By creating a vetting system for our publications that is comprised of a wide variety of publishing professionals, Pen + Brush’s program exposes professional writers to a broad range of readers from multiple areas of the publishing landscape. P+B works with these industry influencers to review work created by women, making selections for publication based solely on merit for public presentation through our online publishing platforms. Professionals serving on our reading board will rotate in and out of the review process so that the pool of selected work will reflect current perspectives and multiple points of view, as broadly as possible.
We have the honor of working with a diverse group of individuals who are willing to contribute their time, expertise, and individual perspective to support Pen and Brush’s mission to advocate for gender parity in the arts.
Kate Angus, Founding Editor, Augury Books
Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, Tin House, The Awl, Verse Daily, Best New Poets 2010 and Best New Poets 2014. She has received the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s “Orlando” prize, as well as awards from Southeast Review, American Literary Review, and The New York Times’ “Teacher Who Made a Difference” award. Kate is the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and curates the “Pen and Brush Presents” reading series for the visual and literary arts nonprofit Pen and Brush. She has received residencies from Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan; the Betsy Hotel’s Writer’s Room in South Beach, Florida; the Wildfjords trail in Westfjords, Iceland; and the BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy. Kate has a BA from Brown University, an MFA from The New School University, and has done additional studies at Yale University, Barnard College, Columbia University and Trinity College, Dublin. Born and raised in Michigan, she currently lives in New York.
Joni Evans, Founding Member and CEO of wowOwow.com; former President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster and Publisher at Random House
Joni Evans’ 40-plus year career in publishing includes serving as President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster, and Publisher at Random House. As Senior VP of the William Morris Agency’s literary department, she represented such bestselling authors as Marcus Buckingham, Ann Coulter, Fannie Flagg, Quincy Jones, Mary Wells Lawrence, Peggy Noonan, Martin Garbus, James Patterson, Liz Smith and John Stossel. In her dynamic career, she has brought more than 100 books to the bestseller list. Joni is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the Women’s Forum and a founding member of both the Committee of 200 and Women’s Media Group. She has served as a director of the Dreyfus Fund for 23 years. She has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York, and O. Joni is the recipient of Springboard Enterprises Northstar Entrepreneur Award, 2010. She is co-creator, with Lesley Stahl, Liz Smith, Mary Wells Lawrence and more, of purewow.com, a digital publication dedicated to finding ways to make your life more interesting, beautiful and manageable.
Christina Granados, Co-Creator of Soapbox Poets L.A. and Curator, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund
Christina Granados is a writer-producer with multi-media vices. She is the lead producer at Lore D’Morrow, an independent film production company dedicated to high-concept storytelling. Most recently she independently produced fashion films and lifestyle branding for companies such as Zady, +Olive and Lisa C. She honed her development experience at the Sundance Documentary Fund and Katalyst Network. Prior to film, she moved through the publishing world as a journalist, a news editor and completed the prestigious Columbia Publishing Course. She is also the co-founder of SoapBox Poets, an established poetry collective based in Los Angeles.
Stephanie Koven, Literary Agent, Cullen Stanley International
Stephanie Koven started her career in publishing as Assistant Editor of Grand Street magazine in 1993. She left two years later to join Alfred A. Knopf, where for thirteen years she was Associate Editor and Foreign Rights Manager, selling UK and translation rights to the work of many renowned authors, including John Updike, Cormac McCarthy, Donna Tartt, Kay Redfield Jamison, Sherwin Nuland and Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. In 2008 Stephanie joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates, representing authors writing in all genres in the US and international markets. In January 2017, Stephanie left Janklow & Nesbit to join her long-time colleague and Partner at Janklow Cullen Stanley to form a new literary agency, Cullen Stanley International. Stephanie is interested in representing a wide range of writing, including commercial and literary fiction, history, science, lifestyle and health, and children’s books. With a strong background in editorial, Stephanie enjoys working with authors to create the best manuscript possible for submission. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Carey Salerno, Executive Editor, Alice James Books
Carey Salerno is the executive editor of Alice James Books. She earned her MFA in Poetry from New England College, and her poems have appeared in various journals in print and online. Her first book, Shelter, was published in 2009, and she is the editor, along with Anne Marie Macari, of the anthology Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books (2013).