Founder & Co-Editor-in-Chief
Cara Bentley loves reading stories that create a narrative by connecting interesting research with lived experiences. She believes that in this way, creative nonfiction feels like magic – it can begin a story with a description of the long and tedious process of making risotto, and somehow leave the reader considering the thoughts of an expecting father. Cara wanted to work on a project that would contribute to the literary community by sharing stories like these. So when she struggled to find a publication like the one she had in her head, she decided the only course of action was to establish one herself.
Cara received her BA in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, from California State University Channel Islands. This was followed by two postgraduate degrees – an MSc in Literature and Society from the University of Edinburgh and an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen. Outside of literature, Cara is drawn to any body of water than she can swim in – especially if it’s pup friendly.
Scheherazade is currently completing her PhD in Intersectional Analysis at the University of Edinburgh and working simultaneously as a freelance proofreader and editor. A fan of all things storytelling, she is a keen reader and addicted to coffee; the perfect combination for staying up late into the night finishing book after book.
Samantha K Mosca is a jack of many trades: an actress, a writer, a poet, an academic, an activist, a photographer, and podcast host. She is a queer, neurodivergent immigrant and a mum who spends her days chasing her wee toddler; at night, or during otherwise stolen time, Samantha writes, and takes photographs. She holds a first-class BA in English Literature from ARU and a first-class MLitt in creative writing from the University of Aberdeen. You can find her written and photographic work in Epoch Press, Ellipsis, and Mixtage Mag, Pareidolia, Bloom Magazine, and Ang(st), to name a few.
Managing Art Editor
Hillary Bryan is a published artist and illustrator based in Southern California whose work has been exhibited locally and internationally. She spent a year living in Florence, Italy, where she studied painting and drawing at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. She likes watching classic films, listening to classic rock, hanging out with her two classy cats, and attempting to speak rusty Italian after a glass of pinot noir.
Ivan T. W.
Managing Copy Editor
Ivan T. W.’s most recent scholarly paper, “Postpatriarchialist Narrative, Hegemony, and Modernism: The Stasis of Context: Neomodern Discourse in the Works of Dwayne Johnson” was considered so brilliant that only Lauer himself was said to be able to understand even a single word of it. Also, Christopher Hitchens once gave him a wedgie.
Social Media Manager and Contributing Editor
Zahrah Ahmad is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. She graduated with an English Literature degree and has a background in copywriting and editing. She loves to dance, paint, go on adventures, eat delicious food, and binge-watch copious amounts of television and film.
Margherita is a freelance graphic designer based in Edinburgh. Usually spotted in the kitchen, eating or planning her next meal.
Managing Music Editor & Contributing Editor
Pardeep Lal lives in Los Angeles where he makes music under the alias of Glassful. An avid reader and writer, Pardeep’s work tends to focus on musical subjects and related topics. He is currently working as an audio engineer and musician.
Living up to his boring name, Michael Gomez took his English degree and started working in marketing. In an attempt not to be boring, he joined the Epoch Press team so he has something interesting to add to his dating app profile. You can find Michael typing away at his desk, browsing his phone while Netflix is on, or sipping a beer at a bar/on his couch.
Hannah Walker has a BA in PR and Marketing and wants to use this degree to promote new writing and talent within publishing. Hannah has a blog where she posts regular articles and book reviews. She enjoys reading feminist literature and contemporary fiction. When she isn’t buying books, she’s visiting local coffee shops in Edinburgh.
Sales & Marketing
Although Shane Bryan is just now finishing his formal education in business, he has over a decade of experience in management and has spent almost as long overseeing sales and operations at a multi-million-dollar, multi-site franchise on the West Coast of the United States.
Many years ago, Shane spent precisely two minutes in culinary school before realising he would hate life as a chef. He still loves cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, much to the delight of his lovely wife. He enjoys a glass of good bourbon and reading historical fiction on the rare occasions he has free time.
Megan Mae Willis
Copy Editor & Contributing Editor
Megan Willis is a recent graduate with an MA in English Literature. As well as editing for Epoch Press, she edits an online feminist story-sharing platform. She is also a volunteer bookseller at the Edinburgh branch of Books for Amnesty, where she makes excellent use of her staff discount. When she isn’t reading or editing, she can be found in the local charity shops searching for vintage goodies or wandering around Edinburgh’s museums and galleries.
Imogen Hay is a writer, songwriter and recent graduate with an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She descended from the wild lands of the Highlands in 2016 to pursue a spontaneous and eclectic creative career. She spends her time being a wannabe punk rock harpist; looking at pictures of people’s reading nooks on the internet and trying hard to be cooler. She has a music and mental health blog and tries to encourage a better understanding and empathy for mental illness. She is very pleased to be joining the Epoch team as she admires free-spirit creativity in literature in all the ways it can be found.
Chelsey Hoslett is an studio artist from southern California. She works in a variety of mediums from painting, sculpture to ceramics. Her true love is making functional ceramics, she has been working on making pottery for four years and has recently had the chance to make this passion into a small business. Chelsey believes art is a way to express oneself and to allow an artist to bring into the world what they feel is missing. When Chelsey’s not in the studio creating she enjoys traveling to new places and getting to explore new cultures. When traveling is not an option she loves spending her time with a cheese plate a little red wine and watching bad reality tv shows.
Greg Combes is a fan of writing that makes you feel and think. Just eliciting one these is great but the combination of the two wakes something deeper. Words and the power they carry are fascinating; language can be either a great tool or a powerful weapon. While Greg’s educational background was focused on English, he also found time to delve into psychology and history. A passion for storytelling and storytellers brings Greg here to Epoch Press. The best is yet to come.
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Ellie is a freelance copywriter and creative writing student based in Bournemouth. She loves all things fantasy and you can often find her engrossed in a book about witches, vampires, and other folklore favourites. When she isn’t writing, Ellie spends her time cooking up delicious treats for her friends and family.
Luz Pacheco spends most of her time writing poetry, drawing, and reading. Her favorite genres are horror, fantasy, and science fiction. She also enjoys literary fiction and nonfiction, especially stories that show different perspectives and experiences.
Macarena Aguayo Fijo
Macarena is a writer and musician currently based in Spain, although her need of moving around the world may have her in some other country before long. She finished her studies in English Literature and Linguistics in Spain and headed to Aberdeen, where she graduated from a master’s degree in Creative Writing. Her writing varies from introspective, self-analysing poetry, to parodic, satiric prose. Above all, she loves reading and reviewing all interesting pieces of writing that fall on her hands!
Zach Valladon is Oklahoma City based musician, writer, and entrepreneur. He has recorded and toured under the moniker ‘pretty well’ since 2017, and his writing has been featured in various literary outlets over the years. He encourages you to Google him so that his ears can ring for reasons other than tinnitus.
Communications Intern and Contributing Editor
Millen Brown-Ewens is an arts and culture journalist, writer and founding editor of the female-led publication The Bower Monologues. Since graduating from the University of the Arts London with a BA in Fashion Journalism last June, her affections have been swayed by the lure of the literary, hoping to pursue a career in publishing in an editorial capacity. Aside from the obvious appetite for a juicy read, she enjoys spending time in mother nature’s bosom; camping, walking and writing short stories and poetry in tune with her surroundings. She enjoys creative non-fiction with a focus on anthropologic responses to earth and its rhythms as well as mythology and folk tradition. For a fiction fix, she turns to expeditions of human emotion, anything with depth, a strong female protagonist or a damning tale of love and lust.
Beth is a part time publishing intern based in Glasgow, with a passion for reading and editing, and writing too – when she finds the time. She is a lover of women’s fiction and nature writing and everything in between, and has been published in the magazine Heavy Iridescent. She has spent the past year working as an usher, waitress, and a call handler, and is a collector of people’s stories. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the rain, knitting very badly, and working her way through the pile of books beside her bed.
Professional background in being adorable and a BA Hons in demanding attention.