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
inquiries about press attendance at the National Book
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Director of Technology
Meredith Andrews began working at the Foundation over 20 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. Find her on Twitter at @meredithandrews.
Laura Donovan studied literature and criticism at The New School and CUNY/Hunter College. Previous employment has been in helping other creative firms keep their offices running smoothly and she's thrilled to join the Foundation and to be part of advocating for the place of literature in everyone's life. Find her on Twitter @paura1.
Awards and Administration Coordinator
Courtney Gillette is an essayist and reviewer, reviewing books for Lambda Literary since 2010. She co-hosts The Hustle reading series, helps behind the scenes at BinderCon, and has served as a judge for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her work has appeared in The Masters Review, BuzzFeed LGBT, Gertrude, Literary Hub, and other publications. She holds an M.S. in Urban Education from Mercy College and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Lesley University. Find her on Twitter at @courtneyaj.
Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Prior to that she served as Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute, on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and ReelWorks Teen Filmmaking. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Find her on Twitter at @likaluca.
Director of Programs
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.
Director of Education
Jordan Smith joins the National Book Foundation after five years at Museum of the Moving Image, where she most recently held the title of Director of Education. In addition to her work at MoMI, she has worked as an educator and administrator at museums and arts organizations across New York City including the American Folk Art Museum, Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tribeca Film Institute. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MA from New York University.
Jonathan Walsh is a writer and musician with over six years of communications and fundraising experience for organizations including Martin Guitar, GMHC, the Food Bank for New York City, and Urban Green Council. He is a contributing editor to Martin: the Journal of Acoustic Guitars, a founding editor of the forthcoming Black Rabbit Review, and a freelance videographer whose clients include Poets & Writers and the Academy of American Poets. He holds a B.A. from Boston University.
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 former board member for First Book, Brooklyn. She holds a MBA from St. Joseph’s College. Find her on Twitter at @syoungnbf.