Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American fiction writer, book critic, essayist, and editor for hire.
Her professional work in these fields began in 2012, when she spent a full academic year on the staff of The Oxford Student newspaper at Oxford University, where she worked as chief copy editor, section editor, and finally deputy editor. She was recruited by the Oxford University Student Union to serve on the editorial staff of E&E, a magazine dealing with issues of ethics and the environment. The highlights of her time at OxStu include her interviews with AFI frontman Davey Havok and with director and writer Joss Whedon, and actors Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof.
Masad’s first publications of her fiction appeared in Tin House‘s Open Bar, as a winner of round two and the final round of the Master Plotto: Student Edition contest. Later, she also received the Rex Warner Literary Award from Wadham College. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she spent her final year as nonfiction editor of the Sarah Lawrence Review. She began writing occasional book reviews, interned for Bookish, and later for Writers House Literary Agent.
Masad has published fiction and nonfiction in venues like The New Yorker, the Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row, the Guardian, Vice, McSweeney’s, Joyland Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Review of Books, and many more. Since late 2014, Masad has been working for Leigh Feldman Literary, working closely with Leigh Feldman’s clients on editorial work. In 2015, she launched the podcast The Other Stories, which has featured over 100 writers.