2012 Board Election Results

By Eric Banks

It's with great pleasure that we announce the results of our election of board members. From a slate of 28 outstanding candidates, the following eight NBCC members were elected or reelected to a three-year term beginning in 2012. Congratulations to them all!

Rigoberto González, the author of ten books and recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and NYFA grants and the winner of the Shelley Memorial Award and the American Book Award, reviews for the El Paso Times and the LA Review of Books. He is currently teaching at the MFA writing program of Rutgers—Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

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,, 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). He is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Karen R. Long has served as the book editor at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland since February 2005. She is responsible for directing the paper’s book coverage, writing stories and weekly reviews.  She has covered science, religion, and medicine for The Plain Dealer and worked as one of its investigative reporters. 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.

Michael Miller has worked at the Village Voice Literary Supplement and Time Out New York, where he was an editor and the lead book critic from 2005 until 2010. He is currently an editor at Bookforum.

Laurie Muchnick is book editor at Bloomberg News. She has also been the book editor of Newsday and an editor at the Village Voice Literary Supplement.

Megan O'Grady is a Contributing Editor at Vogue, where she writes the Books column. She is the 2012 Arts and Culture Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

John Reed has written for numerous publications, including Open City, Popmatters, Brooklyn Rail, Artnet, Artforum, Paper Magazine, New York Press, Time Out New York, BOMB Magazine, Art in America, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Playboy. He is the author of the novels A Still Small Voice (Delacorte), The Whole (MTV Books), the 2004 bestseller Snowball’s Chance (Roof), the play All the World’s a Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare (Plume), and the recently released Tales of Woe (MTV Press). He is on faculty of Creative Writing at New School University and Columbia University.

Parul Sehgal is Books Editor of She is the recipient of the 2010 Nona Balakian Award and a former senior editor at Publishers Weekly.