Your Baristas

Charlotte Pierce

Charlotte is the Fictional Café’s Managing Editor. She has worked in nearly every aspect of the publishing business. Her first position was as a regional editor for Outdoor Empire Publishing in Seattle. It was followed by managing editor for Scholastic’s Home Office Computing Magazine in New York before moving to Boston to start Pierce Press, which specializes in alternative education (Peeragogy Books), sustainable travel (DayTripper Books) and children’s titles (Gigglequick Books) with social justice and sustainability themes.

She has served as president of the Independent Publishers of New England [IPNE], an organization of independent book publishing professionals, authors, and affiliated service companies that collaborate to help each other learn and succeed. Charlotte remains active in the organization, which is a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association [IBPA]. 

Rachael Allen

Rachael is the Creative Nonfiction Barista at the Fictional Café, and a senior at Bowdoin College studying English and Italian. She is the managing editor of The Bowdoin Orient and a columnist for The Canton Citizen. Following five months studying in Bologna, Italy and a lifetime of hearing family stories, Rachael is currently completing a creative nonfiction thesis on immigration, using the story of her Italian immigrant grandfather to explore larger themes of migration and assimilation. You can read more of her writing here: https://rachaelallenblog.wordpress.com.

 

Jason Brick

Jason is the Anthology Barista at the Fictional Café, helping select and publish works that have appeared in our virtual ‘zine in book form. A professional writer, martial artist, travel addict, and dad whose work has been published across multiple genres and formats, he was co-editor on two previous anthologies, Baby Shoes and Flash!, each of which featured 100 original flash-fiction short stories written by 100 different authors. He lives in Oregon.

 

Ruby Fink

Ruby is the Audio Arts Barista at the Fictional Café. She became a FC contributor in 2016, followed by FC publishing “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective,” an audio production she wrote, directed and produced with the cast of Faux Fiction Audio about the adventures of a middle-school, pint-sized gumshoe and his friends.

Ruby studied Film Production at Chapman University’s Dodge College, taking a minor in Narrative and Dramatic Literature. She fell in love with audio shows her senior year. Since then, she has enjoyed bringing her cast of 15 talented actor-friends together to create innovative audio versions of fiction and nonfiction books for publishers and individuals alike. You can learn more at https://www.fauxfictionaudio.com/

 

Simran P. Gupta

Simran is the Poetry Barista at the Fictional Café, and would spend all day with her nose in a book if she could. She is a senior at Simmons College, majoring in English and French, where she is Co-Editor in Chief of The Simmons Voice.

In 2017, Simran studied abroad in Paris, France, which she celebrated with Rachael Allen in a pen-pal exchange published here at FC. Simran was also awarded a film studies grant last year for a research study of feminist/postcolonial theory. She hopes to one day have her own bookstore. Her blogsite is https://whatsimranwrites.wordpress.com

 

Mike Mavilia

Mike is the Marketing Barista and Associate Editor at the Fictional Café. He brings his management and networking skills from his many years of working in the nonprofit sector to the many tasks of coordinating FC’s online presence and social media. A passionate short story writer, reader, and fan of Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner, he is also FC’s Associate Editor, reading and reviewing new submissions.

Mike graduated from Bowdoin College and when he’s not buried in a book, he’s playing his guitar, hockey, or traveling. In his work as a freelance writer he provides ghostwriting, editing and publishing services for both fiction and nonfiction authors as well as businesses, helping them create a unique and marketable brand. Contact him at mike@fictionalcafe.com or on LinkedIn.

 

Caitlin M. Park

Caitlin is the Literature Barista at the Fictional Café. She is a graduate of California State University at Sonoma, where she majored in English and has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing in progress. When she isn’t working on her novel, she’s taking care of her toddler son, Damian. She says Dalton Trumbo, Margaret Atwood, and Paolo Bacigalupi are among her favorite authors.

Caitlin and Jack co-founded the Fictional Café April 15, 2013. It launched a month later.

 

 

 

Steve Sangapore

Steve is the Visual Arts Barista at the Fictional Café. A Boston-based contemporary surrealist painter, his interest in science and philosophy has been the driving force behind much of his latest work. His unique, awe-inspiring perspective has led his paintings to be exhibited nationally and published in art magazines and journals, including Art Business News, Creative Quarterly, Artscope, and  Art Reveal Magazine.

Steve is a 2013 graduate of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, where he earned a dual B.A. in studio art and graphic design. You can see how widely his art has been on public view at his website About page.

 

Jack B. Rochester

Jack is the Founding Barista and Editor-in-Chief at the Fictional Café. His career in publishing began as a book acquisitions editor; he published over 65 authors. His writing career was launched with the publication of the bestselling The Naked Computer, which he co-authored with John Gantz. A dozen books and twenty years later, he and John co-authored another hit book, Pirates of the Digital Millennium.

Having had enough with business and technology books, Jack began his fiction-writing career in 2011 with the publication of Wild Blue Yonder, the first Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers novel, followed by Madrone. The trilogy will be completed in 2018 with the publication of Anarchy. He has two more novels in progress.

Jack took his Master’s degree from Sonoma State College (now California State University at Sonoma). Of all the jobs he’s held in publishing over the years, he says working at the Fictional Café is the most gratifying.