It's all about teamwork at Sensations Magazine. Three dedicated individuals have formed our volunteer staff, and been a critical part of our group's success across decades - and a fourth staff member has been added for 2020:
KLEBER de FREITAS (IN LOVING MEMORY)
Production Manager/Videographer (1991 to 2019)
From 1987-2007, Sensations Magazine was, in some ways, a throw-back to a 1960s literary magazine: for Issues 1-42 (excluding Issue 12), each page was printed off a printer, and the results were 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 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.
Kleber was a professional dancer, with 40 years' experience as of 2018. 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 transitioned out of dance, and was a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master, Third Level. He passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, on July 27, 2019. He was 61 years old.
Fiction Editor (1988 to 2012)
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 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 2012)
Paul judged fiction for Sensations Magazine Issues 28 to 50, and wrote a research article about Pennsylvania's Fort Freeland, which was published in Sensations Magazine in 2009. Prior to that, he was Senior Editor of The Rift from 1996-1999. He also has presented literary workshops on the use of nature and imagery in poetry and fiction, as well as on "poetry and music." He currently hosts the North Jersey Literary Series in two locations: Classic Quiche Cafe in Teaneck NJ (4th Saturday per month, 7pm, January to October, founded 1997), and Wayne Public Library in Wayne, NJ (typically 2nd Sunday of the month, 2pm, in January, March, May, September, and November).
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 discovered a 100-million-year-old tick attached to a feather in amber, which was published in an issue of Nature.
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.
Finally, joining the Sensations Magazine staff for 2019, we are pleased to announce:
Director of Marketing & Promotion (2019-2020)
Joel Allegretti spent his career in public relations, serving in the not-for-profit, corporate, and agency sectors. His last position before taking early retirement was Director - Media Relations for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where he counseled senior executives and other spokespeople on interviews with national and local print, online, and broadcast media. His experience includes program development and execution, product and service support, and issues management.