How was Rainbow Crate formed?
We (Jamie and Danielle) met online on Tumblr in 2018 and bonded over our love of LGBT books and fandoms.
In late 2019, frustrated with the lack of inclusion of queer books and characters in popular book boxes, we went on the hunt for an LGBT-focused book box. And couldn’t find one.
So, we created one. Rainbow Crate is our dream, our baby brought to life in June 2020. We love Rainbow Crate, and we vow every day to fill each month with the highest-quality books and goodies we can, and introduce you to queer books in all sorts of genres! There is a queer book out there everyone can fall in love with, and we hope we help you find a new favorite!
Jamie Lynn Lano
Co-Owner, Curator, Creative Director
Your aroace nonbinary neurospicy lesbian creative
Favorite Books: The Raven Cycle & Dreamer Trilogy (Maggie Stiefvater), The Darkness Outside Us (Eliot Schrefer), Piranesi (Susanna Clarke), Into the Drowning Deep (Mira Grant), The Wayward Children series (Seanan McGuire), The Wicker King (K. Ancrum)
Director of Operations
Curator, Director of Operations, Founder
Favorite Books: The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater), I’ll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson), and Wolfsong (TJ Klune), Shade (Mere Joyce), The Last Sun (K.D. Edwards), Techincally, You Started It (Lana Wood Johnson)
Spoiler Card Illustrator
Kate (Ace Artemis)
Official Spoiler Card Illustrator
Favorite Books: The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater), Witchmark (CL Polk), The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Natasha Pulley), A Marvellous Light (Freya Marske)
Book Cover Designer
Book Cover Designer
Favorite Books: Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers), The Locked Tomb series (Tamsyn Muir), Firebreak (Nicole Kornher-Stace), Compass Rose (Anna Burke), Sea & Stars trilogy (SD Simper), The Outside (Ada Hoffman), Burning Roses (S.L. Huang)
Co-curator & Subscriber Liaison
Co-Curator and Subscriber Liaison
Favorite Books: All for the Game (Nora Sakavic), Loveless (Alice Oseman), Ander & Santi Were Here (Jonny Garza Villa), A Lady for a Duke (Alexis Hall), Raybearer (Jordan Ifueko)
Social Media Manager
Andy Lynn, Dr.
Staff of all Trades, social media manager
Favorite Books: Cute Mutants series (SJ Whitby), Man O’War (Cory McCarthy), The Heartbreak Bakery (A.R. Capetta), Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers), D’Vaughn & Kris Plan a Wedding (Chenica C. Higgins), The Genesis of Misery (Neon Yang)