We exist to provide opportunity for emerging authors and artists, inspiration for writers and readers, a chance to engage with the literary scene in Berlin and beyond, and remain a source of support for other communities.


 

Founded in 2009, SAND is an English-language literary journal based in Berlin. Our twice-annual print issues feature original and translated short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and visual art from all over the world. We publish work that is fresh, well-written, accessible, and diverse, as we take pride in producing a beautiful journal that can be enjoyed by a wide audience.

SAND is also part of the lively independent literary and art scene in Berlin and promotes both local and international writers and artists that help solidify Berlin’s position as a world city. We collaborate with reading series, literary organizations, bookshops, artists, and musicians to hold regular events and workshops in the city and beyond, thereby aiming to bring diverse communities with similar interests closer together as well as enhance Berlin’s literary community. Through this sense of community and our presence in the international literary scene, we aim to encourage dialogue and, most importantly, create excitement around quality literature and artwork.

We are an all-volunteer team driven by our passion for literature and art. If you’re interested in joining us, check our Join page for current openings.

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MEET THE TEAM

Jake Schneider
Editor in Chief

Jake Schneider lives vicariously through other people's words, most often by transmogrifying them from German. His translation of the poetry collection Fragmented Waters by Ron Winkler was released by Shearsman Books in 2016.

jake@sandjournal.com →

Lyz Pfister
Senior Editor

SAND's editor in chief emeritus, Lyz Pfister is a freelance writer and translator living and working in Berlin. She is a published poet and the author of Eat Me. Drink Me., a food-and-culture blog that explores who we are through what we eat. She's currently working on her first book.

lyz@sandjournal.com →

Simone O'Donovan
Managing Editor

Since arriving in 2012, Simone has been weaving her way through the literary scene in Berlin, dabbling in editorial work, publishing, and PR. Likely to be spotted in Templehof with a packet of salted almonds and a fine novel, she sees herself as a jack of some trades and master of none.

simone@sandjournal.com →

Florian Duijsens
Fiction Editor

Florian Duijsens is the fiction editor of SAND and teaches in Bard College Berlin’s Language & Thinking program.

florian@sandjournal.com →

Greg Nissan
Poetry Editor

Greg Nissan, who moved to Berlin in 2015, is a poet and translator from New York City. His work can be found. 

greg@sandjournal.com

Matthew Deery
Copy Editor

Once famously described as "gentlemanly but unnecessary," Irishman Matthew Deery moved to Berlin in 2015. SAND's Copy Editor, he also works as an Online Editor for a large German company that definitely does something, that's for sure.

matthew@sandjournal.com →

Stephanie Hannon
Art Editor

Stephanie is an artist and designer from the UK living and working in Berlin. Alongside her art practise, she operates the NINE TWO FIVE project, which aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience between artists and writers.

stephanie@sandjournal.com

Susanna Forrest
Nonfiction Editor

Susanna Forrest is the author of The Age of the Horse (Atlantic Books/Atlantic Monthly Press) and If Wishes Were Horses (Atlantic Books). She won the 2016 Sophie Coe Prize for an essay about a horsemeat banquet in 1890s Kansas and teaches creative nonfiction at The Reader, Berlin. She'll write about anything from racism to cave paintings and broth baths as long as there's a tenuous connection to horses.

susanna@sandjournal.com →

Ashley Moore
Assistant Fiction Editor

Ashley is a writer and educator based in Germany who loves a good story, a good hike, and a good adventure, especially when they’re all rolled into one. When she’s not nose-deep in lit mags, knee-deep in some new terrain, or deep-deep in daydreams about more traveling, she’s probably dancing. Her new project – The Story Travels – will be live soon.

ashley@sandjournal.com →

Lieke Kessels
Communications & Outreach

Lieke is a writer and philosopher who has worked in film, festivals, and events throughout Europe. She is always busy with one project or another and mainly runs on caffeine. 

lieke@sandjournal.com →

Ruby Mason
Communications & Outreach

Ruby grew up in the English countryside, and studied literature and translation in London. She lives in Berlin, works in publishing, and enjoys list-making, poetry, and crisps in her free time.

ruby@sandjournal.com →

Nadirah Porter-Kasbati
Distribution & Finance Manager

Nadirah is a student of literature, linguistics, and life who has been luxuriating in Berlin's abundant weirdness since 2013.

nadirah@sandjournal.com →

Bárbara Fonseca
Design

Bárbara Fonseca is an illustrator and graphic designer. She was born in Portugal and studied Communication Design at the fine Arts Academy in Lisbon. Currently, she works as a freelancer and is part of Voyager Collective, a recently formed research collective on the themes of design fiction and innovation.

barbara@sandjournal.com →

Rosie Flanagan
Design

Rosie is a freelance designer and writer with a colour ordered wardrobe and an alphabetised bookshelf. She hails from a tiny island off the southern coast of Australia.

rosie@sandjournal.com

Emil Grüner
Event Coordinator

Emil Grüner is a Danish writer and the co-founder of Virgil Press.

emil@sandjournal.com

Mandalena Munkonge
Event Coordinator

Mandalena Munkonge is a writer and English teacher living in Berlin. She grew up in the UK, where she organised art and other cultural events in London and studied Contemporary Literature, and has contributed to Dazed and Confused Magazine, Hunger Magazine, and Kaltblut Magazine. She is still very much enjoying discovering (and mostly getting lost in) the city.

mandalena@sandjournal.com →

Christina Wegener
Verein Coordinator

Christina is most likely from Berlin, even though she may have been interchanged by trolls in her childhood during a trip through Scandinavia. That would explain why she feels strangely at home in the mountains and woods. When she is not hiding there or in foreign places, she organizes literary events and works for a nonprofit, after having studied literature in Berlin, Havana, and Barcelona.

christina@sandjournal.com →