About Mango Publishing

Mango Publishing is an innovative book publisher based in beautiful and diverse Miami. Our goal is to make books of the highest quality that explore new ideas and start conversations with our readers. Our books seek to stretch the boundaries of our culture and get ideas flowing in new directions. We take pride in publishing some of the freshest and most distinctive voices of our time.

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Our Mangos

Elina Diaz

Elina Diaz

Senior Designer

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.

Jessica Faroy

Jessica Faroy

Editorial-Marketing Analyst

Favorite Recent ReadA Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes
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

Associate Editor

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).

Alexandra Frazen

Alexandra Frazen

Editor

Favorite Recent ReadFailing Up by Leslie Odom Jr
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
Living In: Hawaii (mostly) and Portland, Oregon (sometimes)
Second Favorite Job: Pretending to be a DJ and making music playlists for the gym and yoga class.
Fun Fact: One time, Alex’s work got mentioned on the New York Times website—but she didn’t notice until three years later when she was bored, lonely, and Googling herself late at night.

Morena Guerrero

Morena Guerrero

Marketing-Publicity

Favorite Recent Read: The short story: The Man in the Black Suit by Stephen King
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Living In Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: A freelance Grant/Proposal writer
Fun Fact: Morena has an interest in horticulture and herbal medicine. She also likes to skate, watch anime, and play the tenor saxophone.

Debbie Hartung

Debbie Hartung

Events-Social Media

Favorite Recent Read :A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, NY
Living In New York, NY
Second Favorite Job: Working as a dog walker, which allowed her to connect deeply with animals and enjoy lots of fresh air!
Fun Fact: Debbie is an avid traveler, music lover, abstract painter and swimmer

Liz Hong

Liz Hong

Designer

Favorite Recent Read: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Living In: Miami, Florida
Second Favorite Job: Liz loves playing with fabrics/textiles. She is one of the founding members of fashion brand called EOEE.
Fun Fact: She loves spicy food and horror movies.

Shawn Hoult

Shawn Hoult

Audio-International Rights

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.

Mitchell Kaplan

Mitchell Kaplan

Editor at Large

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

Jane Kinney Denning

Jane Kinney Denning

Acquiring Editor

Favorite Recent Read: Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
Birthplace: Merrill, Wisconsin
Living In: Cornwall, NY
Second Favorite Job: Owning and operating a small vintage shop in Northern Manhattan.
Fun Fact: Jane is a world traveler and her adventures include hiking Krakatoa and swimming with the magical pink dolphins in the Peruvian Amazon.

Brenda Night

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

Designer

Favorite Recent ReadLife will be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler
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

Senior Designer

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

Editorial-Marketing Analyst

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!

Scott McKenney

Scott McKenney

Head 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.

Chris McKenney

Chris McKenney

President

Favorite Recent Read: The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey
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.

Mike the Poet

Mike the Poet

D.O.P.E. Publisher

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

Robin Miller

Robin Miller

Editorial Coordinator

Favorite Recent ReadThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
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

Head 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

Marketing Manager

Favorite Recent Read: Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat
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.

Yaddyra Peralta

Yaddyra Peralta

Associate Editor

Favorite Recent ReadDon’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
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: In 2015, she was published in the anthology, Eight Miami Poets (Jai Alai Books)

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.

Mary Rajkumar

Mary Rajkumar

Editorial Advisor

Favorite Recent ReadAn 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.

Giulia Scarnecchia

Giulia Scarnecchia

Senior Analyst

Favorite Recent ReadPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Birthplace: Teramo, Italy
Living In: Miami, Florida
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.

Julian Segal

Julian Segal

Events Coordinator

Favorite Recent ReadDo Not Sell at Any Price by Amanda Petrusich
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Living In: Emeryville, California
Second Favorite Job: Rare Book Buyer/Library Appraiser/LP Record Buyer.
Fun Fact: Julian loves Karaoke, thrift shopping, and garage sales.

Natasha Vera

Natasha Vera

Associate Editor

Favorite Recent ReadThe Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson
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: Miami, Florida
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

Managing Editor

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.

Nicole Young

Nicole Young

Acquisitions Editor

Favorite Recent Read: Becoming by Michelle Obama 
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Living In: Quebec, Ontario
Second Favorite Job: Clerk at a secondhand book store.
Fun Fact: Nicole has never been outside of North America (but hopes to change that soon!).

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