Meet the Team

At Paperback Paris, we pride ourselves on teamwork. Meet the team of contributors, writers, and editors responsible for making the Paperback Paris book community as awesome as it is.

Paris Close, Editor-in-chief at Paperback Paris
Founder/Editor-in-chief, Paris Close
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Paris is a writer and editor, and the creator behind Paperback Paris. Michigander by accident, Paris earned his BA in English with a double minor in both writing and journalism from Aquinas College in 2014. Since then, he’s served as entertainment and lifestyle writer for websites like Crushable (currently Alloy), Elite Daily, Teen, PopCrush, Billboard and elsewhere. When Paris isn’t making his bank account bleed, he’s probably somewhere double-tapping his way through Andy Cohen’s Instagram.

Favorite books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

Social: You can follow Paris on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ParisSpeaking, or reach via e-mail.

Melissa Ratcliff, Staff Writer at Paperback Paris
Staff Writer, Melissa Ratcliff
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Melissa’s love for books started with Harry Potter when she was just 7-years-old. 18 years later, Melissa continues to collect books and still holds a special place in her heart for Harry Potter and the world of magic and fantasy. Her aspiration to become an editor led her to pursue a BA in English literature from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Pair that with a passion for learning and an interest in Japan (where she ended up following the path of translation as well), Melissa pursued a second degree in East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Japanese language, literature, and culture, with hopes of one day bringing more Japanese works to English-speaking audiences.

When Melissa isn’t reading a book, she can be found playing video games of all types or spending time with her two cats, Alice and Luca.

Favorite books: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling and The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

Social: You can follow Melissa on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads @Attackalysm.

Rachel Gonzalez, Author at Paperback Paris
Staff Writer, Rachel Gonzalez
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Rachel is a writer from Arizona who recently finished her BA at Northern Arizona University. Her four years in a mountain town got her a degree in English coupled with certificates in creative writing and literature and minors in journalism and anthropology. Her passions outside of reading and writing include RuPaul’s Drag Race, film, and fitness. She loves YA fiction and comedy and hopes to turn those two loves into a novel in the near future.

Favorite books: Looking for Alaska by John Green—actually, everything by John Green—Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

Leah Rodriguez, Contributing Writer at Paperback Paris
Contributing Writer, Leah Rodriguez
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Leah is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she majored in English, with minors in both journalism and history. She wrote for The Review and UDress magazine during her time there, though she spent most of her freedom lurking in the stacks at Morris Library, where she worked; getting paid to check books out to people with first dibs on new arrivals? You bet she was there. Since leaving the university, Leah still works (and reads) in her home state.

Favorite books: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and The Waves by Virginia Woolf.

Social: You can follow Leah on Twitter and Instagram @leahsreads and on her personal blog Leah’s Reads. 

Alicia LeBoeuf, Contributing Writer at Paperback Paris
Contributing Writer, Alicia LeBoeuf
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Alicia is a college student from Wisconsin who is proud to call herself an English major and communication minor. Her favorite thing to do is read, but when she’s not engrossed in a good book, you can find her working on her writing, exploring the outdoors, visiting coffeehouses, or spending time with friends and family. You can find more of Alicia’s writing on her blog, Wander the Mountains.

Favorite books: The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Affinity by Sarah Waters, and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

Social: You can follow Alicia on Twitter @amlxo22 and Instagram @alicialeboeuf.

Jessica Duffield, Contributing Writer at Paperback Paris
Contributing Writer, Jessica Duffield
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Jessica is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. She obviously loves to read all kinds of novels, but also enjoys watching sports as well (The Royals and the Chiefs are her favorite teams!) It should also be known that Jessica has an odd obsession with Jimmy Fallon, and runs her own blog called Jessica’s a Book Lover.

Favorite books: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah and the Selection series by Kiera Cass.

Social: You can follow Jessica on Twitter @jessduff101. 

Justine Goode, Contributing Writer at Paperback Paris
Contributing Writer, Justine Goode
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Justine is from Los Angeles, California and has never really wanted to do anything other than read and write. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 with a BA in English, and currently interns for the website Girls At Library (which you should probably check out, like, right now).

Favorite books: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris and Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Social: You can Justine on Twitter and Instagram at @social_justine.

Carliann Rittman, Contributing Writer at Paperback Paris
Contributing Writer, Carliann Rittman
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Carliann is originally from Ohio but currently attends NYU, where she studies media, culture, and communications and creative writing. She spends most of her time dancing around to Prince and David Bowie in oversized hoodies, but when she’s not doing that, she’s either reading or in a bookstore, probably excitedly getting lost in the aisles of The Strand. Her ideal life is one where she gets to read and freak out about the magic of words every day.

Favorite books:  I Love Dick by Chris Kraus, Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson (and everything else she’s ever written), The Andy Warhol Diaries edited by Pat Hackett.

Social: You can follow Carliann on Goodreads (which she obnoxiously brags is her “favorite form of social media”).

Meet Our Interns

Madison Troyer, Author at Paperback Paris
Book Contributor/Intern, Madison Troyer
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Maddie is an Idaho native-turned-Brooklyn dweller. In 2015 she completed her B.A. in Media, Culture and the Arts at The King’s College, and has worked as an entertainment and lifestyle writer for various outlets ever since. In her free time, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, chasing her next half marathon PR or playing endless rounds of dominoes with her boyfriend in Bed-Stuy.

Favorite books:  East of Eden by John Steinbeck, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides.

Social: You can follow Madison on Twitter @maddieshea7 and Instagram @maddietroyer.

Dulcie Yamanaka, Author at Paperback Paris
Book Contributor/Intern, Dulcie Yamanaka
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Dulcie is originally from the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii but currently lives in Los Angeles to achieve her bachelor’s degree in communication. She’s a book enthusiast and she enjoys reading books during her free time, and afterward, indulging in some really great books. She had started her own blog mid-year of 2017.

Favorite books:  Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Sula by Toni Morrison, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

Kashya Smith, Author at Paperback Paris
Book Contributor/Intern, Kashya Smith
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Kashya is a college student from the Eastern Shore (yeah, you’ve never heard of it) who plans to pursue a career in healthcare administration, specifically public relations. When not reading or writing, Kashya can be found in the kitchen baking borderline-edible “treats,” jamming to The Score’s latest single or on the couch catching up on her soaps — don’t judge! Her dreams for the future include owning a townhouse in New York — or maybe a condo in LA? — and discovering a way to eat copious amounts of ice cream without getting brain freeze.

Favorite books: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.


Book Contributor/Intern, Mallory Miller
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Mallory is currently enrolled at the University of North Texas, and is getting a degree in English literature with a minor in marketing. She hopes to pursue a career in publishing and writing after she graduates, and would love to start her own independent publishing company one day. When she isn’t reading for fun, she’s reading for school, which can be fun as well, of course! She is also a lover of cats, coffee, and conversation

Favorite books: Middlemarch by George Eliot, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, and On Writing Well by William Zinsser.

Previous Paperback Paris Team Members

Lena Gilmour, as Book Contributor/Intern

Errica Bailey, as Book Contributor/Intern

Julie Ciotola, as Book Contributor/Intern

Laura Chiu, as Book Contributor/Intern

Leith Tigges, as Book Contributor/Intern

Rebecca Sterkel, as Book Contributor/Intern

Want to write for Paperback Paris? Learn more about how you can join our team.

*Illustrations provided by Camie, reach her here and find her on Instagram @ohnoballoons.