All Staff Members

Jeff Parker

Co-Founder and Director

Jeff Parker is the author of the novel Ovenman and the story collection The Taste of Penny. His writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ploughshares, Tin House, and others. He co-edited two anthologies of contemporary Russian prose, Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia and Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States. He is the Co-Founder and Director of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, and the editor of the DISQUIET imprint of Dzanc Books. He teaches in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Scott Laughlin

Co-Founder and Associate Director

Scott Laughlin studied at Boston University with Alberto de Lacerda, which initiated a friendship that lasted for the last seventeen years of the poet's life. Scott did graduate work at NYU and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Converse College. He has been published in the SF Bay Guardian, Post Road, ZYZZYVA, and will be included in the forthcoming book about the relationship between Alberto and Robert Duncan, Such Conjunctions. He currently teaches English at San Francisco University High School.

Oona Patrick

Luso-American Liaison

Oona Patrick is a Provincetown, MA, native of Azorean descent. She earned an MFA in nonfiction from Bennington, and her writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, Post Road, Guernica, Gávea-Brown, Hinchas de Poesía, the Portuguese American Journal, and elsewhere, and has been translated into Portuguese in the anthology Nem Cá Nem Lá: Portugal e América do Norte Entre Escritas (2016). After traveling to Portugal for residencies in 2006 and 2009, she began serving as Luso-American Liaison for DISQUIET in 2010. She is a 2014 Fellow in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts and works in publishing in NYC.

Laura Breitenbeck

Program Coordinator

Laura has worked for DISQUIET since 2011.

Brendan Bowles

International Programs Director

Brendan Bowles is from Toronto, Ontario. He holds an MA from the University of Toronto and an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work has been published and produced for stage and radio and has been generously supported by grants, fellowships and residencies from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Villa Sarkia, the Banff Center, the Canada Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. He was a 2017-2018 Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and will be a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford for 2019-2021. More info at

Daniel Quinn


Daniel Quinn is a freelance web designer specializing in WordPress and content strategy. Over the past five years, he's worked as a senior UI developer for Boston-based digital agencies, supporting all sorts of brands across a variety of industries. Daniel holds a Masters in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College and attended Stetson University for Creative Writing. Aside from wasting his time on the Internet, he's addicted to Netflix, he reads science fiction novels, and he listens to late nineties trip hop.