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One Book Instructors

  Dr. Kate Gale
Dr. Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA.  She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. She serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America.  She is author of five books of poetry and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.  Her current projects include a creative non-fiction book Flight of the Ugly Duckling, a co-written libretto, Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto, with composer Daniel Felsenfeld, based on The Inner Circle by T. C. Boyle, based on Dr. Kinsey's life.
Ben George
Ben George is a senior editor at Little, Brown, where he edits David Bezmozgis, Tony Earley, and Lauren Slater, among other writers. Previously he was an editor at Viking Penguin and prior to that the co-founder and editorial director of Lookout Books, where he published Edith Pearlman's BINOCULAR VISION, which went on to win the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Malamud Award, and was a National Book Award finalist. At the same time, he was the editor of the literary journal ECOTONE, where he edited Annie Proulx, Jonathan Lethem, Denis Johnson, Ben Fountain, Ann Beattie, Charles Baxter, Terry Tempest Williams, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, among many others.
  Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson is a Senior Editor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcovers and Editorial Manager for Mariner paperbacks. She publishes literary, international, historical, and women's fiction; memoir; and narrative nonfiction, with particular interest in food, animals, cultural and religious history, and biography. Among her books are We the Animals, Booker short-listed Pigeon English, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The End of Mr. Y, Man Asia winner Three Sisters, James Beard winner Save the Deli, and the bestselling paperback Chosen by a Horse. She has worked many authors, including Steve Earle, Kent Meyers, Tony D'Souza, Suzanne Marrs, Young-ha Kim, and Gina Ochsner.
  Barbara Jones
Barbara Jones is an executive editor at Henry Holt & Company, where she edits fiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction. She is eager to work with novelists, memoirists and narrative nonfiction writers who have a passion for their projects. She has no affinity for or skill with thrillers and sci fi. Her authors include Paul Auster, Sebastian Faulks, and debut memoirists and novelists Christa Parravani, Thea Goodman, Adelle Waldman and others. She was previously editorial director of Hyperion Books and Voice Books, where she edited Lauren Groff, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Chitra Divakaruni, Isabel Gillies, Kelly Corrigan and many others.  During her tenure at Hyperion and Voice as many as seven of the books in her care were on the New York Times bestseller lists at one time. Before joining Hyperion in early 2008, Barbara spent nearly 20 years as an editor at magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Magazine, More and Grand Street, editing authors such as Jennifer Egan, Lorrie Moore, Ann Patchett, Louise Erdrich, Francine Prose, Liz Gilbert, Ann Hood, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Kate Braestrup, Amy Wilentz and many others. She has taught at Yale College, New York University, and elsewhere.
Allison Lorentzen
Allison Lorentzen, Senior Editor at Viking. She edits folks like Lev Grossman and Caleb Crain and is one of the founding editors of the journal n+1.
  Megan Lynch
Megan Lynch is Senior Editor at Riverhead Books, where she has worked since 2003, acquiring and editing a range of fiction and narrative non-fiction. She has published acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling books by authors including fiction writers Sarah Waters, Emma Straub, Ellis Avery, Dinaw Mengestu, Helen Oyeyemi and Nami Mun; and nonfiction writers Wendy McClure, Meghan O'Rourke, Rosie Schaap and Julie Klam. As an editor she is drawn to singular, arresting voices; adventurous storytelling techniques, and, most of all, writing that is emotionally compelling. Prior to her arrival at Riverhead, she worked at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday and Little, Brown and Company. A graduate of Brown University, she is originally from Philadelphia.
  Sean McDonald
Sean McDonald is Executive Editor and Vice President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Authors he has edited include Sloane Crosley, Junot Díaz, Aleksandar Hemon, John Hodgman, Steven Johnson, Walter Mosley, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Héctor Tobar, and Ellen Ullman. Prior to FSG, he worked as an Executive Editor and Vice President of Riverhead Books and before that at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
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