Lisa Diane Kastner, Founder & Executive Editor
Lisa Diane Kastner is the Founder and Executive Editor of Running Wild Press.
Likes: great stories, great writing, writing in-between genres, laughter, joy, a collaborative effort, great food, great drinks, great music, art, travel, dancing from the heart, great friends and family.
Dislikes: negativity for negativity sake, offering problems without possible solutions, days so hot that she’d turn into a piece of burnt toast within moments of walking into the sunlight, okra.
Andrea J. Johnson, Acquisitions Editor and Lead, RIZE Imprint
Andrea J. Johnson is honored to have been tapped to help shape Running Wild’s new RIZE Imprint focused on writers of color. Andrea holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University but remains passion about literature as a whole. Her work as an author includes mystery, romance, pop culture analysis, and craft advice. She’s also earned a copyediting certification from UC San Diego (and has taken more grammar classes than she has toes) but prefers the developmental process of helping new writers find their voice.
Likes: Jeeps, yoga, ice cream, beach days, action flicks, and soulful stories written about people striving to become their best selves
Dislikes: Shortsightedness, complainers, and folks who don’t believe in magic.
Cecile Sarruf, Editor
Cecile Sarruf recently jumped on board at Running Wild Press as editor. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles and has a trained eye for fresh authentic voices, no matter what genre. Being a published author of fiction and creative nonfiction, she anticipates the creative pulse in others.
Likes: Literature, Lebanon, painting in her free time, foreign film, social causes, opera, cats, Turkish coffee, the beach and organized chaos.
Dislikes: The disingenuous and mediocre swim of posers, bombast.
Barbara Lockwood, Editor
After leaving a satisfying career in medicine, Barbara Lockwood embraced her love of the well-written narrative and joined Running Wild Press to help their amazing authors birth their books and send them out into the world. She lives with her husband, cat, and bunny in a reconstructed church in the boondocks.
Likes: Brilliant writing, new ideas, different perspectives, communing with nature, creating art, sharing expertise, but most of all learning, learning, learning, and bunnies and kitties.
Dislikes: People whose minds are so closed that no new ideas can squeeze in and people whose minds are so open their brains have fallen out. Bad grammar except when purposefully used in creative ways, which is rare!
Peter A. Wright, Editor
Peter A. Wright enjoys being an editor at Running Wild Press. A published author of both fiction and creative nonfiction, Peter has a novella forthcoming later this year. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a graduate from the University of Chicago’s Graham School. Staying true to the author’s voice while providing honest feedback and creative suggestions is tantamount to a successful editing process.
Likes: Motorcycle touring, writing, stories that do more than just tell a story, traveling, Broadway, books, & grilling
Dislikes: Drivers who don’t pay attention to the road, celebrated ignorance
Benjamin White, Editor
When Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Ben White retired from the United States Coast Guard, he defended his doctoral dissertation, letting the Coast Guard keep the “LC” while he kept the “DR.” Then, when Dr. Ben White was earning his third Master’s degree – an MFA from the University of Tampa – he somehow thought he was a poet. But he is not a poet at all. He is a witness. What he writes is testimony. Ben is the author of The Kill Gene, Buddha Bastinado Blues, a Running Wild Press Novella, The Cuban, and poems that have appeared in So Say We All, The Purple Breakfast Review, Proud To Be, and various online journals.
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Andrew DiPrinzio is a literature teacher specializing in educating students with dyslexia. His work has been featured in Philadelphia Stories, Typehouse Magazine, and Inwood Indiana. He currently lives in Philadelphia.
Rebecca Dimyan is an award-winning writer whose nonfiction essays and short fiction have appeared in national and international print and online publications. She teaches writing and literature at several universities in Connecticut. An experienced editor who specializes in long & short fiction projects, creative nonfiction, health and wellness writing, and cultural narratives, Rebecca is excited to join the team of talented editors and impressive authors at Running Wild Press.
Likes: drinking hot tea all year round, driving with the windows down and radio on, and writing that inspires, provokes, and surprises
Dislikes: Traffic, folding laundry, hiccups, and run-on sentences
Lisa Montagne, Director of Education
As the Director of Education for Running Wild Press, Dr. Lisa Montagne is the administrator of the learning management system, oversees curriculum development, and trains and guides instructors. Dr. Montagne brings many years of experience in the arts and in education to this position. She is a visual and performance artist, a writer, a college English professor, and former director of educational technology and online learning at Fullerton College in Orange County, California. She is active in distance education leadership at the local and state levels, and she keeps up-to-date with current federal and California state standards for distance education for accredited higher education institutions. She has 20 years of experience teaching college English, and 17 years of experience teaching writing classes in an online environment. She has taught composition and literature at University of California Irvine, Irvine Valley College, and Long Beach City College. She has B.A. in English with a drama minor, an M.A. in English literature, and a doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in online learning. She was a Carnegie Foundation Research Fellow, and she is an alumna of the Yale Writer’s Workshop. Her creative non-fiction and personal narrative essays have been published by Running Wild Press and Boomer Reviews. Her blog “Talking Out of My Pie Hole” is at lisamontagne.com. She has performed her poetry all over Los Angeles for Linda Kaye Presents, at the Beyond Baroque literary center, and for Lummis Day 2016.