Abby Rapoport, Publisher and Co-Founder
Abby spent the first portion of her career as a political reporter, covering Texas politics for the Texas Tribune, the Texas Observer and then The American Prospect. Her work has also appeared in Glamour, The National Journal and The New Republic. Prior to founding Stranger’s Guide, she served as Acting Publisher for the Texas Observer and currently chairs the Texas Democracy Foundation.
Kira Brunner Don, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder
Kira has worked as a magazine editor in New York for seventeen years and as a journalist in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She studied philosophy at The New School’s Graduate Faculty and worked at a think tank at Columbia University before joining Lapham’s Quarterly, where she was executive editor for eight years. She is co-editor of the book The New Killing Fields: Massacre and the Politics of Intervention and is the founding co-director of the Oakland Book Festival.
Hilary Flood, Associate Publisher
Hilary has worked throughout the publishing industry, including as an acquisitions editor for McGraw-Hill Education and Professional Publications, Inc. She has also worked with organizations dedicated to youth and teen writing, including serving as a development associate for Chapter 510, a K-12 writing center. She graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in English.
Kyla Kupferstein Torres, Managing Editor
Kyla has spent her career as a writer and educator. A New York native, she served the director of admissions for the Hunter College Campus Schools as well as the College’s director of partnership programs. Her writing has been published in anthologies and online and she’s currently at work on a nonfiction book. She received her B.A. from Vassar College and her Ed.M from Harvard’s School of Education.
Alex Hannaford, Web Editor
Alex has worked as a journalist since 1997 and is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad. He is the writer and director of The Last 40 Miles, an award-winning animated short film about the death penalty. He also hosted Dead Man Talking, a crime podcast for Audioboom, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. which won silver at the 2019 British Podcast Awards. Alex is a Fellow of The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University.
Joanna Yas, Literary Editor
Joanna was the editor of Open City Magazine & Books for over a decade and is currently editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review and executive editor of West 10th. She previously held positions at Ploughshares, Grand Street, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Joanna is the Readings & Special Programs manager at the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she teaches, co-curates the reading series and directs Writers in New York, the summer writing program.
Print Design: Justin Carder
Cover Illustrator: Benjamin Frisch
Kira Allmann, Aaron Bady, Joshua Beckman, Maria Dahvana Headley, Kyle Haddad-Fonda, Stephanie Heimann, Roger D. Hodge, Victor LaValle, John McMurtrie, Ayan Mittra, Emily Raboteau, Betsy Reed, Laura Secor, Cassim Shepard, Matthew Zapruder
STRANGER’S GUIDE BOARD
Kira Brunner Don
Ronald B. Rapoport
ISSUE EDITORIAL BOARDS
US National Parks Issue Editorial Board
Jerome T. Flood
Ireland Issue Editorial Board
Caribbean Issue Editorial Board
Courtney Desiree Morris
Moscow Issue Editorial Board
Antonina W. Bouis
Elena V. Siyanko
Mexico City Issue Editorial Board
Margarita de Orellana
Luisa Reyes Retana