Board Members

Daniel Akst

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37 North Rd.
Tivoli, NY 12583
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Daniel Akst has been reviewing novels and non-fiction regularly for two decades, including for Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, Civilization, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury, Smithsonian, the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Wilson Quarterly and others. He’s the author of two novels and two nonfiction books. His current term on the board ends in 2019.

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 term on the NBCC board ends in 2017.

Gregg Barrios

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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 NBCC board ends in 2017.

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 NBCC board in 2015; his term on the board ends in 2019.

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 term on the NBCC board ends in 2017.

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 NBCC 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 LitHub, NPR.org, The Daily Beast, the Boston Globe and others. She is 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 term on the NBCC board ends in 2019.

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 NBCC board ends in 2017.

Michele Filgate

NBCC VP/Awards
Online Committee

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 NBCC board ends in 2018.

Mary Ann Gwinn

NBCC VP/Secretary
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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 current term on the NBCC board ends in 2017.

Laurie Hertzel

Online Committee
Minneapolis Star Tribune/NBCC
650 3rd Avenue South
Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55488
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Laurie Hertzel is the senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the author of a memoir, “News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist,” published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2010 and winner of a Minnesota Book Award. Her work has appeared in Tri-Quarterly, the Chicago Tribune, Minnesota Monthly magazine, and many other publications in the United States, Finland, and Australia. She has an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Her current term on the NBCC board ends in 2019.

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 NBCC board ends in 2018.

Walton Muyumba

NBCC VP/Membership
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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 current term on the NBCC board ends 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 is the author of Still Points North (Dial Press). She is the Books Editor of Oprah.com and teaches in the M.F.A program at Sarah Lawrence College. Her short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, O the Oprah magazine, Tin House, One Story, Bookforum,and elsewhere. Leigh Newman’s current term on the board ends in 2018.

Bethanne Patrick

NBCC VP/Technology
Online Committee

1436 Layman St.
McLean, VA 22101-2128
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Bethanne Patrick is a writer and critic who is contributing editor at The Literary Hub. She contributes regularly to The Washington Post and NPR Books, and her work has appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, VQR Online, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Guardian, and many others. She tweets as @TheBookMaven and created the #FridayReads meme. Her latest book is an anthology: “The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections from 100 Authors, Artists, Musicians and Other Remarkable People” (Regan Arts 2016). She is working on a novel and lives near Washington, DC. Find her online at http://www.bethannepatrick.com Her c.urrent term on the NBCC board ends in 2019.

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 NBCC board ends in 2018.

Carlin Romano

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ASC
3620 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Carlin Romano is critic-at-large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Ursinus College. His current term on the NBCC board term ends in 2019.

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 NBCC board ends in 2018.

Michael Schaub

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503A W. North Loop Blvd.
Austin TX 78751
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Michael Schaub is a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and Men’s Journal. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, and other publications. He lives in Austin, Texas. His current term on the NBCC board ends in 2019.

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 NBCC 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 NBCC board ends in 2017.

Elizabeth Taylor

Online Committee

2821 N. Pinegrove
Chicago IL 60657
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Elizabeth Taylor, co-editor of The National Book Review and 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 current term on the NBCC board 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 NBCC board ends in 2018.

Marion Winik

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4600 Keswick Rd.
Baltimore MD 21210
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Longtime NPR commentator Marion Winik reviews books for Newsday, Kirkus, and anyone else who asks. She is the author of “First Comes Love,” “The Glen Rock Book of the Dead,” “Highs in the Low Fifties” and other books; she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore. Her current term on the NBCC board ends in 2019.

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