The Kaylie Jones Books Collective

k-jonesKaylie Jones, Founder

KAYLIE JONES has published seven books, including a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, and her most recent novel, The Anger Meridian. Her novel A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries was adapted as a Merchant Ivory film in 1998. Jones has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and is a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program and in Wilkes University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She is the author of Speak Now and the editor of Long Island Noir. Her newest endeavor is her publishing imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books.

L. LowensteinLaurie Loewenstein, Editor

LAURIE LOEWENSTEIN’S Unmentionables was selected as the flagship publication of Kaylie Jones Books. The novel, published in 2014, received a starred review from the Library Journal and praise from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Publishers Weekly and the New York Journal of Books. She is currently writing a mystery novel set in the 1930s Dustbowl.

julieJudy L. Mandel, Editor

JUDY L. MANDEL is the author of the New York Times Best SellerReplacement Childa memoir, [Seal Press 2013). She is a writing coach, teacher, freelance editor and senior editor at Kaylie Jones Books. Judy’s essays, articles and short stories have appeared in, 34th Parallel, The Tishman Review, Connecticut LIFE, ASJA Monthly, Complete Wellbeing Magazine, Connecticut Authors and Publishers Magazine, The Southampton Review and other publications.

jpr-1J. Patrick Redmond, Editor

J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and recently returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. He holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. Some Go Hungry is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Presently he teaches English Composition at the University of Southern Indiana.

m hoartyMichael Hoarty, Graduate Assistant

Michael is a writer and editor. He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend, Kaitlin and their cat, Lemon. He is currently working on a novel that’s a mix of sci-fi and psychological thriller. He obtained his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently going for his MFA at Wilkes University.

j-kassabJustin Kassab, Managing Editor – E-first Line

JUSTIN KASSAB spends his time writing and working, with a little bit of water polo mixed in just for sanity. After a brief hiatus to work on a few other writing projects, he looks forward to continuing work on the third novel in The Primal Age Chronicles. He is the author of Foamers and Strays.

bfBreanna Fairchild, Junior Editor – E-line

BREANNA FAIRCHILD is a Midwestern girl through and through. She currently resides in Marshall, Illinois with her family and spends her days writing and daydreaming. When she’s not arguing with the characters in her head, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is working toward a bachelor’s degree in English at University of Maryland University College and hopes to someday join the ranks of “Published Author”.

jjJennifer Jenkins, Outreach Specialist and Events Coordinator

JENNIFER JENKINS writes for magazines and stage, with plays produced in New York and nationally. She has worked with the Manhattan Theatre Club and the PBS series Great Performances, and holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Wilkes University.

Taylor P (1)Taylor M. Polites, Literary Consultant

TAYLOR M. POLITES’ first novel, The Rebel Wife, was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2012. His work has appeared in anthologies as well as local and regional arts and news publications. He is partner in a writing community endeavor with Ann Hood and Hester Kaplan called Goat Hill and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University and in the Wilkes University MFA program. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his small Chihuahua Clovis. For more about what Taylor is doing, visit his website at

LoriLori A. May, Literary and Marketing Consultant

LORI A. MAY is the author of several books, including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life(Bloomsbury) which was nominated for a Michigan Notable Book Award and named a “best book for writers” by Poets & Writers magazine. Her writing may also be found in publications including The Atlantic, Brevity, and Writer’s Digest. She is also a freelance writer, consultant, and editor. For more info visit or follow Lori on Twitter @loriamay.

Dawn dDawn Zera, Literary Consultant

DAWN ZERA, who has worked as an editor, a journalist and a public relations professional, currently teaches writing at four colleges in northeast Pennsylvania. Her environment-focused manuscript “Earth Teach Me” was named a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver. Zera earned her M.A. and M.F.A. from the Wilkes University creative writing program. She’s on Twitter and Instagram as @earthpeasluv.


martin,kKaitlin Martin, Jacket Designer – ODDITIES

Kaitlin Martin is a Chicago-based illustrator and animator. Her work deals with the act of haunting, nature, and the imagery and tropes of gothic fiction. Past works have been featured in Onion City Film Festival,  Chicago Underground Film Festival, Sideshow Gallery, and Grimoire Magazine. Her work can be found here.

 LJS thumbLauren J. Sharkey, Marketing and Web Development

Lauren J. Sharkey is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Stony Brook Southampton’s Program in Creative Writing and Literature. She is currently working on her thesis, which explores her background as a Korean-American adoptee, and how her identity has affected her familial, personal, and romantic relationships. In her free time, she enjoys doughnuts, SoulCycle, and the best of the 90’s pop.

Our Authors

David Andreas • Jason Carney• Mckenzie Cassidy • Justin Kassab • Bill Landauer • Stacey Lender• Laurie Lowenstein• Matt McGevna • J. Patrick Redmond • Patricia A. Smith • Nina Solomon • Lauren Stahl• Barbara Taylor • Theasa Tuohy

Our Readers

David Andreas • McKenzie Cassidy • Kevin Heisler • Eyrna Jones-Heisler • Johanna James • Loren Kleinman • April Line • Lori A. May • Rick Priebe • Andrea Ruiz • Ronnie K. Stephens

Past Interns/Graduate Assistants

Maxwell Bauman • Kait Burrier • R. Anthony Giamusso • Trilby Greene • Monique Millane • Dana Miller • Linda M.C. Nguyen • Rick Priebe