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 Editor, can usually be found romping along the river in Richmond, Virginia, with her twin boys and foster children. Amanda also serves on the Young Professionals Council of the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, and puts her former-indie-bookseller skills to use as the co-host of the Get Booked podcast.

Her tweets can be found @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, cartoonist, former Birutė Galdikas wannabe, and hedge witch. Cursed with rampant wanderlust, she lives for travel, and doesn’t know what life even means without writing, books, and drag clubs. You can occasionally find her at her website, or hiding under a wig hissing at joggers from her basement window.

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.


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Senior Contributing Editors

Liberty Hardy

Contributing Editors

Alex Acks
Alice Burton
Annika Barranti Klein
Danika Ellis
Eric Smith
Jamie Canaves
Jessica Plummer
Jessica Pryde
Karina Glaser
Katie McLain
Kim Ukura
Mary Kay McBrayer
Matthew Winner
Nikki VanRy
Patricia Elzie-Tuttle
Rincey Abraham
Tirzah Price
Trisha Brown
Wallace Yovetich


Abby Hargreaves
Abby Jamison
Abigail Clarkin
Adiba Jaigirdar
Aimee Miles
Aisling Twomey
A.J. O’Connell
Alex Luppens-Dale
Alice Nuttall
Alison Doherty
Alya Hameed
Alyssa Eleanor Ross
Amanda Diehl
Andy Winder
Ankita Devasia
Anna Gooding-Call
Ann Foster
Ann-Marie Cahill
Arvyn Cerézo
Ashley Holstrom
Ashlie Swicker
Bee Oder
Beulah Devaney
Blake Planty
Brandie DeRusha
Brenna Clarke Gray
Carina Pereira
Carolina Ciucci
Casey Stepaniuk
Cassandra Neace
Cassie Gutman
Chelsea Hensley
Christina Orlando
Christina M. Rau
Christine Hoxmeier
Christine Ro
Claire Handscombe
Connie Pan
Corin Balkovek
Courtney Rodgers
Dana Lee
Dana Staves
D.R. Baker
David Mitchell Som
Dee Das
Deepali Agarwal
Derek Attig
Eileen Gonzalez
Elisa Shoenberger
Elisabeth Cook
Elizabeth Allen
Elizabeth Bastos
Emily Martin
Emily Polson
Emily Stochl
Emily Wenstrom
Enobong Essien
Erin Mayer
Etinosa Uwadiae
Gabby Holliman-Lopez
Grace Lapointe
Gretchen Lida
Hattie Kennedy
Heather Bottoms
Holly Genovese
Irene Katz Connelly
Jaime Herndon
Jeffrey Davies
Jen Connic
Jen Sherman
Jesse Doogan
Jessica Avery
Josh Corman
Julia Rittenberg
Kareem Shaheen
Karissa Knox Sorrell
Kate Krug
Kate Scott
Katherine Marciniak
Katherine Packer
Katherine Willoughby
Kathleen Keenan
Katie MacBride
Karuna Riazi
Katisha Smith
Kendra Winchester
Kiran Josen
Kristen Kwisnek
Kristina Pino
Laura Diaz de Arce
Laura Marie 
Laura Melgão
Laura Sackton
Leah Rachel von Essen
LH Johnson
Linh Anh Cat
Lily Dunn
Lucas Maxwell
Lyndsie Manusos
M. Lynx Qualey
Margaret Kingsbury
Mariela Santos Muñiz
Matt Coleman
Matt Grant
Melissa Baron
Melody Schreiber
Michael Herrington
Michelle Anne Schingler
Michelle Regalado
Mya Nunnally
Nadia Ali
Namera Tanjeem
Nancy Snyder
Natalya Muncuff
Nicole Froio
Nicole Young
Nikki DeMarco
Nina Grauer
Nina Sankovitch
Niranjana Iyer
Olivia Paez
Patricia Thang
Pierce Alquist
Rabeea Saleem
Rachel Brittain
Rachel Rosenberg
Rah Carter
Rebecca Hussey
Rebecca Renner
Rebecca Wei Hsieh
Rita Meade
Romeo Rosales
S.F. Whitaker
S.W. Sondheimer
Sarah Davis
Sarah Nicolas
Sarah Smeltzer
Sarah Ullery
Sean Holohan
Selina Falcon
Sharrisse Viltus
Shireen Hakim
Silvana Reyes Lopez
Sonja Palmer
Sophia LeFevre
Stacey Megally
Steph Auteri
Steph Coelho
Susie Dumond
Tasha Brandstatter
Tiffani Willis
Tracy Shapley
Vernieda Vergara
Vivienne Woodward
Yaasmeen Piper
Yaika Sabat