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The VIDA Count Team

Our dedicated team of VIDA Count volunteers work from August to April tallying up publications to provide our data.

Sara Iacovelli

President, VIDA Count Director
Sara Iacovelli has been volunteering with VIDA since 2014 and is currently the VIDA Count Director and President of the Board of Directors. She grew up outside New York City and slowly migrated west until she found herself in Alaska. She works as an elementary school teaching assistant, and sometimes as a bartender, depending on...
Sara Iacovelli

Christina Djossa

VIDA Count Assistant Director
Christina Djossa is a New York based reporter and storyteller who covers the overlooked histories of our world. Christina has written for Atlas Obscura, Thrillist, On She Goes, and as well as other publications. You can find Christina either scouring the streets for good audio or at any available karaoke room.
Christina Djossa

Kelly Lynn Thomas

VIDA Count, Count Coordinator
Kelly Lynn Thomas reads, writes, and sometimes sews in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creative work has appeared in Permafrost, Sou’wester, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and others, and was a finalist in the December 2015 Glimmer Train Fiction Open and nominated for a 2017 Pushcart. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University,...
Kelly Lynn Thomas

Tess Wilson

VIDA Count, Count Coordinator
Tess Wilson is a librarian in the hills of Pennsylvania, but she hails from the Kansas prairie. Her poetry has appeared in NEAT Magazine, IDK Magazine, Manhattanville Review, Squad of Sisters Zine, and elsewhere. She collects big books and small rocks.
Tess Wilson

Emmalie Dropkin

VIDA Count, Count Coordinator
Emmalie Dropkin is a writer, teacher, and activist currently lecturing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned an MFA. Her writing has been published by McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Electric Lit, and the Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal. In previous lives Emmalie was a special education teacher in Baltimore City and worked in policy and...
Emmalie Dropkin

Katharine Perko

VIDA Count, Count Coordinator
Katharine Perko is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at a CUNY college. She researches gossip culture and the early twentieth century British novel. Outside of academic study, her fascination with the hyperlocal translates to active engagement within her union, community board, and various neighborhood organizations. Committed to a feminist politics of citation in her...
Katharine Perko

Julia Calagiovanni

VIDA Count, Count Coordinator
Julia Calagiovanni is an East Coast expat living in Austin, Texas. This year is her third with the Count. She is the grants and awards manager at the Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news organization in Austin.
Julia Calagiovanni

Jess Engebreston

VIDA Count, Count Coordinator
Jess grew up in Virginia and now writes and teaches in New York City. Previously, she worked in public radio in the US and taught radio journalism for several years in Liberia and South Sudan. Jess is an alumna of Swarthmore College and a current PhD candidate at Columbia University, where she studies the literature...
Jess Engebreston

Emma Lo

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Emma Lo is a poet and music maker based in Berlin. She coordinates fellows selection at the American Academy in Berlin, and is working toward a masters in modern South Asian and Southeast Asian studies at the Humboldt University.
Emma Lo

Carly Rae Zent

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Carly Rae Zent is a born-and-raised Floridian currently braving the cold north to obtain her MFA in fiction at Purdue. You can find her work online at Peach Mag and The Offing. She is Assistant Editor for the fiction and nonfiction sections at Sycamore Review. You can follow her on Twitter for links to writing...
Carly Rae Zent

Hannah Berk

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Hannah Berk is a writer and translator currently designing education programs with a DC-based journalism nonprofit. Previously, they taught English, debate, and creative writing through the Chilean Ministry of Education and served as Digital Editor at Asymptote, an online journal for world literature in translation. Reach out to them on Twitter.
Hannah Berk

Quinn Carver Johnson

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Quinn Carver Johnson was born and raised on the Kansas-Oklahoma border, but currently attends Hendrix College, pursuing degrees in Creative Writing and Performance Studies. A poet by nature, Johnson is the former co-host of a poetry review talk show on KHDX, Hendrix’s student radio station, the former Fiction Genre Editor of the Aonian, the college’s...
Quinn Carver Johnson

Addy Mahaffey

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Addy Mahaffey studies creative writing and gender studies at the University of Arkansas, where she is also a research assistant for a sexual education and consent studies lab. Her writing has appeared in Watershed Review and Glass Mountain.
Addy Mahaffey

Dee Loeffler

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Dee Loeffler is a California-born Midwestern transplant to the East Coast, where there is more sunshine but less snow. They are a health services researcher during the day. They are a fan of public transportation, vegan ice cream, and adventures.
Dee Loeffler

Jessica Guzman

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Jessica Guzman is the author of Adelante (Switchback Books, forthcoming), selected by Patricia Smith as winner of the 2019 Gatewood Prize. Her poems appear in Shenandoah, jubilat, The Greensboro Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Franklin...
Jessica Guzman

Cassie Duggan

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Cassie Duggan is a book buyer and writer currently based in Nashville. She has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and was previously a bookseller and poetry buyer at City Lights Bookstore.
Cassie Duggan

Emma K. Shibley

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Emma K. Shibley is a writer, poet, music-person, and big fan of Jesus. She is also a grateful alum of Miami University’s creative writing program. She tweets and has work in Rogue Agent, poets.org, and beyond. Though she now lives in Atlanta, her parents and cats are in Ohio, where she grew mostly up.
Emma K. Shibley

Maureen Boyd

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Maureen Boyd is a Thai-Scottish American writer, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is an activist and former union organizer, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Pacific University. She resides in Oakland, California with her family.
Maureen Boyd

Bárbara Guil

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Bárbara majored in Humanities and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Publishing at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She is also an intern in the New Business division at Penguin Random House. She really wishes something like VIDA existed in the Spanish-speaking world.
Bárbara Guil

Jennifer Didik

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Jennifer Didik is an alumna of New York University, where she majored in Art History and minored in English Literature. Since graduating, she’s held various positions in publishing and is currently the Contracts and Permissions Manager for Library of America. Jennifer has contributed to CoverSpy (on Twitter at @CoverSpy) since 2013 and tweets her personal...
Jennifer Didik

Lisa Fry

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Lisa Fry is an American freelance writer living in London. She loves to read and explore the city by bike.
Lisa Fry

Amber Gallant

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Amber Gallant is a writer and essayist currently living in Cardiff (the lesser-known town in California, not the Welsh capital, though she thinks that’d be great). She works as a library staffer by day, where she helps to increase access to research materials and shares her enthusiasm for the magnificent role libraries play in society....
Amber Gallant

E.G. Cosh

VIDA Count, 2016-2018 Data Visualizer
E.G. Cosh is a data visualisation designer, writer, and illustrator.  
E.G. Cosh