It's all about teamwork at Sensations Magazine and The Six Centuries Club, and three dedicated individuals have been a critical part of our group's success across the past quarter-century:
KLEBER de FREITAS
Production Manager/Videographer (1991 to present)
Sensations Magazine is, in some ways, a throw-back to a 1960s literary magazine; from Issues 1-42 (excluding Issue 12), each page printed off a printer, and the results hand-collated and hand-bound. Much of this labor-intensive work, from Issues 5-11 and Issues 13-42, was handled by Production Manager Kleber de Freitas, who also has videotaped almost every Sensations Magazine or Six Centuries Club event from 1992 forward. In addition to those two roles, Kleber hand-transcribed many of the American poems from the 1600s that were included in the award-winning Rediscovering America in Poetry Research Series, published serially in Sensations Magazine issues from 1990 to 1999.
Primarily, Kleber is a professional dancer, with over 25 years' experience. In performances for Sensations Magazine in the 1990s, and Gold Coast Performing Arts in 2005, Kleber danced The Faun in his interpretation of Vaslav Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun; presented dances that included authentic Amazon tribal dance movements in sites in Monmouth and Essex counties; performed the Russian and Spanish dances from The Nutcracker; created interpretative dances to music ranging from Jewel to Roberta Flack; and, with Denise La Neve, interpreted the Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire dance from Night and Day at several theme events. One highlight of his dance career was performing in front of a 110-person gospel choir and live rock band, on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.
Since 2006, Kleber has transitioned out of dance, and is now a state-board Certified Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master, Third Level.
Fiction Editor (1988 to present)
Staff member since Sensations Magazine Issue 1/1987, Fiction Editor since Issue 2/1988, Marilyn has read and judged every story submitted to Sensations Magazine since Issue 2, giving a steady continuity to fiction acceptance across the magazine's almost-quarter-century history - making her one of fewer than 3 fiction editors in America with that record of lengthy service with one publication. Marilyn will be judging fiction for Final Issue 50, Titanic, in January 2012.
Marilyn spends her working hours as the Director of Contract Administration for the National Audubon Society in New York City. She has travelled extensively throughout the United States and around the world, and had adventures ranging from canoeing down the Zambezi River alonside hippos and elephants, to swimming at the precipice of Victoria Falls. She enjoys exploring theater, museums, and the wonderful variety of ethnic dining available in the New York area, and is truly appreciating the beauty of the Hudson River, and the time to read good books and Sensations Magazine stories, while commuting from her home in Yonkers, NY.
Fiction Editor (2002 to present)
Paul is a naturalist and writer whose works have appeared in numerous publications, and have included scientific and historical articles, as well as narrative fiction, poetry, and satire. He recently has completed two scientific studies on fossil resins, which will appear in professional journals in 2009. For Sensations Magazine, he wrote a history research article about Pennsylvania's Fort Freeland, which was published in Sensations Magazine in 2009. Paul will be judging fiction for Final Issue 50, "Titanic," in January 2012.
Paul is on staff at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he conducts laboratory and field research on ancient organisms preserved in amber and sedimentary rock. He is past President of the New York Paleontological Society.
Paul hosts the North Jersey Literary Series (founded 1996), now based at Classic Quiche Cafe in Teaneck, with readings held monthly on the fourth Saturday, starting 8:00 pm. He has read every story submitted to Sensations Magazine since and including the 15th Anniversary Fiction Issue in 2002; prior to that, was Senior Editor of The Rift from 1996-1999. Paul also has presented literary workshops on the use of nature and imagery in poetry and fiction, as well as on "poetry and music."