Who We Are

First, we are writers. Which means that the path that led us to Cagibi is anything but straight and narrow. Yes we write. Of course, we read. But we also teach. We edit. We travel and look for material. We are at turns award-winning short story writer, novelist, poet, essayist, magazine editor, book developmental editor, book reviewer, teacher, writing coach, translator, traveler, New Yorker, transplant.

We come from opposite directions, North and South, a crosshatch of geographic lines that have intersected in New York City: Sylvie hails from Quebec, and Christopher from Alabama. We first met as collaborators for H5, an arts collective conceived in the East Village by Dutch designer Stefan Hengst, and we’ve been collaborating ever since.

We come from opposite directions, North and South, a crosshatch of geographic lines that have intersected in New York City…

We are deeply committed to the mission of Cagibi’s online journal and enthusiastic about the contributions possible to the literary community. We look forward to an editorial calendar of open and themed seasonal issues. The journal is the first drawer in the cabinet of Cagibi from which we draw our years as literary journal editors and ourselves students and writers, engaged with the literary community around us.

Sylvie Bertrand, Founding Editor

Version 3Sylvie Bertrand is a writer living in Brooklyn. A native French speaker, she was born and grew up in Montreal. She writes flash fiction, short stories, and is working on her first novel, which centers around the Oka Crisis of 1990 and the competing claims of the Canadian government, French-Canadians, and the Mohawk tribe over the development of a golf course on burial grounds in a suburb of Montreal.

Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Epiphany Magazine, Del Sol Review, Cleaver Magazine, and Penultimate Peanut Magazine. She was nominated for the 2017 Pen / Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and received a 2018 Pushcart Special Mention. She has undergraduate degrees in Communication and Literature, Political Sciences, and a MA in Anthropology from Princeton University.

She teaches memoir and fiction writing at the Writers Studio in NYC.

Christopher X. Shade, Founding Editor

Profile-Pic-13Christopher was raised in small-town Alabama by a single mother with four kids. He now lives and writes in New York City; an award-winning writer, and editor, book reviewer, and teacher. He has two novels and a story collection in circulation. In his latest novel, it is Marseille’s summer of 2013, and an ensemble of Americans wander and sightsee this dangerous yet seductive city in the year of its designation as the European Capital of Culture.

He teaches fiction and poetry writing at The Writers Studio.

Over twenty of his stories have appeared in publications, and he has won story awards including the 2016 Writers at Work fellowship and a Pushcart nomination for this year’s award.

A member of the NBCC, his book reviews have appeared widely. His reviews have appeared in Prairie SchoonerThe Brooklyn RailAmerican Book ReviewSouthern Literary ReviewNew Orleans Review, Saint Ann’s Review, and elsewhere. His reviews have focused to date almost entirely on titles from small and independent presses, as well as select international fiction. For example, he has reviewed books by French-Iranian author Fariba Hachtroudi, Chilean author Alejandro Zambra, and Oonya Kempadoo. He has conducted author interviews including Peter Ho Davies for The Brooklyn Rail.

For five years he was an editor of an independent print literary journal. He is a graduate of The New School University’s B.A. creative writing program.