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? Wait, what book am I reading right now?

Mike O’Leary, Art Director

Mike O’Leary, Art Director

Mike is the art director for The Writer, as well as Gluten-Free Living. 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? See what Alicia wrote above? Like she said.

Megan Kaplon, Contributing Editor

Megan Kaplon, Contributing Editor

As contributing editor, Megan 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, 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.