Joyland is nothing without our regional editors and we’re happy to introduce two new editors and two returning friends.

Katya Apekina will be editing Joyland Los Angeles.

Katya first came to the site as an author with the crowd favorite, “Untitled Lincoln Love Story Project.” She did her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis and residencies at UCROSS and VCCA.  She also co-wrote the screenplay for New Orleans, Mon Amour, which premiered at SXSW in 2008 and starred Elisabeth Moss and Christopher Eccleston. Her first selection, Window Treatments, by Plimpton Discovery Prize-winning author Ottessa Moshfegh, appears today.

Kathryn Mockler is taking over Toronto from Emily Keeler in November. Keeler is leaving Joyland to be a book blogger for the LA Times among other freelance gigs.

Kathryn  was also featured on Joyland last year and her poetry books include Onion Man and The Saddest Place on Earth. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.  She has seven short films and videos produced to date which have been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Western University.

Charles McLeod, who once held down the post of Joyland Midwest, is coming back as a guest editor this year, highlighting authors from Texas where he is currently doing his PhD. Charles wrote the best short fiction collection of last year, National Treasures, and has a new book coming out soon with University of Michigan Press called Asocialism, Zemblanity.

Co-founder Emily Schultz is no stranger to Joyland but she is taking over New York editorial duties after returning from mat leave and the helming of our podcast. Her international bestseller, The Blondes, is coming to the US in 2014 from St. Martin’s Press and in French translation from Editions Alto, who radically retitled the novel as Les Blondes.

They join our other section editors Anna Prushinskaya (Midwest), Kevin Chong (Vancouver & Pacific Northwest), David McGimpsey (Montreal & Atlantic) and Kara Levy (San Francisco).

Our submissions, as always, are open. You can find more information here.