Staff

Maribeth Batcha

Co-Founder & Publisher

Maribeth Batcha is the publisher and Co-Founder of One Story. She has worked in magazine circulation for over 25 years for titles including Diabetes Self-ManagementLingua FrancaUniversity Business, the New York Review of BooksWorking Mother, and The Progressive. In addition to circulation consulting, she currently does marketing and development copywriting for not-for-profits, including the 92nd Street Y and the National Academy Foundation. She has a BA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

Hannah Tinti

Co-Founder & Executive Editor

Hannah Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine. She is the author of the bestselling novel The Good Thief, which won The Center for Fiction’s first novel prize, and the story collection Animal Crackers, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her most recent novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller and is in development for television with Netflix. She co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy and has taught writing at New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, Columbia University’s MFA program, CUNY, and at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.  For more information please visit hannahtinti.com.

Devin Emke

Co-Founder & Webmaster

Devin Emke has been programming for the web since 1996. In addition to One Story, he has worked as webmaster and custom software developer for Rapaport Publishing and Viacom Interactive Services. In 2002 Devin built the custom web-based submission management system for One Story magazine that he later developed into Submission Manager.

Patrick Ryan

Editor in Chief

Patrick Ryan is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Dream Life of Astronauts, as well as the novel-in-stories Send Me and three novels for young adults. His work has been included in the Best American Short Stories, Tin House, Crazyhorse, Tales of Two Cities, and elsewhere. The former associate editor of Granta, he is editor-in-chief of both One Story and One Teen Story. For more information please visit patrickryanbooks.com.

Lena Valencia

Director of Educational Programming & Managing Editor

Lena Valencia has held positions at A Public Space and BOMB Magazine, and for three years hosted the HiFi Reading Series in Manhattan. She teaches at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop and Catapult. Her writing has appeared in Joyland, BOMB, the Masters Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School, is the recipient of a 2019 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. For more information please visit lenavalencia.com.

Jinwoo Chong

Editorial Assistant

Jinwoo Chong is the author of the novel Flux, coming 2023 from Melville House. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Florida Review, CRAFT, Salamander, The Forge, and Tahoma Literary Review. He received the Oran Robert Perry Burke Award for Fiction from The Southern Review, a special mention in the 2022 Pushcart Prize anthology, as well as recognition from The Sewanee Review, Tin House and Zoetrope: All-Story. He received an MFA from Columbia University. You can find him at www.jinwoochong.com or @jinwoochong on Twitter.

Will Allison

Contributing Editor

Before joining One Story as a contributing editor in 2011, Will served as executive editor of Story and editor-at-large of Zoetrope: All-Story. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, The Ohio State University, and elsewhere. He is the author of two novels, What You Have Left, named a notable book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home. His stories have appeared in Glimmer TrainAmerican Short FictionOne StoryZoetrope: All-StoryShenandoahKenyon ReviewCincinnati Review, and elsewhere. As a freelance editor specializing in fiction and creative nonfiction, he works one-on-one with both new and established authors. For more information please visit willallison.com.

Karen Friedman

Contributing Editor

Karen Friedman has been a Contributing Editor at One Story since 2010. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey with her family.

Manuel Gonzales

Contributing Editor

Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (Riverhead, 2012), winner of the Sue Kaufmann Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Prize for Fiction, and the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack! (Riverhead, 2016), winner of an Alex Award from the YALSA, and he remembers with great excitement, even fourteen years later, the day Hannah Tinti reached out to tell him the editors at One Story would like to publish his story. He currently teaches creative writing and literature at Bennington College and is a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Maaza Mengiste

Contributing Editor

Maaza Mengiste is the author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, an LA Times Books Prize finalist, and a Best Book of 2019 by New York Times, NPR, Time, Elle, and other publications. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, her debut novel, was selected by the Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books.

Zaporah Price

2022-23 Apprentice

Zaporah Price is a senior at Yale University. As an English major in the creative writing concentration, she studies postcolonial poetics and writes short stories. Zaporah has previously served as an editorial assistant for the Yale University Art Gallery and works as a journalism mentor and literary magazine coach for middle and high school students in New Haven.

One Story Readers

Nikita Biswal • David Bumke • Kerry Cullen •  Kim Huebner • Michaeljulius Y. Idani • Julie Innis • Shanzeh Khurram • Monique Laban • Jared Levy • Tara Lindis • Cindy Ok • Felicia Reich • Leslie Shen • Teresa Soto • Laura Spence-Ash • Analía Villagra

One Teen Story Readers

Emerald Currie • Anne Fillenwarth • Ami Hassler • Mara Sandroff

Board of Directors

  • Nicole Aragi
  • Julie Barer
  • Maribeth Batcha
  • Robert Raich
  • Kevin Reymond
  • Dani Shapiro
  • Hannah Tinti