Julian Riccoban

Asst. Managing Director

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Julian hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with the class of 2018 from PA Virtual Charter School. During high school, he served as student leader for the writing club, and at graduation, he was awarded the English Department Award of Excellence. Although he joined Polyphony Lit as a First Reader late in his senior year, Julian was thrilled by Polyphony’s writing/editing community and decided to continue editing. In 2019, he stayed on as an Executive Editor and in 2020, he worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Summer Scholars program and the “How to Be a Literary Editor” course. Julian has experience working along every step of the editorial pipeline, and has performed extensive user-interface testing for Polyphony in Submittable.

In his free time, Julian enjoys watching animated films and reading books. Some of his favorite authors include Sandra Cisneros, Tim O’Brien, Suzanne Collins, and Neal Shusterman. As a reader and writer, he is particularly fascinated by the Latin American magical realism movement, and how Latin American authors like Gabriel García Márquez use magical realism to speak out against imperialism.

Julian’s work has been published in Rumble Fish Quarterly, (F)riction’s Dually Noted series, and of course, Polyphony Lit. He is currently drafting a magical realism novel about a bunch of loco neighbors who live together in a rowhouse in San Diego.