Richard Nash is a strategist and serial entrepreneur in new and traditional media. He led partnerships and content at the culture discovery start-up Small Demons and the new media app Byliner. Previously he ran experimental publisher Red Lemonade where he published NBCC finalist for criticism What Would Lynne Tillman Do? and the PEN Bingham winner Banessa Vaselka’s Zazen. From 2001-2009 he ran the iconic independent Soft Skull Press where he published Man Booker International finalist Lydia Millet, Lynne Tillman, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Matthew Sharpe, David Rees, Shannon Burke, for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. In 2010 the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your world and in 2013 the Frankfurt Book Fair picked him as one of the Five Most Inspiring People in Digital Publishing. He is currently running a shared US publishing office for several leading international independent publishers, and is launching Rapt, a book-paired-with-wine subscription box, in June 2018.
Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine and the recipient of the 2015 PEN Nora Magid Award for Editing. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, Guernica, Rolling Stone, Spin, Sports Illustrated, SPY, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. He is the author of the memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties (Grove, 2016) and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University.
Alexa Stark joined Trident in 2012 to work with Ellen Levine and her illustrious authors. She was soon promoted to First Serial Associate and sold stories, essays, and book excerpts to The New Yorker, Harper’s, Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, N+1, and The New York Times, among others. Alexa is now actively growing her own client list and represents a range of literary and upmarket fiction as well as nonfiction. In fiction, she is particularly drawn to literary debuts with a unique voice and perspective, character-driven suspense and thrillers, stories about dysfunctional friendships and families, fiction that delves into the surreal, and select YA. Above all, she’s looking for assured prose, captivating storytelling, and characters that come alive. In nonfiction, she is drawn to narrative nonfiction, cultural criticism, voice-driven essay collections, popular science, psychology, and women’s issues. Raised in New York City, Alexa earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Before coming to Trident, she worked at PEN American Center and at Curtis Brown. She lives in Brooklyn.
Date & Time
March 21, 2018
7:00 pm-8:30 pm