Barbara Epler grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and joined New Directions as an editorial assistant after graduating from college in 1984. She became Editor in Chief in 1995 and in 2008 she was named Publisher and in 2011 the President.
Declan Spring is Vice President, Senior Editor, and Director of Foreign Rights. He has been working at New Directions since 1991.
Laurie Callahan started at New Directions as the Assistant to Fred Martin, then the Managing Editor (a job which included getting to the office early to make everyone coffee). She moved to Publicity, working under the fearless Griselda Ohannessian, and now, due to her great experience with the company, she is risen to the very senior position of Executive Vice President.
Jeffrey Yang works as an editor at New Directions. He has been with the press since 2000.
Associate Editor and Publicity Director Michael Barron has been working at New Directions since 2006. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College.
Tom Roberge began his publishing career as a bookseller and later worked as an editor before becoming the Publicity & Marketing Director at New Directions in 2010. He became a bookstore liaison, working with booksellers directly on behalf of New Directions, in 2013.
Erik Rieselbach is the Art Director & Production Manager of New Directions.
Kelsey Ford started working as Permissions Editor for New Directions in 2011. She is a Pacific Northwest transplant and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
Jeffrey Clapper has been working for New Directions for twenty years as our business manager and computer consultant extraordinaire.
Milo makes periodic appearances in the office. Jeff Clapper looks after him. He likes to yip at the UPS man.
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."