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.

Jane Dykema

Jane Dykema’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Guernica, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She’s a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and holds an MFA from UMass Amherst. She teaches writing at Clark University and Grub Street.

Bruna Dantas Lobato

Bruna Dantas Lobato is a writer and literary translator based in St. Louis. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Common, and other publications, and it has been recognized with fellowships from Yaddo, Jentel, A Public Space, NYU, the Outpost Foundation, and DISQUIET, where she was a Luso-American Fellow in 2018. Her literary translations include Caio Fernando Abreu’s Moldy Strawberries, Stênio Gardel’s The Words That Remain, and Jeferson Tenório’s The Dark Side of Skin, among others.

Ashley Ruiz-Robles

Ashley Ruiz-Robles is a Puerto Rican writer, MFA fiction candidate, and instructor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. As a first-generation undergraduate student, she majored in English and specialized in creative writing. Ashley is a recipient of the Hong Kim Czuprynski Fellowship, the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Fiction, and the Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) Fellowship. Her areas of interest include family sagas, stories of dislocation and exile.

Paul Soto

Paul Soto is a Venezuelan-born writer from the Rio Grande Valley. He lives in Lisbon, where he is at work on a novel and short story collection. His work has been published in n+1.