Sean has been an editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux since 2011, and is also the co-founder and publisher of FSG Originals, FSG’s noted line of paperback and digital originals. He previously worked as an Executive Editor and Online Creative Director at Riverhead Books, as an editor at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, and at Arcade Publishing. He has worked with such writers as Sloane Crosley, John Darnielle, Junot Díaz, Warren Ellis, Nuruddin Farah, Gorillaz, Nicola Griffith, Aleksandar Hemon, Marlon James, Walter Mosley, Tyler Perry, the RZA, George Saunders, Tamara Shopsin, Robin Sloan, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Héctor Tobar, Ellen Ullman, Jeff VanderMeer, and Hideo Yokoyama. Sean was born and raised in southern California and now lives in New York City with his wife and young son.
For more than fifteen years, Daphne worked at Amazon.com, diving into all aspects of the book business, including buying, merchandising, editorial, acquisitions, and publishing. During her tenure as Editorial Director in Books, her team developed and curated the Best Books programs and launched the blog Omnivoracious. In her roles as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for Amazon Publishing, she launched and developed core genre imprints, managed acquisitions across all categories, including genre, literary fiction, and children’s books, and created Amazon’s first digital literary journal, Day One. Daphne was born in New York, but lives in Seattle and works in New York.
Emily is the Director of FSG Originals. She publishes Lucia Berlin, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Catherine Lacey, and Laura van den Berg, among others. Prior to FSG she worked at Riverhead Books with Sean McDonald. Emily lives in Petaluma, California, with her family. She is a Sagittarius.
Naomi spent five years working in independent publishing in Chicago, where she ran the small press Curbside Splendor. She also edited for featherproof books, and organized numerous reading series and book fairs. She established Book Fort, a non-profit that advocates for community among small presses and collaborates with the annual Pitchfork Music Festival. After many years crusading for publishing communities outside of New York, she in fact moved to Brooklyn (and, admittedly, likes it a lot). Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Bookslut, Newcity, and elsewhere.
Danny Vazquez is from Queens, New York. He’s worked at an international airport, a multinational coffeehouse, and a series of book publishers. He’s interested in in genre-bending narratives representing strong, diverse characters and bold, progressive ideas.
Sara is from State College, Pennsylvania and lives in Queens. She is a graduate of Cornell University and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. She is the editor of FSG’s Work in Progress and, outside of work, enjoys cooking, freelance writing, and television.
Jackson grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Michigan. His reviews, profiles, and essays have appeared in i-D, them., Pitchfork, ELLE and elsewhere. From 2013 to 2016 he co-ran and edited NOT MAD, an online publication of art, culture, and personal narrative that will pick back up sometime in the future when he’s not so lazy. He likes parks, Wikipedia holes, the sound of David Attenborough’s voice, and cashews.