About Word and Film
Word and Film is a website dedicated to keeping a literary eye on what’s entertaining the world on screens both big and small. We are a team comprised of avid readers, movie junkies, entertainment vets, and others who have one main thing in common: a love of discussing books being adapted into movies or television series. Founded in 2010 by Random House Inc., Word & Film features reviews, breaking news, exclusive interviews, round-ups, recommendations, author essays, contests, and more. To contact us at Word & Film, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Team
Kristin Fritz is an editor living in New York City. Most days she can be found out for a run, in downward dog, or at her desk at Penguin Random House.
Rachel Jacobs is an assistant editor at Penguin Random House -- a Los Angeles native, a New York transplant -- and would always rather be reading or watching movies. Follow Rachel @jacobsrachel.
Joe Muscolino spends half his time buried inside a book, the other half digging himself out. Narrative nonfiction is his bread and butter, and his reading sessions are empty without an open mind, a tumbler of whiskey, and a few healthy opinions. He works at Penguin Random House.
Galen Adair has been working on screenplays and short stories for over twelve years. Raised in the sleepy coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, he migrated to Portland after high school and is now working for Powell's Books. He owns several hundred movies and once cried in front of Piper Laurie.
Tom Blunt is the producer and host of "Meet the Lady," a recurring variety show that pays tribute to oft-overlooked women in cinema, part of the film program at New York's 92nd Street Y. His blog, Doom Cakes, has been profiled in The Guardian and Edible Geography. Tom has also written for New York Magazine, Hadassah, and the television channel AMC.
Jay A. Fernandez
Jay A. Fernandez has been a professional writer and journalist for seventeen years, writing mostly about books, movies, music, television, and art for a number of national magazines and newspapers. He worked on the editorial staffs of The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, and Indiewire and created and wrote a weekly column about the lives of Hollywood screenwriters that ran in The Los Angeles Times. As a freelancer, he has written for Time Out New York, Premiere, The Washington Post Book World, Entertainment Weekly, Savoy, Variety, USA Today, Los Angeles, LIFE, USA Weekend, ELLE, National Geographic KIDS, In Style, Seventeen, Boston Review, Columbia Journalism Review, Code, TV Guide, ACCESS DirecTV, and the Penguin Random House blog Word and Film.
Valerie Kalfrin is an award-winning journalist and longtime film and fiction fan. She's written for Ladies' Home Journal, Time Out New York, The Tampa Tribune and Poynter.org. A member of Screenwriters of Tomorrow, she created the short film “The Guardian” about a mini ninja and volunteers with the Sunscreen Film Festival, one of a handful nationwide to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Like the film industry itself, Kelley Kawano grew up in Culver City, the historic home of the major studios. A freelance writer and doctoral student, she specializes in British popular culture. Her favorite film is "A Hard Day's Night."
Nicholas LaRousse is a freelance writer from Long Island, New York. He holds a B.A. from Adelphi University where he studied English and Philosophy and he’s currently pursuing an M.F.A. from Stony Brook University where his focus is scriptwriting and filmmaking. During his time as an undergraduate, Nick worked as a writing tutor and an editor. In the summer of 2011, he was recognized with the Pakula Prize for Screenwriting at the Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference.
Tobin Mitnick is a New York-based actor. He will be featured in the upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Hollidaysburg," from producers Zachary Quinto and Chris Moore. He has written for several art publications, but mostly writes to amuse himself.
Dave Odegard is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. He has an MFA in creative writing, a tattoo in honor of Kurt Vonnegut, and a dog named after the Raymond Chandler protagonist private detective Phillip Marlowe. You can stalk him online at DaveOdegard.com.
Tony Phillips is a freelance journalist living in New York City. After completing a prestigious Goldring Fellowship at Syracuse's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in the summer of 2009, he returned to Manhattan and kicked off the summer of 2010 by publishing his controversial “Jersey Shore” cover story in The Village Voice. He spent the summer of 2011 on the Mediterranean, on assignment writing a travel feature that explored Spain's sunny Costa Dorada. Tony is currently shopping his first book proposal.
Katie Robbins is a journalist and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, Saveur, Psychology Today, the Atlantic online, and LA Weekly, among others. As a documentary and television news producer, she has covered a range of public policy issues for outlets including PBS NewsHour, ABC News, and Discovery.
A former labor organizer, Lisa Rosman has reviewed film for such outlets as Time Out New York, Salon, Us Magazine, Flavorwire, LA Weekly, RogerEbert.com, and CBS News. She appears weekly on the NY1 film review show Talking Pictures and writes on film, feminism, and eavesdropping for SignsandSirens.com. Most notably, she once served as an assistant for Elmo on Sesame Street.