Staff & Contributors


Jeff O’Neal, CEO & Co-founder, reads books and writes about them. He has the great good fortune of living with his favorite person in the world and their two bright, beautiful children in Portland, OR.

photo by PJ Sykes

Rebecca Joines Schinsky, Executive Director, Business Development, loves books, bourbon, travel, and cooking, and is a co-host of the Book Riot Podcast. She’s also passionate about yoga and serves on the board of directors for Project Yoga Richmond in her adopted hometown, Richmond, VA, where you might see her running around with a rambunctious golden retriever.

Amanda Nelson, Executive Director, Demand Generation, can usually be found romping along the river in Richmond, Virginia, with her twin boys. Amanda also spends time volunteering as an abortion clinic patient escort, and puts her former-indie-bookseller skills to use as the co-host of the Get Booked podcast.

Find her on Instagram @ImAmandaNelson.

Kelly Jensen, Editor, is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing a full-time career in writing and editing. Her books include Body Talk, Here We Are: Feminism for The Real World and (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, a collection of art, essays, and words to launch a powerful and important conversation about mental health. It was named a best book of 2018 by the Washington Post and earned a Schneider Family Book Award Honor. She’s also a certified yoga teacher.

Find her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

S. Zainab Williams, Executive Director of Content, is a writer and cartoonist. She co-hosts Book Riot’s SFF Yeah! podcast and is a member of PEN America’s Literary Awards Committee. Outside of reading, writing, and art, her current obsessions include rollerskating (quad skates forever), cooking, and all things occult.

Find her on Instagram @szainabwilliams.

Vanessa Diaz, Managing Editor, is a writer, reader, and former bookseller from San Diego, CA whose Spanish is even faster than her English. Her penchant for books, travel, and a hot cuppa tea is rivaled only by her obsession with Agatha Christie and cheese. This Portland transplant can be found hosting the Read Harder Podcast, on Book Riot’s YouTube channel, and only very occasionally at Buenos Diaz San Diego.

Find her on Instagram at @BuenosDiazSD.

Jenn Northington, Manager, Editorial Operations, has worked in the publishing industry wearing various hats since 2004, including bookseller and events director, and is currently Manager of Editorial Operations at Riot New Media Group. You can hear her on the Get Booked and SFF Yeah! podcasts. When she’s not working, she’s most likely crafting, running, or (obviously) reading.

Find her on Instagram at iamjennIRL or on Twitter at jennIRL.

Danika Ellis, Associate Editor, spends most of her time talking about queer women books on tumblr and at the Lesbrary, as well as chatting about all sorts of bookish things on booktube.

Find her on Twitter at @DanikaEllis and @Lesbrary, or on the Lesbrary Tumblr.

a photo of Charity looking at the camera and smiling; she is standing outside and you can see tall grasses behind herCharity E. Yoro, Editorial Operations Associate, is a poet and creative producer from O’ahu, now rooted in the PNW with her partner, book-loving toddler, and feisty feline guide named Rumi. When she’s not changing litter and/or diapers, Charity can be found sneaking bites of non-dairy ice cream between the pages of her latest library find. She also, sometimes, writes and teaches.

a close-up black and white photo of Erica's faceErica Ezeifedi, Associate Editor, is a transplant from Nashville, TN that has settled in the North East. In addition to being a writer, she has worked as a victim advocate and in public libraries, where she has focused on creating safe spaces for queer teens, mentorship, and providing test prep instruction free to students. Outside of work, much of her free time is spent looking for her next great read and planning her next snack.

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Senior Contributing Editors

Liberty Hardy
Tirzah Price

Contributing Editors

Alex Acks
Alice Burton
Annika Barranti Klein
Chelsea Hensley
Eileen Gonzalez
Emily Martin
Jamie Canaves
Jessica Avery
Jessica Plummer
Jessica Pryde
Karina Glaser
Katie McLain
Kendra Winchester
Kim Ukura
Nikki VanRy
Nusrah Javed
Patricia Elzie-Tuttle
P.N. Hinton
Rachel Brittain
Trisha Brown

Senior Contributors

Alison Doherty
Isabelle Popp
Leah Rachel von Essen
Margaret Kingsbury
Mikkaka Overstreet
Pierce Alquist
Silvana Reyes Lopez
Susie Dumond
Vernieda Vergara


A.J. O’Connell
Abby Hargreaves
Abigail Clarkin
Addison Rizer
Adiba Jaigirdar
Aisling Twomey
Aldalyn Eleanor Ross
Alex Luppens-Dale
Alex Rouch
Alice Nuttall
Amanda Diehl
Ann Foster
Ann-Marie Cahill
Anna Gooding-Call
Anne Mai Yee Jansen
Arielle Moscati
Arvyn Cerézo
Ashley Holstrom
Ashlie Swicker
Aurora Lydia Dominguez
Blair Carpenter
Brandie DeRusha
CJ Connor
Caitlin Hobbs
Carina Pereira
Carole V. Bell
Carolina Ciucci
Casey Stepaniuk
Cassie Gutman
Cathleen Perez Brenycz
Chris M. Arnone
Christina M. Rau
Christine Ro
Clare Barnett
Claire Handscombe
Connie Pan
Courtney Rodgers
Cristin Stickles
Dana Lee
Dee Das
Elliot Riley
Elisa Shoenberger
Elise Moser
Elisabeth Cook
Elizabeth Allen
Emily Stochl
Emily Wenstrom
Enobong Essien
Eric Smith
Erika Hardison
Erin Mayer
Etinosa Uwadiae
Feliece Turner
Gema Charmaine Gonzales
Gianessa Refermat
Gina Nicoll
Grace Lapointe
Gretchen Lida
Hannah VanVels
Hassana Moosa
Hope Corrigan
Jaime Herndon
Jamie Orsini
Jazlyn Andrews
Jean Kuo Lee
Jeffrey Davies
Jen Sherman
Jesse Doogan
Julia Rittenberg
Julius Lobo
K.W. Colyard
Kate Krug
Katherine Willoughby
Katie Moench
Kelsey Allen
Kiran Josen
L.L. Wohlwend
Laura Diaz de Arce
Laura Marie 
Laura Sackton
Laurel Shimasaki
Lily Dunn
Lindsey Williams
lois-soto minah
Lucas Maxwell
Lyndsie Manusos
M. Lynx Qualey
Mara Franzen
Mariela Santos Muñiz
Matt Grant
Megan Mabee
Melissa Baron
Michelle Regalado
Minerva Laveaga Luna
Namera Tanjeem
Natalya Muncuff
Neha Patel
Neymat Raboobee
Nicole Young
Nikki DeMarco
Nina Grauer
Patricia Thang
R. Nassor
Rachel Rosenberg
Rah Carter
Rebecca Hussey
Rey Rowland
River H. Kero
SF Whitaker
Sarah Davis
Sarah Nicolas
Sarah Rahman
Sarah Ullery
Senjuti Patra
Sharrisse Viltus
Stacey Megally
Steph Auteri
Summer Loomis
Tika Viteri
Tracy Shapley
Vivienne Woodward
Yashvi Peeti