Our Mission

The mission of Coffee House Press is to publish exciting, vital, and enduring authors of our time; to delight and inspire readers; to contribute to the cultural life of our community; and to enrich our literary heritage. By building on the best traditions of publishing and the book arts, we produce books that celebrate imagination, innovation in the craft of writing, and the many authentic voices of the American experience.

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Board of Directors and Staff

Coffee House Press is led by twenty-one directors and twelve staff members.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carol Mack, President
Attorney, retired 

Patricia Beithon, Vice President
Apogee Enterprises, General Counsel & Secretary

Patricia Tilton, Treasurer
KPMG, Partner, retired

Louise Copeland, Secretary
William Mitchell College of Law, Marketing & Alumni Relations

Suzanne Allen
Ottertail Corporation, VP and Treasurer

Patrick Coleman
Minnesota Historical Society, Acquisitions Librarian

William Hardacker
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Legal Counsel

Carl Horsch
US Bank, Wealth Management Advisor

Kenneth Kahn
MZ & Drew, President

Stephen Keating
Toro Corporation, retired 

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
St. Olaf College, Associate Professor of English and Director of Race and Ethnic Studies

Sarah Lutman
Lutman & Associates, Principal

Malcolm McDermid
CBIZ MHM Minneapolis, Director

Sjur Midness
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Attorney, Partner

Maureen Millea Smith
Hennepin County Library–Edina, Librarian

Peter Nelson
Dorsey & Whitney, Attorney, Partner

Enrique Olivarez Jr.
CLUES, VP of Development & Communications

Marla Stack
Walker Art Center, Director of Special Projects Fundraising

Paul Stembler
WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Purchasing Organization, Cooperative Development Coordinator

Chris Fischbach, ex officio
Coffee House Press, Publisher

Board Members Emeritus:
Sally French
Isabel Keating
Mary McDermid
Stu Wilson
Warren Woessner

Interns

Learn more about our internship program

 

COFFEE HOUSE STAFF

 

Nica Carrillo, Marketing and Publicity Associate

nica@coffeehousepress.org

Nica Carrillo joined Coffee House Press in 2015. In addition to degrees in Anthropology and Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota, she has pursued work in disability services and the Minneapolis restaurant industry. Nica has performed in Story Club Minneapolis’ monthly events, and can often be found browsing bookstore shelves or learning new banjo tunes.


Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey, Managing Director

caroline@coffeehousepress.org

Caroline joined Coffee House Press in 2012 as Marketing and Sales Director. She serves on the board of Unstuck and holds an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

 

Lizzie Davis, Assistant Editor

lizzie@coffeehousepress.org

As assistant editor, Lizzie supports the editorial and production staff to bring titles from acquisition to finished book. Prior to joining Coffee House Press, she studied literary arts and romance languages at Brown University. Her translations from the Spanish include works by Ezio Neyra, Pilar Fraile Amador, Daniel Saldaña París, and others, as well as Elena Medel’s My First Bikini (Jai-Alai, 2015) and the prose for Then Come Back: The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda (Copper Canyon, 2016). 

 

Chris Fischbach, Publisher

fish@coffeehousepress.org

Chris became publisher of Coffee House Press in July 2011, after sixteen years in various editorial roles. He has served as co-chair of the Minneapolis Arts Commission and as assistant director of the Twin Cities Book Festival, and currently sits on the board of directors of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.


Rob Keefe, Bookkeeper

rob@coffeehousepress.org

Robert Keefe arrived at the offices of Coffee House Press via a trajectory that reads like a Proustian phrase: long, complex, all-encompassing—beginning as a computer scientist who picked up accounting while networking small construction developers in Los Angeles, to trade that hat and to ply his hands at publishing and writing, and cinema and radio in the Pacific Northwest, then a skip across the pond to Europe as a DJ until an inevitable return to NYC as an accountant for record labels. A year ago he packed up shop again for the long mid-west horizons to settle just south of the source of the Mississippi. He’s rather fond of biking and meeting new folks.


Allan Kornblum, Founder

Allan studied poetry at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and published poems in a wide variety of little magazines in the 1970s and early 1980s. During that period he served as the editor, designer, printer, and publisher for Toothpaste Press. From 1984 – 2011 he served as editor and publisher at Coffee House Press. In recognition of his work at these two presses, Kornblum received an American Book Award for Special Achievement as an Editor and Publisher in 1997. Allan passed away on November 23, 2014.

 

Mandy Medley

Mandy Medley, Publicist

mandy@coffeehousepress.org

Mandy spent seven years in the vibrant Chicago book community organizing author events throughout the city. She created and coordinated full event programming for two different bookstores and she worked closely with the Chicago Humanities Festival to secure their fall and spring literary lineups. She orchestrated countless unconventional literary experiences ranging from bookstore bicycle crawls to Chicago Independent Bookstore Day. Originally from Georgia, she is proud to call the Midwest her home.

 

Timothy Otte

Timothy Otte, Publishing Assistant

timothy@coffeehousepress.org

Timothy Otte joined Coffee House Press as Publishing Assistant in 2016 after five years in the tea industry. He studied English and theater at St. Olaf College and was a selected participant in the 2014-15 Loft Literary Center Mentor Series in Poetry. His writing has appeared internationally in a variety of journals and was recently set to music. When not at work, he is probably walking his dogs or reading, often out loud.

 

Jay Peterson, CHP in the Stacks Project Coordinator

jay@coffeehousepress.org

Jay D. Peterson was the general manager of Magers and Quinn Booksellers for twelve years and a programming consultant for the Twin Cities Book Festival for 4. He is currently the Project Coordinator of the CHP In The Stacks library residency program and Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Augsburg College. He is also a volunteer tutor and Vice Chair of the board of directors of Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, a Twin Cities tutoring and writing center for students ages 6-18.

 

Janna Rademacher, Sales Analyst

Janna is the head of Jx2 Consulting.  She works with a variety of arts and service organizations on publicity, marketing, strategic planning, financial analysis, and fundraising. Current long-term clients include Black Balloon Publishing, Bellevue Literary Press, Devereux Consulting, Northern Clay Center, and Coffee House Press.

 

Erika Stevens, Poetry Editor at Large

erika@coffeehousepress.org

Erika Stevens is poetry editor-at-large at Coffee House Press and runs Quick Bread Editorial, an independent freelance editing business. Erika previously acquired creative writing, scholarly, and trade books for the University of Georgia Press.

 

Carla Valadez, Production Editor

carla@coffeehousepress.org

Carla Valadez joined Coffee House Press in 2015 with a decade of experience in book publishing. She is a seasoned copy editor, a Chicago Manual of Style enthusiast, and an advocate for best practices in the editorial-production process. Carla is also on the board of directors of the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable. When not at work, you will likely find her hanging out with her daughter and husband or running on one of the many trails the Twin Cities has to offer.

 

 

EMILY BOOKS STAFF

 

Ruth Curry

Ruth Curry, Publisher

ruth@emilybooks.com

Ruth Curry is a writer, editor, and former Coffee House Press intern.  Together with Emily Gould, she cofounded Emily Books in 2011.  She grew up in Illinois, received her BA from Carleton College, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Emily Goud

Emily Gould, Publisher

emily@emilybooks.com

Emily Gould is the author of Friendship and And The Heart Says Whatever. In 2011, Ruth Curry and she founded Emily Books as a subscription-based e-book–of–the–month club. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.