Board Members

Mark Athitakis

Online Committee
Freelance critic
3251 W. Frankfurt Drive
Chandler, AZ 85226
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Mark Athitakis’ reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Barnes & Noble Review, Kirkus Reviews, and numerous other publications. He has been a featured guest on Minnesota Public Radio and the Diane Rehm Show, a speaker at events hosted by the Center for Fiction and George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival, and an instructor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. His current term on the NBCC board ends in 2016.

Colette Bancroft

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Tampa Bay Times
490 First Ave. S
St. Petersburg FL 33701
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Colette Bancroft has been the book editor of the Tampa Bay Times, the Southeast’s largest newspaper, since 2007. She has reviewed books for the Times, the Arizona Daily Star and other publications for more than 25 years. Before she became a full-time journalist, Bancroft taught English and American literature at the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Arizona. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her current term on the board ends in 2017.

Gregg Barrios

Online Committee
Freelance Writer/Critic
304 E Courtland Pl
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Gregg Barrios is a book critic, journalist and playwright. His reviews and features have appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Texas Observer, LA Weekly, NPR and the Huffington Post.  He is a former book editor of the San Antonio Express-News. He is the author of four books of poetry and is a published playwright. He is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant, a Sandra Cisneros - Macondo Foundation Grant, several NEH fellowships, and a CTG-Mark Taper Theater Fellowship. His term on the board ends in 2016.

Tom Beer

NBCC President
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Newsday/NBCC
235 Pinelawn Rd.
Melville, NY 11747
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Tom Beer is the books editor at Newsday, and a former editor at Out magazine. He can be found on Twitter @TomBeerBooks. He was elected president of the board in 2015; his current term on the board ends in 2016.

David Biespiel

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Director, Attic Institute
4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97215
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David Biespiel is the author of a half dozen books, most recently The Book of Men and Women and Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. He is a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Parnassus, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, and The New Republic, and he is the former editor of Poetry Northwest. He has been honored with a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, a Lannan Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. In 1999, in Portland, Oregon, he founded the literary studio The Attic: A Haven for Writers. In 2003, he became the poetry columnist for The Oregonian. His column is the longest running newspaper column on poetry in the United States. Since 2008, he has been a regular contributor to Politico. His current term on the NBCC board ends in 2016.

Ron Charles

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Washington Post
5208 Elsmere Ave.
Bethesda MD 20814
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Ron Charles was the Books editor at The Christian Science Monitor for seven years before coming to The Washington Post, where he is now editor of Book World. His current term on the board ends in 2017.

Jane Ciabattari

NBCC VP/Online
Online Committee
Books Columnist, BBC.com
730 Lisbon Court
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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Jane Ciabattari writes the Between the Lines column for BBC.com and contributes regularly to NPR.org, The Daily Beast, the Boston Globe and others. She is vice president /online and a former president of the National Book Critics Circle, serves on the advisory board of The Story Prize and is a founder of the [Flash Fiction Collective]. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Bookforum, Salon.com, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Ms., Poets & Writers Magazine, among others. She is the author of two story collections, Stealing the Fire (Dzanc Books, 2013) and California Tales (Shebooks 2014). She can be found on Twitter @janeciab. Her website is http://www.janeciabattari.com Her current term on the NBCC board ends in 2016.

Carmela Ciuraru

Online Committee
Freelance/NBCC
135 Eastern Parkway
Suite 6K
Brooklyn NY 11238
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Carmela Ciuraru is the author of “Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms” (HarperCollins), and she has edited several poetry anthologies. She writes the “Newly Released” column for the New York Times, and her articles and reviews have appeared in many other publications. Her current term on the board ends in 2017.

Michele Filgate

NBCC VP/Awards
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38 Douglass St., Apt. 3
Brooklyn NY 11231

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Michele Filgate is a freelance writer, essayist, and critic. Her work has appeared in Salon; Slice; O, the Oprah magazine; Tin House; Poets & Writers; the Barnes & Noble Review; and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn. Her current term on the board ends in 2018.

Mary Ann Gwinn

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Seattle Times
7814 39th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
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Mary Ann Gwinn is the book editor for The Seattle Times, where she oversees books coverage and writes a weekly books column, and the co-host of “Well Read,” a nationally broadcast books and authors television program (http://www.wellread.org). She won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the Exxon Valdez disaster. She’s on Twitter at @gwinnma. Her term on the board expires in 2017.

Carolyn Kellogg

NBCC VP/Technology
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LA Times
Los Angeles Times, Books
202 W. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Carolyn Kellogg is an award-winning staff writer at the L.A. Times where she writes reviews and features and covers the publishing industry. Her reviews have appeared in other publications, including Bookforum and the Columbia Journalism Review. She can be found on Twitter @paperhaus. Her current term on the NBCC board ends in 2016.

Eric Liebetrau

NBCC Deputy/Online
Online Committee
Kirkus Reviews
479 Old Carolina Court
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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Eric Liebetrau is the managing editor and nonfiction editor of Kirkus Reviews. He also provides freelance editing services and contributes book reviews, music reviews and other literary and cultural features to a variety of publications including People, The New Yorker, the Boston Globe and Charleston City Paper. His current term ends in 2016.

Karen Long

NBCC VP/Secretary
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Freelance Critic
3114 Berkshire Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH
44118
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Karen R. Long manages the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards for the Cleveland Foundation. She is the former book editor of the Cleveland The Plain Dealer. In 2002, the Associated Press named her the best feature writer in Ohio, and in 2006 she won the University of Missouri Lifestyle Journalism award for best magazine profile. She is the mother of three children. Her current term ends in 2016.

Miriam Markowitz

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The Nation/NBCC
33 Irving Place, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003
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Miriam Markowitz is deputy literary editor of The Nation. She was previously an editor at Harper’s Magazine and Viet Nam News in Hanoi. Her term on the board expires in 2017.

Michael Miller

NBCC VP/Treasurer
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Bookforum
350 Seventh Avenue, 19th Fl
NY NY 10001
New York, NY 10001
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Michael Miller has held positions at the Village Voice Literary Supplement, Spin Magazine, and Time Out New York, where he was the literary editor and lead book critic from 2005 until 2010. He is currently an editor at Bookforum, where he commissions essays and reviews about fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism. He also co-edits the magazine’s website. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Bookforum, the Believer, the Texas Observer, and Post Road. His term on the board ends in 2018.

Walton Muyumba

NBCC VP/Membership
Online Committee
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ballantine Hall 442
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47407

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Walton Muyumba is a writer and critic. His essays and reviews have appeared in Oxford American, The Crisis, NPR Books, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  He’s the author of The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2009).  He is an associate professor of American and African Diaspora literature in the English Department at Indiana University-Bloomington. His term on the board will end in 2017.

Leigh Newman

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Oprah.com/NBCC
300 W, 57th St.
New York NY 10019
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Leigh Newman’s current term on the board ends in 2018.

Katherine A. Powers

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438 Windsor St.
Cambridge MA 02141

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Katherine A. Powers is a freelance critic and the recipient of the 2013 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. She is the editor of “Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963” (FSG, 2013). Her current term on the board ends in 2018.

Mark Rotella

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Publishers Weekly/NBCC
71 W. 23rd Street, Suite 1608
New York NY 10010
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Mark Rotella is the senior editor at Publishers Weekly. He is the author of “Amore: The Story of Italian American Song” and “Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria” and wrote the introduction to the classic “Christ Stopped at Eboli” by Carlo Levi (all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Book Review, NPR.org, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Saveur. His current term on the board ends in 2018.

Joanna Scutts

Online Committee

3057 29th Street, #1D
Astoria, NY 11102
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Joanna Scutts is a freelance writer based in Astoria, New York. She is a regular contributor to The Washington Post’s Book World and the US Guardian, and has written reviews and features for The New Yorker online, In These Times, Newsday, and The Nation, among others. Joanna holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is at work on a book about single women and self-help culture in 1930s New York. Her term on the board will end in 2017.

Clay Smith

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Kirkus Reviews/NBCC
6411 Burleson Rd.
Austin TX 787444
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Clay Smith is the editor-in-chief of Kirkus Reviews, the literary director of the San Antonio Book Festival and the former literary director of the Texas Book festival. His current term on the board ends in 2018.

Tess Taylor

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336 Ramona Ave.
El Cerrito CA 94530
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Tess Taylor’s chapbook of poems, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland and published by the Poetry Society of America. Her poetry and nonfiction have since appeared in The Atlantic,  Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New Yorker. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book,  The Forage House,  “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. Tess is on air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered,  and is a professor of English and creative writing at Whittier College. Her current term on the board ends in 2017.

Elizabeth Taylor

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2821 N. Pinegrove
Chicago IL 60657
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Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor at Large of the Chicago Tribune, has served as President of the NBCC. The co-author of “American Pharaoh,” she edited both the Books and Sunday Magazine sections of the Chicago Tribune, and was a national correspondent for Time magazine, based in New York and then Chicago. Her NBCC term ends in 2018.

Kate Tuttle

NBCC VP/Newswire
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755 Kirk Road
Decatur, GA 30030
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Kate Tuttle is a freelance writer who contributes regularly to the Boston Globe, for whom she writes a biweekly column. Her reviews and essays have also appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, and Dame magazine. A native Kansan and longtime Cantabrigian, she now lives in Decatur, Georgia. Her current term on the board ends in 2018.

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