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Staff & Contributors


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.



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Rebecca Joines Schinsky, Executive Director, Product & eCommerce, loves books, bourbon, and the kinds of pop culture you’re supposed to call guilty pleasures. When she’s not at Book Riot, she can be found traveling, cooking, doing yoga, and wrangling the world’s most adorable basset hound in her adopted hometown of Richmond, VA.

Her tweets can be found @RebeccaSchinsky.


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Amanda Nelson, Managing Editor, digests books and fried green tomatoes with equal enthusiasm. When she’s not inhaling a book, she’s off having a Narnia-sized adventure somewhere in Richmond, Virginia, with her twin boys (and maybe writing about it in her parenting Tiny Letter, Madame Ovary). 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.


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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 @veronikellymars.


rachel smalter hallRachel Smalter Hall, Associate Editor, may be a professional Book Rioter, but she still hangs out in the public librarian clubhouse. Two of her top three loves include audiobooks and knitting, and her favorite song is Cold Hearted Snake as performed by Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese on season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She co-runs a boozy book club in Lawrence, Kansas, in her spare time.

Her tweets can be found @rach_smalls.


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Contributing Editors

Josh Corman
Karina Glaser
Liberty Hardy
Maddie Rodriguez
Preeti Chhibber
Rincey Abraham
Rita Meade
S. Zainab Williams
Wallace Yovetich


Aisling Twomey
A.J. O’Connell
Alex Laffer
Alice Burton
Alison Doherty
Alison Peters
Amanda Diehl
Amanda Kay Oaks
Andi Miller
Andy Browers
Angel Cruz
Annika Barranti Klein
Aram Mrjoian
Ashley Bowen-Murphy
Ashley Holstrom
Ashlie Swicker
Becky Stone
Brandi Bailey
Brenna Clarke Gray
Bronwyn Averett
Carissa Lee
Carolina Ciucci
Casey Stepaniuk
Cassandra Neace
Chelsea Hensley
Christina Vortia
Christy Childers
Cindy Butor
Claire Handscombe
Claire Quigley
Constance Augusta Zaber
Cristin Stickles
Dana Rosette Pangan
Danika Ellis
Deepali Agarwal
Derek Attig
Deya Bhattacharya
E.H. Kern
Elizabeth Allen
Emma Nichols
Eric Smith
Greg Zimmerman
Hannah Engler
Hannah Oliver Depp
Ines Bellina
Jaime Herndon
James Wallace Harris
Jamie Canaves
Jamie Moore
Jeanette Solomon
Jen Sherman
Jesse Doogan
Jessi Lewis
Jessica Pryde
Jessica Tripler
Jessica Woodbury
Jessica Yang
Johann Thorsson
Josh Hanagarne
Julia Pistell
Justina Ireland
Kareem Shaheen
Kate Scott
Katie MacBride
Katie McLain
Kay Taylor Rea
Kelly Anderson
Kim Ukura
Kristel Autencio
Kristen McQuinn
Kristina Pino
Kristy Pasquariello
Leila Roy
Loyal Miles
Lucas Maxwell
M. Lynx Qualey
Margret Aldrich
Martin Cahill
Matt Flores
Maureen Stinger
Maya Smart
Michelle Anne Schingler
Molly Wetta
Nicole Brinkley
Nicole Froio
Nicole Mulhausen
Nikki DeMarco
Nikki Steele
Patricia Elzie
Patricia Thang
Peter Damien
Rachael Acks
Rachel Cordasco
Rachel Manwill
Rachel Weber
Rah Carter
Raych Krueger
Rebecca Hussey
Rebecca Einstein Schorr
Samanta Gualito
Sarah Davis
Sarah McCarry
Sarah Nicolas
Sean-Patrick Burke
Shara Lee
Sharanya Sharma
Sona Charaipotra
Steph Auteri
Susie Rodarme
Tara Cheesman
Tara Olivero
Tasha Brandstatter
Teresa Preston
Tiffani Willis
Tirzah Price
Tracy Shapley
Trisha Brown
Troy L. Wiggins
Valerie Michael
Vanessa Willoughby
Yash Kesanakurthy
Zoe Dickinson

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