Meet the Staff

Alicia Anstead, Editor-in-Chief

Alicia Anstead, Editor-in-Chief

Alicia Anstead is editor-in-chief of The Writer. She works closely with the editorial, design, marketing team and writers, to envision and produce the magazine. Alicia is also editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Harvard Arts Blog and teaches journalism at the Harvard University Extension School. An English department graduate of American University and the University of Maine, Alicia is a fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia. She has been a contributing producer and content strategist for the Sphinx Organization, Harvard Office for the Arts, the Boston Book Festival, Shakespeare in Stonington at Opera House Arts and Sister Cities International.

Favorite Writer? Wait, what book am I reading right now?

Mike O’Leary, Art Director

Mike O’Leary, Art Director

Mike O’Leary is art director for more than a dozen magazines published at Madavor Media, and he is the designer for The Writer, as well as Diabetes Self-Management. Mike has been designing magazines for more than 20 years and started working at Madavor in 2011. Mike graduated from Fitchburg State College with a BS in communications and a concentration in graphic design. He lives in the Boston area.

Favorite writer? See what Alicia wrote above? Like she said.

Meredith Quinn, Managing Editor

Meredith Quinn, Managing Editor

As managing editor of The Writer, Meredith Quinn keeps the moving parts of the operation running smoothly. She works closely with the editor-in-chief, design team and writers to meet deadlines. After studying journalism at New York University, Meredith worked in book publishing as a copy editor and an editorial assistant in New York City. Prior to joining Madavor Media in 2014, Meredith enjoyed the freelance life, which often happened to coincide with travel – particularly to Italy. She has also dabbled in pastry arts.

Favorite writer? Dr. Seuss has captivated me since childhood with his quick turns of phrase and joyful tongue twisters. I was quick to pick up a first run copy of What Pet Should I Get? to add to my well-worn collection.

Megan Kaplon, Contributing Editor

Megan Kaplon, Contributing Editor

As contributing editor, Megan Kaplon lends her writing and editorial talents to various titles in the Madavor Media family including The Writer. She joined the Madavor team as an intern in 2012, while completing her degree in writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College in Boston. Originally from East Tennessee by way of Yellow Springs, Ohio, Megan now calls beautiful Newton, Massachusetts, home.

Favorite writer? Margaret Atwood. In every one of her books, she drags you through such complicated and mysterious plotlines, and though sometimes the journey is uncomfortable and shocking, I find myself more than willing to be pulled along.