Junto Magazine is a quarterly literary magazine that provides a professionally cultivated, cross-medium creative outlet for trained amateur artists.

Our purpose is three-fold:

  • To provide artists of any medium who posses a desire to express themselves an opportunity to begin building a published portfolio, whether they are preparing to graduate college or are already part of the work force.
  • To enable artists to spread their work among a diverse audience in order to  reach viewers who would not have otherwise discovered their work.
  • To build a community of contributing artists who learn from each other,  work collaboratively to create works that exceed their individual talents, and receive solid, professional feedback.
While anyone can self-publish in today's digital age, it is an incredibly rare thing to be successful without self-promotion, which can be a full-time job in and of itself. By being selected for and published in Junto Magazine, artists will gain access to a wider market than they would just by publishing on their own.

Once a piece is submitted to Junto Magazine, it is reviewed by one of our Genre Editors in a mix between editorial evaluation and peer review. Each of our Genre Editors is educated in his or her field and either currently works in his or her specific industry or teaches it. Whether your piece is selected for publication or not, all artists who submit will receive a copy of our evaluation, which includes the ratings given to the piece as well as constructive criticism to learn from.

Meet the Team





Joseph Attanasio is a production assistant in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Publishing. Even though he focused on business, he has taken multiple courses in design, editing, sales and marketing, and technology. Prior to continuing his education, Joe worked for two years in compliance for a financial institution and has since interned for places like Sage Publications, the American Correctional Association, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, and the Water Environment Federation. In addition, Joe was the Hospitality Chair for Washington Publishers as well as their President in 2016. Those rare times he can find the time, he has several storytelling projects he wants to work on such as a collection of Montaigne-style essays, a few scholarly monographs, historical fiction, an epic fantasy series, co-authoring a thriller series, and several other individual novels.




Mitch Peterson is a Connecticut native whose affinity for writing dates back to therapeutic writing endeavors which were explored in his middle school years. Mitch has been a pleasure writer for years, addressing myriad topics, ranging from politics, to short story writing, and poetry. As time lapsed, exposure to different writing styles, types, genres, and crafts led Mitch to pursue a double major in English and Elementary Education from Western Connecticut State University. After working on and presenting at multiple academic conferences and working on two editing teams, Mitch took a full-time job as a middle school teacher. Looking to the future, Mitch hopes to continue instilling the passion for writing of all styles, both academic and creative, to his students

Editorial Team



Managing Editor

Emily Powers was born and raised in Texas. She is a full time student earning her Master’s degree in Publishing from George Washington University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in English and Technical Writing/Communication. Emily has always had a passion for the English language. Her hobbies include reading, writing, studying and playing with her pets, Little One (cat) and Charlie (dog).  Her favorite quote is “The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”


Ayesha Ali


Literature Editor

Ayesha Ali graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in professional writing. She has worked as an intern at Talcott Notch Literacy Services and Woodhall Press. In her time in university, she edited pieces for WCSU's literary journal, worked in the University Relations office and conducted interviews for the communications department's annual election show. Ayesha's a die-hard hockey fan, does martial arts, and loves going to see Broadway musicals.

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Literature Editor

L.M Brown has Masters in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She is the author of the YA novel Debris. Her stories have appeared in over a dozen literary magazines, and her short story collection Treading The Uneven Road is forthcoming with Fomite Press. She grew up in Sligo. Ireland, but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband, three daughters, a dog and bearded dragon.

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Literature Editor

Gaby Mari was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her earliest memories are of sitting poolside and creating imaginary worlds for her and her siblings to vacation in. She attended Boston College and, in 2008, received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Film Studies. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York and still spends most of her time creating imaginary worlds.



Art Editor

Andrew Marshall is a freelance content creator specializing in wildlife and outdoor adventure. After attaining a B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007, Andrew has gone on to enjoy a successful career as a filmmaker, writer, and visual artist. His mediums of choice are photography and watercolor, and his subject matter focuses on the flora, fauna, and landscapes of the high desert.




Literature Editor

Lily McElroy received her Bachelor’s in Mass Communications, with a concentration in Journalism, from Bloomsburg University in 2013. After spending the last few years working as a project manager for a market research firm, she decided it was time for a change. Her love of reading and writing pushed her to enroll in George Washington University’s publishing program, where she is now working towards her Master’s degree. Lily spends her free time reading and traveling. She currently works as a content specialist in Philadelphia, where she lives with her boyfriend and their dog, Shanti.
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Literature Editor

M. Brianna Stallings is a professional word wrangler. She earned an MFA in Writing & Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is now writing her first book. She currently lives in Austin, TX with her wife and four pets.



Literature Editor

Heather Pontius lives south of Baltimore, Maryland and works as a technical editor. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Publishing from George Washington University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing and Editing, from George Mason University in 2008. In addition to her work as an editor, Heather enjoys creative writing, photography, reading, and painting—really creative pursuits of any kind. Her favorite books are those in the Outlander series written by Diana Gabaldon. She is also working on revisions to a YA novel she recently completed, in hopes of getting it ready to publish some day soon.



Art Editor

Katerina Pravdivaia is a Toronto-based artist with a brightly burning inner fire for animal rights and conservation. After developing her core concepts at Mount Allison University in Canada and The University of Newcastle in Australia, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in 2013. Since then, Katerina has exhibited in more than 30 group shows and 4 solo shows, being featured in online collections and magazines, including Junto Magazine in 2016. In 2015, Katerina won the prestigious Murray Jacob Clerkson Award for her outstanding artist merit and proven contribution to the arts community. She continues to work in an array of mediums, focusing on uniting human and non-human animals as one. Her passion for the arts drives her constant discovery of new styles, mediums, and artists, as she continues to grow her knowledge and practice. Katerina donates 10% of her proceeds to Nature Canada, one of the top organizations for endangered species and habitat protection.




Digital Content Coordinator

Samantha Oty graduated from Radford University with a degree in English, Technical Editing and Writing and from The George Washington University with an MPS in Publishing.  Her first play, Demolition Lovers, was written sophomore year of high school and won the 2010 New Voices playwriting contest. Sadly, due to a conflicting trip to Europe, it would be another two years before she would see that play performed. She has been writing ever since, her plays appearing in our first issue and in 5th Wall Production's Rough Draft Reading series.  Currently Sam resides in Southwest Virginia with her boyfriend and guinea pig.