Board of Directors

The National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors is elected each year, with participants serving three-year terms. Contact information, full board member bios, and committee lists are below. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page before contacting board members with NBCC-related questions.

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Board Members

Laurie Hertzel, NBCC President

Minneapolis Star Tribune/NBCC
650 3rd Avenue South
Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55488
lauriehertzel@gmail.com

Laurie Hertzel is the senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the author of a memoir, “News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist,” published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2010 and winner of a Minnesota Book Award. Her work has appeared in Tri-Quarterly, the Chicago Tribune, Minnesota Monthly magazine, and many other publications in the United States, Finland, and Australia. She has an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Hertzel teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her current term on the NBCC board ends in 2022.

Kerri Arsenault, VP Awards

PO Box 96
Roxbury, CT 06783
kerri.arsenault@bookcritics.org

Kerri Arsenault is a columnist at LitHub.com, and her work has appeared various publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, American Book Review, Kirkus, and Freeman’s. She is currently working on a book about Maine (Picador, 2019) where she is from. She received her MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from The New School. Literary Tweets @kerriarsenault. Her current term on the Board ends in 2021.

Jane Ciabattari, VP Events

730 Lisbon Court
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
janeciab@gmail.com

Jane Ciabattari is a former NBCC president, a regular contributor to BBC Culture and The Literary Hub, and author of the story collection Stealing the Fire. Her book reviews and cultural criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, NPR, Bookforum, Paris Review, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Poets & Writers Magazine, among others. She is a member of the Writers Grotto, on advisory boards of The Story Prize, the Bay Area Book Festival, and Lit Camp, a Pushcart Prize contributing editor, and a co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective, a San Francisco-based reading series.

Connie Ogle, VP Communications

1018 S. 16th Ave.
Hollywood, FL 33020
ogle.connie@gmail.com

Connie Ogle is a reporter at the Miami Herald, where she began covering the book beat in the 1990s. She became the Herald’s book editor and worked in that role for more than 15 years. She is currently a contributor for such publications as Kirkus, Newsday and the Star Tribune and runs the Herald Facebook group Readers With Attitude.

Carlin Romano, VP Grants

University of Pennsylvania
Annenberg School for Communication
3620 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
cromano@bookcritics.org

Carlin Romano is critic-at-large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Ursinus College. His current term on the NBCC board term ends in 2022.

Richard Z. Santos, VP Membership

3605 Cookstown Drive
Austin, TX 78759
rzsantos1@gmail.com

Richard Z. Santos is a writer and teacher in Austin, TX. His debut novel, Trust Me, is out now from Arte Público Press. His work has appeared in multiple venues, including Texas Monthly, Kirkus Reviews, The Rumpus, Cosmonauts Avenue, Nimrod, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and many more. He can be found at www.richardzsantos.com. His current term on the board ends in 2023.

Michael Schaub, VP Online

2500 Mesquite Ln.
Georgetown, TX 78628

mschaubtx@gmail.com

Michael Schaub is a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and Men’s Journal. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, and other publications. He lives in Austin, Texas. His current term on the NBCC board ends in 2022.

David Varno, VP Tech

Publishers Weekly/NBCC
71 W. 23rd Street, Suite 1608
New York, NY, 10010
davidvarno@bookcritics.org

David Varno is the fiction reviews editor at Publishers Weekly and a freelance critic. He received an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University and his writing has appeared in BOMB, the Brooklyn Rail, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Electric Literature, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, On the Seawall, Paste, Tin House, Words Without Borders, and other publications. His current term on the board ends in 2022.

Marion Winik, VP Treasurer

4600 Keswick Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210
maliwali@aol.com

Longtime All Things Considered commentator (1991-2006) Marion Winik is the host of The Weekly Reader radio show and podcast. She reviews books for Newsday, People, Kirkus Review and other venues. She is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and seven other books. Her monthly column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com has received the “Best Column” and “Best Humorist” awards from Baltimore Magazine, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun and many other publications. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore. More info at marionwinik.com. Her current term on the Board ends in 2022.

Jacob Appel

140 Claremont Ave #3D
New York, NY 10027
jacobmappel@gmail.com

Jacob M. Appel teaches writing and bioethics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he serves as Director of Ethics Education in Psychiatry. He is the author of fifteen volumes of fiction, two non-fiction books and a poetry collection. In his spare time, he is an emergency room physician. More at: www.jacobmappel.com

Colette Bancroft

Book Editor, Tampa Bay Times
130134th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
bancroft.colette72@gmail.com

Colette Bancroft has been the book editor at the Tampa Bay Times since 2007 and has received several journalism awards for her reviews and articles. She also directs the annual Times Festival of Reading, which presents 40 to 50 authors to 5,000 attendees. She is the editor of and a contributor to the short story anthology Tampa Bay Noir (Akashic 2020).

Gregg Barrios

Freelance Writer/Critic
304 E Courtland Pl
San Antonio, TX 78212
greggbarrios@bookcritics.org

Gregg Barrios is a playwright, poet, and journalist. He is a 2013 USC Annenberg Getty Fellow, and serves on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters this year. He is the 2015 Fall Visiting Writer at Our Lady of the Lake University. His work has appeared in Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Texas Observer, Texas Monthly, Film Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, and Andy Warhol’s Interview. He is a former book editor of the San Antonio Express-News. He has received a CTG-Mark Taper Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Grant, and a 2013 Artist Foundation Grant for his theater work. His play Ship of Fools about Texas writer Katherine Anne Porter premieres this year in San Antonio’s Overtime Theater. He is collaborating with actor and filmmaker James Franco on a book of his experimental work in poetry and film. His current term on the board ends in 2021.

Victoria Chang

19909 Redbeam Ave.
Torrance, CA 90503
fattery@gmail.com 

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney’s) won The PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017, along with the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. She is a contributing editor of Copper Nickel and a poetry editor at Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches at Antioch University’s MFA program in Los Angeles. You can find her at www.victoriachangpoet.com. Her current term on the board ends in 2021.

Lori Feathers

3030 McKinney Ave. #2105
Dallas, TX 75204
lori@interabangbooks.com

Lori Feathers is a freelance book critic who lives in Dallas, Texas. Her reviews and features are published in several online and print publications including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Words Without Borders, The Rumpus, Full Stop, World Literature Today, and Rain Taxi. She is a fiction judge for the Best Translated Book Award, and is a co-owner and the book buyer at Interabang Books in Dallas. Her current term on the board ends in 2020.

Charles Finch

1832 N. Berendo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
charlesfinch3@gmail.com

Charles Finch is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Last Enchantments and The Woman in the Water. He is a regular critic for the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He lives in Los Angeles. His current term on the NBCC board ends in 2021.

Carolyn Kellogg

3966 Atlanta Hwy.
#354
Montgomery, AL 36109
[New address as of Jan 2020]
carolynkellogg.writes@gmail.com

Carolyn Kellogg is a writer and critic. She is the former Books Editor of the Los Angeles Times, where she launched the slate of literary Critics at Large, and is an award-winning culture writer. Her work has been published widely. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama and can be found on Twitter @paperhaus.

Megan Labrise

labrise@gmail.com 

Megan Labrise is editor-at-large of Kirkus Reviews. She hosts Kirkus’ weekly podcast, Fully Booked, and interviews writers of all genres. Her current term on the board ends in 2023.

Jessica Loudis

476 Clinton Avenue, 2A
Brooklyn, NY 11238
jloudis@gmail.com

Jessica Loudis is an editor and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, and many other fine literary outlets. She has been an editor at Bookforum, Al Jazeera, and Conjunctions, and was the founding editor of the book review website Idiom. Her NBCC term ends in 2020.

John McWhorter

33-27 80th St., #31
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
jhmcwhorter5@gmail.com

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy and music history at Columbia University. He writes for Time, CNN, the Atlantic and various publications on language and on race issues, and is the author of Words on the Move, Doing Our Own Thing, Losing the Race, The Language Hoax, The Power of Babel, and other books. He has authored four audiovisual sets on language for the Teaching Company and spoken at TED twice. He also does Slate’s language podcast Lexicon Valley. His current term on the Board ends in 2020.

Ismail Muhammad

1066 56th St., Apartment A
Oakland, CA 94608
ismailmuhammad03@gmail.com

Ismail Muhammad is a writer and critic based in Oakland, California, where he's a staff writer for the Millions, contributing editor at ZYZZYVA Literary Magazine, and Ph.D. candidate in English at U.C. Berkeley. His writing has appeared in Slate, the Paris Review, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. You can and find him on Twitter @trapmotives. His current term on the board ends in 2021.

Katherine A. Powers

424 Pelham Hill Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
kapow3@gmail.com

Katherine A. Powers is a freelance critic and the recipient of the 2013 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. She is the editor of “Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963” (FSG, 2013). Her term on the NBCC board ends in 2021.

Madeleine Schwartz

madeleineschwartz@gmail.com

Madeleine Schwartz has written for The London Review of Books, The Guardian, Harper’s, Politico, Artforum, and The New York Review of Books, where she worked as an editor for several years. Her writing has been supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the International Women’s Media Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation.

Elizabeth Taylor

2821 N. Pinegrove
Chicago IL 60657
etaylornbcc@gmail.com

Elizabeth Taylor, co-editor of The National Book Review and Literary Editor at Large of the Chicago Tribune, has served as President of the NBCC. The co-author of “American Pharaoh,” she edited both the Books and Sunday Magazine sections of the Chicago Tribune, and was a national correspondent for Time magazine, based in New York and then Chicago. Her term on the NBCC board ends in 2021.

Hope Wabuke

Attn: Hope Wabuke
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of English
625 N. 14th Street
Andrews Hall 202
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333
hope.wabuke@gmail.com

Hope Wabuke is the author of the chapbooks Movement No. 1: Trains and The Leaving. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation. A National Book Critics Circle board member, she is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Committees

Autobiography

Katherine A. Powers, Chair
Jacob Appel
Victoria Chang
Jane Ciabattari
Laurie Hertzel
Carolyn Kellogg
Connie Ogle
Carlin Romano
Richard Z. Santos
Elizabeth Taylor
Marion Winik

Biography

Elizabeth Taylor, Chair
Jane Ciabattari
Charles Finch
Laurie Hertzel
Carolyn Kellogg
Megan Labrise
John McWhorter
Katherine A. Powers
Carlin Romano
Richard Z. Santos
Michael Schaub
Madeleine Schwartz

Criticism

Kerri Arsenault, Chair
Lori Feathers
Charles Finch
Megan Labrise
Jessica Loudis
Ismail Muhammad
Carlin Romano
Madeleine Schwartz
Elizabeth Taylor
David Varno
Hope Wabuke

Fiction

Charles Finch, Chair
Jacob Appel
Kerri Arsenault
Colette Bancroft
Gregg Barrios
Jane Ciabattari
Lori Feathers
Carolyn Kellogg
Ismail Muhammad
Connie Ogle
Carlin Romano
Michael Schaub
David Varno
Marion Winik

Nonfiction

Carolyn Kellogg, Chair
Colette Bancroft
Jessica Loudis
John McWhorter
Ismail Muhammad
Connie Ogle
Carlin Romano
Richard Z. Santos
Michael Schaub
Elizabeth Taylor

Poetry

Victoria Chang, Chair
Jacob Appel
Kerri Arsenault
Gregg Barrios
Charles Finch
Megan Labrise
Carlin Romano
Elizabeth Taylor
David Varno
Hope Wabuke