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."