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.

Jessica bwJessica Greer, Publicity Director
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.

Terrie2 bwTerrie Akers, Director of Marketing
Born in Colorado, raised in North Carolina, and educated at NYU, Terrie joined Other Press in 2004. She started out as a publishing assistant and worked in publicity, social media, and online marketing before taking the helm of the marketing department in 2014. Her bookshelves are an eclectic mess, but mostly filled with modern poetry and contemporary fiction.

Lauren bwLauren Shekari, 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.

YvonneYvonne Cárdenas, Production Editor

Born in Connecticut and raised in Florida, Yvonne lived in California’s Central Coast for twelve years before returning East to join Other Press. She began her publishing career as an editor of Spanish-language children’s books, and later earned a master’s degree in Linguistic Anthropology. Among her favorite novels published by Other Press are The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-sook Shin, and The Other Woman by Therese Bohman. 

Iisha Stevens 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.

Alex Poreda Alex Poreda, Associate Editor
Born in London, Alex lived overseas—in Istanbul, Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, and Burglengenfeld, Germany—before settling down in central New Jersey, and has had incurable wanderlust ever since. After graduating from Amherst College with a double major in English and French, she interned at Europa Editions, and then started as an editorial assistant at Cambridge University Press. Alex joined Other Press in 2016, and is thrilled to be working on international literary fiction and nonfiction.

Alex Poreda Caroline Sydney, Editorial Assistant
Caroline grew up in Texas where she took on her first editorial role as a high school intern at The Dallas Morning News. Following her passion for sweater weather, she majored in humanities at Yale University where she also edited long-form journalism and creative nonfiction. After graduating, Caroline worked as a bookseller at Atlantis Books in Santorini for a stint before landing at Other Press. She’s eagerly awaiting Lena Andersson’s sequel to Willful Disregard.

Maria Whelan Maria Whelan, Publicist
Maria grew up in a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts where she memorized her library card number at an early age and was mocked by local librarians. After graduating with an English and Religion degree from Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts, Maria moved to Brooklyn, and landed a job in publishing at Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In early 2016, Maria joined Other Press and loves reaching out to editors and producers, promoting the fantastic books she works with. When she’s not working, Maria can often be found in Prospect Park, doing one of three things: reading, eating, or running.

Esther Kim Esther Kim, Associate Publicist
Esther grew up on the East Egg of Long Island, NY. After majoring in English at Wellesley, she completed her M.Sc. at the University of Edinburgh in Literature & Modernity. She launched her publishing career as a publicity assistant at Columbia University Press, where she worked on fiction and scholarly monographs. She’s delighted to work at Other Press as of 2016, building buzz for its excellent literary fiction and nonfiction. She prefers to read memoirs on the First World War, the Economist’s obituaries, and lucid writing. Though she loves New York, Edinburgh remains her favorite city in the world.

ChristieChristie Michel, Marketing Associate
Christie got her start in publishing as an intern at the Feminist Press at CUNY. After stints at Archipelago Books and W.W. Norton & Co. she found that marketing is her true love. Christie loves international fiction, history and cultural criticism, and black feminist theory; she’s very happy to be at Other Press.

Bill bwBill 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