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 and marketing teams, as well as 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? Shakespeare. But I cheat on him regularly with Kate Atkinson, Jess Walter, Mary Karr, Anne Fadiman, Toni Morrison, Alistair MacLeod, Cormac McCarthy, Alison Bechdel and many, many others.

Aubrey Everett, Managing Editor

Aubrey Everett, Managing Editor

Aubrey assigns and edits stories for The Writer, communicates with freelancers, and works on the overall production of the magazine. Aubrey is also editor of another Madavor Media publication, Volleyball magazine. She has been working in the editorial department at Madavor since 2009 on various titles and company projects. Aubrey graduated from Emerson College with a degree in print and multimedia journalism and lives with her husband in the Boston area.

Favorite Writer? Ruth Reichl. It takes an extremely talented person to write about food. Reichl is the best at this seemingly easy, but amazingly difficult, task. As an avid home cook, I gobble up her words without restraint.

Mike O’Leary, Art Director

Mike O’Leary, Art Director

Mike is the art director for The Writer, as well as Art Business News, Inside Arts and International Figure Skating. Mike has been designing magazines for more than 20 years and started working at Madavor Media in 2011. Mike graduated from Fitchburg State College with a BS in communications and a concentration in graphic design. He currently lives in the Boston area.

Favorite writer? Ken Follett. I’ve always enjoyed reading about history, and Follett has a nice way of mixing suspense with historical accuracy. I think part of my fondness stems from the fact that I grew up reading his books. I remember my mother reading Eye of the Needle and passing it along to me. Since then, I have been hooked.

Stephanie Cwalina, Graphic Designer

Stephanie Cwalina, Graphic Designer

Stephanie is graphic designer for The Writer. She has been working at Madavor since September of 2012. Stephanie graduated from the University of Tampa with a BFA in graphic design and currently lives in the Boston area.

Favorite writer? Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I am always drawn to both his tragic stories and the eloquence of his words.

Hillary Casavant, Editorial Assistant

Hillary Casavant, Editorial Assistant

Hillary is editorial assistant and contributor to The Writer, as well as Art Business News and Gluten-Free Living.  Hillary graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in English and creative writing, and lives in the Boston area.

Favorite writer? My first literary hero was Jane Austen, a sparkling writer who merges wit and pragmatism with romance. Her novels taught me the truths of life and inspired me to follow her footsteps across London, Bath and the English countryside. Each time I re-read one of her stories, I’m reminded of my love for words, and how much I “infinitely prefer a book.”

Megan Kaplon, Editorial Assistant

Megan Kaplon, Editorial Assistant

As an editorial assistant, Megan contributes 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, Mass., 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.