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Danika Ellis

Danika spends most of their time talking about queer books, including at their sapphic book blog, the Lesbrary.

Vanessa Diaz

Vanessa is a writer and former bookseller with a penchant for cozy mysteries, gothic lit, mythology and witchy things. She is Book Riot's Managing Editor and co-hosts the All the Books podcast. Find her on Instagram at @BuenosDiazSD.

Book Riot 

Book Riot is the largest independent editorial book site in North America, and home to a host of media, from podcasts to newsletters to original content, all designed around diverse readers and across all genres.

S. Zainab Williams 

S. Zainab Williams is Book Riot Executive Director of Content. She co-hosts the SFF Yeah! podcast, is a member of PEN America’s Literary Awards Committee, and co-edited Fit for the Gods: Greek Mythology Reimagined with Jenn Northington.

Rebecca Schinsky

Chief of Staff at Book Riot and co-host of The Book Riot Podcast, Rebecca has worked on the bookish internet since 2008 developing communities and products for book lovers.

kelly jensen

Kelly Jensen is a former public librarian who works as an Editor at Book Riot. She was named a Person of the Year by Publisher's Weekly and a Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune in 2022 for her anti-censorship work.