Team

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...
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....
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Tess Wilson