Contributors + Guests


Years ago, I decided that I would kick off a blogging endeavor all by myself. I started this website on my own and for a long time was the sole contributor to it and its sole editor. That was taxing, I won't lie, when I was trying to review Community but also passionate about other television shows and topics as well. That's when I decided that the goal for Just About Write was to become a place that embraced people like me and writers like me -- those who thought about and watched television critically, who analyzed scenes and cared passionately about character development. I've never wanted this website to be just about me, because -- as you might have surmised from the title -- it's always been just about writing.

I've been blessed with some pretty fantastic contributors and guest posters at this site, and this is the place where you can locate them all (like they're Pokemon)! This list will surely be updated as the website grows and expands to include fandoms from all across the television and Internet, so check back frequently for updates.
        


"We create because we were made to create, having been made in the image of God, whose first role was Creator. ... We were made to be the things he is: forgivers, redeemers, second chance-givers, truth-tellers, hope-bringers. And we were certainly, absolutely, made to be creators." — Shauna Niequist

That about sums Jenn up. (Oh, and the other stuff? She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, and a minor in Mass Communication. Jenn has been running Just About Write since it was a tiny little blog in 2011 with only one fan. And when she's not writing about television or pop culture, she is probably running, volunteering, or sitting on her porch in Florida, sipping an iced caramel macchiato and reading a good book. ... Either that, or watching Netflix. Probably Netflix.)

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RAE



Rae found TV late in life but she is making up for lost time. She loves genre, horror, superheroes, and all things romantic. She went to journalism school at the University of Missouri and then moved to New York where she found work as an editor. She returned to the Midwest last year and now lives and edits in Chicago. Rae joined the team in 2015 as a contributing reviewer of NBC's Hannibal and Netflix's Orange is the New Black! Also, be sure to subscribe to her newsletter!

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Jaime has been with Just About Write unofficially since it first began in 2011 and has been Jenn's biggest supporter since then. In the past, Jaime has been a guest poster, discussing television shows like Community and Hannibal, as well as characters like Ben Wyatt. In 2015, Jaime became a full-time contributor for Just About Write as she reviewed the final season of NBC's Parks and Recreation. She also contributes, when she can, to the TV MVP and Summer Lovin' series, as well as a series called Frenemies Talk Film that she and Chelsea host.

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DEBORAH



Deborah and Jenn met through Community, so it only seemed appropriate that she would bring her on to be a co-reviewer of the Yahoo! series' sixth season. In addition to writing about Community, Deborah contributed to the Strong Women Series, occasionally writes Once Upon A Time reviews, and will become a full-time reviewer next season for Sleepy Hollow. Deb also lives in Florida, a few hours away from Jenn, so they lament the summer together.

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CHELSEA



Chelsea and Jenn became friends an estimated ten billion years ago, thanks to the wonderful world of Twitter. When they're not talking about film or television or work, they're usually talking about food. Probably cheese. Chelsea is a film student/producer and College Arts Emmy nominee for Show-Me-Chefs. She's a feminist who loves television, web series, and movies. Chelsea is also the one who promoted the widespread use of the hashtag #LadiesSupportingLadies. Basically she's awesome and Jaime's greatest (fr)enemy and they occasionally talk about film together in their series Frenemies Talk Film.

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Anne was Just About Write's first weekly contributor, writing reviews of The Mindy Project and helping Jenn build the site around more than just a handful of shows. Since then, Anne's branched out to include writing about You're the Worst, Selfie, and Jane the Virgin. She continues to write for the website, adding her thoughtful and intelligent commentary to her reviews.

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DEENA



Deena and Jenn have been Twitter pals for a while, bonding over shows that no one else seems to watch on their timelines (The Crazy Ones and Gracepoint, represent!) Deena has such a passion for engaging and well-written television shows with great characters and is a talented writer herself. She joined the team in 2015 as a contributor writing weekly reviews of the long-running CW hit series Supernatural. Keep an eye out for her reviews and more non-review pieces in the future and be sure to welcome her to the site!

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CONNIE



A frequenter in the comments section for Arrow reviews, Connie brings her intelligence regarding screenwriting and film to the team as a contributor to the TV MVP series. Her knowledge and in-depth discussions/analyses of characterization and plot make her an excellent addition to the team. You can check out where else Connie writes around the web by following her own site or checking out her recaps at sites like The Nerds of Color.

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LAURA



Laura and Jenn bonded over their love of all things Community and Joel McHale. Beyond that, though, Laura shares a passion for television and good writing on sitcoms and dramas alike. She's a frequent live-tweeter and not only understands what makes good television, but what makes good writing. You can find her reviews and articles at TVOvermind and her thoughts about TV MVPs and reviews of The 100 here!

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JEN



Jen is Jenn's name twin, TV guru, and soul sister (we're still convinced we were separated at birth).  You most likely know her as the mama bear of the Arrow/Olicity fandom. On a personal note, Jen is one of the most selfless and sweet people. On a professional note, she understands and can write about symbolism and meaning in literature and television like no one else. Jenn is thrilled to have her along as a contributor for our TV MVP and Summer Lovin' series, as well as just around the site in general. Be sure to check out all of her Arrow analyses and reviews at her Tumblr, too!

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LIZZIE



Lawyer. Writer. Columnist. Geek. Falls in love with fictional characters. Grew up watching The X-Files, but now can't stand to watch horror movies. Can always be found with a book. Hates the color yellow. Once, she ate a whole tub of coffee ice cream. She does not regret it.

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MEGAN



Megan is an aspiring author from the Chicago area. She watches too much TV, participates in frequent solo dance parties and has a book constantly at the ready for whenever opportunity strikes. She like boy bands and indie movies and think Andy Cohen could be her future bestie. She joined the team in 2015 as the official recapper of Pretty Little Liars! You can find her other musings at HelloGiggles or Elite Daily.

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HOPE



Hope is an English/Creative Writing student with a firm belief that watching TV isn't procrastinating, it's studying for her dream job. Her eclectic tastes include police dramas, superhero shows, historical fiction/period pieces, and sci-fi -- but extend to any show with amazing writing and a focus on compellingly human characters. As a TV fan who started out in the close-knit Flashpoint fandom, she writes about television to pay it forward. And geek out. You can find her at her desk, juggling novels and short stories. Hope joined us in 2015 as the official reviewer of Rookie Blue's sixth season.

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MADDIE



Maddie is a twenty-something Texifornian fangirl perpetually seeking ice cream, pink lipstick, and wifi. Her passion for television and the amazing stories told through the medium has previously led to writing for Collide magazine and hosting In The Loop, a weekly half-hour radio program on all things pop culture. Her current obsessions are comic-book adaptation TV, music industry soaps, and comedies that highlight how hilarious and heartwarming family is.

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MEREDITH



Meredith is first and foremost mommy to a rambunctious, clever, devious toddler. She is also an avid TV and movie viewer and analyzer. Since becoming involved in the online side of fandom life, Mer has made amazing friends, expanded her TV show repertoire, and dabbled in various writing adventures. She loves sharing her thoughts with others - whether they want to hear them or not! She believes in the power of the written word, and loves to use writing as a way to inspire emotion and reaction in her readers.

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MELANIE



Melanie is a Philly native and a storytelling enthusiast, from working on creative writing submissions to digesting as much TV, film, and music as possible. She serves as the entertainment, music, and current events editor at Concrete Empire as well as a contributing entertainment blogger at BlvckPrint. She's a horror buff, a lover of online content shows, a Bandcamp addict, and an avid bookworm (mixed with some obsessions with Broadway shows and classic literature as well). She's also a hummus aficionado and blows up Instagram with vegetarian recipes.

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ISABELLA



Isabella is a college student in California just trying to make it in a world where there are too many good TV shows and films to watch and too little time to watch them. If she’s not catching up on everything in her DVR, then she’s probably doing schoolwork like writing and producing short films. In her spare time, she likes to edit fan videos and you might know her from the Danny/Mindy & Harry/Sally video she made that Mindy Kaling saw. And above all else, she loves to cathartically cry over her favorite characters and the couples she’s been rooting for. You can also find her writing at Popinsomniacs.


ALISA



Alisa spends her days fundraising for a local non-profit, her nights watching an extraordinary amount of television, and her weekends reading, writing, and editing. She was born, raised, and still lives in southwest Michigan, just minutes from the Lake Michigan shoreline. She grew up watching Star Trek and every superhero movie ever made with her dad. She has two 70-lb. rescue dogs and two much smaller rescue cats. She has been hopelessly in love with Clark Kent since the age of nine.

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MARILYN



Marilyn is older than she acts but she likes to think that is because she's young at heart. She loves television, especially when the show features characters she can fall in love with. Ever since she was seven years old, Marilyn has wanted to be a writer. She attributes this to a love of good stories and desire to share them with the world. As she's waiting to sell the next great American novel, she writes about television.

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JEN W.



Jen originally hails from Brooklyn, New York, but is currently languishing in the perpetual heat of Florida. She’s a musical theatre addict and a Thai food aficionado. She is currently a not-so-starving artist, but for the purposes of this bio, let’s say she is.

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JULIA



Julia Siegel is a hard-working student who wants to make it big in the entertainment industry as a film critic. She is currently a staff writer for her University's newsapaper, The Montclarion, on the entertainment desk and is an entertainment correspondent for WMSC, the campus radio station. She writes 1-2 critiques per week for The Montclarion and has a weekly program on WMSC to discuss the latest film releases. Julia is seeking new opportunities to have more of her work published! Previously, Julia was a guest contributor to Just About Write and is now a full-time contributor!

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JON



Jon is a recent 22 year-old college graduate born, raised, and currently living in New Jersey. A lover of movies from the moment he could walk, Jon loves watching  giving his opinions of movies, whether they are good or bad. Some of his favorite films include The Lord of the RingsBack to the FutureThe Breakfast ClubGoodfellas, and The Room (which he considers the greatest worst movie of all time). In addition to writing for Just About Write, Jon also runs a film blog entitled For The Love of Film! Previously, Jon was a guest contributor for Just About Write and is now a full-time contributor!

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ERIN



Erin is a former script supervisor for film and television who has switched gears into being a feminist mother of one (also feminist) boy. She studied film with an emphasis on screenwriting after realizing from watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air bloopers that there were many jobs behind the scenes. Much of her life is spent in front of a screen, watching TV and movies, and fangirling online. Previously, Erin was a guest contributor for Just About Write before moving to full-time status.


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BIBI



Bibi is a passionate healthcare professional by day and an even more passionate writer by night. She has been creating short stories and manuscripts since she learned how to write. She is currently based in New York City, and focused on diving further into television and film reviews and guest contributions. She is also currently writing short film and TV concepts, and would eventually like to work with an amazing team of writers and producers to start developing additional quality programming and scripts in the industry. She is a fan of Arrow, The Flash, Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Happy Endings, The Mindy Project, and the list goes on...

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AMIR



A recent college graduate hailing from New Jersey, Amir is not only an avid lover in film and television, but is a good balance of geek aesthetic and arthouse chic. A hopeful film-maker, he enjoys writing films as much as he does writing about films, and occasionally enjoys the daily heated argument over why DC is better than Marvel. He cries every time he watches When Harry Met Sally, gets excited whenever he sees the opening scrawl of Star Wars, and enjoys recommending the best foreign films within the Criterion Collection.

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YASMINE



Yasmine loves TV shows. Actually, she loves a good story however she can get it, but give her a good TV show, and she will dive in and not resurface except for drink and food (mostly something with chocolate in it). If she finds the right one, she will not be able to shut up about it, whether discussing the latest episode or speculating the upcoming ones, tearing storylines apart, and analyzing characters, structure, plot. Anything, really, as long as it is about her favorite show. Sometimes she can get a little overprotective of her favorite characters but it’s only because she loves them a little too much.

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JENNIFER IACOPELLI



Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave... ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery, and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-butt girls before it was "cool" for girls to be kick-butt. Jennifer got a Bachelor's degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master's in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.

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REBECCA



Rebecca Clark is a recent college graduate who studied English literature, professional writing, and creative writing. She hopes one day to become a book editor and publish a short story collection.

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PATTI



Patti loves television more than more things on this earth, and if she could make a full-time living talking/tweeting/writing about it, she would. However, she chose the much easier path of being an actress. Between performing in Broadway musicals (Wicked, Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu) and on television (Chicago Med, Royal Pains), Patti has perfected the art of rejection by spending her time volunteering with rescue animals, reading books at a record-breaking pace and (yup, you guessed it) watching television. She considers herself an expert on all things Bachelor, and there's nothing you can say to change her mind. Despite the above information, Patti holds a BFA from Syracuse University and graduated Summa Cum Laude about 70 years ago. Also, she loves her husband and her dogs.

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ILENE



Ilene is a baby lawyer who just graduated from law school with a focus in Intellectual Property and Internet Law. She spends the majority of her spare time hanging out inside the shipper trash can, where she enjoys drowning in feels and making unhealthy investments in fictional characters' relationships.

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NORA



Nora is obsessed with pop culture, but talking about TV is her favorite. She is originally from Chicago but is currently perfecting her Australian accent in Perth. Her current favorite shows include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead, and black-ish. She is a sucker for TV shows with forbidden love, bad boys and of course, a Big Bad. Nora may also be the only person on the planet who loves Fear the Walking Dead.

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STEPHANIE



Stephanie is a communications professional who was born and raised in Southern California. Fandom has always been a part of her life but it wasn't until she finally caved and jumped into the black hole known as Tumblr that she discovered how much fun fandom could be. She enjoys writing, reading, and making shippy, indulgent GIF sets, particularly for Doctor Who.

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JESSENIKA



Jessenika is a Communications major who will receive her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the College of New Rochelle next spring. Her career ambitions are to become an entertainment journalist so that she may be able to chat with her favorite actors and actresses. She is a major geek and lover of many things, the top two being superheroes and The Walking Dead, not always in that order.

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KELLY



Kelly Anne Doran is a writer, actor, and connoisseur of pop music. She has a degree in Drama from UC Irvine, which means she sometimes got to watch TV and call it homework. She loves rom coms, tv shows created by Mike Scur, and Carly Rae Jepsen. One time she cried listening to a Carly Rae Jepsen album. Okay, more than just one time.


ERIKA



Erika Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of 4 Your Excitement. Erika has been nurturing her passion for the written word for years, having works published while still in high school, fueling her love for writing. She currently has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and works in telecommunications as a workforce management analyst. You can find her on Twitter with her daily musings on everything pop culture. Some of her favorite topics to cover include Tom Hiddleston, Orphan Black, and all things Marvel.

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ASHVINI



As a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ashvini studies Media Communication with a focus on television. She lives in Champaign, IL but is a southern native. This summer she will be a production intern in D.C. Her days are often filled with writing and producing media content both academically and individually. Ashvini has a great passion for watching television critically and focuses on diversity and representation in the ever-changing media landscape. Her current TV favorites are Master of None and Sense8. She’s always open to new opinions and welcomes lively discussion. You can also follow her on Tumblr!

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KATIE

Katie was our weekly recapper of Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately, she could not stick around with us as school got in the way of her contributing time (it does that so often). We hope eventually to see Katie return to the site, where she's always welcome!

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ASHLEY



Check out Ashley's post about the strong women of Parenthood as her guest contribution to the Strong Women Series! Ashley also runs Tell-Tale TV where Jenn contributed weekly by providing reviews of The Blacklist.

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ALICE



Alice Walker is a TV junkie looking for her next fix. Writer, reviewer and fangirl, she really does want to hear all your thoughts and feelings about television. If being way too emotionally invested in fictional characters is wrong... then she doesn't want to be right. You can find her on Instagram, too!

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LYNNIE



Lynnie Purcell is an avid believer in the idea that Han Solo shot first, Slimer is entitled to his healthy appetite, and that Tom Hanks, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg straight up own her childhood - and potentially her soul. She is a lover of good stories, passionate people, and writing that can transcend expectations and boundaries. You can find her books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, I-Tunes, and more. Check out her website, too!

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