About Us

✎ Edit page component "about-page-top"Literati is the brainchild of Jessica Ewing and Kelly Carroll. As best friends and co-founders, they are deeply involved in every aspect of Literati, from curation to accounting (though no surprise which of the two they prefer).
✎ Edit team member "Jessica Ewing"
Jessica Ewing

Jessica Ewing, Chief Executive Officer

Jessica holds a B.S in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, and previously served as a Senior Executive at Google, developing consumer products. She was featured in Fast Company Magazine as one of Google's "12 Most Innovative Minds." She holds 4 patents in Consumer Product Design, and led the development of iGoogle, the Google Personalized Homepage (the little dashboard where you could add all the widgets). Jess is also a creative writer, naturalist, and lecturer. She believes the best way to learn is to follow whatever passion arises organically, which informs the product design of Literati.

✎ Edit team member "Kelly Carroll"
Kelly Carroll

Kelly Carroll, Creative Director

Kelly is a writer, book artist and mother. While completing an MFA in Fiction at Brown University, she pursued interdisciplinary coursework in book arts at Rhode Island School of Design. During her undergraduate at Columbia University, she earned a B.A. in English & Comparative Literature and a Creative Writing Concentration in Poetry. As a mother, Kelly wants to ensure that her young son (a charter member of Club Neo) has a lifelong relationship to the alchemical space wherein literature, art and the book unite. Her favorite childhood books were Miss Rumphius and the Childcraft Encyclopedias. Lately, she hasn't stopped swooning over A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers.
✎ Edit team member "Charlie DeTar"
Charlie DeTar

Charlie DeTar, Tech Lead

Charlie received his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, and also earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Berkeley – tech with depth! Charlie spends as much time in nature as he does in front of a computer screen; those who know him recognize the soul of a poet (and the words to match). A favorite memory from childhood is listening, over and over again, to cassette tapes of his grandparents reading Winnie the Pooh for their grandkids – "wonderful, hilarious, most memorable when they cracked up at the jokes in the story." For Charlie, love and literature naturally go together.
✎ Edit team member "Cynthia Alexander"
Cynthia Alexander

Cynthia Alexander, Director of Operations

Cindy is a mother of three, a grandmother of six as well as a former operating room nurse. Here at Literati, she makes sure all the trains run on time. She is truly a "woman who runs with the wolves." She's courageous, deeply spiritual, endlessly creative, and a lover of nature and family. She lives to celebrate life and serve others.
✎ Edit team member "Hali Barbeau"
Hali Barbeau

Hali Barbeau, Curator

Hali has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with the written word – a love she made sure to pass on when she interrupted a career in law and finance to spend twelve years raising her sons (now 12 and 14). For her, the "most perfect thing in the world was being curled up with the boys nestled on either side of me while I read them a story." And she kept reading, volunteering every Thursday at the local library, coming in once a week to read to her sons' classes, teaching Sunday School the last ten years (Pre-K and Kindergarten), and reading every week to children through Head Start. Hali has more direct experience of the world of children's literature than the rest of the team combined. She lives with her husband and sons in a little red house that could have been taken out of the pages of one of her favorite childhood books, Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House.
✎ Edit team member "Eve Panzer"
Eve Panzer

Eve Panzer, Curator

Eve is a children’s librarian and a local children’s book business owner in Austin, Texas. Her passion for children’s books began 3 decades ago, when she became a mother. She used her librarianship skills to research and select the highest quality books for her children as well as for the K-8 school where she worked as librarian. Her students and children all became avid bookworms. In 2007 she started Barefoot Librarian, a book business running book fairs for schools. Her book fairs offered schools an alternative to more commercialized book fairs by including exceptional diverse multicultural books with rich language, engaging art work and universal messages. Often these books come from small independent publishers whose well researched and crafted books would get overshadowed by titles from the big publishing houses. Eve is currently focusing on curating extraordinary books lists for librarians and educators, largely from the International Baccalaureate and Montessori programs. Eve earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas in Austin.
✎ Edit team member "Tisha Aragaki"
Tisha Aragaki

Tisha Aragaki, Curator

Tisha is the Head of the Edna Allyn Room for Children at the Hawaii State Library. She and her staff advise the Hawaii State Public Library system's employees in children's services throughout the state's 50 libraries. She adores children's narrative nonfiction, especially in the sciences and geography, and and enjoys spreading appreciation of the genre whenever she can. Tisha is also very passionate about the people and environment around the world and has spent time studying and working Egypt, Mongolia and Peru. She has a particular affinity for the Peruvian Amazon, where she volunteers time and support to her favorite programs in the region which also include a wonderful, little rural library, where she is thrilled that she gets to continue spreading her love of education and information to young, impressionable minds.  

✎ Edit team member "Gaby Brabazon"
Gaby Brabazon

Gaby Brabazon, Curator & Blogger

Gaby is a writer, illustrator, and Montessori teacher living in the Boston area. She has been a voracious reader from a young age, when she was drawn into the literary world by the magic of Peter Pan. Since then, she has fallen into books of all genres but is especially taken by ghost stories, science fiction, magical realism, and history. Her most likely impulse buy is a gorgeously illustrated picture book (most recently, Home by Carson Ellis). Gaby holds a BFA in illustration and art history and an MFA in creative writing (Writing for Young People), both from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. 

✎ Edit team member "Angelina Hawley-Dolan"
Angelina Hawley-Dolan

Angelina Hawley-Dolan, Curator

Angelina is a researcher and Montessori preschool teacher in Boston, M.A. Currently she is co-founder and a Head of School at Aster Montessori in Cambridge MA, a school in the Wildflower Network founded by Sep Kamvar and the MIT Media Lab. She received her P.h.D. in Developmental Psychology from Boston College. Her research focuses primarily on art and morality and has been published in leading developmental journals such as Psychological Science, PLoS One, and Cognition. Angelina is also a certified Yoga instructor and teacher trainer in the Boston area. Coming from a family of artists, language and art have been an integral part of her life from an early age. As a mother of a three year old and a baby on the way, Angelina believes in the magic of stories and their ability to help children create the world around them.