Patrice Caldwell, founder & fundraising chair
Patrice Caldwell is the founder and Fundraising Chair of People of Color in Publishing. She is also a writer and former children’s book editor. Visit Patrice on Twitter @whimsicallyours, Instagram @whimsicalaquarian, and her website, patricecaldwell.com. Her YA anthology, A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN–16 speculative fiction stories featuring Black girls & gender nonconforming teens–is out March 2020 from Penguin Teen. Her writing is represented by Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners.
Porscha Burke, advisory board chair
Porscha Burke, in her fourteen years at Random House, has acquired works by Dr. Maya Angelou, Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, and Chief David O. Brown, and spearheaded new editions of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and The Black Book, originally edited by Toni Morrison. A Queens, New York native and University of Virginia graduate, Porscha received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, where she currently teaches book proposal writing.
Saraciea J. Fennell, advisory board chair
Christine Hung, communications & public relations co-chair
Carolina Ortiz, communications & public relations co-chair
Jasmine Miranda, communications & public relations co-chair
saba sulaiman, mentorship & retention co-chair
ebony ladelle, Outreach & Events co-chair
Ebony LaDelle is the Senior Marketing Manager at HarperCollins and EpicReads. Before HarperCollins, Ebony worked at Simon & Schuster and before there Macmillan/Henry Holt and Company, where she worked on campaigns for Atul Gawande, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Andy Cohen. She holds a BA in Journalism from Howard University and received her MS in Publishing from Pace University in 2009. Ebony LaDelle also founded Coloring Books, a curated email of multicultural books that are worth reading, in the hopes that she can help people discover a book that speaks to them and their unique experiences. Visit her online at www.coloringbooksinfo.com and on Twitter @coloringbooks.
mekisha telfer, Outreach & Events co-chair
Mekisha Telfer is an Associate Editor at Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Books. After graduation with BA in English literature from the University of Georgia, she got her start in publishing with Simon & Schuster BFYR and Salaam Reads—working on everything from picture books to YA. She has also worked with Glasstown Entertainment, a book packaging company founded by bestselling author Lauren Oliver. Mekisha is committed to supporting diverse voices and making amazing books for underserved communities. Follow her on Twitter @MekishaTelfer.
booki vivat, Outreach & Events co-chair
Booki Vivat grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She’s taught middle school English abroad, fallen off a ladder during a very brief stint as a bookseller, and worked as a book minion in children’s publishing. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling illustrated middle-grade novel Frazzled. Her writing is represented by Steven Malk at Writers House.
jalissa corrie, Writers & Illustrators co-chair
Jalissa has a degree in Management from Binghamton University and joined LEE & LOW, where she is the Marketing Associate, in the summer of 2016. She likes to travel to distant lands through rich storytelling and in real life. She also writes young adult science fiction featuring people of her community and beyond. When she isn’t writing or working, you can find her at bookish events across New York City. Find her on Twitter @jmarcellecorrie.
kait feldmann, Writers & Illustrators co-chair
Kait Feldmann is an Editor at Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, where she is building a list of picture books and graphic novels. She is excited to be working on debut books by Jon Lau, Isabella Kung, Sarah Jung, Shirley Chan, and more! Kait joined Scholastic in May of 2014 and gained editorial experience assisting Executive Editors Tracy Mack, Michael di Capua, Cheryl Klein, and Andrea Davis Pinkney, as well as editing under Arthur A. Levine Books until May of 2019. Kait is also the founder and chair of the Scholastic Diversity Committee, and serves on the Advisory Council for the Diverse BookFinder. Follow her on Twitter @kaitfeldmann.
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beth phelan, mentorship & retention co-chair
Beth Phelan is a graduate of New York University and has been working in publishing since 2010. After getting her start at Scott Waxman Agency and Morhaim Literary, she spent four years as an agent with The Bent Agency before landing at Gallt & Zacker in late 2017. She will continue to represent middle-grade and teen fiction and nonfiction. Beth is also the creator of #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event for marginalized voices, which she launched in April 2016, and #EATTHEBOOK, an instagram series that pairs new releases with food that looks like the book cover. You can find Beth on Twitter at @beth_phelan and at www.bethphelan.com.
linda camacho, Writers & Illustrators co-chair
Before Linda Camacho moved to Gallt & Zacker Literary, she was with Prospect Agency and held various roles on the publishing side. After graduating from Cornell in 2005, she interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers House literary agency, and worked at Penguin and Random House. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit Linda on Twitter @LindaRandom.
norma perez-hernandez, historian
Norma Perez-Hernandez is an acquiring editorial assistant at Kensington Publishing Corp. She has worked on a variety of projects, including fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers, and non-fiction. A New York City native, Norma studied English literature at the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York and is a graduate of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College. She is thrilled to build a list with diverse authors and books. Find her on Twitter at @normajeanesays.