Advisory Board


The editorial staff at Paperbark Literary Magazine is advised by a board of UMass faculty members and Paperbark alumni of a variety of different academic departments and disciplines. The Advisory Board primarily mentors Paperbark staff, aids in outreach and recruitment, and provides support and advice to the magazine’s overall development. For those interested in joining the advisory board, please contact Madeleine Charney at


Madeleine Charney
Sustainability Librarian, UMass Libraries

Chairperson of the Advisory Board

Madeleine Charney is a Research Services Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a liaison to the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Regional Planning, Environmental Conservation, the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and sustainability across the curriculum. While born and raised in New York, the Pioneer Valley has been her home for more than 30 years. Her favorite book genre is autobiography.


Darci Connor Maresca
Assistant Director, School of Earth and Sustainability

Darci Connor Maresca is the Assistant Director for the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  For more than a fifteen years, she has worked at the intersection of science, policy, and people for relevant environmental issues and sustainability
initiatives.  Her specialization is planning and designing processes for effective change.  Deeply committed to progress and inclusion, her career’s focus is examining complex environmental and societal challenges, and developing practicable solutions through a collaborative, cross-interest approach.  Darci’s work has taken her across the country with projects ranging from open space planning, an award-winning coastal resiliency and preparedness program, a stakeholder- drive, science-guided marine spatial planning process, and stakeholder engagement and communications.

Paperbark is a marvelous example of the outcome of working alongside passionate, productive teams of people. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying ice cream cones, playing in streams, and looking under rocks with her big personality, little people, Miles and Charlie, and faithful dog, Jenna.


Noy Holland
Professor, MFA for Poets and Writers, Department of English

Noy Holland’s I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories, was published by Counterpoint in January 2017. Her debut novel, Bird (Counterpoint), appeared in 2015, to great critical acclaim. Holland’s collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf.) She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She teaches in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts.


Erin Jerome
Open Access Librarian, UMass Libraries

Erin Jerome is the Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian at UMass Amherst where she manages ScholarWorks, the university’s institutional repository. In addition to working with members of the UMass community who want to make their scholarship as openly available as possible, she helps journal editors publish their open access journals through ScholarWorks.

Prior to becoming a librarian, Erin was a musicologist who focused on eighteenth-century comic opera. She is once again putting her Ph.D. in Musicology to good use as the librarian for Department of Music & Dance.

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Laura Quilter
Copyright and Information Policy Librarian, UMass Libraries

Laura Quilter is the copyright and information policy librarian/attorney at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She works with the UMass Amherst community on copyright and related matters, equipping faculty, students, and staff with the understanding they need to navigate copyright, fair use, open access, publishing, and related issues. She holds an MSLIS degree (1993, U. of Kentucky) and a JD (2003, UC Berkeley School of Law). Her research interests are the intersection of copyright with intellectual freedom and access to knowledge, and more generally the public interest within technology and information law.

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Malcolm Sen
Assistant Professor, Department of English

Malcolm Sen’s research interests include Irish Studies, South Asian literatures and cultures, postcolonial studies and the environmental humanities. In his current work Sen is especially interested in the conceptual pathways through which literary and cultural analysis can play a more dominant role in environmental debates, the role of narrative in our understanding of, and responses to, unraveling climate change effects, and the necessity of re-imagining sovereignty in the twenty-first century. Malcolm Sen was the Irish Research Council and Marie Curie Elevate Fellow at the Center for the Environment at Harvard University (2014-2015). Previously, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2011-2012). His other awards include a Humanities Institute of Ireland Research Scholarship (2002-2006) and the Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship at the National University of Ireland Galway (2014). He is currently completing his book-length study, Unnatural Disasters: Literature, Climate Change and Sovereignty.