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The cowardly don't publish the brave.

Roberto Bolaño

New Directions

was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."

Barbara Epler

joined New Directions as an editorial assistant after graduating from college in 1984. She became Editor in Chief in 1995; named Publisher in 2008, and in 2011 became President.

Laurie Callahan

is Executive Vice President.

Declan Spring

is Vice President, Senior Editor, and Director of Foreign Rights. He has been working at New Directions since 1991.

Jeffrey Yang

works as an editor at New Directions. He has been with the press since 2000.

Erik Rieselbach

is the Art Director & Production Manager of New Directions.

Jeff Clapper

has been working for New Directions for twenty years as our business manager and computer consultant extraordinaire.

Tynan Kogane

is an Editor at New Directions. He was raised in Seattle and graduated from the New School.

Mieke Chew

is Co-Director of Publicity at New Directions. She grew up in Australia, where she founded Higher Arc magazine in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn.

Georgia Phillips-Amos

is Co-Director of Publicity.

Chris Wait

is Permissions Editor and Ebook Manager at New Directions. After graduating from Vassar College, he lived in Argentina, Japan, Mexico and Turkey before settling in New York.

Tom Roberge

began his publishing career as a bookseller and later worked as an editor before coming to New Directions in 2010. He is the bookstore liaison.


Halley Parry, Caroline Zavakos, Julian Elman, and Ariana Perez-Castells


makes periodic appearances in the office. Jeff Clapper looks after him. He likes to yip at the UPS man.