Board of Directors


    MADELINE McINTOSH, President
    Former CEO, Penguin Random House US

    Madeline McIntosh is the former CEO of Penguin Random House U.S.


    Vice President (Retired), Lindenmeyr Publishing Papers

    Janet McCarthy Grimm retired from Lindenmeyr Book Publishing Papers in 2020 after running the New York sales office for over three decades. She remains passionate about book publishing and remains active in the industry. She currently sits on the board of two industry organizations, is president of the New York Book Forum, and is active on several committees.


    PAUL J. VIDICH, Treasurer

    Paul Vidich is the author of six novels: The Coldest Warrior, An Honorable Man, The Good Assassin, The Mercenary, The Matchmaker (Pegasus Books, 2022), and Beirut Station (forthcoming fall 2023). Prior to turning to writing, Vidich had a distinguished career in music and media at Time Warner, AOL, and Warner Music Group, where he was executive vice president, in charge of global technology and digital strategy. He is vice chair on the board of governors at the New School for Social Research.


    President, Africa-America Institute

    Kofi Appenteng is the president of the Africa-America Institute (AAI). Appenteng has thirty years of domestic and international experience as a corporate lawyer, investment banker, and board director. He serves as chair for Africa at Delphos International and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Rock Creek Group. He is a member of the board at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and previously served as board chair of the Ford Foundation. In recognition of his work in business and philanthropy, he was named a “Great American Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation in 2013. 


    Chair, Writers House LLC

    Amy Berkower is the chair of Writers House, an independent, full-service literary agency representing over five hundred authors.


    Senior Agent, Writers House LLC

    Johanna V. Castillo is a senior agent at Writers House literary agency. Previously, she worked at Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, where she was vice president and executive editor and editorial director of Atria Español.


    Founder, Coopty Productions, LLC

    Allison Davis has a long career as a television and non-profit executive. Currently, she is the founder of a video production company that produces documentaries and virtual events.


    President, Random House Publishing Group

    Sanyu Dillon is president of the Random House Publishing Group, where she oversees imprints Random House, The Dial Press, Hogarth, The Modern Library, One World, Ballantine Bantam Dell/Delacorte, Random House Worlds, Harmony/Rodale, Convergent, and WaterBrook & Multnomah. An incisive and inclusive leader guided by future-oriented thinking and a deep passion for creative storytelling, she began her PRH career at Random House in 2004 as director of marketing for the Random House imprint. She held successive marketing roles over the next fourteen years, bringing an empathetic approach centered on a deep understanding of the evolving needs of readers. Dillon moved to corporate marketing in 2018, and in 2020 she became chief marketing officer, helping the company connect with its readers through dynamic storytelling and breakthrough campaigns. She is a member of the Penguin Random House U.S. Board and has an executive MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.


    Co-Head of Media Rights Department, Anonymous Content

    Kassie Evashevski is the co-head of media rights at Anonymous Content. Previously, she was a partner at the United Talent Agency, where she was co-head of the books department. Her career has taken her to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Writers House, and Random House.


    Executive Director Emeritus, Poets & Writers

    Elliot Figman came to Poets & Writers as a volunteer in 1977; in 1981 he became the executive director. Elliot retired as P&W’s executive director at the end of 2020. He led Poets & Writers for nearly four decades, overseeing the launch of Poets & Writers Magazine and, among other significant initiatives. An accomplished poet, his book, Big Spring, was published by Four Way Books in 2003; his chapbook, Interior Whistle, was published in 2017 by Green Zone Press.

  • A.M. HOMES

    A.M. HOMES

    A.M. Homes’ most recent book is The Unfolding (Viking Press/Penguin Random House, 2022). Previous titles include Days of Awe, May We Be Forgiven, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, Jack, Things You Should Know, The Safety of Objects, and the best-selling memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter. Her opera, RISE, debuted at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2022. She teaches at Princeton University and sits on the Council of the Writers Guild of America East.


    Trustee, Liana Foundation

    Kimberly Jackson worked in direct marketing for an educational publishing company before moving abroad to produce country-based economic reports for an international press agency. She lived and worked in many different countries, ultimately managing teams across the globe. After completing clinical studies in classical Chinese medicine, she attended Columbia University where she earned a master’s degree in narrative medicine, a discipline that integrates the humanities, health care justice, and clinical practice. Jackson brings a narratological framework to both her clinical work and her writing, and she is currently working on a book about her own experiences in the medical community. She serves as a trustee of the Liana Foundation, which supports education and the arts.


    Writer; Banking Executive (Retired)

    Katie Mahon is retired from a senior management position in banking. She recently co-authored her second book, The Miracle Collectors: Uncovering Stories of Wonder, Joy, and Mystery (Worthy Publishing/Hachette, 2021) and continues to speak widely about miracles and spirituality.


    CEO, Hachette Book Group

    Michael Pietsch is the chief executive officer of Hachette Book Group, the fourth-largest U.S. trade publisher. During a long career as an editor and publisher at Little, Brown and Company, he worked with acclaimed writers including Michael Connelly, Malcolm Gladwell, Peter Guralnick, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, Stacy Schiff, Donna Tartt, David Foster Wallace, and Malala Yousafzai. His passion for the close partnership between writers and publishers informs his work as CEO and his commitment to Poets & Writers.


    EVP and President, School and Reading Events, Scholastic

    With over two decades of expertise in publishing, retail, distribution, and marketing, Sasha Quinton is recognized as an industry thought leader and champion for literacy and equity of access. As president of Scholastic’s School Reading Events, she leads the iconic Book Clubs and Fairs experiences, which build reading engagement and access for millions of kids each year, while raising more than $200 million in books and resources for schools nationwide. In 2020, she led Fairs’ launch of sponsored book fairs, which now provide more than one million free books annually to under-resourced kids. In her previous leadership roles with Barnes & Noble, Readerlink, and Reader’s Digest Association, Quinton helped modernize the complex business of bookselling across all major facets—from development to distribution—and reimagined the customer experience for the industry’s largest companies. A graduate of Amherst College, Quinton is the 2024 co-chair of the Art & Writing Awards Gala for the Alliance of Young Artists & Writers and served on the board of Bernie’s Book Bank.


    Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit

    Rochelle Riley is the City of Detroit’s director of arts and culture. An award-winning journalist, she was a columnist for the Detroit Free Press for nearly twenty years. She is the author of That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World (Wayne State University Press, 2021) and The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. Her many honors include the Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. An essayist, keynote speaker, and artist, she remains a writer by trade, warrior by necessity.


    Partner and Literary Agent, WME (William Morris Endeavor)

    Eric Simonoff is a literary agent and partner at the William Morris Endeavor, a global entertainment agency. His clients include Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Lethem, Stacy Schiff, Edward P. Jones, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Phil Klay, Stephen Chbosky, Christina Baker Kline, Megha Majumdar, Yaa Gyasi, ZZ Packer, and the New Yorker magazine, among others.


    President and Publisher, The Morrow Group

    Liate Stehlik is president and publisher of the Morrow Group, overseeing the publishing operations for William Morrow, Mariner, Harvest, Avon, Dey Street, and Harper Voyager. Liate joined HarperCollins in 2005 as publisher of Avon Books. Prior to joining HarperCollins, Liate was an associate publisher at Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and has an M.A. from New York University’s Gallatin Division. She is a member of the board for the NYU/Gallatin Publishing Program. Liate lives in New York City with her husband and four children.


    President, Camino Public Relations

    Elizabeth Toledo currently serves as the president of Camino Public Relations, helping nonprofit organizations use communications strategies to promote social justice. She is also the co-founder of the Contraceptive Access Initiative (CAI) and former vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, advocating for accessible healthcare services. She has over twenty years of leadership experience in grassroots advocacy and is a prominent national speaker, being previously featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, Air America, and more. She is also a chair on the board for the Rewire News Group media organization.