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. She co-hosts the Book Riot Podcast and All the Books. 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.

Her tweets can be found @RebeccaSchinsky.

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 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. Her next book is Body Talk, scheduled for Fall 2020. She’s also a certified yoga teacher.

Find her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

S. Zainab Williams, Managing Editor, 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, Associate 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.

See all Riot New Media Group staff.

Senior Contributing Editors

Liberty Hardy

Contributing Editors

Alex Acks
Alice Burton
Annika Barranti Klein
Chelsea Hensley
Danika Ellis
Jamie Canaves
Jessica Avery
Jessica Plummer
Jessica Pryde
Karina Glaser
Katie McLain
Katisha Smith
Kim Ukura
Matthew Winner
Nicole Young
Nikki VanRy
Patricia Elzie-Tuttle
Rincey Abraham
S.W. Sondheimer
Sarah Hannah Gómez
Tirzah Price
Trisha Brown


A.J. O’Connell
Abby Hargreaves
Abigail Clarkin
Adiba Jaigirdar
Aisling Twomey
Aldalyn Eleanor Ross
Alex Luppens-Dale
Alex Rouch
Alexis Smithers
Alice Nuttall
Alison Doherty
Alison Isaac
Alya Hameed
Amanda Diehl
Amy Evans
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
Brooke Bailey Peters
CJ Connor
Caitlin Hobbs
Carina Pereira
Carole V. Bell
Carolina Ciucci
Casey Stepaniuk
Cassie Gutman
Cathleen Perez Brenycz
Chelsea Ennen
Chris M. Arnone
Christina M. Rau
Christine Hoxmeier
Christine Ro
Clare Barnett
Claire Handscombe
Connie Pan
Courtney Rodgers
D.R. Baker
Dana Lee
Dana Staves
David Mitchell Som
Dee Das
Eileen Gonzalez
Elliot Riley
Elisa Shoenberger
Elise Moser
Elisabeth Cook
Elizabeth Allen
Emily Martin
Emily Polson
Emily Stochl
Emily Wenstrom
Enobong Essien
Eric Smith
Erika Hardison
Erin Mayer
Etinosa Uwadiae
Feliece Turner
Gema Charmaine Gonzales
Giovanna Centeno
Grace Lapointe
Gretchen Lida
Hannah VanVels
Hassana Moosa
Hope Corrigan
Isabelle Popp
JJ Kaufman
Jaime Herndon
Jamie Orsini
Jazlyn Andrews
Jean Kuo Lee
Jeffrey Davies
Jen Sherman
Jesse Doogan
Joshua C. Craig
Julia Rittenberg
Julius Lobo
K.W. Colyard
Kate Krug
Katherine Packer
Katherine Willoughby
Kathleen Keenan
Katie Moench
Kelsey Allen
Kendra Winchester
Kiran Josen
Kristina Pino
Laura Diaz de Arce
Laura Marie 
Laura Sackton
Law Ware
Leah Rachel von Essen
Lily Dunn
Lindsey Williams
lois-soto minah
Lucas Maxwell
Lyndsie Manusos
M. Lynx Qualey
Mara Franzen
Margaret Kingsbury
Marie Southard Ospina
Mariela Santos Muñiz
Matt Grant
Megan Mabee
Mel Ashford
Melissa Baron
Michael Herrington
Michelle Regalado
Mikkaka Overstreet
Minerva Laveaga Luna
Mya Nunnally
Nadia Ali
Namera Tanjeem
Nancy Snyder
Natalya Muncuff
Neha Patel
Neymat Raboobee
Nicole Hill
Nikki DeMarco
Nina Grauer
Nusrah Javed
P.N. Hinton
Patricia Thang
Pierce Alquist
Precious Obiabunmo
R. Nassor
Rachel Brittain
Rachel Rosenberg
Rah Carter
Rebecca Hussey
Rey Rowland
Romeo Rosales
SF Whitaker
Sarah Davis
Sarah Nicolas
Sarah Rahman
Sarah Ullery
Senjuti Patra
Sharrisse Viltus
Sheila Loesch
Shveta Miller
Silvana Reyes Lopez
Sophia LeFevre
Stacey Megally
Steph Auteri
Steph Coelho
Summer Loomis
Susie Dumond
Tasha Brandstatter
Theresa Celebran Jones
Tiffani Willis
Tika Viteri
Tracy Shapley
Vernieda Vergara
Vivienne Woodward
Yaika Sabat
Yashvi Peeti
Zoe Robertson