Phil has recently retired as Director of the University of Michigan Press, and has written and lectured frequently on digital publishing and digital communication. Phil was also the Editor of Hardscrabble Books: Fiction of New England, a division of the University Press of New England.
Phil is married to Mary Kelley who has been chair of the history departments at both Dartmouth and the University of Michigan. Mary is an authority on women’s reading practices in the 18th and 19th centuries and herself has read at the Canaan Meetinghouse Readings. Phil’s daughter and acclaimed novelist, Ivy Pochoda has also read as part of the Meetinghouse series.
Phil says he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but in the past he has been the Associate Director and Editorial Director of the University Press of New England; Vice President of Simon & Schuster; Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Prentice Hall Press and Director of Anchor Books and Dial Press.
According to Bill Craig, creator of the Meetinghouse Reading Series and author of the new book: Yankee Come Home: On the Road from San Juan Hill to Guantanamo, “The Meetinghouse Readings have always been about community, and now the community is coming together to take the series onward and upward. I’m thrilled!”
We look forward to seeing you all at the Meetinghouse. Mark your calendars for July 11, 18, 25 and August 1.
Welcome to the Readings Phil!