Welcoming a New Essays Editor & Reviews Editor to Our Team

A note from the founder/publisher, Donna Talarico:

We’re proud — and absolutely thrilled — to announce two promotions on the Hippocampus Magazine volunteer editorial team. This announcement is part of some exciting growth and developments here at Hippo, which included last year’s appointment of Rae Pagliarulo as associate editor (in addition to her existing flash editor role).

These two have been in their roles quietly for a little while now, but it’s time to make some noise about these two fantastic additions to our masthead. Allow me to introduce Steph and Vicki:

Steph auteri in front of bookshelvesSteph Auteri, a long-time reading panel member, has been named essays editor of Hippocampus Magazine. (And she’s looking for a few new reading panel members: more in this Twitter thread.)

In this newly created position, Steph will oversee essay and memoir submissions, as well as manage our dedicated essays/memoir reading panel.

About this new position, Steph says:

I think it was five years ago that I attended my first HippoCamp. I’d recently published a piece in the magazine and, after seeing a tweet thread from another HippoCamp regular, I knew I needed to attend. I wanted to be around people who “got it.” “It” being the spark one experiences from reading a brilliant piece of creative nonfiction… the agony one experiences when attempting to write the perfect end to an essay… the rush one feels after producing a piece with which readers connect.

So, I attended and, in short order, found myself raising my hand for the reading panel. The next year, I presented a flash session. And the next, my own book was being sold on those tables in the main hallway. At this point, I can’t imagine a time when this community was not a part of my life.

I feel flummoxed and also honored that Donna and Rae have asked me to step into the role of essays editor. Giving to Hippocampus in this way feels lucky because I know that, in supporting it, I’m helping to strengthen a community that has also been a strong source of support for me. Thanks for trusting me more than I trust myself. 😉

Congratulations, Steph!

Headshot vicki maykVicki Mayk, a long-time reviewer and interview contributor to Hippocampus, has been named reviews editor. In this role, Vicki will use her decades of journalism and magazine editor experience to manage our reviews section and team.

About this new role, she says:

I’m excited to join the great Hippocampus team as reviews editor and even more excited to have the chance to work with the magazine’s great team of reviewers. I know first-hand how much it means to have your book reviewed and look forward to helping give nonfiction writers some well-deserved attention for their work.

Congratulations, Vicki!

As publisher/founding editor, I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to continue to hand off a portion of our editorial endeavors to such passionate, dedicated, organized, and thoughtful humans. As we grow as a magazine and organization, my role has and will continue to evolve — and, now, that means a LOT of behind-the-scenes aspects, including production, website magic, communications, and managing the books and conference division. It was/is a natural next step to allow others to grow into larger roles, move into leadership positions, and take ownership of sections/initiatives of our publication.

I’m forever grateful to have found such talented and kindhearted gems with a vested interest in the magazine — and in the greater Hippocampus and CNF community. Readers, you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more from our staff and section editors, so stay tuned and watch them shine. 

You can meet them, and the entire Hippocampus Magazine team, on our Masthead page.


-Donna T.


P.S. We’re continuing to expand our volunteer team. As of this posting (and through May 30, 2021), we’re looking to fill several marketing and production related positions. You can learn more about those openings here.

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