Savant/Aignos Staff
(alphabetically by last name)

Savant Editor Sara Adams is a writer and middle school language arts/humanities teacher living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BA in Writing and Language Arts from the University of Redlands. Sara has lived in every state on the West coast, including both Northern and Southern California (truly two different states) and Alaska. She has also lived and taught in Ukraine and Romania. Her work in the publishing world spans from newspaper editing to running an underground literary magazine.


Savant Cover Artist and author Carlos Alemán is a Cuban-American born in New York City. 

His website is

Savant Cover Artist Helen Babelis is a graphic artist with Dream It Do It Productions...

An award-winning author and editor Jim Currie is a Seattle writer and ecologist whose credits include works of fiction, non-fiction, and over twenty publications on natural resource management and biology.  He holds an honor's degree from Harvard and a masters from Berkeley. His writing and teaching reflect an interdisciplinary perspective and wide-ranging curiosity in the arts, science, humanities and philosophy. His main reading interests include quality literary fiction (very selective), satire, suspense and spy novels, political and social history, art history, biography, travel, science, and spiritual psychology. 


An award-winning Savant author and poet, Helen R. Davis also serves as a Savant editor and proofreader. She is the guest editor of Savant's 2015/16 poetry anthology, Running from the Pack. Her favored literary focus is women in history and politics, especially those whose only true crime is ambition and being on the wrong side of history or the media. She is interested in historical fiction of all kinds, and favors the ancient and medieval world, science fiction, and fantasy, and is especially interested in works by younger "millennial" authors. She currently makes her home in the mountains of Casper, Wyoming.

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Savant editor Sabrina Favors holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Psychology and a Master's degree in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has an eclectic taste in nonfiction, but with a preference for history, art, psychology, and folklore. She is also interested in fantasy of any sub-genre -- from epic fantasy to urban, young adult and middle grade. Anything with a new twist or an unexpected take on an old tale.

My blog: http://redinkedleaf.blogspot.


Eleonor Gardner is the Savant Director of Publicity and Marketing and a Savant proofreader and editor who originally hails from San Diego, California. After many years traveling, she has now made Wahiawa, HI her home. She is also a writer, photographer, artist, culinary enthusiast, entrepreneur, and Army veteran. Eleonor holds a bachelors degree in English with a minor in business administration from Christopher Newport University where she graduated with honors. She enjoys memoirs, action and adventure, art and culture, thrillers, and horror books.

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Karen Grimshaw brings to the Savant Staff 30 years of guiding individuals and groups in regard to excellent writing skills. She holds a BSc in English education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  There she developed her reputation as a grammar buff.  Currently she lives in Lake Wildwood, CA with her husband Jim and 3,000 interesting neighbors.  Notably she was co-sponsor and resident editor of The Wildwod Literary Review.  She is proud that so many of her neighbors are literary in this vibrant community.  Karen is adept as an editor at coaxing out a writer’s best work.  She will be happy to guide your work through editing and polishing as well.

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With Savant Books and Publications, award-winning poet Kaethe Kauffman edits and brings to life enduring transformative literary works with a twist. She specializes in historical fiction and narrative non-fiction, humor, memoir and women's fiction and non-fiction.

Kaethe has a BA in Asian Studies from University of Washington, Seattle and a BA in Fine Art from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has since received an Masters in Fine Arts degree from University of California, Irvine and a PhD in Art History from Union Graduate School, Cincinnati, Ohio with honors.

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Daniel S. Janik, owner of Savant Books and Publications, sometimes editor and/or cover artist, is a multi-award-winning author and poet who founded Savant Books and Publications to help introduce the best new and established authors to the reading public. Former physician (MD, MPH), and current educator (PhD), he favors fiction (children's books, poetry, romance, military/political thrillers and science fiction) and non-fiction (autobiographies, biographies, educational learning theory, student study guides, earth and space sciences and military).

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Savant Cover Artist Dennis Krull is the owner/illustrator/designer/photographer at 5foot20 Design Lounge. After getting his BFA in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University Moorhead ('93), Dennis has had fun working ever since! He has created art for everything from magazine, newspapers, and postcard packages, helicopters and the web. He is an award-winning designer and photographer who recently jumped into the fine art world.

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Proofreader Dennis Laughlin joined Savant/Aignos in 2018. A former health and safety inspector and  retired career Naval chief, he especially loves science and westerns. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Alex Mullin graduated from New York University with a BA in Media and Communications. Born an avid reader, Alex has worked with a literary scout to proof manuscript submissions and currently works as an editor at Watching America as well as a proofreader at Savant. She hopes to continue working in the publishing industry where her love of books is facilitated by like-minded people with a common purpose: creating and sharing great literature.

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With over 20 years experience as a freelance copyeditor, Savant editor Colleen O'Brien delights in the English language. She considers it her job to make authors look their best without changing their voice. She is particularly interested in political and metaphysical non-fiction, poetry and memoirs, while also enjoying historical, dramatic, romance, thriller and detective fiction.

Award-winning author, poet and editor Dr. Zachary M. Oliver PhD, having served for over a year as Editor-in-Chief, in 2013 founded Aignos Publications, bringing it back into the Savant fold in 2017. 


Savant Cover Artist Jessica Orfe an artist and educator as well as an avid reader. She is at home with nature, creatures, and peculiarly engaging stories. Jessica holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (2013), a PBC from SAIC (2009), and a BA from the University of Chicago (2006).

David Shinsato,  currently Savant's Editor-in-Chief and Acquisition's Officer, also serves as an editor. He currently resides in Colorado. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and enjoys both fiction (romantic-comedy, fantasy, and science fiction) and non-fiction (theology, philosophy, and history). He looks to positively transform reader's worldviews and thereby their lives a little more with every work in which he is involved.

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