The Staff

Jeremy Shawn Pollack
Jeremy Pollack’s formal literary training began at the University of Southern California, where he earned his B.A in English and studied creative writing under renowned author T.C. Boyle. While at USC, he simultaneously spent time at Rolling Stone Magazine as an editorial assistant to Senior Editor David Wilde. Jeremy is a member of the National Author’s Registry as well as the American Scholars National Honor Society.  Jeremy’s first novel won Best Novel, Science Fiction at the Hollywood Spiritual Entertainment Festival in late 2004. Since then, his writing has been published in various literary magazines such as Struggle, The Oak, and Altar. He has also written for several traditional news and zine publications, including L.A. Times Magazine, the Ventura County Star, Boulder Magazine, Casual Living, and others. A serial entrepreneur, Jeremy runs several small businesses including a professional writing services company, Compelling Content Solutions. He spends time on FORTH purely for the love of arts and literature.


Christine Costanza
Fiction Editor

Christine M. Costanza is a native of San José who reluctantly relocated to the Los Angeles area in 2012. She devours fiction at a blistering pace, with a personal goal of reading one novel per week. In addition to curating her personal library, Christine enjoys foreign languages, world travel, backpacking, and cooking/eating pescatarian.

Christine earned her BA in English Literature from UCSD in 2005 and is presently a graduate student at Cal State Long Beach where she is pursuing a Master of Arts in English. In the interim years, she spent a decade building a career as an executive assistant, primarily in the education sphere. She resides in Claremont, California with the two loves of her life: her wife and their three-year-old daughter, who aspires to be a professional rock climber.


Monica Viera
Non-Fiction Editor

Monica Viera is an author, screenwriter, journalist, and poet living in Los Angeles. She enjoys watching live jazz, playing pool, and getting tattoos. Her official website is


EC Wells
Poetry Editor

Edward Wells is a writer completing an MFA in Writing at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. EC is genuinely enamored with the idea of communication between bodies and the cool air that descends into a desert along with dusk. Their work has appeared in Independent VariableOtolithsPoetry WTF?!Angry Old ManAfter the PauseCourtship of the Winds and elsewhere.


Annie Kesselhaut
Art Editor

Annie Kesselhaut joined Forth Magazine in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Administration and obtained a post-graduate degree in Research and Development. Her enduring fascination with history naturally expanded to the arts. She has served as an art docent at the Getty Center since 2017 and has been active in other art institutions in Los Angeles such as LACMA and the L.A. Conservancy. She has also been teaching a weekly journalism workshop for kids at 826LA since 2016.

Managing Editors Emeritus

Candice Silva
Co-Founding Editor,

Candice Silva is a lifelong writer originally from Chicago. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013, only to come running back to the Midwest a year later. She couldn’t let go of the city that always seemed to love her. Candice has published work all over the world wide web.



Amanda Montell
Co-Founding Editor,

Amanda Montell is an East Coast-born writer, editor, and pizza enthusiast living in Los Angeles. She has been involved with FORTH since its relaunch in May 2014, and also works as a staff editor at beauty publication Byrdie. Amanda’s essays have been published or are forthcoming in Medium, Literary Orphans, and The Rumpus, among others. Her writing has also appeared in Thought Catalog, Woman’s Day, and Time Out magazine. Amanda graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a degree in Linguistics. For more:

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