Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a certificate of Film Studies, Despina has returned to her native Providence, Rhode Island. She currently works part-time at the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council in their storefront in the Providence Arcade (the oldest covered shopping mall in America, erected 1828). There, she answers people’s questions about bathroom access and local dining, though she much prefers the moments when she gets to provide reading recommendations or educate people about the influence H.P. Lovecraft has had on most aspects of popular culture. She is also pleased to report that her fluffy liberal arts education has, in fact, prepared her for the real world, by allowing her to discuss the role of racism in Lovecraft’s work, and the role it continues to play in shaping popular discourse.
When not attempting to convince more people to read Thomas Ligotti, she reads, feverishly works on literary criticism and reviews, scrolls through Twitter, and laments the lack of non-automated emails in her inbox. In a perfect world, she and co-conspirator Flannery Brown will soon announce the launch of a podcast which explores the mechanics of horror.
A short list of her interests include: graffiti, the future, bees, comicbook adaptations airing on the CW, dogs, brutalist architecture, neo-Marxist economics, organizational systems, enamel pins, movies and films, that one gif of a raccoon stealing cat food, writing implements, historically inspired typography, small things, print design.