ARB Editors


The ARB Editorial Collective

Jake Casella Brookins, editor and publisher

Jake Casella Brookins (he/him) is an SF reviewer and independent scholar, and runs Positron Chicago for speculative fiction book clubs and other literary events. Originally from the Pennsylvania Appalachians, Casella now lives in Chicago on the unceded land of the Potawatomi and other peoples. Book ramblings and occasional bread experiments can be found on his blog. Find him on twitter as @jakecasella.

Commission interests: science fiction & fantasy literature; science fiction and philosophy (especially ethics); genre theory and structure, and works that challenge or blur genres; reading communities and reception theory.

Zachary Gillan, editor

Zachary Gillan (he/him) is a critic and independent scholar residing in Durham, North Carolina. In a former life he was a historian focused on radical social movements and late capitalism in the United State. His current reading and research tends to focus on the weird, both in its traditional form of the weird tale and in the New Weird’s reverberating effects on modern speculative fiction, with a particular interest in urban spaces and emancipatory politics. He blogs infrequently at https://doomsdayer.wordpress.com/ and tweets somewhat more frequently at @robop_style.

Misha Grifka Wander, editor

Misha Grifka Wander (he/they) is a PhD candidate in the Ohio State University English department. Their major fields are video game studies, comics studies, and speculative fiction studies, using a ecocritical and queer lens. Other publications include an essay on sexism in speculative fiction genre divides (The New Americanist, Fall 2019), ecology in Skyrim (Being Dragonborn, 2021), and a forthcoming chapter on pronoun use in contemporary science fiction (The Routledge Companion Gender in Science Fiction)They also work creatively through comics, poetry, and prose. Previous creative publications can be found in 614Now and Apricity Magazine. You can find them on Twitter @MishaGrifka.

Commission interests: climate change, especially with regards to utopian or optimistic writing that still takes into account the realities of anthropogenic climate change, queer stories and monstrosity, writing about and by people of color, non-Anglophone writers and stories, and narratives of resistance to empire.

Chad A. Hines, copy editor

Chad A. Hines (he/him) has a PhD from the University of Iowa, and has taught English in Romania, China, France, Peru, and Mexico. He has worked as a technical writer, editor, video game developer, online game master and coding guide. Interested in ecological restoration, speculative fiction, and green technology, he writes about books, crypto currencies, and open source software. Currently, he is living in Kansas and working on a non-fiction book called Improvised Learning: Games and Stories, which is a collection of creative techniques he found useful in language learning, as well as personal essays about teaching English using an improvisational approach.

Adam McLain, editor

Adam McLain is a 2021-2022 Harvard Frank Knox Traveling Fellow. He has a master of theological studies, emphasizing in women, gender, sexuality, and religion, from Harvard University and a BA in English, editing, and women’s studies from Brigham Young University. His current research interests center on dystopian literature and sexual justice, but he dabbles in Mormonism, queer theory, and medievalism.

Arina Nabais, copyeditor

Arina (she/her) is a lover of the uncommon and an avid reader turned book reviewer, nesting at Queen’s Book Asylum. Long entranced by the art of storytelling, she eagerly devours its every form, finding herself most at home within the vast worlds of speculative fiction. When not championing indie and inclusive SFF, Arina is a developer who enjoys gaming, playing around with 3D modeling, and conversations that go far into the night.

Ashumi Shah, editor

Ashumi Shah (she/her) is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Augsburg, Germany. When not examining science fiction and fantasy fandoms for her research, she is either watching Doctor Who or attempting (and failing) to catch-up with her Goodreads TBR list. Aiming to “leisure-read” at least 52 books in a year, Ashumi particularly loves fiction featuring strong female characters and dark/gothic motifs. If, after all of this, she still manages to find time, she is cooking up a storm, playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, training herself in Spencerian penmanship or beautifying her reading journal. To keep up with what she is reading or cooking, you can find her on Instagram as: ashumi_shah.

Commission interests: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, urban mysteries; realist and magical realist literature, esp. Indian fiction; drama; interactive and experimental storytelling; fandoms and fan communities; media prosumption; video games, film, and television.

Alex Skopic, copyeditor

Alex Skopic (he/him) is a freelance writer, editor, and substitute teacher from Springville, Pennsylvania. An incorrigible scribbler, he graduated from the University of Reading, England in late 2021, where he wrote his MA dissertation on the cultural afterlives of William Blake. Ever since, he has been inflicting essays and literary criticism on an unsuspecting world. His work can be found in Protean Magazine, Vastarien: A Literary Journal, and the Cleveland Review of Books, among other places.


Editors Emeriti

Sean Guynes, editor and publisher
Amandine Faucheux, editor
Laura Collier, editor
Sabrina Mittermeier, editor
Summer van Houten, editor
Ashley Domingo Hendricks, editor