Who We Are
Judith Gurewich, Publisher
Judith Gurewich is the publisher of Other Press, a position she has held since 2002. Under her leadership, Other Press has become a highly respected and award winning publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction, including titles such as Hurry Down Sunshine, The Glass Room and The Unit. Born in Canada and raised in Belgium, she holds a law degree from Brussels University as well as a master’s of law from Columbia University and a PhD in sociology from Brandeis University. She now resides in Cambridge, MA. Judith is also a Lacanian trained psychoanalyst, practicing part time. She loves to edit, pitch, cook, walk, and swim.
Paul Kozlowski, Associate Publisher
Paul began his publishing career thirty-one years ago at a Doubleday Bookshop on 49th Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, stocking shelves and ringing up sales. He’s worked at Barnes & Noble, Penguin, Knopf and Random House, grateful for the experience had and the friendships made, but he’s happiest now, playing with the gang at Other Press. His Twitter profile reads: “Bookman, birdman, living under blue skies on borrowed time.” Sounds about right.
Marjorie DeWitt, Assistant Editor
Marjorie grew up on Long Island, where she developed a life-long love for bagels and autumn. After majoring in English at Yale, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course, and in the fateful summer of 2010, got her first job at Other Press. Marjorie enjoys all kinds of books, from biology textbooks to young adult sagas, but she particularly loves anything dark or genre-bending with characters she can root for. When not reading, she is probably listening to music or seeking out the city’s best restaurants.
Sarah Reidy, Publicity Director
Born and raised in Atlanta, Sarah still can’t accept that she has to go to work when it snows – or that “y’all” is not a legitimate pronoun. Before working at Other Press, she completed stints at Dutton & Gotham Books, Soho Press, and Gallery Books. Her greatest literary achievement is finishing Ulysses, although she would much rather be curled up with Rebecca. Find her on Twitter at @sarah_reidy.
Terrie Akers, Manager, Online Publicity and Social Media
Terrie joined Other Press in 2004. She spent several years in publicity before transitioning to the online realm, where she now administers the Other Press website, newsletter, and social media. Her bookshelves are an eclectic mess, but mostly filled with modern poetry and contemporary fiction. She loves Twitter and typewriters in equal measure. After a decade in New York, she abandoned the east coast for Portland, OR in 2009. Find her on Twitter at @terrieakers and (of course) @otherpress.
Lauren Shekari, Assistant Director of Subsidiary Rights
Born in Texas from a long line of ranchers and outlaws, but having lived in New York City for over ten years, Lauren considers herself a dual citizen. She takes equal pleasure in homemade tamales and absurdly priced artisanal coffee, two-stepping to Willy Nelson and heated discussions about third wave feminism. Prior to joining Other Press, Lauren worked at The Susan Golomb Literary Agency and Bloomsbury Publishing, where her love for travel and books found a perfect union in foreign rights. She feels honored to help connect good books with readers around the world.
Yvonne Cárdenas, Production Editor
Yvonne joined Other Press in 2007, after twelve years in the San Francisco Bay Area. While studying writing systems as a graduate student in linguistic anthropology, she began taking notice of the architecture of the modern written word: typography. Her favorite novel not published by Other Press is W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz, typeset in Eric Gill’s Perpetua.
Jessica Greer, Publicist
By the age of 13, Jessica Greer had lived in St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, and Montclair, New Jersey. After graduating with an English Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Jessica muscled her way into the publishing industry where she worked in the Publisher’s office at Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, before making a move to RHPG’s Publicity Department, where she worked as a Publicity Assistant and later, Associate Publicist on an assortment of heavy hitting non-fiction and fiction titles. Literary fiction is her first love, à la The History of Love and The God of Small Things and she’s passionate about generating buzz for the books she loves. She’s so thrilled to be the newest member of Other Press’ ambitious and dynamic team.
Bobby Wicks, Associate Publicist, Academic Marketing
Born in a Canadian blizzard but raised on the beaches of Florida, Bobby Wicks is a seething ocean of contradictions. His bookshelf is an odd cocktail party at which Stendhal and Balzac rub boozy elbows with Captain America and Philip Marlowe. After attending FAU’s Wilkes Honors College, Bobby went into a concentrated panic over what to do with his liberal arts degree and, waking months later from a prolonged fugue state, found that he’d somehow attended the Columbia Publishing Course and gotten a job at Oxford University Press. After two years in OUP’s publicity department, he landed a gig at Other Press and is loving every minute of it.
Iisha Stevens, Operations Manager
A native New Yorker, Iisha spent seven years in public relations while attending the City College of New York, where she majored in Communications and Literature. She joined Other Press in 2006 and began her apprenticeship in book production. Now, she’s always exhilarated to walk into a bookstore and knowingly admire the physical elements of a well-constructed book. As manager of operations, she’s the one who binds it all together–if Other Press were a book, Iisha would be the spine.
Tynan Kogane, Marketing and Editorial Assistant
Originally from Seattle, Tynan graduated from The New School and arrived at Other Press after spending time at Bookforum and New Directions. Though he struggles to try everything, he particularly enjoys art, traveling (by plane, train, and armchair), and reading books by people who are possessed with the desire to learn. He writes fiction and several of his favorite authors are named Raymond.
Libby Riefler, Editorial and Marketing Assistant
Libby Riefler grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey. After graduating from Bard College as a Literature and Creative Writing major, she joined independent publishing by way of Europa Editions. She is now happily settled at Other Press, enjoys magic realism, folklore, and new gothic genres, as well as b horror movies and good pizza.
Bill Foo, Chief Financial Officer
A native Long Islander, Bill began his accounting career as the Plant Controller of Fleischmann’s Distilling Corp in Plainfield, Illinois. Homesick for New York, he did a short stint at Revlon’s finance department, but changed industries and landed at Random House, where he stayed for the next 19 years. He left Random House in 2002 and joined Other Press to head its financial operations. Bill is interested in reading about the conflict in the Middle East and Asia, and would love someday to help resolve the mess. He is an avid tennis player, and a USTA Team Captain.
Ed Sokolowski, Controller