Pub Rants

Jennifer Nissley

Jennifer Nissley is a graduate of Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA program, where she studied with Ursula Hegi, Patricia McCormick, and Meg Wolitzer. In her day job, she instructs teenagers in a remedial reading and writing program. She lives in Astoria, Queens with her wife. 

Maryann Jacob Macias

Maryann Jacob Macias received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Pine Manor College’s Solstice Low-Residency Program. She has spent the past two decades working with nonprofits dedicated to social justice. Currently, she is a senior director at National Crittenton, an organization that catalyzes social and systems change for girls and gender-expansive young people impacted by chronic adversity, violence, and injustice. She and her spouse are raising two delightful humans and a beloved furbaby in New York.

Jordyn Taylor

Jordyn Taylor is the deputy digital editor at Men’s Health, where she publishes stories on relationships, sex, entertainment, health, nutrition, and more. She previously worked at Mic and the New York Observer, and is a graduate of Hamilton College and New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and now lives with her husband in the great borough of Queens.

Lynette Noni

Lynette Noni is currently the #1 YA fiction author in Australia. After studying journalism, academic writing and human behaviour at university, she finally ventured into the world of fiction. She is now a full-time writer and the bestselling author of the six-book young adult fantasy series, The Medoran Chronicles, as well as a second series called Whisper, which was released globally in 2018. 

Lynette won the 2019 ABIA Award for Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year and the 2019 Gold Inky teen choice award, and she is currently collaborating on a project with #1New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas.