Award-winning Editor, writer and consultant
Throughout my fifteen years of publishing experience, my passion has always been discovering new voices and cultivating talent. Currently, I am the Executive Director of the Aspen Words, a literary arts nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. Before that, I was a Consulting Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where I acquired literary and commercial fiction and memoir. I founded the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and served as its editor in chief from 1996-2002, during which time we won the prestigious National Magazine Award for Best Fiction. (We won again in 2012). I also founded and directed the annual Zoetrope Writers’ Workshop in Belize. Over the years, I have taught at many writers’ conferences and judged numerous fiction contests, including the National Book Award.
In addition to being an editor, I am a writer. Currently, I’m working on a memoir about my mother, memory and moments in life that change everything. I’ve had two personal essays published in the New York Times: “I Am My Own In-Law” (Modern Love, 2013) and “Literal Balance, Life Balance” (Opinionator, 2015). My novel, Man Camp, published by Random House in 2005, was selected for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program.
I have a B.A. from Columbia University, a M.G.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Radcliffe Publishing course. I split my time between New York City and Cape Cod, where I live with my husband and children.