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Our Mentors

Justine Pucella Winans
This 2021, Justine Pucella Winans is mentoring Young Adult
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Justine Pucella Winans
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Justine Pucella Winans is a queer and nonbinary writer who resides in Los Angeles with their husband and orange tabby cat. They graduated with a B.F.A in Acting from Chapman University and now work at a talent agency. Originally from Cleveland, they still say “pop” and have love for the city, just not the cold. When not writing, they try their best at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, read an alarming amount of manga, and try to make pasta even a fourth as good as their nonna’s.

Jordan Hamessley
New Leaf Literary & Media

Favorite Books

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Years Mentored