Illustration of a student wearing a hijab

Our Mission

To publish diverse and inclusive youth-written stories that meet the moment and to host youth-led courageous conversations that move us forward

Our Story

Novelly is not your mama’s book club. In a fast-paced world of push notifications and clickbait, we believe that reading fiction and poetry continues to hold an important place, but we’ve reimagined the experience for youth.

Technology

We read and discuss online to ensure broad access and connect members across time zones and geographies.

Stories

We put out impactful stories that are often overlooked and authentically reflect how youth are processing the world.

Purpose

We believe stories are the key to healing, connection, empathy, and hope, especially in the face of social injustice.

A Letter from Our Founder

Photo of Anna Casalme
Anna Gabriella Casalme
Founder & CEO of Novelly

During winter quarter of my senior year at Stanford University, I woke up on a Sunday morning to learn that fellow student Brock Turner had been arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious young woman, Chanel Miller, close to where I lived. I watched my campus, and later, the entire country, erupt in outrage. I found myself having the most basic conversations about consent with some of the smartest people I knew. I found myself sitting down with my younger sister and her classmates, who openly wondered if they would get sexually assaulted when they left for college. I found myself feeling hopeless after learning that, despite it being a case with evidence that few survivors would ever have, Brock Turner would be sentenced to 6 months of county jail, of which he would only serve three.

I realized that the seemingly intractable issues of our time would stay intractable if we cannot even bear to talk about them with young people. Later, as a health educator, I would use young adult literature, such as 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, to talk to high school students about sexual violence. What gave me hope was watching students go from intense discomfort with this topic, and understandably so, to having some of the most lively and thoughtful conversations about masculinity, mental health, and gender and sexuality norms that I have ever witnessed. I wanted to find a way to have these interactions with thousands of students beyond my classroom and soon, the idea for Novelly was born.

When we talk about the characters, plot and dialogue of stories about protagonists that young people relate to and see themselves in, we create a space where young people can be the experts on the most complex issues. Only when we create such a space, one that meets young people where they are, can we hear their voices. Novelly is born out of a concern for a generation that has grown up with a global pandemic, social unrest and widespread reckonings with inequities, but most importantly, out of a respect for their rights and their power. We have barely scratched the surface of what they are capable of and it is my hope and dream that Novelly can play even a tiny role in what they have in store.

Anna Gabriella Casalme

Founder & CEO of Novelly

Board of Directors

Novelly is proud to be stewarded by a Board of Directors that represent diverse fields, such as publishing, academia, education, social justice, and technology, but who are all united by their dedication to amplifying diverse youth voices.

Photo of Kyra Campbell

Kyra Campbell

High School Student
Photo of Sara Murdock

Sara Murdock

Founder,
The M Group
Photo of Crissy Van Meter

Crissy Van Meter

Author & Professor
Photo of Katie Crank

Katie Crank

Founder,
The Undivide
Photo of Bridget McGinn

Bridget McGinn

Software Developer,
IBM

Our Team

Novelly is proud to be led by talented young people who reflect the diversity of our students.

Photo of Laura McGuinn

Laura McGuinn

Operations Manager
Photo of Anna Casalme

Anna Gabriella
Casalme

Chief Executive
Officer
Photo of Nichole Torres

Nichole Torres

AmeriCorps VISTA

College Student Directorship Program

Our annual directorship program provides a one-year leadership and professional experience to exceptional college students across the country.

Photo of Shantelle Serafin

Shantelle
Serafin

Product Director
Photo of Annaliese Baker

Annaliese Baker

External Affairs
Director
Photo of Maddie Ramos

Madison Ramos

Online Learning
Director
Photo of Amber Brown

Amber Brown

Podcast Producer
Photo of Emily Hastings

Emily Hastings

Creative Writing
Education Intern
Photo of Noura Hassouna

Noura Hassouna

Research &
Evaluation Intern
Photo of Tessa Baker

Tessa Baker

Graphic Designer
Photo of Lisa Famularo

Lisa Famularo

College Student
Recruiter & Mentor

Interested in joining our team?

Book cover- "What Representation Means to Me"Book cover- "Leaving El Salvador Forever"Book cover- "For Those Who Have Forgotten How to Speak"
Book cover- "That Kind of Love"Book cover- "Living in Snake Skin"
Book cover- "Covid-19 Shopping List"Book cover- "Cityscape"Book cover- "Dancing in the Rain"
Book cover- "River of Stars"Book cover- "I Belong" by Kiana WrightBook cover- "Out of the Closet" by Lane Joslin
Book cover- "Beneath the Headwrap" by Zainab Choudry Book cover- "Second Class Citizen" by Jenna ZamilBook cover- "From All of Us" by Isabella Liu
Book cover- "The Voice of a Youth" by Khushi PatelBook cover- "I Am Hispanic" by Rebecca MongeBook cover- "Marble Cake" by Halle Schaffer