Tom Lutz is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. His award-winning books have been translated into 12 languages and have appeared on The New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and other newspapers and literary venues, as well as in dozens of books and academic journals. He has taught at Stanford University, University of Iowa, CalArts, University of Copenhagen, and now at UC Riverside as Professor of Creative Writing. Tom established the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop in 2016, teaches regularly as a Workshop faculty member, and leads the Publishing Workshop Project Incubator.


Irene Yoon is the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop Director and previously served as a Workshop Faculty Advisor. After living in Vladivostok, Russia on a Fulbright scholarship, she earned her doctorate in English from UC Berkeley, where she taught courses on contemporary fiction and visual culture, managed Art of Writing, an interdisciplinary writing program, and trained new teachers as the English Department’s Assistant Pedagogy Chair. Irene has worked with several authors to prepare books for publication with Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford University Presses. Her own writing has appeared in journals such as Twentieth Century Literature, Transition Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Assistant Director Sarah LaBrie has helped plan and lead the workshop since its inaugural 2017 run. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and has taught composition and creative writing at Brown University, USC, NYU and the Florence Nightingale School. Her work has been supported by grants from Writers in the Schools, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. She previously served as head Residential Advisor for NYU’s undergraduate creative writing program in Paris and as a creative writing instructor at UVA’s Young Writers Workshop. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in Guernica, Lucky Peach, the Literary Review, the LARB Quarterly Journal, LitHub and elsewhere.


Jessica Kubinec is the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Review of Books where she oversees the day-to-day operations of all LARB programming, including the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop. She received her BA in creative writing at Cal State Northridge and her MA in English language and culture at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and has worked in publishing and publicity for over ten years. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.



Sonia Ali is the Program Manager of the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop. She earned a BA in English and Creative Writing from Portland State University in 2013, and has since worked on a wide range of arts and literature related programming in Portland, Minneapolis, and now in Los Angeles. She served as editor for Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America, and has served on the organizing committee for the annual Portland Zine Symposium, coordinated the RAWI+Mizna 6th National Gathering, and was a 2018 LARB/USC Publishing Workshop Fellow. She is a 2016 Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) alumni. Her work can be found in Electric Literature, Oregon Humanities magazine, and more.