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. 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

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 novel Buckeye (forthcoming from Random House), The Dream Life of Astronauts (named one the Best Books of the Year by the St. Louis Times-Dispatch, LitHub, Refinery 29, and Electric Literature) and Send Me (selected for the Barnes & Noble Discovery Series). His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories. A recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and the National Endowment for the Arts, Patrick is the editor-in-chief of One Story. For more information please visit

Lena Valencia

Director of Educational Programming & Managing Editor

Lena Valencia’s fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Epiphany, Electric Literature, the anthology Tiny Nightmares, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 Elizabeth George Foundation grant and holds an MFA in fiction from The New School. She has taught writing classes at Sackett Street, Catapult, the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and One Story. Originally from Los Angeles, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is the managing editor and director of educational programming at One Story and the co-host of the reading series Ditmas Lit. Mystery Lights, her debut short story collection, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in summer 2024. For more information please visit

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 or @jinwoochong on Twitter.

Katherine Serna

Marketing Coordinator

Katherine is an alumna of the University of Rochester, where she majored in English: Creative Writing and Dance: Creative Expression, with a minor in Latin American Studies. Her written work can be found in West Trade Review and Abandon Journal. For more information please visit

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, which is currently being adapted for the stage. 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

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 collection, The Miniature Wife and other stories, as well as the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack! He currently serves as the fiction editor for The Bennington Review and as a contributing editor for American Short Fiction and One Story magazine. He lives in New England where he teaches literature and creative writing at Bennington College and serves as a faculty member for 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.


Addie Lovell • Cassund Olivier

One Story Readers

Theda Berry • Nikita Biswal • David Bumke • Kerry Cullen • Sydney Hollins-Holloway • Émile Hu • Kimberly Huebner • Michaeljulius Y. Idani • Monique Laban • Jared Levy • Amy Y.Q. Lin • Tara Lindis • Cindy Juyoung Ok • Teresa Soto • Laura Spence-Ash • Layhannara Tep • 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