About The Company

Promoting Literacy through Creativity, Collaboration and Community

Founded in 2013, Mohalland Lewis, LLC has been committed to promoting literacy through creativity, collaboration and community.

The creative and adventurous Silly Nomads book series, written by co-authors Marcus Mohalland and Jan Lewis, has provided young readers with the opportunity to explore a new world and culture through the eyes of two brothers growing up on the island of Jamaica. Today, the books are found throughout schools across the United States as well as in other countries such as Jamaica, Canada and Saudi Arabia.

But that’s not enough…

Because of the commitment to promoting literacy amongst young readers, especially in underprivileged communities, Founder & Owner, Marcus Mohalland, often finds himself collaborating with nonprofit organizations, community centers, public libraries, and other organizations and foundations who share his passion and commitment. From speaking engagements in classrooms to dramatic book readings at local library, from partnering with underprivileged schools to fundraise for books to motivational speaking for young audiences, Marcus remains committed to his community.

“By collaborating with others in the community to promote literacy amongst young readers, I know I can truly make a difference in the long-term success of children.”
– Marcus Mohalland, Co-founder

Meet Our Team

Marcus E. Mohalland, Founder/Owner & Co-author

Marcus Mohalland was born and raised in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Jamaica, West Indies. Many of his own childhood experiences are recounted in the Silly Nomads series. He obtained his Master’s Degree from Binghamton University and currently resides in Albany, NY where he continues to build collaborations within the community to promote literacy.

” I have always desired to write about my life in a way that would encourage young readers to think creatively and use their imaginations to explore the world around them”.

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Janet L. Lewis Zelesnikar, Co-author

Jan Lewis Zelesnikar was born and raised in rural upstate New York. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University where her passion for writing began. She is currently retired and lives in Endwell, NY with her husband, John, and her best furry friend, Cudder.

“Every child deserves a childhood filled with fun and imagination as they grow and learn. I was privileged to have such a childhood and now, I want help other children have the same opportunity”.

Kate Santee, Graphic Designer/Illustrator

Kate Santee is a graphic artist with a BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University. She does commercial graphic design, draws live caricature art, and has illustrated several books in the Silly Nomads series for Mohalland Lewis, LLC.


Jon Marken, sole proprietor of Lamp-Post Publicity

Jon Marken, sole proprietor of Lamp-Post Publicity, has over 35 years of experience in writing, editing, and graphic design, for both print and web. He has helped numerous authors produce high-quality books in various genres. Jon holds an M.A. in English and taught college for four years and worked in college publications for four more before establishing his business.

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