Meet BookBrowse's editors and reviewers


Publisher

  • Davina Morgan-Witts

    Davina started BookBrowse in 1998 while a stay at home mother of two small children who wouldn't stay still long enough for her to visit a bookstore. As a very young child, her favorite books were The Just So Stories and anything by A.A. Milne. Later she was passionate about all things Paul Gallico, particularly the Mrs Harris stories and The Man Who Was Magic. Close seconds were J.P. Martin's Uncle books, The Phantom Tollbooth, Giovannino Guareschi's Don Camillo stories and Gozney and Uderzo's Asterix. Before children she held a variety of advertising, marketing and research roles for products including chocolate bars, bottled water, dog food, banks and cheese. She is delighted to spend her days talking about books and book clubs (although talking about cheese and chocolate wasn't all bad). To contact Davina for interview, please visit BookBrowse's press section.

Editors

  • Lisa Butts

    Lisa is a poet and freelance critic living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied Creative Writing at The New School and Sarah-Lawrence College. In addition to editing and writing for BookBrowse, she writes regularly for Publishers Weekly and BookRags, among others.

  • Elisabeth Cook

    Elisabeth Cook is a published poet, a frequent reader of translated literature and a freelance writer. In addition to reviewing books, she occasionally writes about language learning and indie film. You can follow her latest reads on her blog, Lit All Over, and at BookBrowse.

Library Support

  • Elena Spagnolie

    Elena received her Master's degree in magical realism studies and creative writing from New York University. She has worked at the University of Wisconsin Press, interned at the Taryn Fagerness Agency and has written book reviews and articles for BookBrowse, NewPages and Travelhost Magazine. Her most favorite stories are those written in crayon by her daughter, usually about a duck named Thea.

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    Rebecca Foster

    An American transplant to England, Rebecca is a freelance proofreader and writer. She is an associate editor of Bookmarks magazine and reviews books for a myriad of print and online publications in the USA and UK, including the Times Literary Supplement and her blog, Bookish Beck.

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    Karen Lewis

    Karen Lewis is a freelance writer and editor who leads workshops with California Poets in the Schools. She earned an MFA from Antioch-Los Angeles and formerly directed the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. Her poetry chapbook Peace Maps is available from Finishing Line Press. When not writing or reading, she’s passionate about travel, garden-to-table, outdoor adventures, keeping the oceans clean and safe, and building world peace. Visit her at wordjourneys.org

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    Ian Muehlenhaus

    Ian Muehlenhaus is a writer, cartographer, and geographer. He teaches map design at the University of Wisconsin. He has published two non-fiction books, numerous academic journal articles, and a variety of feature screenplays and film shorts. You can find him on Twitter: @imuehlenhaus

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    Kim Kovacs

    Kim Kovacs is an avid reader in the Pacific Northwest. All those rainy days give her the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of books that span many genres.

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    Callum McLaughlin

    Callum McLaughlin is a writer of words, a reader of books, and a lover of cats. Based in Scotland, he operates on a freelance basis, producing content for blogs, websites, and magazines. His fiction and poetry have also featured in several literary journals, both online and in print. You can find him on Twitter @Callum_M1, and he chats about all things bookish over on his blog callummclaughlin.wordpress.com

  • Nichole Brazelton

    Nichole is a poet, college educator, and freelance writer who holds a Master's degree in Philosophy of Communication and Rhetoric from Duquesne University. She is an MFA candidate at New England College and her current work maintains a special focus on the interplay of motherhood and magical realism. In addition to her love for poetry, she enjoys reading literary fiction, memoirs, and true crime novels. Her poems have been anthologized multiple times and can be found in The Magnolia Review, Sysyphus Literary Magazine, Pretty Owl Poetry, Beyond Words International Literary Magazine, and For Women Who Roar, among other places. You can visit her at www.writeagain.org

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    Noshin Bokth

    Noshin Bokth is an experienced freelance writer. She has worked as the Chief Editor of Ramadan Legacy. Currently, she is the North American Regional Editor at The Muslim Vibe and a contributor at Islamic Horizons Magazine. As a lifelong bookworm, she has started to combine her passion for reading and writing to professionally write book reviews for different publications. She lives in New York City with her husband and 6-month old daughter.

  • BookBrowse First Impression Reviewers

    Each month, USA based BookBrowse members have the opportunity to review books through our First Impressions program. Books that our member-reviewers rate particularly highly are featured as "Editor's Choice" selections and are listed below. All books recently reviewed for First Impressions can be seen here.

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    Rachel Hullett

    Rachel Hullett is an avid reader, feminist, and cat enthusiast. A graduate from Tulane University, she currently lives in Vermont and works as the Editorial Assistant at an indie children's book publisher. You can find her on Twitter @paceamorelibri, and you can read more of her thoughts on books over at her personal blog paceamorelibri.wordpress.com.

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    Valerie Morales

    Valerie Morales' non-fiction work has been featured in Huffington Post, The Talented Tenth Review Medium and The Committed Generation. She loves books that inhale the future and exhale the past. James Baldwin’s novel Another Country was her beginning of all things literary, life and truth.

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    Rose Rankin

    Rose Rankin lives and writes outside of Chicago. A historian by training, she primarily reviews non-fiction with an emphasis on women's studies. She recently completed a comparative study of female-authored poetry in Late-Renaissance Italy titled Cautious if Not Chaste: The Poetry of Tullia D'Aragona and Veronica Franco. In addition to freelancing for various publications, she is also a marketing copywriter with experience in technical writing.

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    Peggy Kurkowski

    Peggy is a professional copywriter for a higher education IT nonprofit association by day and major history geek at night. She hosts her own YouTube channel, The History Shelf, where she features and reviews history books (new and old), as well as a variety of fiction. In addition to BookBrowse, she also reviews for Library Journal, the Historical Novels Review, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

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    Grace Graham-Taylor

    Grace Graham-Taylor is a freelance writer and content creator living in London, UK. She relies on books to refract the absurdity of the present day, so that she can laugh about things she would otherwise find unbearable. An insatiable media-consuming machine, she also loves film and has conducted interviews for an underground music magazine. She is particularly fond of experimental and post-modern fiction.

  • Elisabeth Herschbach

    Elisabeth Herschbach is an editor and writer from Maryland.

  • Will Heath

    Will Heath is a former high school English teacher and the co-owner of Books & Bao, a site dedicated to international literature. Will travels the world, both in real life and through the books he reads, but mostly splits his time between London and Tokyo. His favorite literature comes from Japan but he also has room in his heart for gothic and fantasy literature.

  • David Bahia

    David is a writer displaced by an aporetic longing for the genuine in a world rarely given to clarity.

  • Erin Lyndal Martin

    Erin Lyndal Martin is a writer and artist living in Blacksburg, VA.

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    Daniela Schofield

    Daniela studied literature at the University of Rochester before embarking on a career in international development. She is an avid reader and writes on a freelance basis. She can be found on Twitter @DaniSchofield.

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    Jennifer Hon Khalaf

    Jennifer Hon Khalaf is a lawyer and a writer based in Los Angeles, CA. She advocates for international literature and translation working for Asymptote Journal. In her free time, she teaches vinyasa yoga and develops recipes.

  • Norah Piehl

    Norah Piehl is a former bookseller who has also worked for several publishing companies. Currently the deputy director of the Boston Book Festival, Norah reviews books and writes interviews and features for a number of print and online publications.

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    Jordan Lynch

    Jordan Lynch is a scientist by training, but her true passion is books. She currently lives in Louisville, KY, where she recently earned her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She loves spending a weekend afternoon with a good book in one of the city’s many parks. You can see what she’s been reading or explore some interesting science at her blog The Literary Laboratory.

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    Jane McCormack

    Jane McCormack is an avid adventurer, whether it be hiking through the woods or traversing through the pages of a good book. She is the mother of two blue heelers, a horse, and a boy. Additionally, she also aspires to influence a hundred or so high schoolers to make friends with literature, pen their dreams, and be curious, on a yearly basis. In addition to teaching ELA at her local high school, she writes book reviews, and teaches riding. She can often be found reading in a grassy paddock, with Gus, her trusty steed, grazing beside her.

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    Rod McLary

    Rod began reviewing books in mid-2017 and has completed over 110 reviews for a website which he also administers – queenslandreviewerscollective.com. He has always been an avid reader but reviewing has brought him to many authors whose books he may never have known. As part of his university degree, Rod completed a double major in English Literature which has further enhanced his depth of understanding and appreciation of literature.

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    Tasneem Pocketwala

    Tasneem is a freelance writer and journalist based in Mumbai, India. You can find her documenting the reading-and-writing life on Instagram at @tasneemsworld05, and on her blog.

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    Maria Katsulos

    Maria Rosario Katsulos is a lifelong reader and writer. The daughter of a journalist-turned-writer and an editor-turned-librarian, she grew up considering books to be some of her best friends. She is currently a senior at Southern Methodist University, where she is a President's Scholar studying English, history, and more with the goal of becoming a professor of gender and sexuality history. She is the editor-in-chief of Kairos Creative & Literary Magazine and a 2021 winner of the SMU.

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    Rory L. Aronsky

    Rory L. Aronsky, co-author of BearManor Media’s What If They Lived? with Phil Hall, used to want to be a full-time film critic while writing well over 10 years of movie and DVD reviews, but eventually grew tired of the hamster-wheel feeling of it, realizing once and for all that his true love has always been books. He constantly haunts the websites and Facebook pages of Barbara O’Neal, Rita Leganski, and Beth Hoffman, impatiently waiting for their newest novels, and is hugely fascinated with presidential history. After five years in Las Vegas, he now lives in Ventura, California, where he still can’t get over the downtown public library being one street over from the beach.

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    Kelly Hydrick

    Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Kelly earned her master’s degree in comparative history from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she studied camp followers, the women who followed early modern armies. She enjoys reading, especially works in translation and more obscure authors, writing poetry and short stories, and creating art, much of which is inspired by what she reads. She recently started an MS in Library Science and hopes to investigate the potential for the use of archives and digital humanities in dealing with anthropogenic climate change. Currently, Kelly lives in Massachusetts where she occasionally writes for a local bookstore blog, rootandpress.com.

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    Eddie Bennett

    My name is Eddie Bennett and for me, books are gateways! Through reading, I get the opportunity to explore and inquire for as far as the eye can see! Writing reviews offer a glimpse through the window of the gateway that I’ve explored. In writing reviews, people get the chance to determine if that gateway is one in which they would like to explore themselves.

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    Jamie Chornoby

    Jamie Chornoby is a content writer and college tutor from the metro Detroit area. Prior, she worked in social research and program assistance. With a B.A. in sociology and anthropology and a minor in English, she is fascinated by the social sciences and often reads nonfiction texts in that area. She developed her interest in reading by teaching others to read, organizing book clubs, and browsing used bookstores. To her, few things are as meaningful or powerful as a well told story.

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    Debbie Morrison

    Debbie Morrison is a writer, editor, and teacher living in South Florida. She has a PhD in literature with an emphasis in African American and Caribbean literature. As a reader, she has a particular love of literary fiction, speculative fiction, detective fiction, and true crime.

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    Amanda Ellison

    Amanda Ellison is a freelance writer and teacher of English, living in the stunning county of Northumberland in the UK. When not working, she is an insatiable reader; her favorite writers are William Boyd and John le Carré. She is a seasoned reviewer and has recently self-published her first book.

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    Michelle Anya Anjirbag

    Michelle Anya Anjirbag recently completed her PhD at the Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Cambridge, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Work based on her dissertation has appeared and is forthcoming in several academic journals and edited collections. Having earned her MSc at the University of Edinburgh and her BA at the University of Connecticut, her research interests include Disney, adaptations of fairy tales and cross-period approaches to narrative transmission across cultures and societies, deep stories, and fantasy and the library in the fantastic. She has worn a lot of different hats including essayist, local journalist, leadership facilitator, book reviewer, and shopgirl. More information on her academic and other work can be found at michelleanjirbag.com

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    Althea Draper

    Althea Draper is a freelance interpreter and translator living in Scotland and, having graduated during the Covid-19 pandemic, has had plenty of time to read over the past year. Althea is a firm advocate for LGBT+ books and books written by disabled authors and authors of color, alongside translated works (as she knows exactly how much work goes into translating literature!). When she's not chucking about a rugby ball, trying to learn new Chinese characters or devouring a 600-page fantasy novel, she can be found at her blog, Althea Is Reading or on Twitter, @altheaisreading

  • Dean Muscat

    Dean Muscat is a freelance writer who lives on a hot and humid overpopulated speck of rock in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, more commonly known as Malta. Some of his favorite authors include William Faulkner, Angela Carter, and Neil Gaiman. He reviews books, dabbles in short fiction, and posts the occasional travel diary on his blog The Strange & Ordinary.

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    Lisa Bintrim

    Lisa Bintrim is a librarian with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. She has twenty years of experience as an editor, primarily for academic publishers. She was the Books Editor for Austinist.com. She enjoys reading nonfiction on contemporary issues and the social sciences, as well as essay collections, mysteries, literary fiction, and middle grade fiction.

  • Catherine M Andronik

    Cathy Andronik recently retired after over 30 years as a teacher librarian, mainly at the high school level. Now she works part-time at the reference desk of a busy urban public library (where she especially enjoys recommending audiobooks, nonfiction, and young adult books with strong adult crossover appeal), and presents workshops on aspects of young adult literature. She has reviewed and written for School Library Connection (and all of its previous incarnations) and Booklist. She is also the author of several biographies for a children's/young adult audience.

  • Scott C. Martin

    Scott Martin is a career Air Force officer with multiple book reviews published by peer-reviewed military journals, to include Air and Space Power Journal and Strategic Studies Quarterly. Additionally, he has multiple articles published with Air Power History, Air and Space Power Journal, Divergent Options, and Real Clear Defense. He is an active reader of many types of hard copy books and audiobooks, with emphasis on history, current affairs, biographies/memoirs and dystopian science fiction.

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    Naomi Benaron

    Naomi Benaron is the author of Running The Rift (2012), winner of the 2010 Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and Love Letters from a Fat Man, winner of the 2006 G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. She earned an MFA from Antioch University and an MS in earth sciences from Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She teaches at UCLA Writers Extension and online through the Afghan Women's Writing Project. An advocate for African refugees in her community, she has worked extensively with genocide survivor groups in Rwanda. She is also an Ironman triathlete.

  • Kate Oberdorfer

    Kate Oberdorfer is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School where she wrote about Cuban exiles in Union City, NJ. She writes book reviews for StartUp Cuba and is always interested in the immigration and exile narrative. Follow her @kaode727.

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    Mark Anthony Ayling

    Mark Anthony Ayling is a 40-year-old Registered Mental Health Nurse who presently resides in the city of Salford in the North of England with his two children Sam and Molly and long suffering wife Elaine. He has contributed a number of stories to Perihelion in the past and had work published in Cracked Eye and the Twisted Tails IX anthology. Lillicat publishers released Northern Futures, a collection of dystopian science fiction stories by the author, in November 2016. Mark is also the author of periodic film blog/diary/journal "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 ongoing adventures in cinema and home video." This is published via his website at http://markanthonyayling.com. Mark is also a regular contributor at retro movie site VHS Revival.

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    Elspeth Drayton

    Elspeth is a Canadian writer and editor who works in humanitarian response in Washington, DC. She has always been an avid reader, and now reviews fiction and non-fiction for a variety of publications.

  • Adrienne Pisch

    Adrienne Pisch recently graduated Cornell University with a BS in Biology and a minor in Creative Writing. She now lives and works in Columbia, Maryland, where she spends too much time in the library. In 2016, she interned for the Colgate Writers' Conference novel intensive, and her fiction appears in Rainy Day. Adrienne enjoys reading memoir, creative nonfiction, fantasy, YA, and anything with heart.

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    Natalie Vaynberg

    Natalie is a freelance writer and blogger, living in the Bay Area. Natalie enjoys reading and reviewing literary and historical fiction, literary fantasy, narrative memoirs and books on organizational behavior. In addition to BookBrowse, Natalie writes her own blog on personal and professional development at medium.com/@natalie.vaynberg

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    Michael Kaler

    A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Michael is an aspiring editor and writer living in Philadelphia. He especially enjoys reading and reviewing memoirs, creative nonfiction, literary fiction, and poetry collections. His thoughts on literature, music, film, and television can be found on his personal blog, inexhaustibleinvitations.com.

  • Meara Conner

    Meara Conner is a voracious reader living in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys reading practically anything, but especially literary fiction, thrillers, and narrative memoirs.

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    Erin Szczechowski

    Erin is an undergraduate at New York University working towards an English major. She is particularly passionate about YA literature, but adores fantasy, as well. After spending a year interning at a children’s publishing press, she now hopes to move into the literary agent field.

  • Sarah Tomp

    Sarah Tomp lives, reads and writes in San Diego, California. She is the author of a picture book, Red White and Blue Goodbye and has a MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a co-author of the blog, Writing on the Sidewalk. Her first young adult novel, My Best Everything, was published by Little Brown in March 2015.

  • Grace Symes

    Grace Symes lives in Massachusetts, where she reads a wide variety of books. Her ideal Christmas is one from which she emerges with a stack of new material to read. In addition to reviewing for BookBrowse she also writes for music blogs and has loved reading from a young age.

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