Editor-in-Chief: Jaynie Royal
Jaynie Royal is the editor-in-chief at Regal House Publishing. While Jaynie’s academic background is in history and archaeology, she has long nursed a passion for literature. After spending many years navigating the publishing industry, Jaynie decided to start a new enterprise that invested deeply, meaningfully and significantly in its authors: Regal House Publishing. Since, Regal has grown to encompass two imprints: Pact Press and Fitzroy Books. Jaynie is extremely proud of the talented editing team that has been assembled at Regal and thrilled to provide all of our authors with a high level of editorial excellence.
Senior Editor: Ruth Feiertag
Ruth Feiertag is the senior editor at Regal House Publishing. In grammar school, Ruth Feiertag’s father started handing her Great Works of English Literature with the admonition, “Here—read this before they ruin it for you in school.” After that there was nothing for it but to major in English Literature, and Ms. Feiertag got a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz and eventually an M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She meandered towards a Ph.D. but arrived in the realm of independent scholarship and NCIS instead. She finds Medieval and Renaissance literature (mostly poetry and drama) endlessly fascinating, and anyone who wants to be treated to a long monologue should ask her about bastards from the Middle Ages through the Early Modern period. Ruth is the founding editor of PenKnife Editorial Services, and a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.
Editor: Emma Larking
Emma Larking is a Pact Press editor and one of its most ardent supporters. She is author of Refugees and the Myth of Human Rights: Life Outside the Pale of the Law (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014), and co-editor with Hilary Charlesworth of Human Rights and the Universal Periodic Review (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her disciplinary backgrounds are in literature, law, political theory, and applied philosophy. She has published widely on the concept and status of human rights, and on refugees and people movements.
After working as a lecturer in the University of Melbourne’s Schools of Historical and Philosophical Studies and of Social and Political Sciences, Emma was an Australian Research Council Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. There she collaborated on a project led by Hilary Charlesworth called ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’, and co-edited the blog, Regarding Rights.
Currently a Visiting Fellow at RegNet, Emma’s research considers the capacity of human rights to redress material inequality. She is interested as well in political mobilizations for social justice, with a focus on anti-poverty campaigns, the global food sovereignty movement, and advocacy for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants. She also continues to work on issues related to refugees and irregular migration.
Editor: Michelle Esquillo
Michelle Esquillo is the editor for our Off the Precipice platform as well as our Pact Press and Regal titles. She studies poetry in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from which she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English. Her work has appeared in UNCG’s student-run arts and literature magazine Coraddi, and in digital publications Elephant Journal and Hennen’s Observer. She currently lives in Greensboro with her wife.
Editor: Kimberly Willardson
Kimberly Willardson is the poetry and short story collection editor for Regal House Publishing and Pact Press. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she also edits The Vincent Brothers Review, an independent literary magazine featuring short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in North Carolina Folklore Journal, American Short Fiction, Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology, Literal Latté, Rosebud, The Dayton Daily News, and Ohioana Quarterly, among other publications.
Assistant Editor: Von Wise
Von Wise is an assistant editor for Regal House Publishing. He has degrees in Creative Writing and Linguistics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has been published in The Oakland Review, for which Von was awarded the Donna Grear Memorial Award. He currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he organizes and runs a writers’ workshop.
Assistant Editor: Elizabeth Lowenstein
Elizabeth is an editorial assistant at Regal House Publishing. She lives near San Jose, California, where she has been doing research and drafting opinions for the state Court of Appeal for the past 29 years. In her spare time she enjoys proofreading and copyediting for anyone who asks—a student applying to college or graduate school, a scientist about to submit a paper for publication, one of her own colleagues at the court, or just anyone who wants help with syntax, punctuation, etc. Elizabeth has a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford, and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She’s looking forward to retirement, when she can go back to school and learn something useful, like Spanish.
Assistant Editor: Teresa Blackton
Teresa is an editor and a lifelong bibliophile. She is a double Tarheel with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and J.D. from UNC School of Law. She worked as the Publication Editor for the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology where she fell in love with editing and her future husband. Currently, she lives in Cary with said husband and her “two under two.” One of her favorite activities is taking the kids to story time at library and she cannot wait to experience the magic of reading her favorite books for the first time with her children.