M.J. Beasi is a YA author, a voice teacher, and the founder/director of a teen opera workshop in western Massachusetts. They are a long-time blogger, most notably for the popular manga blog, Manga Bookshelf, the editor of CBLDF PRESENTS MANGA: INTRODUCTION, CHALLENGES, AND BEST PRACTICES, published in 2013 by Dark Horse Comics, and the English-language editor/adapter for several manga series, including A LOVELY DAY WITH YURI SENSEI and YOUR GENTLE HAND, published by DMG.
For the stage, M.J. has written IL SOGNO D’ARIANNA, an English-language narrative adapted from the madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi, an expanded adaptation of Henry Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS, and a queer adaptation of Handel’s RINALDO. When not writing or nerding out over Baroque opera, they can be found binging STEVEN UNIVERSE with their spouse and two cats.
M.J. believes that storytelling in its many forms is the way that we best share our most important truths and ideas. They’ll always be dedicated to storytelling in some form, though how they tell those stories has shifted dramatically over the course of their life. Stay tuned for the next chapter.