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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

Mariah Stovall

VIDA Count, BIPOC Survey Coordinator
Mariah Stovall began her publishing career at Gallery Books, before moving to Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and later to Writers House, where she is now a junior literary agent. She is a graduate of Pitzer College, where she studied literature and linguistics. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published by The Paris Review, Poets &...
Mariah Stovall

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

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

Jess Engebretson

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 Engebretson

Emma Lo

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

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

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

Janet Dale

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Janet is an NTT Assistant Professor in the Dept of Writing & Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, she enjoys advocacy, reading, and writing. Her essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in The Boiler, Hobart, Zone 3, Really System, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from the University of...
Janet Dale

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

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

Vic Hargrove

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Victor Hargrove is a transgender masculine person with a strong focus on how gender plays a role in the literary arts. They are a writer and frequently write on topics of gender and trauma in science fiction and fantasy settings.
Vic Hargrove

Sylvia Jones

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Sylvia Jones is a writer, educator, and prison abolitionist. She received her MFA from American University, in Washington D.C. Her work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Santa Clara Review, Ponder Review, Spilt Milk, and elsewhere. She currently serves as a staff reader at Ploughshares. She lives in Baltimore and works with incarcerated adults as a GED...
Sylvia Jones

Sarah Kearns

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Sarah Kearns studies literature and gender studies at Bard College in New York.
Sarah Kearns

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

Bridget O’Keefe

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Bridget O’Keefe is a writer, student, book collector, and cinephile, hailing from Long Island, New York. She studies writing, experimental literature, and cultural history at Sarah Lawrence College. Her professional background has centered around expanding literary access and amplifying marginalized voices in publishing. When she is not reading or writing (or in class), she can...
Bridget O’Keefe

Ida Rahimi

VIDA Count, Volunteer
Ida Rahimi is a senior studying English at Boston University. Although her post-grad plans are uncertain, she’s sure that whatever path she chooses will involve using her passion for literature, writing, and art as a force for good in this ever troubling world.
Ida Rahimi

Tess Wilson

VIDA Count, Volunteer
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