Coffee House Staff

Nica Carrillo, Marketing and Publicity Associate 
Nica Carrillo, Marketing and Sales Manager

Nica Carrillo joined Coffee House Press in 2015. She holds a degree in anthropology and vocal performance from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in disability services and the Minneapolis restaurant industry. Nica can often be found browsing bookstore shelves or learning new banjo tunes.

Lizzie Davis, Assistant Editor
Lizzie Davis, Associate Editor

Lizzie’s 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). Prior to joining Coffee House Press, she studied literary arts and romance languages at Brown University. 

Annemarie Eayrs, Publishing Assistant
Annemarie Eayrs, Editorial and Production Assistant

Formerly an intern, Annemarie joined Coffee House Press as publishing assistant in 2017. She earned a degree in English from Carleton College, where she focused on the intersection of Asian American literature and transracial adoption. She is the blog editor for Paper Darts and serves on the board of directors for the Asian American Organizing Project.

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Claire Fallon, Publicity & Communications Assistant

Claire Fallon joined Coffee House Press in 2019. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2018 with a BA in English literature and previously served as an intern with Graywolf Press. Claire is also a poet and essayist; she wrote a lyric essay on the music of Talking Heads for her senior thesis, which won the Mark David Clawson Award. Her nonfiction can be found in Cosmonauts Avenue.
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Daley Farr, Publicist

Daley comes to Coffee House Press from Milkweed Books, where she worked as a bookseller, buyer, and events coordinator. In addition to planning events specializing in independent presses and emerging authors, Daley managed the bookstore’s marketing, digital media, and subscription programs. Previously, she worked in events at Magers & Quinn Booksellers and many actual coffee houses. She studied literature at the University of Oxford and graduated from Augsburg College with a BA in English.
Chris Fischbach, Publisher
Chris Fischbach, Publisher

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, assistant director of the Twin Cities Book Festival, and on the board of directors of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. He currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

Rob Keefe, Bookkeeper

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. 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 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.

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Valeria Luiselli, Contributing Editor
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; and, most recently, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. She is the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in New York City.
Janna Rademacher, Sales Analyst

Janna’s career in independent publishing over twenty-five years encompasses many aspects of the industry, including management, marketing, and financial analysis. She spent fifteen years at Graywolf Press, ten of those as managing and marketing director. Janna has also worked with numerous publishers in the US and UK over the past several years.

Erika Stevens, Poetry Editor at Large

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 Valadez, Managing Editor and Director of Operations

Carla Valadez joined Coffee House Press in 2015 with a decade of experience in book publishing. She is a​ ​project manager,​ ​copy editor, and ​CHP’s resident​ ​Chicago Manual of Style enthusiast.​ ​Carla is also on the board of directors of the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable.


Ruth Curry, Publisher

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 Gould, Publisher
Emily Gould, Publisher

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.