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.
Jeffrey Yang works as an editor at New Directions. He has been with the press since 2000.
Erik Rieselbach is the Art Director & Production Manager of New Directions.
Jeffrey Clapper has been working for New Directions for twenty years as our business manager and computer consultant extraordinaire.
Associate Editor and Publicity Director Michael Barron has been working at New Directions since 2006. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College.
Tynan Kogane is an Associate Editor at New Directions. He was raised in Seattle and graduated from the New School.
Mieke Chew is Web Director and Marketing Associate at New Directions. She grew up in Australia, where she founded Higher Arc magazine in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn.
Chris Wait is Permissions Editor and Ebook Manager at New Directions. After graduating from Vassar College, he lived in Argentina, Japan, Mexico and Turkey before settling in New York.
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.
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."