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Lisa Diane Kastner, Founder & Executive Editor

Lisa D. Kastner, Founder and Exec. Editor
Lisa Diane Kastner, Founder and Exec. Editor, Running Wild, LLC

Lisa Diane Kastner is the Founder and Executive Editor of Running Wild Press. She’s been a writer and editor for more than twenty years. She has her MFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in Fiction and Nonfiction from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State University, her undergraduate from Drexel University, and is also an alumni of Moorestown Friends Upper School. Lisa began Running Wild with the belief that we can change the world through story.

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.

Chat with Lisa on Clubhouse at @lisadkastner or Instagram at 60shadesofred or Twitter at @LisaDKastner or FaceBook 

Chris Major, Acquisitions Editor & Editor, RIZE

Chris Major is the Acquisitions Editor for RIZE. A native of Birmingham, Alabama he received his BA in British Literature from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is currently pursuing his MFA in creative writing as well as his MBA in organizational leadership.

Likes: Music (well, loves), good writing, stand up comedy, sports video games, cold beer, and a good fish fry.
Dislikes: Big Red gum, Crunchy peanut butter, scary movies, heavy metal, and Kevin Bacon films (I wish he never did that Sleepers film)
You can find Chris on FaceBook

Benjamin White, Acquisitions Editor & Editor

Ben White

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.

I like toothpaste before it expires;
philosophical thoughts on windshield flyers;
city skylines marked by ancient spires;
baseball cards pinned to bicycle tires
 – and the way tiny fence-post dancers spin their routine…
But I don’t like facts people can’t substantiate;

elevators that take too long to elevate

bumper stickers and the horns they initiate

the magic spells of predestined fate
 – and voodoo angels forced to pretend to know what I mean

Peter A. Wright, Acquisitions Editor & 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

 

Alexis August, Production Manager, RIZE

Alexis August is the production manager for RIZE. Alexis is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California where she earned both her bachelor’s in English creative writing and master’s in literary editing and publishing in four years. Alexis has been writing since she was a little girl and decided to major in English despite her parents’ fear she would never find a job. Her work has been featured in Blavity, Yes Poetry, Talking Lit, Chatter, Scribe, and Talking Out Loud.

Likes: Good books, good food, good company

Dislikes: Those frosted sugar cookies everyone loves

 

Lexi Danielson, Publicity and Social Media Manager

Lexi Danielson is a creative who believes in story being at the center of every piece. Her journey began as a book-savvy child obsessed with recreating those alternate realities. After a trip to a local car show with her father and a camera, she realized that these written stories could be recreated through images, and a newfound love of film was born. She is currently completing her B.S. in Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College and is ecstatic to have the opportunity to return to her roots.

Likes: Spontaneous journeys, the dusky possibility of sunset, the many personalities of Snoopy, her small dog who acts like a cat, driving with the top down, and overly descriptive sentences that continue for far too long

Dislikes: Normalcy, an unwillingness to grow or mentor, and letting a good cardboard box go to waste

Andrew DiPrinzio, Editor

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, Editor

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

 

Laura Huie, Editor

Laura Huie is an editor and writer who specializes in amplifying diverse and underrepresented storytellers for RIZE. She has studied at Belmont University, earning her undergraduate degree in Publishing with an editorial concentration. Laura is also the Co-Managing Editor for Belmont Story Review, a national magazine of arts, faith, and culture. She is currently a literary agent intern with The Seymour Agency and Teachable, working in both marketing and editorial. In her free time, Laura is a fiction writer and screenwriter who also has a weekly podcast called Bloom & Huie.
Instagram: @laura_huie_

Cecilia Kennedy, Editor

Cecilia Kennedy is an editor for Running Wild Press. She earned a PhD in Spanish literature at The Ohio State University and taught English composition/literature and Spanish language/literature in Ohio for 20 years before moving to Washington state with her family, which includes a very demanding cat.  Currently, she also trains online writing tutors part-time for an education publishing company. Since 2017, she has published her stories in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and England. Her work has appeared in Maudlin House, Coffin Bell, Idle Ink, Open Minds Quarterly, Headway Quarterly, Flash Fiction Magazine, and others. The Places We Haunt (2020) is her first short story collection. Additionally, she thoroughly enjoys being a volunteer adult beverages columnist for The Daily Drunk and an editor and proofreader for Flash Fiction Magazine. 

Likes: Running in virtual 5Ks (and collecting the participation medals), writing, cooking, dark tales, funny stories, sea stars, music of all kinds (especially live), and seeing theatrical performances or comedy on stage. 

Dislikes: Traffic, snow, sore feet, comma splices (unless there’s a super good reason to use them).

Twitter: @ckennedyhola

 

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!

 

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.

 

Cody Sisco, Editor

Cody Sisco is an author, editor, publisher, and literary community organizer. As an author, his speculative fiction straddles the divide between plausible and extraordinary. In 2017 Cody co-founded Made in L.A. Writers, an indie author co-op dedicated to the support and appreciation of independent authors. His startup, BookSwell, makes the LA literary landscape easier to navigate, introduces readers to new writing, and interweaves digital and real-life literary experiences.

Likes: Surprises in fiction. Organizing literary events. The fruits of unbridled imagination. Helping authors realize their full potential.

Dislikes: Surprises in real life. Contextless assertions. Preventable disasters. Flying termite season.

on Twitter: @codysisco

 

Nicole Tiskus, Production Manager

Nicole Tiskus is a Production Manager for Running Wild Press. She is an upcoming graduate of Temple University where she studies a dual major in Criminal Justice and Advertising with an Art Direction Concentration. Nicole has had a wide range of professional roles including social media manager for real estate, design director and graphic designer for What If Innovation Festival, and Assets Protection Executive for a very popular retail chain.

Likes: Running, great stories, art, photography, crime podcasts, and classic rock.

Dislikes: Anything that is pickled…including pickles!

 

Chih Wang

Chih Wang graduated in 2018 from the University of California, Riverside in Palm Desert with a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She also holds a certificate in Copyediting from the University of California, San Diego Extension. She served as fiction editor and copyeditor at The Coachella Review. In addition to helping writers at Running Wild Press, she runs her own copyediting business, CYW Editing, specializing in fiction.

Likes: Waterfall hikes, aerial silks and hammock, pole fitness, grocery store cupcakes, and watermelon
Dislikes: Silk burns, grating cheese, and latex balloons