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 as part of the Manga Bookshelf Battle Robot. M.J. was 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, including A LOVELY DAY WITH YURI SENSEI and YOUR GENTLE HAND. As a librettist/adapter, 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, M.J. can be found reading, napping, staring blankly into space, or binging cartoons with their spouse and two cats. Some of the many keys to their heart include golden age musical theater, Vernors ginger ale, oatmeal scotchies, and queer retellings of basically everything.