Board Members

Daniel Akst

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34-38 81st St.
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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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.

Kerri Arsenault

NBCC VP/Newswire
Online Committee

PO Box 96
Roxbury CT 06783
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Kerri Arsenault is a writer, editor, and book critic. She is a columnist at LitHub.com, and her work has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, NBCC’s Critical Mass, and Bookslut. She is currently working on a book about Maine. Her current term on the Board ends in 2018.

Tom Beer

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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.

Jane Ciabattari

NBCC VP/Online
Online Committee
Books Columnist, BBC.com
Jane Ciabattari
730 Lisbon Court
Rohnert Park, 94928
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Jane Ciabattari writes the Between the Lines column for BBC.com and contributes regularly to LitHub, NPR.org 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 member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Bookforum, Salon, 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.

Anjali Enjeti

Online Committee

11014 Taconic Way
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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Anjali Enjeti is a freelance critic, essayist and journalist. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Star Tribune, Vice, NPR, NBC, The Guardian, Washington Post, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives near Atlanta, teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Reinhardt University, and can be found on Twitter @anjalienjeti. Her current term on the NBCC Board ends in 2020.

Lori Feathers

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3030 McKinney Ave. #2105
Dallas, TX 75204
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Lori Feathers is a freelance book critic who lives in Dallas, Texas. Her reviews are published in several online and print publications including The Rumpus, Full Stop, World Literature Today, and Words without Borders. She is a fiction judge for the Best Translated Book Award, and the book buyer and co-owner of Interabang Bookstore in Dallas. Her current term on the board ends in 2020.

Michele Filgate

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.

Daisy Fried

Online Committee

811 S. Hutchinson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry, Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again and She Didn’t Mean to Do It. The recipient of Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships for her poetry, she contributes book reviews to the New York Times, Poetry, Threepenny Review and elsewhere, and is a member of the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Her current term on the board ends in 2020

Mary Ann Gwinn

NBCC VP/Secretary
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Books Columnist, Seattle Times
7814 39th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
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Mary Ann Gwinn contributes to the Seattle Times’ Weekly Lit Life Column and is 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 NBCC board ends in 2020.

Laurie Hertzel

Online Committee
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.

Yahdon Israel

NBCC VP/Membership & Awards
Online Committee

319 Lewis Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221
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Yahdon Israel is a 26 year-old writer from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, who writes about race, class, gender and culture in America. He has written for Avidly, The New Inquiry, LitHub, ESPNW, and Brooklyn Magazine. He graduated from the New School with his MFA in Creative Non-Fiction, and runs a popular Instagram page which promotes literature and fashion under the hashtag #literaryswag. His current term on the Board ends in 2020.

John McWhorter

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33-27 80th St., #31
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy and music history at Columbia University. He writes for Time, CNN, the Atlantic and various publications on language and on race issues, and is the author of Words on the Move, Doing Our Own Thing, Losing the Race, The Language Hoax, The Power of Babel, and other books. He has authored four audiovisual sets on language for the Teaching Company and spoken at TED twice. He also does Slate’s language podcast Lexicon Valley. His current term on the Board ends in 2020.

Michael Miller

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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

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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 term on the NBCC board ends in 2020.

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 current 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
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
KIRKUS MEDIA LLC
2600 Via Fortuna, Suite 130
Austin, TX 78746
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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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Distinguished Fulbright
SEAMUS HEANEY POETRY CENTRE
University Road,
Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland UK
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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 term on the NBCC board ends in 2020.

Elizabeth Taylor

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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 President
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755 Kirk Road
755 Kirk Rd.
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 weekly column. Her reviews and essays have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, 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

NBCC VP/Treasurer
Online Committee

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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