Alaina Leary (she/her or they/them) is a Boston-based “Swiss army knife” of publishing and media. She’s an award-winning editor, communications and social media manager, writing coach, and journalist.
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, and regularly organizes and participates in panels and events surrounding this topic, including Emerson College’s 2017 Teach-In and Bookbuilders of Boston’s panel “How Can We Make Publishing More Inclusive?”
She is currently the communications manager for We Need Diverse Books and an editor for Equally Wed Magazine. Some of her current and former clients include Spoon University, Disability Rights Washington, Healthline, Greatist, Everyday Feminism, The Food Network, Bustle Digital Group, Samsonite, American Tourister, Bust, Grateful & Co., Her Campus Media, Rue La La, Conscious Culture Publishing, Charlesbridge Publishing, Habitat for Humanity, Dance Studio Life Magazine, and Luna Luna Magazine. Alaina is also an authenticity reader, and you can contact her to have work up to full-length book manuscripts read.
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, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, The Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, 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, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Brooklyn Magazine, Ravishly, YourTango, Culture: the word on cheese, Rooted in Rights, and more.
She attended BookCon 2018, 2017, and 2016 and ALA 2019 on behalf of We Need Diverse Books, live-tweeting the nonprofit’s panels and participating in the organization’s workshops and meetups. She also regularly serves as a judge for We Need Diverse Books short story contests and Bookseller of the Year Awards.
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 and Bookbuilders of Boston fellow.
She lives with her soon-to-be-wife and their book-loving cats, Blue and Gansey. She’s a creative and activism-fueled combination of an ENFP, a Pisces, and a Gryffindor.
Pronouns: she/her or they/them