dancer for the Lane Dance Company in Eugene, Oregon.
Authors close to Mira's heart include e. e. cummings, Sandra Cisneros, Dorianne Laux, William Carlos Williams and Jeffrey Eugenides.
Matthew Walton, Associate Editor
Matthew Walton is the associate editor for Apricity Press. He is a History and Digital Communication Arts graduate from Oregon State University.
Matthew is an national award-winning radio personality & producer,
a poet & a journalist; an art & media factotum. He is endlessly inspired by the landscape of the Oregon Coast he grew up on, and uses that inspiration to fuel much of his artistic endeavors. Most recently, Matthew has contributed his journalistic talents to various alternative newspapers throughout Oregon.
His favorite authors include Sherman Alexie, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Bukowski, and Robert Musil.
Olivia Mertz, Poetry Editor
Olivia Mertz is the 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.
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.
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 and sometimes poet, whose work in both genres has been published in Unbound Literary Arts Magazine. He won the magazine’s 2013 “My Bloody Valentine” Theme Contest, and 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 an undergraduate, Neil served for a year as the Vice-President of Sigma Tau Delta, an International English Honor Society, during which time he organized events to raise awareness of the literary life on the University of Oregon campus. 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, Anton Chekhov, William Faulkner, and Yevgeny Zamyatin.