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Alaina Leary Lavoie IllustrationAlaina Lavoie (publishes journalism under the byline Alaina Leary) is an award-winning Boston-based “Swiss army knife” of publishing.

Alaina is currently the Communications Manager for the literary nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. She also teaches graduate-level courses in the Publishing, Literature, and Writing department at Emerson College, and is a book reviewer for Booklist. Alaina has also led workshops, keynotes, and training sessions for ACES: The Society for Editing, the Bisexual Resource Center, Bravery Magazine, Everyday Feminism, Bookbuilders of Boston, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and Westfield State University. Her journalism has been included in a number of syllabi for undergraduate and graduate-level courses, including in the Simmons College MFA in Writing for Children.

Her goal as a publishing professional is to amplify marginalized voices across all aspects of the industry. She was awarded a 2017 Bookbuilders of Boston scholarship for her commitment to this work. She was a judge for the 2020 New England Book Show, assisting with the inclusion of categories for accessibility, diversity in young adult literature, and diversity in children’s literature. She was also the communications lead for the virtual Everywhere Book Fest. Alaina is also a sensitivity reader (specializing in LGBTQIA+ and disability representation) and you can contact her with projects up to full-length book manuscripts.

Her work has been consistently featured in Top 10 best national lists, and HelloGiggles named her essay as one of their staff favorites. Her social media and content campaigns have gone viral within hours. Her essay “My Dad Taught Me How to Shave My Legs” was featured on Cosmopolitan’s Snapchat in July 2016.

Her work has been published in New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, The Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Bitch, Refinery29, Good Housekeeping, The Week, Seventeen, HuffPost, Healthline, Quartz, Marie Claire, Vice, Chicago Tribune, The Rumpus, Narratively, Allure, Racked, Bustle, TalkPoverty, The Establishment, Everyday Feminism, HelloGiggles, Bust, Redbook, Woman’s DayBrooklyn Magazine, Ravishly, YourTango, Culture: the word on cheese, Rooted in Rights, and more.

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Alaina has a BA in professional writing from Westfield State University, where she was honored as a 2016 notable alumni, a Celeste and John Loughman fellow, and a Commonwealth honors scholar; and an MA in publishing from Emerson College, where she was recognized as a Dean’s Fellow.

She lives in Massachusetts with her wife; their literary cats Blue, Gansey, and Kyo; and a rainbow bookshelf.

Some of Alaina’s current and former clients include OurShelves book subscription box, DC Entertainment, HarperCollins, Sourcebooks, Ubisoft, Inevitable Foundation, Equally Wed Magazine, Spoon University,  Disability Rights Washington, Healthline, Greatist, Bravery Magazine, Her Campus Media, AgoraPulse, Propriometrics Press, Tell Tell Poetry, Everyday Feminism, Shopify, The Food Network, Bustle Digital Group, Samsonite, American Tourister, Bust, Grateful & Co., Rue La La, Conscious Culture Publishing, Womenade Boston, Charlesbridge Publishing, Habitat for Humanity, and Dance Studio Life Magazine.

Pronouns: she/her or they/them

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