Staff & Contributors
Alex Baker, Director of Technology, enjoys making our sites come to life, drawing inspiration from all corners of the earth. In addition to providing clean mark up and optimized load speeds, he also enjoys learning the art of BBQ smoking, gardening, drumming & performing with various bands around NYC, and setting out for outdoor adventures of all types.
Alex isn’t much one for Twitter, but thinks it’d be cool for you to check out his band Skull Practitioners.
Kelly Jensen, Associate Editor, blogs at STACKED. She’s a feminist killjoy, pernicious influence, and former librarian who loves black licorice, debating genre, and reading dark YA fiction. It Happens, her book about contemporary realistic YA fiction, is available from VOYA Press.
Her tweets can be found @catagator.
Rebecca Joines Schinsky, Director of Content and Community is a gluttonous consumer of culture in its many forms and loves to write about them. She is an unapologetic foodie who reads like a wild woman, knows all the lyrics to your favorite 90s hip-hop songs, and saw every episode of The Jersey Shore because, you know, it’s important to be well-rounded. When she’s not at Book Riot, Rebecca works on the Bookrageous podcast with two of her favorite people, wrangles the world’s most adorable basset hound, and sits on the advisory board of James River Writers in her adopted hometown of Richmond, VA.
Her tweets can be found @RebeccaSchinsky.
Clinton Kabler, COO & Co-founder, is a reader and a magnificently average writer. Book Riot readers needn’t worry about being subjected to his writing because he manages Book Riot’s business operations. Should you be curious to know how magnificently average writing reads, he suggests reading MTA notices.
He holds an MBA from an East Coast university. Upon completing his MBA, he jumped into the West Coast startup world and quickly learned that he had wasted a lot of money on said MBA. When not being a husband and father, he runs marathons and cycles mountains. He splits his time between Vancouver (the one in Canada) and Brooklyn.
Yan Klats, Director of Sales, enjoys life to the fullest. He is currently residing in the happening capital of Virginia. As a true New Yorker, his passion for everything sport is only surpassed by his love for the Jets and his community. When he’s not watching the Jets or running Toughmudders, he enjoys clay sculpting, rock climbing, skiing, and dancing salsa. He only dedicates his personal or professional time to areas that can make a long lasting impact on people.
Swapna Krishna, Managing Editor, Panels, is a superhero who answers to the name Ms. Marvel. When she’s not embiggening (or more likely, reading and writing about comics and books), she’s having a craft beer, possibly while embarking on some sort of travel adventure. She calls Washington, DC, home, where she loves to wear elastic waist pants while jamming to 90s alternative music while her husband gives her sideways looks.
Her tweets can be found @skrishna.
Amanda Nelson, Managing Editor, digests books and food with equal enthusiasm. When she’s not inhaling a book (or writing about it), she’s off having a Narnia-sized adventure somewhere in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and twin boys. Her dream is to be Jean-Luc Picard and/or Doctor-Donna when she grows up, but Ron Swanson’ll do in a pinch.
Her tweets can be found @ImAmandaNelson.
Jeff O’Neal, Executive Editor & Co-founder, reads books and writes about them. When he’s not doing that, he’s teaching writing and literature at a large East Coast university. He has the great good fortune of living with his favorite person in the world and their two bright, beautiful children in Brooklyn, NY.
His tweets can be found @thejeffoneal.
Jenn Northington, Director of Events and Programming, has been a bookslave all her life and has worked in books since 2004. She has lived all over the US, but hails from the East Coast. When she’s not plotting events and shenanigans for Riot New Media, she dishes on her favorite books with the Bookrageous podcast, closet cosplays her favorite comics characters, participates in half a billion book groups, creates geekery-inspired cross-stitches, and aspires to be a big damn hero.
Her tweets can be found @jennIRL.
Rachel Smalter Hall, Customer Success Manager, is a public librarian turned Book Riot operations staff and champion of black sequined hot pants. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in a family of seven that donned bathrobes and towels for their yearly theatrical Christmas Pageant. Since then, she’s lived in Minnesota, Vermont, Rome, and now Lawrence, Kansas, where she can be found drinking PBR with her co-ed book club, waxing poetic about audiobooks, and lip-syncing classic hip hop tracks.
Her tweets can be found @bananasuit.
Brenna Clarke Gray