Press + Awards

This is a gathering of some nice awards I’ve received, along with less-quantifiable achievements that I’m pretty proud of.

Places I’m featured & profiled

We Need Diverse Books, with Alaina Lavoie,” Spectrumly Speaking podcast

We Need Diverse Books – with Alaina Lavoie,” State of Inclusion podcast

We Need Diverse Books Ensures Every Child is Represented,” Disability Talks podcast by Abilities in Motion

20 Questions With: Adriana White & Alaina Lavoie (Part 2),” a Latinitas Magazine podcast

20 Questions With – Adriana White & Alaina Lavoie,” a Latinitas Magazine podcast

Last Name, First Name,” a short film by Emily Klausz.

“Episode 102: Interview with Alaina Lavoie,” Minorities in Publishing podcast

“Episode 54: Interview with Alaina Leary,” Minorities in Publishing podcast

Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Richmond of We Need Diverse Books,” That Word Chat

Queer Crip Love Fest: Radically Vulnerable Feminist Pep Talk,” Autostraddle

“’How an Idea Becomes a Children’s Book’ panel recap,” The Horn Book

Inspiring Work From Home Story: Alaina Leary,” Deluge Beau

#RavsWriters: Alaina Leary – Story Teller, Cat Lover, Mermaid,” Ravishly

Meet Alaina Leary of We Need Diverse Books,” Boston Voyager

5 Disability Activists You Should Know,” SheUnplugged.

“Episode 36: An Interview with Alaina Leary,” on Disability After Dark podcast

Editor Q&A with Rachel Sanoff of Hello Giggles,” Beyond Your Blog (mentions my essay as being one of HelloGiggles’ top-performing pieces)

Happy 6th birthday, HelloGiggles,” HelloGiggles (mentions my essay as a HelloGiggles staff favorite)

I Want to Be Visible”: A Queer #DisabledAndCute Photo Gallery,” Autostraddle

“I’m Not Done Living My Damn Life Yet”: Disabled Queer People Speak Out on the American Health Care Act,” Autostraddle

“We Are Not Burdens and We Don’t Deserve to Die”: A Disability Day of Mourning Roundtable,” Autostraddle

An Inspiring Interview With Editor, Writer, And Social Media Strategist, Alaina Leary,” The Odyssey

Doing Life and Work Alaina Leary Style,” Janice Beetle

Alaina Leary: Social Content Curator and Freelancer,” Dear English Major

12 ‘Harry Potter’ Grad Caps You’ll Be Jealous Of,” Buzzfeed

Dear Hope,” the success of a creative vision,” The Westfield Voice

Finding Healing,” Janice Beetle

Volunteer Alaina Leary Reflects: How HFL Helped Shape Her Career Pursuit,” Hope for Limpopo

When Your Rapist is a Woman,” Marie Claire


Bookbuilders of Boston Scholarship, March 2017

Distinguished Alumni, Westfield State University, April 2016

Dean’s Fellowship Award, Emerson College, 2015-17

Commonwealth Honors Scholarship, Westfield State University, 2015

Magna Cum Laude, Westfield State University, 2015

John and Celeste Loughman Scholarship, Westfield State University, 2014

Sigma Tau Delta, Westfield State University, 2014

English I Composition Contest First Place Winner, Fall 2011

Mayoral Citation for Community Book Publishing Project, 2007