Board of Directors

Calvert D. Morgan, Jr., Chairman

Calvert Morgan is Vice President and Executive Editor at Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. His bestselling and award-winning projects have included Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children, Elizabeth Tallent’s Mendocino Fire, Lauren Redniss’s Radioactive, and Stanley Crouch’s Kansas City Lightning. He has also worked with Christopher Bollen, Blake Butler, Rachel B. Glaser, Porochista Khakpour, Tom Piazza, Amber Tamblyn, Simon Van Booy, Robin Wasserman, and Kate Zambreno.


A graduate of Yale University, Cal previously worked at St. Martin’s Press and HarperCollins Publishers, where he was Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Harper Perennial. Cal was the founder and editor of the fiction blog Fifty-Two Stories, where he published new fiction by Colin Barrett, Carolyn Cooke, Amity Gaige, Amelia Gray, Ben Greenman, Lindsay Hunter, Catherine Lacey, Emma Straub, Justin Taylor, Teddy Wayne, and others; he also edited the digital anthology Forty Stories, featuring new work by Elizabeth Crane, Roxane Gay, Mitchell S. Jackson, Scott McClanahan, Jamie Quatro, Jess Walter, Adam Wilson, and more.  


Mary K. Stevens, Secretary
Mary K. Stevens (Mimi) is a painter who has had over 20 gallery exhibitions in New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Florida. Her paintings are in collections in England, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Florida,and California. She received her BA in English from Hunter College in1964 and her RN from Pace College, School of Nursing in 1976. She serves on the Board of Engender Health and is a Literacy Volunteer. She is married to former Center for Fiction Board member James W. Stevens, with whom she has two children, two stepchildren, and four grandchildren.


Gregory I. VoynowTreasurer

Greg Voynow is a business development consultant for New York Public Radio.   Previously, he was a Vice President at Audible, Inc. where he had been responsible for content acquisition and licensing strategy for the leading premium spoken word download service. Greg also worked at Time Warner Trade Publishing where he was Vice President of Online Marketing and later Senior Vice President and General Manager of, the first full-service digital publishing company developed by a major book publisher. He began his career at ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, where over an eight-year period he rose to Associate Producer.  Greg holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in English from Temple University. He lives with his wife Donna and daughter Kate in Princeton.


Gabrielle Bamberger

Gabrielle Bamberger heads Gabrielle Bamberger Public Relations, a firm she has run since the late 1960s. She has developed and implemented PR programs and projects for a broad range of clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, most recently The Glaucoma Foundation, Arts Connection, Helen Keller International, Uniform Law Conference, and the Center for Jewish History. She serves on the Board of East End Hospice. Bamberger is a graduate of Oberlin College. 


Sharen Benenson

Sharen Benenson, an active philanthropist, is the former Chairman of the Board of the Horticultural Society of New York and of the Trustees of Gramercy Park. She is a member of the Horticulture Committee and the Council of The New York Botanical Garden and is the editor of The New York Botanical Garden Cookbook.

Elizabeth Birkelund

Elizabeth Birkelund is the author of the novel, The Dressmaker (Henry Holt, 2006; Picador 2007), has worked in book and magazine publishing, has contributed a regular column to Cosmopolitan, and has written for Glamour, Self, Victoria and Working Woman among other publications. She serves on the board of the National Humanities Center in Raleigh, NC, an independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. 


Nick Brumm

Nick Brumm is a partner of QVT Financial LP, a New York-based hedge fund management company. Prior to the formation of QVT Financial, he worked at Deutsche Bank and the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Nick graduated with an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard College in 1988. He was an exchange fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris from 1988-1989 and received a master's in history from the University of Paris. Nick received a B.A. from Oxford University in Law with First Class Honours in 1991 and an LL.M. from Columbia University in 1992 and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1994.


Maria B. Campbell

Maria B. Campbell is the president of Maria B. Campbell Associates, Inc., a New York and London-based scouting company that identifies books to be translated for foreign markets and for adaptation to film and television. Maria B. Campbell Associates currently scouts adult and children's books for a distinguished roster of twenty publishers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and for Warner Bros. In addition, Maria Campbell currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Words Without Borders (WWB), an international magazine promoting the world's best writing and authors who are not easily accessible to English-speaking readers.


Mark A. Fowler

Mark Fowler is a partner of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, where he represents newspapers, book publishers, magazines, broadcasters, cablecasters, digital media clients, and advertising agencies in defamation, intellectual property, antitrust, and reporters’ rights matters. Formerly a professional editor and writer, he frequently lectures on issues regarding copyright law, the First Amendment, and new legal issues affecting the digital media.  He also blogs about writing and the law at Mark earned his undergraduate degree Brandeis University and his law degree from Columbia University.


Wendy Gimbel

Wendy Gimbel, a PhD in English Literature, has written about books for The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, Parnassus, Vogue, and Mirabella, among other publications. Gimbel is the author of two books--Edith Wharton: Orphancy and Survival, which is a volume in the Praegar series Landmark Dissertations in Women’s Lives; and Havana Dreams: A Story of Cuba, which examines 20th-century Cuba through the eyes of four generations of women in the same Havana family and was chosen as one of the New York Times Notable Books of 1998. For many years, Gimbel served on the New York Public Library’s Council of Conservators. Currently, she is on the Boards of Parnassus: Poetry in Review, the Cuban Artists Fund, and PEN America.


Nan Graham 

Nan Graham is Publisher and Senior Vice President of Scribner. She has worked in publishing since 1980—for five years at Pantheon Books and for ten years at Viking Penguin where she was the Executive Editor. Since 1994, she has been at Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Nan has edited writers of fiction, memoir, sociology, history and psychology—and many of their books have won National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and other major awards. She has worked on many memoirs, including Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Living History. Other non-fiction includes Andrew Solomon’s National Book Award winner, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer. She has published Don Delillo for over twenty years, and brought him to Scribner with his 1997 novel Underworld. She has developed long-time relationships with acclaimed authors such as Annie Proulx, Amy Hempel, Ann Beattie, Kate Walbert and Colm Toibin, and introduced new writers such as Monica Ali, Dana Spiotta, Anthony Doerr, Rachel Kushner, Belinda McKeon, and Miranda July. She has worked with Stephen King for fifteen years. She received her B.A. in English from Yale University in 1977 and an honorary doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College in 1997. Nan is on the board of the International Freedom to Publish Committee, where she served as Chair from 1998 through 2004, and is on the board of the New School Writing Program. She and the novelist Mark Costello have two children.


Erroll McDonald

Erroll McDonald, a trustee of PEN America, is a Vice President, Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group of Penguin Random House. Among the authors he has edited and published are: James Baldwin, Romare Bearden, Italo Calvino, Sandra Cisneros, Stanley Crouch, Friedrich Durenmatt, Marjorie Garber, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael R. Gordon, Alan Hollinghurst, Simon Johnson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margo Jefferson, Randall Kennedy, Klaus Kinski, Laila Lalami, Fran Lebowitz, Arthur Levitt, Daniel E. Lieberman, David Malouf, Wangari Matthai, Timothy Mo, Toni Morrison, Kary Mullis, Albert Murray, Bao Nihn, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Juan Carlos Onetti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Richard Posner, V.S. Pritchett, Manuel Puig, Salman Rushdie, Luc Sante, President Nicolas Sarkozy, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Wole Soyinka, Colm Toibin,  Robert Farris Thompson, and John Edgar Wideman. Erroll McDonald was born in Limon, Costa Rica.  He graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with Distinction, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  He was for two years a Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature of the Yale Graduate School. He holds an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has been a lecturer at Yale and is an adjunct professor at Columbia. He lives in New York City and Goshen, Connecticut.


Celia McGee
Celia McGee contributes regularly to The New York Times on books, the arts, and style. She has been publishing columnist for The New York Observer, a media columnist and features writer for the New York Daily News, a books columnist for Town & Country, and an arts editor and contributing writer for New York Magazine. She directs the @Macaulay Author Series at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, and serves on its Advisory Board. Her writing, including book reviews, publishing news and author profiles, has also appeared in The New Yorker, Bookforum, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Wallpaper, Art in America, ARTnews, W, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Republic, among others. A member of The Century Association, she served as a Board member of The National Book Critics Circle from 2002 to 2008. Raised in Montana and The Netherlands, Celia holds graduate degrees in American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in American History and Literature from Harvard.  She lives in Manhattan and Connecticut with her husband, Henry McGee.


Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson is an American publishing industry figure who is an editor, book reviewer, consultant, and columnist, and who is currently the editorial director at Nelson is notable for having been editor in chief at the book industry's chief trade publication Publishers Weekly from 2005–2009 during a time of wrenching restructuring and industry downsizing. After that, she was book editor at Oprah's O Magazine. Her book So Many Books, So Little Time was published in 2003. Her views have been widely reported in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and she has appeared on television broadcasts including CBS's The Early Show. She has written for the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post about publishing industry trends.




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