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Emma Kantor is a Brooklyn-based writer, comedian, and deputy children’s book editor at Publishers Weekly. Her essays and humor writing have been featured in The Belladonna, Electric Literature, Hey Alma, Literary Hub, Pigeon Pages, and Points in Case, among other outlets. Her interests include film; comedy (writing and performing); and Italian language and literature.

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Emma Kantor serves as Deputy Children’s Book Editor at Publishers Weekly, the trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers, and literary agents. Her main responsibilities include co-editing and producing Children’s Bookshelf—the twice-weekly e-newsletter dedicated to kids’ and young adult publishing news—and contributing features for the magazine, both online and in print.

Previously, as Publicity and Digital Content Manager at the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, she oversaw all PR and social media campaigns for the trade association and its literacy initiatives. 

She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, with a degree in English and Italian. She’s also a graduate of the Upright Citizen Brigade’s Advanced Study Improv program.

Emma’s essays and humor writing have been published both online and in print in The Belladonna, Electric Literature, Funny-ish, Greener Pastures, Hey Alma, Jane Austen’s Wastebasket, Literary Hub, Little Old Lady Comedy, Pigeon Pages, Points in Case, Slackjaw, Tears for Toons, the Airship (Black Balloon’s late lit blog), the Book Report Network, the Madison Journal of Literary Criticism, and the Journal of Italian Translation, among others. She has workshopped with Michele Filgate and Alisson Wood at Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop in Brooklyn, NY.