Cofounder + Director
Renee Combs cofounded the Boston Teen Author Festival in 2012 and hasn't looked back. She lives, breathes, and fangirls over YA literature (and its awesome authors). When she's not reading or writing, Renee spends her time attending book events, crafting, and doing freelance marketing/book design work on the side. She received her B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, and currently lives in Cambridge, MA.
Marisa Finkelstein is nose-deep in words on a daily basis as an assistant production editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She graduated from Emerson College, where she majored in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and was a copresident and publisher of Undergraduate Students for Publishing (or lovingly shortened to “Pub Club”). If she’s not reading for work or leisure, you can find her curled on the sofa with her latest anime, manga, or video game obsession. Even though Marisa currently resides in New York, she can’t stay away from Boston and also fills her time as a staff member for the volunteers program at Anime Boston. She is the other cofounder of the Boston Teen Author Festival, and you can follow her on Twitter @finky_dink!
Janella Angeles graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. Having completed multiple publishing internships from companies such as Perseus Books Group, the Bent Agency, and more, she is also an aspiring YA writer who tends to daydream way too much for her own good. Along with that, she is a Harry Potter fanatic, Disney enthusiast, and avid bibliophile with the biggest love for YA.
Madeleine Colis is a recent graduate of Northwestern University where she studied English Literature and generally explored Chicago by way of food. In her last year at school, she studied abroad in Madrid where she started drafting her current fantasy series in Spanish cafes whilst chugging espresso. She has now returned to Chicago where she continues to work on her YA novels, with slightly less strong amazing coffee to fuel her writing addiction. In her spare time, she spends way too much time in bookstores and generally fails at being a lactose intolerant cheese lover. Fun fact: she also spent a few years living in Massachusetts, and is SO excited to return to Bahhhston to help out with BTAF!
Sarah Jean Horwitz is the author of CARMER & GRIT, a debut middle grade fantasy novel set for publication by Algonquin Young Readers in 2017. She loves storytelling in all its forms and holds a B.A. in Visual & Media Arts with a concentration in screenwriting from Emerson College. You can find her reading, writing, and occasionally dancing around like a loon in Cambridge, MA.
Akshaya Ramanujam graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in neurobiology. When she's not working on her own YA novels, she obsesses over way too many books (and their incredible authors) and watches way too many TV shows. She loves traveling and all things Harry Potter. She lives in California where she tutors high school students in math and science.