Lisa Marie Basile is the founding editor-in-chief and creative director of Luna Luna Magazine. She is also the moderator of its digital community.
Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Bustle, entropy, Bust, Hello Giggles, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, greatist, Cosmopolitan and The Huffington Post, among other sites. She is the author of Apocryphal (Noctuary Press), war/lock (Hyacinth Girl Press), Andalucia (The Poetry Society of New York) and Triste (Dancing Girl Press). her book, nympholepsy, was a finalist in the 2017 tarpaulin sky book awards.
Her work can be found in PANK, the Tin House blog, The Nervous Breakdown, The Huffington Post, Best American Poetry, PEN American Center, The Atlas Review, and tarpaulin sky, among others. She has taught or spoken at Brooklyn Brainery, Columbia University, New York University and Emerson College. Lisa Marie Basile holds an MFA from The New School. @lisamariebasile
Joanna C. Valente (MANAGING EDITOR) is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (2017, The operating system), Xenos (2016, Agape Editions), & Sexting the dead (2017, unknown press).
Joanna received an MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for CCM. Some of their writing has appeared in Prelude, The Atlas Review, The Feminist Wire, BUST, Pouch, and elsewhere. Joanna also teaches workshops at Brooklyn Poets.
Nadia Gerassimenko (ASSOCIATE EDITOR) is the associate editor at Luna Luna Magazine by day, and a moonchild and poet by night. Nadia self-published her first poetry collection "Moonchild Dreams" (2015).
She's currently working on her second chapbook, "at the water's edge." She is also the founding editor at Moonchild Magazine. Visit her at tepidautumn.net or tweet her at @tepidautumn.
Social Media Editor
Nina Morena (Social Media Editor) is a writer and general bookworm from Montreal, Canada. She holds a BA in English Literature and Communication Studies from McGill University, which explains her undying love for TS Eliot. She’s currently getting her MA in Media Studies at Concordia. Her work has appeared in The Odyssey Online, Thrive Global, and ankle (so far). She’s also an embarrassed superfan of Mad Men and John Green novels.
STAFF writers / editorial curators
Monique Quintana (Senior Beauty Editor) is the Senior Beauty editor for Luna Luna, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the literary blogazine, Razorhouse. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from CSU Fresno, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in Huizache, Bordersenses, and The Acentos Review, among others.
She is a Squaw Valley Writers Fellow and was the Senior Associate Fiction Editor for The Normal School. She has an affinity for Ray Bans, red lipstick, and Ramón Novarro. She is a Pocha/Chicana identified mother, daughter, sister, lover, and English teacher from central California.
Isabella Strazzabosco (Beauty Editor) is an artist, witch, and triple air sign from Chicago. She currently resides in New York City, where she is studying visual and global studies at The New School. Isabella has been an artistic associate and core creative at Free Street Theater since 2014, and a member of the Goodman Theater slam poetry team in the 2016-2017 season.
Isabella loves Nick Cave, Gemini season, and the strawberry cheesecake pancakes from IHOP.
Cecilia Llompart (STAFF WRITER) is the Spanish poetry editor for Luna Luna. Her first collection, The Wingless, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in the spring of 2014. She is the recipient of two awards from the Academy of American Poets, a fellowship from The Dickinson House, and was a finalist for The Field Office agency's 2016 Postcard Prize in poetry, as well as a finalist for the 2016 Tomaž Šalamun Prize given by Verse journal.
In 2015, she founded the New Wanderers Collective, which sponsors poets on long term travel projects. She currently lives in Paris, where she can be found frolicking with Le Bordel de la Poesie, kissing Oscar Wilde's grave, or being mistaken for Amélie at the Café des Deux Moulins.
Trista Edwards (EDITOR & CURATOR) is poet, land mermaid, light witch, horror enthusiast, creatrix, traveler, and dog lover. She is also the curator and editor of the anthology, Till The Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2015).
She is currently working on her first full-length poetry collection but until then you can read her poems at 32 Poems, Quail Bell Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, The Adroit Journal, The Boiler, Queen Mob's Tea House, Bad Pony, and more. She crafts magickal candles at her company, Marvel + Moon
Leza Cantoral (STAFF WRITER) is a writer and editor from Mexico.
She is the author of Cartoons in the Suicide Forest and the editor of the upcoming CLASH Books anthology, Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath. She is the host of getlitwithleza.podbean.com where she talks to cool ass writers.
Kailey Tedesco (STAFF WRITER) is the author of These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese (Dancing Girl Press) and the forthcoming full-length collection, She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publications). She is the co-founding editor-in-chief of Rag Queen Periodical and a member of the Poetry Brothel. She received her MFA in creative writing from Arcadia University, and she now teaches literature at several local colleges.
Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. You can find her work in Prelude, Bellevue Literary Review, Sugar House Review, Poetry Quarterly, Hello Giggles, UltraCulture, and more. For more information, please visit kaileytedesco.com.
Lydia A. Cyrus (STAFF WRITER) is a creative nonfiction writer and poet from Huntington, West Virginia. Her work as been featured in Thoreau's Rooster, Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Albion Review, and Luna Luna. Her essay "We Love You Anyway," was featured in the 2017 anthology Family Don't End with Blood which chronicles the lives of fans and actors from the television show Supernatural.
She lives and works in Huntington where she spends her time being politically active and volunteering. She is a proud Mountain Woman who strives to make positive change in Southern Appalachia. She enjoys the color red and all things Wonder Woman related! You can usually find her walking around the woods and surrounding areas as she strives to find solitude in the natural world. Twitter: @lydiaacyrus
Chloé Rossetti (STAFF WRITER) Chloé Rossettiis an artist, writer, performer, director, and sensuality educator. Their creative work lives at the intersection of ecology, collectivism, agency, pleasure, rewilding, sensuality, and love.
They are a staff writer for Luna Luna magazine, and have written for Huffpost, RENDER, artforum.com, The Brooklyn Rail, and The American Reader. Additionally, they are the founder of Radical Nourishment, a healing business and cultural entity based in Brooklyn, NY.
Omotara James (Guest Editor) is the most Pisces after midnight. Her poetry chapbook, Daughter Tongue, was selected by African Poetry Book Fund in collaboration with Akashic Books for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Her work has appeared in The Recluse,Winter Tangerine,Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere.
She is a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow and has been awarded scholarships by the Home School and Cave Canem. Her awards include the Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets, the third place Luminaire Award for Best Poetry and the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her debut full length collection is forthcoming from Siren Songs, of CCM press. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at NYU. Inquire at omotarajames.com
Patricia Grisafi (Contributing Writer, Curator), PhD, is a New York City-based freelance writer, editor, and former college professor. She is currently an Associate Editor at Ravishly and a contributing writer and editor at Luna Luna.
Her work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Bitch, The Rumpus, Bustle, The Establishment, and elsewhere. Her short fiction is forthcoming in Tragedy Queens (Clash Books). She is passionate about pit bull rescue, cursed objects, horror movies, and designer sunglasses.