Staff

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 Publishing Workshop in 2016, teaches regularly as a Workshop faculty member, and leads the Publishing Workshop Project Incubator.

Irene Yoon is the LARB 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.

Sonia Ali is the Assistant Director of the LARB Publishing Workshop. She earned a BA in English and Creative Writing from Portland State University in 2013. 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, organized WET HOT ARAB AMERICAN SUMMER, the first-of-its-kind week long workshop for Arab American writers in poetry, fiction, and screenwriting, and was a 2018 LARB 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.

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 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.