Diode Editions is an independent press based in Doha, Qatar and Richmond, Virginia. Editor-in-Chief Patty Paine founded the press in 2012 as an offshoot of Diode Poetry Journal. To date, the press has published 37 titles of poetry, chapbooks and poetry-related nonfiction works and hosts yearly book and chapbook contests.
Our mission is to beautifully craft our books, and to fanatically support our authors.
Founding & Chief-Editor
Patty Paine is author of Grief & Other Animals (Accents Publishing), The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing), and editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Arabian Gulf Poetry and The Donkey Lady & Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf. Her third chapbook, city of small fires, was recently published by Hysterical Books. Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Blackbird, Adroit, Gulf Stream, Waxwing, Thrush, The South Dakota Review, and other publications. She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal, and Diode Editions, and is Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.
Editor & Art Director
Law Alsobrook is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at VCU in Qatar where he teaches semiotics, communication theory, bookbinding & typography. He has recently published, or has work forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Typehouse Literary Magazine, After the Pause, Petite Hound Press, The Volta, Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, & Noema. He received an MFA in graphic design from RISD. His research focuses on the role of narrative and language as mediating agents of consciousness.
Zoë Donald is a project manager and illustrator living in Richmond, VA. They have overseen projects in fields such as social outreach, fine arts and industrial fabrication, and architectural illustration. They studied painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, where they were awarded the McLeod and Peachtree Scholarships and a Qatar Foundation Study Abroad Academic Scholarship.
Assistant Editor & Designer
Steffi Braganza is a graphic designer currently residing in Qatar. She prefers to design beyond the boundaries of her comfort zone. She believes, as a designer, that one doesn't learn by staying within confined walls; one works best when one finds a way to go around those walls. Most of her time she likes to invest in research and to diverge her knowledge. Steffi is extremely passionate about creating and developing new and innovative ideas. Bringing those ideas to life is what she as a designer strives to achieve.
Alex Wanas is a designer living in Richmond, VA. He has produced video documentaries, digital photography, illustration, architectural visualization, exhibition design, print and digital media. He received a Masters in Design Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Hannah Fakhri is currently a junior studying Graphic Design at VCUarts Qatar. Coming from both a British and Qatari background, she has a wide range of different approaches and perspectives on the world. Sarcasm runs through her blood and makes way too many UK-related jokes that only a small number of people in the Middle East understand—a niche market. She also often worries about the small things and makes mountains out of molehills before accomplishing the goal at hand. It’s all in the details.
Jessica Fischoff is Editor and Owner of [PANK], Editor and Owner of American Poetry Journal, author the little book of poems, The Desperate Measure of Undoing (Across the Margin, 2019) and Editor of the upcoming Pittsburgh Anthology (Dostoyevsky Wannabe). Her thoughts on editing appear in Best American Poetry and The Kenyon Review. Her writing appears in Esquire, Diode Poetry Journal, The Southampton Review, The Common, Creative Nonfiction, and Adroit Journal.
Former Intern Staff
Chi Kyu Lee
Chi Kyu is a poet born and raised in Seoul. He recently graduated from Cornell University with a major in English and a minor in Arabic. He will be attending the MFA program at the University of Minnesota starting this fall. He is crazy about languages (make him practice Arabic or ASL!) and anything queer. He loves to read Asian-American, Arab-American, and Arabic literature.
Lina AlSharif is a Palestinian poet currently living in Qatar. She holds a MA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Lancaster University. She was published in Sukoon Magazine, Gaza Unsilenced, Rusted Radishes and Mizna.
Faheem Khan is a Junior studying graphic design at VCUarts in Qatar. He is a freelance designer whose work tends to the minimal, but that is a personal preference. He may appear to be an angry young man, but in reality, he's a pretty foolish and down-to-earth person. He is resilient and usually has a lot on his plate, but it sure is a delicious plate.
Steffi Braganza is currently a graphic design Sophomore at VCUarts in Qatar. She is extremely dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic about her work. Sometimes over-enthusiastic. Actually, borderline anxious. You don’t need to look for her in a crowded room because she keeps making cliché height jokes to remind you that she's tiny. Don’t worry though, she can see everything from down there. Or so she thinks.
Organizations We Support
Diode Editions has been fortunate to be able to donate to the following organizations and we hope that you might consider donating as well, if able.
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Postal: Diode Editions c/o Zoe Donald, Managing Editor, PO BOX 5585, Richmond, VA 23220-0585