The Magazine

Warscapes is an independent online magazine that provides a lens into current conflicts across the world.

Warscapes publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, book and film reviews, photo-essays and retrospectives of war literature from the past fifty years.

Warscapes is motivated by a need to move past a void within mainstream culture in the depiction of people and places experiencing staggering violence, and the literature they produce.

Apart from showcasing great writing from war-torn areas, the magazine is a tool for understanding complex political crises in various regions and serves as an alternative to compromised representations of those issues.

Warscapes is grateful to the Flora Family and Open Society Foundations for their generous support of our work and mission. 



Editor in chief: Bhakti Shringarpure (Co-founder) is a writer, translator and academic who received a BA in Literature from Bard College and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. She is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Connecticut (Storrs). She focuses on literature emerging from civil wars in the aftermath of European colonialism with an emphasis on the period of the Cold War. Her books, Literary Sudans: An Anthology of Literature from Sudan and South Sudan (Editor, Africa World Press) and the English translation of Boubacar Boris Diop's novel Kaveena (Co-translator, Indiana University Press) are forthcoming in 2015. Twitter @bhakti_shringa 

Editor-at-Large: Michael Bronner (Co-founder) is a writer, filmmaker and journalist who spent many years at the weekday edition of CBS News/60 Minutes, reporting from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. He freelances for Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post and others, writing long, literary investigative pieces. His credits in feature film includes United 93 and Green Zone. His work has been recognized with a Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting, several Emmy nominations and the President's Choice Award for a Vanity Fair piece on the 9/11 attacks. Twitter @michaelbronner

Senior Editor: Michael Busch is a writer and researcher who received his BA in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics and Science from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. He is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His work focuses on the political economy of transnational organized crime. He has written extensively on world politics for newspapers, online magazines and journals and currently teaches international relations at City College in New York. Twitter @michaelkbusch

Editor, Poetry: Noam Scheindlin is a poet and literary theorist.  His research interests center on the poetics of narrative form, and the relation of narrative to the experience of everyday life.  He is a student of writers, such as Georges Perec and Edmond Jab├Ęs, whose work confronts a breakdown in communication.  His volumes of poetry include The Proper Conditions for Flight (G-Train Books) and Unorganized Territory (Ten Pell).  He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center, and is currently Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

Editor, Blogs: Jason Huettner is a freelance writer in New York. He received his B.A. from Hunter College in 2010 in English Language, Literature, and Criticism. His areas of interest include military science, postcoloniality, and gender studies. Twitter @jasonhuettner


Associate Editors

Melissa Smyth is currently pursuing an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she focuses on visual arts and visual culture. She is interested in photographic representations of populations in conflict. She received a BA in Visual Arts and Middle Eastern Studies from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York in 2013. She continues to practice drawing and photography, which can be seen here.

Jessica Rohan is a freelance writer and researcher based in Philadelphia. She received a BA in 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied sociology, anthropology and global studies with concentrations in the Middle East and North Africa and conflict/conflict resolution. She is interested in global media and the role of public art in social movements. Twitter @jessica_rohan

Veruska Cantelli received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and she is an Assistant Professor in the ALESA program of English department at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her work focuses on women's autobiographies, particularly on non-western narratives of the self. She studied modern and contemporary dance at the Mary Anthony Dance Studio and the Trisha Brown Studio, and has performed with the Human Kinetics Movement Arts. Twitter @VeruskaCantelli

Hassan Ghedi Santur is a Somali-Canadian freelance writer and broadcaster. For many years, he produced radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His articles have appeared in The Walrus, and Warya Post among others. He holds a Bachelors degree in English Literature and MFA in writing. His debut novel Something Remains was published in 2010 and he has recently completed his second novel The Youth of God. He is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya where he works as a freelance journalist and an international media monitor. Twitter @hgsantur

Gareth Davies graduated from the University of York with a BA in English and Related Literature. He is currently studying towards an MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict at Trinity College Dublin. He has experience in writing about representations of conflict in film and literature, and his research focuses on genocide theory and military technology. Twitter @garethaledavies

Mary von Aue is a freelance writer based in New York. She holds an MA from Columbia University, where she studied classical Islamic literature and the effects of the water crisis in Palestine, a topic she investigated while working in Deheishe Refugee Camp. Mary has lived in 6 countries and writes about history, policy, and culture. Twitter @von_owie

Preethi Nallu is a multimedia journalist and writer, originally from Hyderabad, India. Born in Iran, raised in India, she spent her university years at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing  degrees in journalism and political science. Since graduating, she has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Currently based in Rome, she combines text, visual and audio formats to produce in-depth narratives for mainstream media and UN agencies. Twitter @Preethi_Nallu

Dominique Vidale-Plaza is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, currently working in international development in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is the founder of an organization named Channel Initiative with a mission to empower people in under-reached and under-served communities around the world. A freelance writer, blogger and development consultant, Dominique's interests include gender, peace and conflict, and international politics. Twitter @dvplaza


Editorial Assistants

Tyler Chau is currently based in London and works in international development, art and politics. He received his MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics and BA in International Development Studies and Art History at McGill University. He is interested in the visual culture, theory and history of development and humanitarianism, indigenous and queer politics, postcoloniality and post-development theory. Twitter @tyler_chau

Genta Nishku is a Development Associate at Make the Road New York, a community-based, social justice organization in New York City. She holds a BA in Classical Studies and English literature from Hunter College. She is currently working on translating the poetry of Albanian writer Migjeni. Twitter @gentanishku.

Vera Kiss was born in Hungary. She graduated with an MA in International Journalism at London Metropolitan University and currently works as a freelance journalist and human rights activist. Her main interests are human rights and development journalism with special attention to the Roma people in Eastern Europe. Twitter @VeraKiss2

Naomi Dann graduated as a Peace and Justice Studies major at Vassar College. She is interested in representations of violence and conflict, nonviolent approaches to addressing injustices, and interrogating normative modes of understanding identities, conflicts and the possibilities of political activism. Twitter @naomi_dann

Editorial Interns

Sarah Luft and Garrett Connolly.

Warscapes logo design by Ahmad Gharbieh

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