Board Members

Alex Abramovich

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30-53 29th Street 4B
Long Island City, NY 11102
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Alex Abramovich has worked and/or written for The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, Bookforum, The New York Times and other publications. He lives in Oakland, California and Astoria, Queens. His current term runs until 2015.

Mark Athitakis

Online Committee
Freelance critic
3251 W. Frankfurt Drive
Chandler, AZ 85226
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Mark Athitakis’ reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Kirkus Reviews, and numerous other publications. He is a contributor to The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors (2000), a co-writer of The Dumbest Moments in Business History: Useless Products, Ruinous Deals, Clueless Bosses, and Other Signs of Unintelligent Life in the Workplace (2004), and has spoken at events hosted by American Independent Writers, the Washington D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Book Critics Circle. Since 2008 he has operated the literary blog American Fiction Notes (http://www.markathitakis.com), where he writes regularly on books, criticism, and publishing. 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’s current term on the NBCC 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

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Newsday
235 Pinelawn Rd.
Melville, NY 11747
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Tom Beer is the books editor of Newsday. As a freelance writer, his reviews and author interviews appeared in many publications. His current term 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
1150 15th Street NW
Washington DC 20071
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Jane Ciabattari

NBCC VP/Online
Online Committee
Freelance Critic
730 Lisbon Court
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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Jane Ciabattari, who served as NBCC President from 2008 to 2011, writes the “Between the Lines” column for BBC.com. She also is a regular contributor to NPR.org, The Daily Beast, and the Boston Globe.  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 Stealing the Fire (Dzanc Books, 2013). 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

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Rigoberto González

NBCC VP/Awards
Online Committee

104-60 Queens Blvd #8-R
Forest Hills, NY 11375
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Rigoberto González, author of 14 books and recipient of both Guggenheim and NEA grants, is currently teaching at the MFA writing program of Rutgers—Newark, the State University of New Jersey. His current term on the NBCC board ends in 2015.

Mary Ann Gwinn

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Seattle Times
7814 39th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
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Steven G. Kellman

NBCC VP/Membership
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Freelance Critic
302 Fawn Drive
San Antonio, TX
78231-1519
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Steven G. Kellman was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing in 2007.  His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Texas Observer, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffingtonpost.com, Chicago Tribune, Review of Contemporary Fiction, the Believer, Bookforum, and Georgia Review.  His books include Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth (Norton, 2005), The Translingual Imagination (Nebraska, 2000), Loving Reading: Erotics of the Text (Archon, 1985), and The Self-Begetting Novel (Columbia, 1980).  Kellman is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Currently National Book Critics Circle Vice President/Membership, he served three previous terms on the board.  His current term runs until 2015.

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 2015.

Miriam Markowitz

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The Nation/NBCC
33 Irving Place, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003
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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 2015.

Laurie Muchnick

NBCC President
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Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
65 West 36th Street, Suite 700
New York, NY 10018
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Laurie Muchnick is the fiction editor at Kirkus Reviews. She has been book editor at Bloomberg News and Newsday, and was an editor at the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She was elected president of the NBCC board in 2013, and her term ends in 2015.

Walton Muyumba

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

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Elissa Schappell

NBCC VP/Newswire
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543 Union Street, 2B
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Joanna Scutts

Online Committee

3057 29th Street, #1D
Astoria, NY 11102
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Joanna Scutts is a freelance writer based in Queens, New York. She is a regular contributor to The Washington Post's Book World and to Random House's memoir and biography feature site, Biographile.com, and has written book reviews and features for The NationThe Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Kirkus Reviews, and Open Letters Monthly. She is at work on a book about single women and self-help culture in 1930s New York. Joanna holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and teaches writing at NYU’s Gallatin School.

Tess Taylor

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Anne Trubek

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3276 Daleford Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
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Anne Trubek is the author of A Skeptic’s Guide To Writers’ Houses and Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology. She has written and reviewed for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Jewish Review of Books, Slate, Barnes & Noble Review and others. A professor at Oberlin College, her website is http://www.annetrubek.com Her c.urrent term ends in 2016.

Kate Tuttle

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755 Kirk Road
Decatur, GA 30030
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