To celebrate Philadelphia as a great literary city on the page, stage, and in the street.
To connect and inspire Philadelphians through the power of their own words.
Founded in 2009, APIARY is a volunteer collective of Philadelphia writers dedicated to celebrating and amplifying our city's dazzling literary scene. We publish in print and online on a varying schedule. (And we always dance.)
Project Director - Steve Burns
Steve Burns began his career with APIARY Magazine five years ago with a humble column on Philly’s indie bookstores. Since then he’s helped launch the new APIARY dot com, earned an MFA from Rutgers-Camden, and became an accidental craft-beer guru. His poems have most recently appeared in Connotation Press. He lives in West Philadelphia with three cats and his girlfriend, Erlina. Contact: email@example.com
Editorial Director - Alexa Smith
Alexa Smith grew up in D.C. and is now based in South Philadelphia. She joined APIARY's staff in 2015 as a Social Media Manager, then leveled up to Communications Manager, then achieved her final poké-evolution of Editorial Director for Issue 9. Her own work has appeared in Entropy Magazine and Billy Penn. When not at her deskjob at a local medical publisher, you can find her at a reading, at B2 on Passyunk, or at home messing with her roommate's cat.
Distribution Manager & Outreach Coordinator - George Bryant
Born and raised in Philadelphia
Lives in Germantown where he serves on the board of the Hansberry Garden and Nature Center.
Has an undying love for pizza.
Studied abroad in Rome for three months.
Wants to live by the beach in a cabana drinking margaritas and writing poetry for the rest of his life.
Art Director - Maryan Captan
Maryan Captan is an Egyptian-American poet who has been involved in Philadelphia’s art and literary community since 2008. She is a writer, performance poet and educator, working with young people all over the city. Maryan serves as Art Director at APIARY Magazine, curator and host of The YOUTHQUAKE Reading and Open Mic Series, and teaches experimental and experiential group writing classes at The Head & The Hand Workshop. In addition to literary adventures, she is the founder of Brewerytown Social, a visual art collaborative in the Brewerytown neighborhood of North Philadelphia.
Poetry Editor - Miriam Harris
Miriam Harris is a queer Black woman from Baltimore City.
Besides that, she's an alumna of Temple University, where she wrote and performed with the poetry collective, Babel. Miriam has been coaching slam poetry for two years; during her first year coaching Temple's team, she lead them to the 2016 CUPSI championship. Miriam works as a college counselor to Philadelphia's public school students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiction Editor - Andrew Katz
Andrew, when not reading and editing fiction, enjoys puppers and doggos, black coffee, hiking and writing bios that read like poorly made dating profiles. He works full-time in environmental remediation and is the proud owner of several paintings he did himself and hides from the world because they’re bad. Contact email@example.com.
Fiction Editor - Amanda Buck
Amanda Buck is an evocative, collaborative, and brave writer in the Greater Philadelphia Community with a passion for education and the arts. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden where she received Thesis with Distinction Honors, and a BA in English and Theatre Arts from the University of South Florida. Her writing can be seen or is forthcoming in Four Ties Lit Review, Gravel Magazine, The Bleeding Lion, The Slag Review, Split Rock Review, and more. Currently, Amanda is Artistic Director of Chasing Windmills an eclectic bi-monthly creative reading series that promotes community while showcasing local artists in Philadelphia community. She is ecstatic to most recently join the Apiary Magazine team as a co-fiction editor. In addition to her work as a writer, Amanda has performed both on and off stage in over 100 full-length plays and musicals. For more information please visit amandamariebuck.com or follow her on twitter @chasingwindmil4. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Manager - Amy Saul-Zerby
Amy Saul-Zerby has the distinct honor of being poet laureate of her South Philadelphia apartment.
Her first collection Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds was published by Be About It Press in 2017.
Development & Strategy - Lillian Dunn
Lillian Dunn is the co-founder and co-creator of APIARY Magazine. A 2007 graduate of Swarthmore College and Fulbright ETA Scholar, Lillian runs the SPACES program at The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia, where she connects neighbors and visiting artists to create sustainable solutions to community-identified issues through art. Lillian writes poetry with the Rogue Workshop in West Philadelphia, where every week she remembers how hard it is to sit your ass down and write, and appreciates APIARY's amazing community of authors all over again.
Marie is a video and sound artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her background is in community media and media education with a focus on media justice. Marie can often be found working collaboratively with artists/dancers/musicians on a variety of multimedia projects, including live sound collage, music videos, projections for performance events, and performance. Check out some of her work at www.mariealarcon.com
Kareem Groomes is a Philadelphia native who has always been close with its diverse community. He earned a degree in English and a Creative Writing certificate at the Community College of Philadelphia in 2015. Much of his writing encompasses what it’s like to not only grow up in Philadelphia, but across cultural identification of youth culture. His work takes place in urban areas where there is a mix of Chinese, Afro-American, Hispanic, Latino and Cambodian cultures existing in the same neighborhood, where those cultures regularly interact or combine. His favorite writers include Haruki Murakami, Li-Young Lee, and Cormac MacCarthy.
Mai Schwartz is a poet, a storyteller, a sometime carpenter, an unofficial historian, and a native of New Jersey with lots of opinions about diners and malls. Based in West Philly, Mai can often be found tending beehives at Bartram’s Garden, writing and performing with the Rogue Workshop, and working on translations of Argentine writer Néstor Perlongher.
Kirwyn Sutherland was inspired to write poetry while watching the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. Issues of racial discrimination, apartheid, and survival as a black man discussed in the poetry of Amiri Baraka, Craig muMs Grant, and Black Ice hit home for Kirwyn. He is the author of two chapbooks, X: A Mixtape (self-published, 2013) and X: A Mixtape Remastered (Two Pens & Lint, 2014). Kirwyn has featured at several open mic and slam venues in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, DC, Delaware and Detroit, and was one of five poets to represent Philadelphia in the 2015 National Poetry Slam. He is currently working on his first full length book, and a Human Rights Workshop at the UPenn Kaleidoscope Series sponsored by the Excelano Project.
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. And though she’s also paid some sort of rent in Lawrence, Detroit, D.C., Laramie, Havana and the Mexican state of Chiapas, Philadelphia has mostly been her home since 2000. Her poetry and prose has been supported by the work of Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook, Art Farm, Fancyland, VONA/Voices, Lambda, Make/shift, As Us, The Rust Belt Rising, Solstice, Aster(ix), Big Bell, Bedfellows, Painted Bride Quarterly and others. In addition to being the Fiction Editor at APIARY magazine, she is the founder of Thread Makes Blanket press www.threadmakesblanket.com and teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia.
By day, Kara Wexler does administrative work in the arts. By night, she’s a screenwriter, playwright, and fiction writer, whose work has been screened, performed, and published around Philadelphia. She is also the director of several short films. A seventh-generation Philadelphian, she’s in love with the city and its gorgeous and diverse art scene. She’s obsessed with poetry, French cinema (along with every other kind of movie), and fountain pens, and suffers from a case of insatiable curiosity.
Tamara Oakman is an English, writing, and humanities professor, a poet and writer, and helped co-found APIARY magazine. Her work—poetry and fiction—is published in numerous online and print magazines such as Painted Bride Quarterly, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories and Best of Anthology, and Mad Poet’s Review. She is the recipient of regional awards for poetry, fiction, memoir, and drama. Her graduate studies focused on Pulitzer Prize winner and poet Anne Sexton. She also studied abroad in Italy, France, and Belize. As an active participant in Philadelphia’s community of writers, she judges creative writing contests and also produces, coordinates and hosts events, series, workshops, and festivals. Her work in the English field and as a writer has been documented by many news outlets including, The Philadelphia City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Reporter. Oakman is an editor for multiple anthologies and participates in many literary panels including two that were televised on WHYY-TV (Friday Arts) and PhillyCAM (Who Do You Love-Pablo Neruda). She also gives warm hugs and passionate, rambling speeches. She lives and loves in Philadelphia.