Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, The Whale’s resident matriarch and Editor-in-Chief Cate Baym is a frequent crier, indolent writer, neuroscience fangirl, and avid observer of ducks. She lives for books and David Attenborough. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Editor-in-Chief R.Bell has a hyphenated last name, too lengthy to fit on the cover of a novel or even this page. Her writing has been featured in publications such as The Dead Beats, The Citron Review and Thrice Magazine. Based out of Queens, NY, she tries to navigate the city with acumen but most often ends up lost, using writing as a map to extricate herself from whatever strange situation she’s gotten herself into.
Poetry and Translation Editor Jordi Alonso graduated with an AB in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Kenyon College in the spring of 2014, where he studied poetry and literary translation. He currently is a Turner Fellow in Poetry at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton and has been published or has work forthcoming in The Southampton Review, Edible, The Colorado Review, The Lyric, and other journals. His first book, a collection of erotic poems inspired by Sappho entitled Honeyvoiced was published by XOXOX Press in November of 2014. He is currently working on a second book of poems centering around sensuality and food. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.
Literary Editor Sonia Feigelson is a Brooklyn-based writer and actress. Her work can be seen in Extract(s) and is forthcoming from Quaint. She was a 2010 recipient of the Memoir award from Random House Creative Writing Competition, and is currently developing a longer work concerning the alienating legacy of trauma, and the therapeutic and destructive mine field of making narrative out of suffering. She has only ever kept one plant alive.
Music Editor O.K. Schwarz is a critic and fiction writer b. 1991 in Berkeley, CA. His work has appeared in theNewerYork, Neue Journal, The Wild, and elsewhere. All he needs is coffee and a good essay. His collection of vintage stereos has become increasingly unmanageable.
Art Editor Luke Mannarino is an artist and independent art facilitator who is currently based in Bronx, New York. His artist practice consists of performance art and video installations and takes on subjects such as trauma, gender, and the passage of time. Luke has also curated independent exhibitions in Boston. He hopes to continue doing so in New York, as well as encourage a merging of community with creative practice.