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The Writers & Editors for The US Review of Books

The US Review of Books cultivates professional book reviewing talent, which is one of the many reasons why the US Review is different than other on-line publications. Spread across the United States, each reviewer adds a unique voice, while writing to the strict guidelines beneath our publication masthead. Below you'll find information on many of our reviewers and editors.

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Michael Radon


Michael Radon started his professional writing career in 2010, and has been reviewing books with The U.S. Review of Books nearly the entire time in addition to reviewing electronics, crowdfunding projects, and music. He has participated in community writing events such as NaNoWriMo both individually and by helping out other local writers.


Donna A. Ford


Donna A. Ford has spent twenty-plus years in the corporate world as a technical writer. Ford’s own miracle call as a writer is given in Miracle of the Call, her third independently published book. Two of her books recommended by the U.S. Review of Books. Ford lives in New England and enjoys reading biographies and giving them to her nine grandchildren.

Joe Kilgore


Joe Kilgore's short stories have been published in magazines, creative journals, anthologies, and online literary publications. He is the author of four published novels, including the novel A Farmhouse in the Rain. Before turning to fiction, he had a long and successful career as a creative director with international advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Joe lives and writes on the outskirts of Austin, Texas with his wife, Claudia, an accomplished artist.

Barbara Scott


Barbara Bamberger Scott is a freelance writer, book reviewer, and author/co-author of several nonfiction books. She has lived, worked, and traveled in Botswana, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, India, England, and Spain. She has won several writing prizes, is a songwriter/musician, and writes articles for Since 2005, she has hosted an international writing competition, A Woman's Write, to highlight and reward the work of creative women.

Jordana Landsman


Jordana Landsman is an award-winning author, poet, reader, and working mom of three. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California and holds a Master’s Degree in English.

Michelle Jacobs


Michelle Jacobs is a librarian and a freelance writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in Linguistics, and a Master of Science in Education-Library Science. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers on topics ranging from parenting, travel, pop culture, and family. As a librarian, she spends a lot of time fostering a love of reading and recommending books to teenagers and adults.

Kat Kennedy


Kat Kennedy is a former teacher of English literature and composition. She works part-time as a freelance writer to pursue her photography and art hobbies. Her poetry has won numerous awards and her novella, Flamingo Funeral, was short-listed in the Faulkner Wisdom Competition. She writes about the South, music, and whatever happens to cross her mind on the blog, Tea Cakes and Whiskey. She lives in Mobile, AL with her husband, Randy and too many flying critters to count.



Gabriella Tutino holds a BA in Creative Writing and is a freelance writer. She has written book, comic, and movie reviews, and her articles have covered local NYC events, news, and cultural trends. She is currently working on short stories and her travel blog.


Carol Anderson


Carol Anderson, D.Min., ACSW, LMSW, is a semi-retired clinical social worker and retired Adjunct Professor of Social Work. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree (spirituality) and is the author of Where All Our Journeys End: Searching for the Beloved in Everyday Life, which has been praised for its depth of prose and beauty of poetry. A voracious reader, Carol also enjoys writing and is an Expert Author at Addiction Campuses, writing professional articles regarding addictions and mental health issues. She is also professionally and politically active in the GLBTQ community. Dr. Anderson is a Marquis Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who of America scholar

Dylan Ward


Dylan Ward holds a BA in Film and is a fiction writer and screenwriter. His writing includes short stories, screenplays, essays and reviews. He is currently at work on his first novel.

Yuliya Geikhman


Yuliya Geikhman is a freelance writer with a degree in English Education. Writing for over nine years, she's produced a (pretty terrible) fantasy book at the age of fifteen and much better articles about parenting, languages, and occasionally cats. A collection of her best writing can be found at her online portfolio.

Peter Fitzpatrick


Peter M. Fitzpatrick spent three years studying Theater at S.I.U., concentrating on playwriting and criticism until a major health crisis struck. He changed his major to Philosophy, receiving a B.A. from Bradley University—Phi Kappa Phi—in that discipline. Postgraduate work in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Illinois led to announcing for NPR. Love of words, concepts, and artistic expression has permeated it all. He has published poems and several short stories, and is now working on a longer form.

Mihir Shah


Mihir Shah has been a freelance writer since 2006, producing articles and book reviews for various publications on topics ranging from sports, world literature, and art history to cinema, fiction, and poetry. He holds a Master’s in Educational Counseling and has experience in web development, but in his free time, he is drawn to the written word and his novelist aspirations.

Brittany Smith


Brittany Smith holds a B.S in Communications and is pursuing a graduate degree. She has been a freelance writer in both the sports and academic realms. She's working on a sports comedy show pilot, as well as a work of fiction.


Sheelonee Banerjee


Sheelonee Banerjee is a freelance editor. She received her B.A and M.A. in English Literature, and her Copy Editing Certificate from UCSD. Previously, as the editor of Propel, Pulse, she worked on YA novels. Her book reviews have appeared in, and her poems have appeared in Slipstream Magazine, Spirit's Tincture Magazine, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Tallow Eider Quarterly, Blue Heron Review, Heart & Mind Zine Magazine, and other places. Her interests include reading, observing trends within the English Language, and supporting World Literature.

Priscilla Estes


Priscilla Estes has done medical editing, advertising copy, feature articles for magazines, and more. While living in Antwerp, Belgium, she covered the beer market as a journalist. She has also completed a fully developed manuscript. When she's not writing, Priscilla teaches yoga and leads yoga workshops, including Yoga for Writers and Yoga for Addictive Behaviors. Currently, she is writing 50 Day Hikes in New Jersey, under contract for the Appalachian Mountain Club (pub. date 2017). She loves cats, the mountains, working with others to diffuse important messages, and working for The U.S. Review of Books.

Jacquelyn Gilchrist


Toby Berry is a freelance writer and author of Northwest Flatwater Paddling guidebook. She earned her BS in biology at the Univ of Oregon, where she also studied technical writing and literature. She has been a professional laboratory genetic technologist and writer for decades. Her freelance work includes book reviews, as well as health, medical, and travel articles primarily for the Oregonian, Portland Business Journal, Canoe and Kayak magazine, and several travel and parenting publications. She lives with her spouse and dogs in the rural town of Boring, OR.


Maria Hughes


Maria Hughes has worked in the food industry as a quality improvement specialist and technical writer, spending much of her time writing training manuals, reports, and procedures. In her free time, Maria is an avid reader, fiction writer, and board game enthusiast. She has written book reviews for NetGalley and participates in the National Novel Writing Month Challenge every November.


Kathleen Heaney


Kathleen Heaney holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and is an aspiring Java developer, mom of two, marathon runner, hall of fame sales distributor, and freelance writer.

Eric McDowell


Eric McDowell has taught college-level composition and literature since 1992. He earned his MA in English from East Tennessee State University and his BA in English from the University of Tennessee. He is also a poet and fiction writer, and he has acted in numerous plays since he was a child.


Mark Heisey


Mark Heisey is a librarian in a rural town in Oklahoma. He has worked as an editor, English teacher, and selector for a state book award list. When he has time, he likes to read, play games, travel, and, occasionally, work with his hands. He holds a B.A. in literature.



elizabeth Creel


Elizabeth Creel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. She presently works in the healthcare industry but is also a freelance writer and reviewer, as well as an aspiring author. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, video games, and painting.






Deb Mavin, Managing Editor, US Review of Books


Deb Mavin (Managing Editor) has multiple degrees, including one in fine arts writing. Her many freelance publishing credits include several ghostwritten books. She is a diver, space enthusiast (how she first met the US Review's Senior Editor), and public activist. As the Managing Editor of The US Review of Books, she works to maintain both a broadening readership and the publication's consistently high standards.

John Roper


John E. Roper (Editor/Reviewer) first started writing professionally in the 1980s while earning his degree in English Literature. Although his work appeared mainly in newspapers such as the Daily Oklahoman and The Arizona Republic, he also wrote for a pioneering digital platform called Infoview. He then took a 20-year sabbatical to live, teach, and travel in Africa, Asia, and Europe. In 2008, he returned to the U.S. and freelancing, with his articles being published on,,, and many other websites. In the last few years, he has written almost exclusively for World Trade Press, and The U.S. Review of Books.

Christopher Klim, Senior Editor, US Review of Books


Max Durant (Web Editor) is an IT professional with fifteen years experience on various platforms. He can build a decent website faster than you can bake soufflé. He harasses the staff by saying that the proper pronunciation of WiFi is "We-Fee." An avid reader, he thinks creative writing is worthwhile at all costs. He joined The US Review of Books because he thinks it's cool that its Senior Editor had at one time submitted an astronaut application and can explain the insides of a radio. No one is immune to Max's scrutinous humor, which will eventually reach your doorstep. Among his favorite quotes is Flaubert's "To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost."

Christopher Klim, Senior Editor, US Review of Books


Christopher Klim (Senior Editor) once designed long-range satellites for the U.S. space program. He has advanced degrees in Physics, Computer Science, and an MFA in Fine Writing. He is the author of the story collection, True Surrealism, the novel Idiot!, and several other books. He was the Executive Editor of Best New Writing from 2007 to 2014 and currently serves as the Chair of the Eric Hoffer Book Award. He led the effort to restore Hoffer's books to print. At The US Review of Books, he hopes to expose readers to great new books, see that freelance writers get paid for their work, and provide all authors with access to professional reviews and cost-effective promotion.