About Mango Publishing

Mango Publishing™ is an independent book publisher based in beautiful Miami. We publish high-quality non-fiction books from fresh and distinct voices, in the hope of sparking new ideas with readers. We take pride in our forward-thinking ambition, our diversity as a team, and our strong emphasis on technology and innovation. Our goal is to be at the forefront of publishing and connect with readers around the world. Explore our catalog.

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Our Mangos

Kim Balacuit

Kim Balacuit

Designer

Favorite Recent Read:The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Birthplace: Rutherford, NJ
Living In: Clifton, NJ
Second Favorite Job: Designing for Elmo, Big Bird, and the gang at Sesame Street!
Fun Fact: Kim had a short stint working as a commercial model in NY (mostly for fun).

Krishna Bhat

Krishna Bhat

Sales and Events

Favorite Recent Read: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Birthplace: Kent, England
Living In: Portland, Oregon
Second Favorite Job: Being a kids art teacher.
Fun Fact: Krishna has a vast Vinyl collection which goes back 45 years or so), and he is an artist and illustrator.

Shelby Bradford

Shelby Bradford

Sales and Marketing Assistant

Favorite Recent Read: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Living In: Newcastle, Washington
Second Favorite Job: Dance teacher- Shelby taught beginning level jazz to elementary school students 
Fun Fact: Shelby’s favorite animal is a sloth!

Elina Diaz

Elina Diaz

Art Director

Favorite Recent Read: You Don’t Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Working as the receptionist at the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables.
Fun Fact: Her personal work has been displayed in Times Square twice.

Geena El-Haj

Geena El-Haj

Publicity and International Coordinator

Favorite Recent ReadThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Being a writing tutor at Florida International University
Fun Fact: Geena used to spend her summers in the Middle East visiting family, and she still tries to go as often as she can!

Jessica Faroy

Jessica Faroy

Associate Editor

Favorite Recent ReadSavage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Working as a bartender in Miami.
Fun Fact: Jessica’s idols include Federico García Lorca, James Baldwin, and Bad Bunny.

MJ Fievre

MJ Fievre

Director of Global Editions and Juvenile Publishing

Favorite Recent Read: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Living In: Miramar, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Working as a program and marketing coordinator for the Miami Book Fair.
Fun Fact: MJ loves Bob´s Burgers, merkitties and Animal Crossing (Nintendo DS).

Carmen Fortunato

Carmen Fortunato

Designer

Favorite Recent Read: The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
Birthplace: Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
Living In: Hollywood, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Working at a theatre with teenagers in after school programs.
Fun Fact: Carmen participated as an actress at the Joseph Papp Festival de Teatro Latino. 

Shawn Hoult

Shawn Hoult

Director of International Rights and Audio

Favorite Recent Read: Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Living In: London, England 
Second Favorite Job: Working as a journalist and photographer. Another gig where Shawn got to hunt down amazing stories and meet inspiring people. 
Fun Fact: Shawn has performed comedy around the world including stops in New York, Auckland, Amsterdam, Vancouver, and London.

Minerve Jean

Minerve Jean

Marketing Manager

Favorite Recent Read: Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Blogging on her own website.
Fun Fact: She´s a BIG avocado fan.

Brenda Knight

Brenda Knight

Associate Publisher

Favorite Recent ReadThe Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Birthplace: Gallipolis, Ohio
Living In San Francisco Bay Area, California
Second Favorite Job: Working at her aunt’s nursery, instilling in her a deep love of gardening.
Fun Fact: Brenda is also a poet and went on tour to Europe with Lawrence Feringhetti and opened for him.

Jermaine Lau

Jermaine Lau

Social Media Lead

Favorite Recent ReadCrying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Birthplace: Singapore, Singapore
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Working alongside dolphins and whales in Albufeira as a student research assistant for AIMM Portugal.
Fun Fact: She is a Thai food aficionado and self-proclaimed spice queen.

Morgane Leoni

Morgane Leoni

Art Director

Favorite Recent Read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Birthplace: Paris, France
Living In: Los Angeles, California
Second Favorite Job: Working as a graphic designer in a design agency in Paris.
Fun Fact: Morgane loves to travel and eat, and wishes she had a dog, or two.

Christina McCall

Christina McCall

Data Analytics Manager

Favorite Recent Read: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Birthplace: Irvine, California
Living In: Herndon, Virginia
Second Favorite Job: Working as a merchandise hostess at the Emporium, in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Fun Fact: Christina loves experimenting with crazy hair colors and her favorite so far has been ocean blue.

Lisa McGuinness

Lisa McGuinness

Creative Director

Favorite Recent Read: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen
Birthplace: Oakland, California
Living In: Walnut Creek, California
Second Favorite Job: Working as a wedding florist
Fun Fact: Lisa is a tennis fiend, and loves to both watch it and play it!

Chris McKenney

Chris McKenney

President

Favorite Recent Read: Open by Johan Norberg
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Working with all the good people and publishers of Publishers Group West (PGW) as Chief Operating Officer.
Fun Fact: Chris and his wife, Editor Mary Rajkumar, have traveled to over seventy countries, many with their two kids.

Scott McKenney

Scott McKenney

Director of Analytics

Favorite Recent ReadThe Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Birthplace: Auburndale, Massachusetts
Living In: Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Second Favorite Job: Bonding with his Golden Retriever, Fiona. Oh, and Scott was a career officer at the CIA.
Fun Fact: Scott is happy to have flunked retirement and to now be working at Mango.

Robin Miller

Robin Miller

Managing Editor

Favorite Recent ReadThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job Teaching waterskiing at a resort in northern Michigan.
Fun Fact: Do not ask Robin about her cat unless you are prepared to see a LOT of photos.

Roberto Nuñez

Roberto Nuñez

Director of Design

Favorite Recent ReadReady Player One by Ernest Cline
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Living In: Quito, Ecuador
Second Favorite Job: User Interface and User Experience Design, as well as Online Marketing on personal projects.
Fun Fact: Roberto loves vertigo and has jumped from a bridge four times. Parachuting is the next on his list!

Hannah Jorstad Paulsen

Hannah Jorstad Paulsen

Director of Marketing

Favorite Recent Read: Humankind by Rutger Bregman
Birthplace: Tromsø, Norway
Living In: Oslo, Norway
Second Favorite Job: Hannah worked at Marvelous Norway, a media company, as a community manager.
Fun Fact: Hannah loves to hang out with animals and her hobbies include knitting, crocheting and playing the ukulele.

Nathaniel Parker

Nathaniel Parker

Editorial and International Assistant

Favorite Recent Read: Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
Birthplace: Harlem, New York
Living In: Boca Raton, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Making and delivering pizza that brought smiles and full bellies to many.
Fun Fact: Nate plays the piano and electric guitar.

Yaddyra Peralta

Yaddyra Peralta

Director of Developmental Editing

Favorite Recent ReadOrdinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz
Birthplace: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Living In: Little Haiti, Miami
Second Favorite Job: Visiting Poet at Emerson Elementary School for O,Miami Poetry Festival’s Sunroom project.
Fun Fact: Yaddyra once spent a summer in the Amazon rainforest.

Alina Perrin

Alina Perrin

Rights-Accounts Coordinator

Favorite Recent ReadThe Charioteer by Mary Renault
Birthplace: Cebu City, Philippines
Living In: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Working as an Administrative Assistant at FAU’s Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Fun Fact: One of Alina´s hobbies is cosplay and she has a twin sister.

Nehemie Pierre

Nehemie Pierre

Editorial Research Assistant

Favorite Recent Read: Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Running after cute chubby two-year olds during college.
Fun Fact: Nehemie’s first flight in life was a 48-hour flight to Mumbai, India.

Haley Podey

Haley Pody

Editorial-Marketing Analyst

Favorite Recent Read: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Living In: Alabama
Second Favorite Job: Search Quality Rater at Sykes.
Fun Fact: Haley refused to read fiction books on her own time from the ages of 6-8, until she discovered the historical fiction genre, which sparked her love for fiction once again.

Jasmine Respess

Jasmine Respess

Editorial Coordinator

Favorite Recent Read: Navigate Your Stars by Jesmyn Ward
Birthplace: Cape Canaveral, Florida
Living In: Coral Gables, Florida
Second Favorite Job
Working as a journalist and running an open mic website, Moon Mic.
Fun Fact: Jasmine is currently learning to skateboard, surfboard, and rollerblade.

Giulia Scarnecchia

Giulia Scarnecchia

Director of Finance

Favorite Recent ReadFactfulness by Hans Rosling
Birthplace: Teramo, Italy
Living In: Bologna, Italy
Second Favorite Job: Administrative coordinator for Teramo Triathlon Team, a sport association in Italy.
Fun Fact: As a true Italian, Giulia loves cooking and baking, but balances it out with her love of sports.

Natasha Vera

Natasha Vera

Associate Editor

Favorite Recent ReadThe Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Living In: Coral Gables, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Working at a bookstore!
Fun Fact: She is a singer and songwriter.

Laura Victor

Laura Victor

Marketing Analyst

Favorite Recent Read: The Life Before Us by Romain Gary
Birthplace: Paris, France
Living In: Paris, France
Second Favorite Job: Event coordinator for a Non-Governmental Organization fighting against poverty.
Fun Fact: Laura likes to paint, and she is really proud of her painting of Salvador Dali.

Hugo Villabona

Hugo Villabona

Director of Publishing Operations

Favorite Recent Read: Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Fact checking for Mental Floss.
Fun Fact: Hugo has seen every Simpsons episode. Ever.

Ronchon Villaester

Ronchon Villaester

Designer

Favorite Recent Read: Ironically, he doesn’t read many books. He does love reading memes and Facebook posts, though!
Birthplace: Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Living In: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Second Favorite Job: Designing book interiors and covers.
Fun Fact: Ronchon is a very good dancer! He used to compete professionally in ballroom dancing when he was younger.

Mary Rajkumar

Mary Rajkumar

Editorial Advisor

Favorite Recent Read:An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Birthplace: Singapore
Living In: Miami, Florida
Fun Fact: If she wasn’t an editor, Mary would probably be a pianist in a jazz bar.

Mitchell Kaplan

Mitchell Kaplan

Editor-at-Large, Books & Books

Favorite Recent Read: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Birthplace: Miami, Fleorida
Living In: Miami, Florida
Fun Fact: Mitchell is a co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International.

Mike the Poet

Mike the Poet

Publisher, D.O.P.E.

Favorite Recent Read: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Living In: Citizen of the world
Second Favorite Job: Performing poetry.
Fun Fact: Mike is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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