All BlueInk reviewers are carefully vetted not only for their expertise in various literary genres but for their writing prowess.
All reviewers must have significant experience writing and/or reviewing books for major mainstream publications (newspapers, magazines, established online publications, book review publications and so on); worked as editors for respected publishing companies; or have demonstrated expertise both in the subject matter of the book and in writing about such subject matter. Our roster is constantly changing with our needs, as new books arrive.
(Please note that some reviewers for BlueInk prefer to remain anonymous, and are not listed here.)
Paul Goat Allen has been reviewing genre fiction for almost 20 years for companies such as BarnesandNoble.com, The Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, etc. He has published one novel, Burning Sticks (Chapel Street Publishing, 1991), and self-published two collections of poetry, Warlock Dreams (1988) and Old Winding Way (1992).
Gil Asakawa has been a music writer and reviewer, entertainment editor, art critic and book reviewer. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, CREEM and Pulse. He is co-author of The Toy Book (Knopf, 1991) and author of Being Japanese American (second edition Stone Bridge Press, 2014). He’s currently working on Tabemasho: Let’s Eat!, a history of Japanese food in America (Stone Bridge Press, 2021). He writes about pop culture, media and politics from a Japanese American perspective at his blog, NikkeiView.com.
Mark Anthony Ayling is a registered mental health nurse and writer whose stories have appeared in Perihelion, Cracked Eye, and The Twisted Tails IX anthology. He has written reviews for Bookbrowse and regularly contributes film essays and articles at VHS Revival. A collection of his dystopian fiction, titled Northern Futures, was published by Lillicat in 2016. Ayling is also the author of the periodic film blog/journal/diary A Middle-Aged Movie Blog: Being the periodic, backdated journal of a film loving middle aged independent science fiction writing father of two and his adventures in cinema and home video (https://
Beebe Bahrami is an award-winning writer, reviewer, and book author. Her work includes two recent travel memoirs set in France, Café Oc—A Nomad’s Tales of Finding Home in the Dordogne of Southwestern France and Café Neandertal—Excavating the Past in One of Europe’s Most Ancient Places, and several travel guides, including the Moon guidebook, Camino de Santiago, The Spiritual Traveler Spain, and Historic Walking Guide: Madrid. Her essays and articles appear in BBC Travel, Wine Enthusiast, Archaeology, Bon Vivant, The Bark, Pennsylvania Gazette, Fodors.com, and Perceptive Travel, among others. She has been a professional book reviewer for both academic and popular presses for nearly three decades.
Julie Bennett’s articles appear regularly in Wall Street Journal ad sections, Franchise Times Magazine and The Restaurant Finance Monitor. During her long freelance career, she has published in Entrepreneur Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business and dozens of other U.S. and international publications. She is the author of Franchise Times Guide to Selecting, Buying and Owning a Franchise (Sterling Publishing, 2007).
Andrew S. Bodine is a professional book reviewer, writer and former philosophy professor, whose stories have been published in Copper Nickel, Rainbow Curve, and Scholars and Rogues literary journals, as well as a former associate editor of the literary journal Night Train Magazine. Additionally, he has written about beer and home brewing for Examiner.com and is the author of the academic work “Liberty, Sanctity, and Human Cloning” (Thesis M.A.—Georgia State University, 2003.)
Kate Braithwaite is the author of three historical novels: The Girl Puzzle, a story of Nellie Bly (Darkstroke, 2019), The Road to Newgate (Darkstroke, 2018), and Charlatan (Fireship, 2016). She has extensive book reviewing experience with the Historical Novel Society and Bookbrowse, and enjoys working with fellow authors as a development and copy editor. She blogs about history and fiction writing at www.kate-braithwaite.com
Kelly Boyer Sagert is a full-time freelance writer who has penned 17 traditionally published books. She also ghostwrites memoirs, pens plays, and writes documentary scripts. She is the sole scriptwriter for the multi-award-winning, Emmy-Award-nominated Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story and is in the midst of writing a script for a documentary about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for US president (in 1872). Boyer Sagert also teaches non-fiction writing at multiple educational institutions and judges numerous writing contests, including international ones.
Dennis Byrne is a freelance writer, author and editor whose career includes columnist, editorial board member and reporter variously for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News. His articles have appeared in, among others, RealClearPolitics, the Weekly Standard and the Federalist. He is also the author of the historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812 (Tate Publishing, 2012).
Sheri J. Caplan is the author of Old Enough: How 18-Year-Olds Won the Vote & Why it Matters (Heath Hen, 2020) and Petticoats and Pinstripes: Portraits of Women in Wall Street’s History (Praeger, 2013), which received the Bronze Medal in the 2014 Axiom Business Book Awards, Women & Minorities category. A former attorney, she is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and her articles, commentaries, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including American National Biography, American Banker, Forbes.com, and the German Historical Institute.
Indigo Stray Conger is a psychotherapist in private practice and a staff writer for ChoosingTherapy.com. She is regularly consulted as an expert in sex therapy and nonmonogamous relationship models by national publications such as Healthline, Cosmopolitan, Well+Good, Self, Medium, Livestrong and O.School.
Peter Dabbene has written and published poetry, stories, plays, comics, essays, book reviews, sports commentary, and a novel. His books include the Spamming the Spammers comedy trilogy (Lulu, 2012, 2015, 2016) and the graphic novels ARK (Arcana Studios, 2012) and Robin Hood (self-published, 2015). His latest book is Complex Simplicity (Lulu, 2020), a collection of essays and other non-fiction.
Jenny Deam is an investigative reporter at the Houston Chronicle who has been a reporter at the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Tampa Bay Times and the Kansas City Star. She was a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times based in Denver and her work has appeared in a wide range of national publications. She is a two-time Gerald Loeb Award finalist for her coverage of health care and a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of the team covering Hurricane Harvey.
Sarah Sacha Dollacker has written book reviews for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, BookBrowse.com and her own website, RedRoomLibrary.com, a literary blog that was named one of the “101 Book Blogs You Need To Read” by OnlineUniversities.com. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Charles Ferraro has worked as a technical editor on the Apollo Project. His published work includes poetry (“Perstare,” NYU Literary Magazine,1966), op-eds (Albany Times-Union, 2012), and miscellaneous works, such as “Anatomy of a Turnaround” (Provider Magazine, 2007) and “The Opportunity of Welfare Reform” (NYS Welfare Reform Task Force,1996). He is an organizational psychologist and recipient of the Harvard Prize for Innovation.
Beryl Frishtick is a New York-based writer and editor. She is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and has worked in adult editorial at Simon & Schuster, where she helped publish bestsellers like Dear White People by Justin Simien (37 Ink, 2014), Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker (37 Ink, 2016), and The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae (37 Ink, 2015). Frishtick has also worked in television production for NBC, Saturday Night Live, and Comedy Central. Her editorial clients include publishing and marketing companies, television networks, universities, and consulting firms. She also edits manuscripts for private clients.
Susan Gaddis is the author of two books: Intercessors, God’s End-time Vanguard: How to Pray Effectively for the Things That Matter Most (Eternal Foundations Curriculum, 1999) and Help, I’m Stuck With These People for the Rest of Eternity! (Eternal Foundations Curriculum, 2004). Her work has appeared in Ministry Today, Salt, Advance Magazine, and The Teaching Home. She blogs at Holy in the Daily and is listed as one of ten “Women You Should Know” in Foursquare Leadership.
Rick Gershman has been a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, where his Ill Literate blog was cited by the NYU Journalism School in 2006 as a highlight of one of the “best blogging newspapers in the U.S.” He has also written for Associated Press, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Tampa Tribune, and other publications. Gershman is creative director of a writing/editing/consulting business.
Adam Goldstein was a book critic for the Rocky Mountain News, which ended publication in 2009. His work has also appeared in the Denver Business Journal, the Denver Post and other publications.
Mark Graham was the science fiction/fantasy reviewer at the Rocky Mountain News for more than 30 years. He has also reviewed books for Cemetery Dance and Castle Rock magazines and critiqued books for Tor.com. He was the fire and police reporter for the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper and the Colorado State High School Track Coach of the year in 1996. His articles on coaching track have appeared in national publications.
Charles Green has reviewed for The Gay & Lesbian Review, Lambda Literary Foundation website, and Publishers Weekly. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and has served as an independent editor, working on a variety of manuscripts such as family histories, novels, dissertations, and nonfiction. His short story, “How May I Presume?” appeared in the independently published anthology Gay City Volume 4: At Second Glance (2011).
John Robert Greene has written or edited 17 books—including one on the election of Dwight Eisenhower, one on the Nixon presidency, three on the Ford presidency, and a critically acclaimed study of The Presidency of George Bush (University Press of Kansas, 2000). He has written over 100 reviews, both for academic journals and the popular press. He is also a regular political commentator on several radio call-in shows around the country, and has recently offered commentary on C-SPAN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He is a professor at Cazenovia College.
Jazmen Greene is a writer and professional book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly. She runs a literary merchandise business called Blk & Bookish that highlights the readers of color community. NetGalley featured her on their “Bookish” Blog’s list as one of 20 Book Bloggers of Color to follow in 2020.
Nancy Gross was a book critic for the Rocky Mountain News, which ended publication in 2009. She has also served as a reviewer and judge for the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY awards.
Sandra Gurvis is the author of 17 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Her newest titles are 111 Places in Columbus That You Must Not Miss (Emons, 2019) and Myths and Mysteries of Ohio (Globe Pequot/Rowman, 2014). Her first novel, The Pipe Dreamers (Olmstead, reissued 2019 by Hydra), was recently republished to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam/Kent State protests, and her second novel, Country Club Wives (Loconeal/Hydra, 2012 ) was optioned as a television series by Insight Productions out of Toronto, Canada. Upcoming projects include and Three Ring(ling) Circus: The Cirucs, the Ringling Brothers and Sarasota (Pineapple/Rowman, due 2023) and Doing Hard Time in Geezerville, the first of a series of three satires set in the The Villages, Florida. She is also a longtime member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).
Muhammed Hassanali reviews primarily reference works for Booklist, Library Journal, American Reference Books Annual, and scientific journals. He has contributed encyclopedia entries for ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, and Facts on File on Islam and Muslims. He also teaches science and business courses, and leads photography expeditions for the Cleveland Metroparks.
Nancy Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Smithsonian, The New York Times, Parade, Southwest Airlines Spirit, Super Lawyers, US Airways magazine and other publications. She is the author of Able! How One Company’s Extraordinary Workforce Changed the Way We Look at Disability Today (BenBella Books, 2008) and Sewing Hope, the story of a Ugandan nun who provides a safe haven for young women formerly abducted by terrorist Joseph Kony (Dust Jacket Press, 2013). She has written book reviews for Exceptional Parent, Black Enterprise and other consumer magazines.
Jean Hoefling is the author of two books on Eastern Orthodox spirituality, Great Lent Unplugged (Regina Orthodox Press, 2007) and Journey to God (Regina Orthodox Press, 2010), and has published short fiction and essays in magazines as diverse as Women’s World, Women of the Harvest, and Relief: A Christian Literary Expression. She received a Notable Mention for her personal essay, “Remission” in The Best American Essays 2012 and currently writes and edits for J & J Copywriters.
Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning author of 15 books, including Drink Like a Woman (Seal Press, 2016), Wisconsin Cocktails (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020) and Cauliflower Comfort Food (Ulysses Press, 2020). She is also a freelance writer who specializes in food, drink, travel and writing, and regularly contributes to Forbes, Huffington Post, HOTELS and more. When she’s not writing articles or books, she helps authors as a freelance editor and/or ghostwriter.
Robin Intemann has reviewed books and restaurants for the Colorado Springs’ The Gazette. Her work has appeared in the Denver Post, the Colorado Springs Independent, Edible Front Range magazine and other publications. She teaches journalism at Colorado Community Colleges Online.
Ben Jacobs has worked in marketing, editorial and rights in his 20-year publishing career for companies such as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Cambridge University Press and the Lyons Press. He is the co-editor of The Quotable Booklover (Lyons Press) and has reviewed for Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and other publications. He is currently director of licensing and business development at Infobase Publishing, parent company of Facts on File, Chelsea House and the World Almanac.
Gary Jansen is an editor at Crown and a 17-year veteran of the publishing industry. He is the author of The Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved (FaithWords Hachette, 2006); Exercising Your Soul: Fifteen Minutes a Day to a Spiritual Life (FaithWords Hachette, 2010), and Holy Ghosts: Or How a (Not-So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010).
Verna Noel Jones‘ work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Stroke Smart magazine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and Denver Magazine. She has written book reviews for the Rocky Mountain News and is co-author of the parenting book, Don’t Drown in the Carpool (Indelible Press). She also has worked as an independent book doctor for numerous memoirs.
Edith Kanyagia is a freelance writer and book critic whose reviews have appeared in Foreword Reviews among other publications.
Patricia Kutza is a veteran business and technology reporter for a variety of traditional and new media channels. She has reviewed books for the iconic publisher RJ Shep as well as business titles for Kiplinger Summaries. She is the past editor of the Vallejo Community Issues Examiner, a business and lifestyle hyper-local blog, contributed features to Law Technology News, Upside, Comstock, Family Business, Pages, San Joaquin, Bay Area Kids, Acura, Port O Call and California Technology Magazines and is a contributing market research analyst for BCC Research and a judge for the annual Colorado Independent Publishing Association EVVY book awards. She is also the co-author of The Don’t Get Me Started! Toolkit – Strategies for a Culturally-Challenged World and several versions (ages 10 through adult) of The Don’t Get Me Started! Toolkit Workbook (Amazon – 2016-2018).
Martha Lorden is a food writer, culinary historian, and instructor. Her articles and cookbook reviews appear in Publishers Weekly and New England-based food and culture publications. A graduate of Princeton with an MAT in the social sciences from Brown, Martha is a retired educator who consults on curriculum design, adult education, and teacher training.
Traci Macnamara has reviewed books for NewWest, Sacramento News & Review, High Country News and the About.com contemporary literature site, among other publications. Her feature articles have appeared in Backpacker, Vegetarian Times, Isotope, the U.K Summit magazine and in books, including A Leaky Tent is a Piece of Paradise: 20 Young Writers on Finding a Place in the Natural World (Sierra Club Books, 2007) and Antarctica: Life on Ice (Traveler’s Tales, 2007). She blogs on adventure, nature and literature at www.downandout.wordpress.com.
Marty Meitus began her career as a writer and editor in New York City, where she worked for numerous publications, including Family Weekly and MBA magazine. She has been a features writer for The Cincinnati Post and an editor and features/food writer for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. She is the co-author of Places to Go With Children in Colorado (Chronicle Books, 1995) and the author of several cookbooks, among them The Best of Company at 8 (Denver Publishing Company, 1993) and Recipe Please (Johnson Books, 2004; updated 2009).
Ann Miller has written columns for several newspapers, including the Longmont Times Call (CO), the Longmont Ledger (CO), and the Longmont Weekly (CO). She has been a travel writer for Fodor’s Colorado and has published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as in numerous poetry journals, including The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The South Dakota Review, Poem, The Connecticut River Review, and The Divide. She was a finalist for the fourth Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. She currently works as a writing coach and editor.
Clayton Moore is a freelance writer and book critic whose reviews and commentary have appeared in Kirkus Reviews, Paste Magazine, Atomic Magazine, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Bookslut.com, where he wrote a column focusing on mysteries. He has also interviewed numerous authors for Kirkus Reviews.
Jeanette Morris is a freelance writer and editor who has helped over 50 aspiring writers publish memoirs, family histories, instructional manuals, self-help books, Bible studies, theological expositions, and various works of fiction. Morris is a book reviewer for Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Publishers and an influencer for authors Mary DeMuth, Kay Marshall Strom, and Mary Weber. Her articles and inspirational pieces have appeared in the Atascadero News, Paso Robles Magazine, The Secret Place, Mustard Seed Ministries, and the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series, among other publications. Morris has a novel scheduled for publication in the summer of 2019 with Bold Vision Publishers.
Dionne Obeso is a freelance editor and professional book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly. They’ve also written articles for a number of magazines and trade publications, including Climbing, Pizza Today, Rinkside, Conceive, and more, and have judged writing contests including ABNA, Booklife Prize, and the EPIC book awards.
Amy O’Loughlin is a freelance writer and an award-winning book reviewer. For 10 years, she authored a book review column for MotherTown Magazine, which ended publication in 2008. Her reviews and commentary have also appeared in Adjunct Advocate, American History, Bookmarks Magazine, Foreword Reviews, In the Fray Magazine, and many other publications. O’Loughlin contributed to the anthology Women Forged in Fire (1st Books library, 2002), and has served as a judge for the BookLife Prize writing competition (formally the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award contest) since 2007. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Barbara Oliverio is an award-winning author of five novels, including Love on the Lido Deck (CreateSpace, 2014), which was adapted into a Hallmark Channel feature film. She is also a judge for the annual Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards, coaches aspiring authors, and has served as writer and editor for numerous organizations.
Rebecca Oppenheimer has worked in the book business for nearly two decades. For five years, she wrote a syndicated book review column for Patuxent Publishing, and she served as a Publishers Weekly judge for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award every year since its inception. She also worked for 10 years as a buyer for indie bookstores, including The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore and Kramerbooks in Washington, DC.
Eve Panzer earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas in Austin and worked as a school librarian before retiring to start her own business, Barefoot Librarian. She writes book reviews for Reader Views Kids as well as Barefoot Librarian and publishes the monthly Barefoot Librarian Newsletter. She also works as consultant, finding unique, quality children’s books for educators and sells children’s books at book fairs, educational conferences, community events, and online.
Loraine Page is the author of two books: Super Searcher, Author, Scribe: Successful Writers Share Their Internet Research Secrets (CyberAge Books 2002) and Mamma, Si Mangia? A Florentine Son Shares His Feisty Mother’s Recipes (Bright Sky Press 2002). She has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and numerous other publications. She is the former publisher/editor of the spirituality/health publication Evanescence, and is currently a science writer for Biology Digest, editor of the website Link-Up Digital and a contributing editor to the monthly magazine Information Today.
Mike Pearson was features editor for the Rocky Mountain News and also wrote book reviews and a DVD review column syndicated to 300 newspapers nationwide. He was a Michigan Journalism Fellow and was named Print Journalist of the Year by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists (2009), among numerous other honors. He currently teaches journalism at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Sarah Peasley has written for the Washington Post and served as a book critic for the Rocky Mountain News.
James Polk has written book reviews for the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer and numerous other publications. He has also served as a Publishers Weekly judge in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.
Bob Sanchez is a retired senior technical writer and editor of the Internet Review of Books. He reviews for Kirkus Reviews, has self-published three novels, writes for a community newspaper and occasionally edits books.
Nancy Sapir served as the book critic for the Kingston Observer in Kingston, Mass., for 8 years. She has also acted as a judge for the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award contest.
Liz Scheier acquired, developed and edited books for Bantam/Random House, NAL/Penguin, and Ballantine/Random House and has worked in non-editorial roles at Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon. She has written weekly reviews for Publishers Weekly for 20 years and contributes regular feature articles. Her first book, Mother of Invention, will be published by Henry Holt/Macmillan in early 2022.
Barbara Bamberger Scott is creator and editor of A Woman’s Write, an international competition for unpublished novels. She has a BA in International Studies from State University of New York, earned through her work in community and rural development in Botswana, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. Along with several books on spiritual subjects published in India and elsewhere, she is the author of Generous Fruits, an historical survey of homesteading in America, and a frequent contributor of articles for Homestead.org.
Heather Seggel worked for over a decade as a bookseller and library technician before becoming a full-time freelance writer. Her work has appeared in UTNE, San Francisco magazine,Video Librarian, BookPage and ForeWord Reviews, and on The Toast and Zocalo Public Square.
Nancy Shulins was the first woman special correspondent in the history of The Associated Press, where her in-depth features earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations and a Clarion Award, and are included in numerous anthologies and textbooks. She has taught writing and coached journalists at newspapers across the nation. She is the published author of three books, including the memoir Falling For Eli (Da Capo Lifelong, 2012.)
Lauren Simonic has been a freelance editor since 1996, specializing in helping new Christian non-fiction authors. She has edited books and written cover copy for Creation House Press, a division of Strang Communications. She is a proofreader for Equipping the Man in the Mirror, a quarterly men’s devotional. She holds a degree in literature from the University of North Florida.
Andrea Sims, Ph.D. is the owner/publisher of Third Chapter Press with two additional imprints, TerraCotta Publishing and FirstPage Press. She is the author of four nonfiction works: Our Southern Breeze, (Third Chapter Press, 2011, ghostwriter), The Impostor Affect: A Closer Look by a Classic Case (TerraCotta Publishing, 2017), The New Testament: Amplified and Unfolded, (Third Chapter Press, 2017, editor), and The Truth about Lies: The Journey of a Recovering Impostor (Third Chapter Press, 2020). She has presented writers workshops and taught at the university level.
Wendy Smith writes book reviews and author interviews for many publications, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Beast, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, American Theatre magazine and the Chicago Tribune. She is a contributing editor at The American Scholar and the author of Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940 (reissued by Vintage in 2013).
Sharon Elaine Thompson is an Oregon-based writer with 30 years’ experience writing and reviewing for the Gemological Institute of America, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, JCK, Professional Jeweler, and Gems & Gemology. She edits fiction and non-fiction books for clients as diverse as the Oregon Historical Society Press and independently published urban fantasy writers. She is the author of three young adult titles: Built for Speed: The Extraordinary and Enigmatic Cheetah (Lerner Publications, 1997); Death Trap: The Story of the La Brea Tar Pits (Lerner Publications, 1994); and The Greenhouse Effect (Lucent Books, 1992). She also writes fiction under the name Liz Hartley, including Trust Not the Heart (Rainy Valley Press, 2017) and Dangerous Visions (Rainy Valley Press, 2020).
Lori Tobias is the author of the memoir, Storm Beat: A Journalist Reports from the Oregon Coast (Oregon State University Press, 2020), and novel, Wander (Red Hen Press, 2016), winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for fiction. She was a staff writer for more than a decade at The Oregonian and a features writer and columnist for the Rocky Mountain News.
Vicky Uhland has written for Men’s Journal, Newsday, Prevention, Vegetarian Times and other publications, as well as reviewed books for The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. She is the author of Miami Dolphins, (Creative Education, 1991) and has edited books for Prentice-Hall, New Hope publications and Innovision Media.
Misty Urban holds an MFA in fiction and Ph.D. in medieval literature from Cornell University. She is the author of two award-winning short story collections, A Lesson in Manners (Snake Nation Press, 2016) and The Necessaries (Paradisiac Publishing, 2018), as well as several works of creative nonfiction and medieval scholarship including the edited collection Melusine’s Footprint (Brill, 2017). She is creative nonfiction editor for New Flash Fiction Review, a reviews editor for the Historical Novel Society, and founding editor of femmeliterate. A former professor of English literature and creative writing, she reviews regularly for Publisher’s Weekly and runs Madwriters, an editing and writing service.
David G. Vermette is a writer, researcher, and editor, who has published in the fields of business management, history, music, identity politics and theology. He has contributed to research published by Oxford University Press, the Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review. He served for five years as editor-in-chief of the premier business newsletter Product Development Best Practices Report, worked as a content manager of several websites and blogs about French North American identity in the U.S. and Canada.
Julie Marie Wade is the author of 12 collections of poetry, prose, and hybrid forms. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs at Florida International University in Miami and reviews regularly for Lambda Literary Review and The Rumpus.
Laurence Washington has reviewed books for the Rocky Mountain News. He is an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Robin Westen is an award-winning journalist and Emmy Award-winning television writer. She has authored more than a dozen books, including her bestselling YA biography of Oprah Winfrey, I Don’t Believe in Failure (Enslow, 2012), Getting Your Child to Eat (Almost) Anything (Harvard Medical School Guides, 2012), The Complete A to Z for Your V (Fair Winds Press, 2017) and The Yoga- Body Cleanse (Ulysses Press, 2013). She has also ghost written several books. Westen contributes to numerous magazines, among them AARP, Psychology Today, Cosmopolitan and Parents, as well as writing for several popular websites including People.com, The Girlfriend, and US News & World Report. She has also written book reviews for PublishersWeekly.com.
Juleyka Lantigua-Williams is a journalist, writer, editor, college professor, and nationally syndicated columnist (for The Progressive), whose writing credits include Nieman Reports, Viva New York Magazine and El Diario/La Prensa. An experienced magazine editor, she also has extensive book publishing experience, including working as an editorial assistant at Random House (Crown), as a reviewer for Publishers Weekly’s Criticas, as a scout and series editor for ABC-CLIO and as manuscript consultant for authors, agents, and editors.