Presenter of the National Book Awards

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National Book Foundation
Presenter of the National Book Awards
90 Broad Street, Suite 604
New York, New York 10004
Phone: (212) 685-0261
Fax: (212) 213-6570

Press inquiries:

For inquiries about press attendance at the National Book Awards,
please contact: Sherrie Young ,

Staff Directory:

Director of Technology
Meredith Andrews began working at the Foundation over eighteen years ago, starting out as an intern. She has been responsible for the creation, expansion, and maintenance of its website since it launched in 1997. After years of working on friends' websites, she founded an independent web-design and development firm in 2009, Applewood Creative LLC.

Executive Director
Harold Augenbraum has published seven books on Latino literature of the United States, translated Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition, the Filipino novelist José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo for Penguin Classics, and with Ilan Stavans, the forthcoming The Plain in Flames by Juan Rulfo. In April 2013, Penguin will publish his edition of The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust.

Marketing Media Manager
Alix Finkelstein is an editor and writer specializing in art and culture. In addition to writing for major newspapers and magazines, she has created digital and print content for The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, Pratt Institute, and other cultural institutions.

Program Manager
Amy Gall holds an MFA in fiction writing from The New School. Her work has appeared in, among others, PANK, The LA Review of Books, The Lambda Literary Review, and the forthcoming anthology Queer Landscapes.

Program Manager
Benjamin Samuel is Editor-at-Large at Electric Literature, and Co-Founder of its weekly fiction magazine Recommended Reading. He has an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, and his writing has been published by McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Atticus Books, The LA Review of Books, Flavorwire, Publisher's Weekly, and elsewhere. He tweets as @benasam.

Assistant Director
Leslie Shipman has been active in literary and educational programming for over 20 years. Her poetry has appeared in a number of journals, including BOMB, The Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, Cortland Review and The Laurel Review, and has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2005. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was the Alan Collins Tuition Scholar in Poetry at the Breadloaf Writers conference in 2008, and holds an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Director of Marketing and Special Projects
Sherrie Young has been with the Foundation for over fifteen years and has been instrumental in expanding and developing many of the organization’s programs. Considered a literary advocate, Ms. Young is a co-founder of YB Literary, an organization that uses interactive activities to enlighten teenagers about the transformative power of reading literature, and is a board member for First Book, Brooklyn. She holds a MBA from St. Joseph’s College.