bookclique from A to Z

Nina Badzin is a freelance writer with short stories and essays in online and print magazines. She’s the co-founder of the Twin Cities Writing Studio, and she lives with her husband and four children in Minneapolis. You can find her at, where she reviews 50 books a year, and on Twitter @NinaBadzin.

Vanessa Kroll Bennett is the founder of Dynamo Girl, a program whose mission is building girls’ self-esteem through sports and physical activity.  Her goal in life is to change the world enough so that the term “mean girl” is no longer common parlance.  Vanessa is an avid reader of all literature, high, low and everything in between, but spends a lot of time reading about how to best understand girls in the 21st Century.  She lives in New York City with her husband and four children.

Tanya Boteju is an English teacher and new novelist. Tanya recently completed a young adult novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, which will debut Summer, 2019 with Simon & Schuster. She is grateful for her patient wife, supportive family and friends, sassy students, and hot mugs of tea. She hopes to contribute to the ever-growing collection of young adult literature representing diverse characters and experiences.

Rosemary Colt is a retired English professor, book reviewer, leader of book groups and a lifelong, obsessive reader. She reads across the literary spectrum, with an emphasis on fiction, from classics to contemporary writers. Memoirs, especially those of literary figures, are her special interest. You can find her at

Karen Marquis Derby teaches AP and IB English literature and has been teaching for more than 20 years. Karen lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter. This is her first foray in the blogging world and can’t wait to get started. She’s willing to be reached on Twitter @karen_derby if she can ever figure out how to tweet.

Laura Dickerman taught high school English for many years; has a couple of masters degrees in Fiction and English; and has lived in New Haven, New York City, Brussels, and currently Atlanta. She is bossy in two book clubs, opinionated about even things she knows very little about, believes you can put down a bad book, and passionately supports re-reading Middlemarch every five years. As for Twitter, she prefers not to.

Currie Engel is an English major at Princeton University. An avid logophile, she enjoys taking classes in Princeton’s Creative Writing department, discussing feminist themes in literature and the arts with her friends, and reading everything from Chaucer to Toni Morrison. She hopes to pursue a career in the literary industry, but for now, is just dreaming about writing a bestselling novel. Currie can be reached at

Bookclique is brought to you by Jessica Flaxman, an English teacher, writer, and assistant head of school who lives outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters. She is author of the education and parenting blog, What I Learned Today in School and an editor of Klingbrief. Jessica’s students, teachers, and friends are part of this project in support of readers and reading. Find Jessica on Twitter @msflaxman.

Rhoda Flaxman is a retired English professor who taught British and American Literature and directed Brown’s writing-across-the curriculum program. Rhoda is author of Victorian Word Painting and Narrative and presently serves as founding Director of The Open University of Wellfleet. She is an avid walker, swimmer, reader and participates actively in the lives of her children and eleven grand-children.

Mela Frye is a poet and high school English teacher who lives in Connecticut with her husband and son. She’s worked at the National Endowment for the Arts, taught at Johns Hopkins University, and bartended at Red Lobster. She once told Ernest Gaines she loved his novel, As I Lay Dying.  Find Mela on Instagram @melakfrye

Kirsten Hall is President of Catbird, a leading boutique children’s literary and illustration agency. She has negotiated many hundreds of children’s book deals between authors, illustrators, and all of the major American publishers. Kirsten is also an author. Her first book, Bunny, Bunny, was published when she was in 7th grade. Her first trade picture book, The Jacketwas a New York Times Notable. Find Kirsten on Twitter @HallWaysKirsten.

Ann V. Klotz is the mother of three (2 daughters off in the world, 1 son at home) and the Head of a girls’ school in Shaker Heights, OH, where she follows the lives and learning of 640 children, ages 2 to 18.  Her house is  cluttered with books and alive with the shenanigans of 3 rescue dogs, 3 cats and one long-lived gold fish.  She blogs semi regularly for the Huffington Post.  You can read more of her writing at or #annklotz.

Stacey Loscalzo is a reader and writer living outside of New York City with her husband and their two daughters. She writes for various local parenting publications and blogs at Stacey loves to read anything at all from adult novels and memoirs to picture books. Find Stacey on Twitter @staceyloscalzo.

Jennifer Lyn is a writer, photographer, and artist who loves to read and share great books with others. Jennifer founded and led from 2012 – 2017. Her essays have been published at Salon, and she’s currently at work on narrative nonfiction. Visit to learn more.

Lindsey Mead is a wife, mother, writer, and headhunter who lives outside of Boston with her husband, daughter, and son.  Lindsey’s writing has been published and anthologized in a variety of print and on-line sources, and she blogs regularly at A Design So Vast. You can find Lindsey on Twitter at @lemead and on Instagram at lemead.

Cricket Mikheev is a head of lower school, a mother of four, a longtime student of Russian literature, and an avid knitter. Due to the hubbub of daily life, she is consistently delighted when she can find and finish a book she has begun reading. Cricket can be found on Twitter @CMikheev

Katrina Smith is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in English and Philosophy, Politics & Economics, and minoring in Spanish. She works as a writing coach at UNC’s Writing Center and is the Sergeant-At-Arms for the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, one of world’s oldest debating and literary societies. Her lifelong love has been 19th century women authors, but she has been found more recently reading modern non-fiction, with an emphasis on social justice. You can find her on twitter @katrebsmi.

When people meet Vicky Waldthausen, they think she’s an extrovert—she adamantly disagrees. Fondly known as Ms. Zen, Vicky teaches English and creative writing at her former high school in Charlotte, NC. She is bilingual and has strong opinions about the varying translations of The Metamorphosis. Vicky likes to think she’s a mix of all the places she’s lived: New York, Berlin, Geneva, Brasov, Chapel Hill, and Charlotte. But y’all, she’s a southerner at heart.