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Philadelphia, PA

267-702-6744

An nonprofit, independent book publisher and writers' workshop located in Philadelphia that creates innovative relationships between the authors and the work they produce.

OUR STAFF

NIC, Workshop Project Director, Publisher and Founder After developing urban farm projects in West Philadelphia with the organization Philly Rooted, Nic Esposito now co-manages Emerald Street Community Farm with his wife Elisa as well as their own homestead populated by their son, Luca, a dog, a cat, and a whole bunch of chickens. He writes about social change, urban farming and sustainability for blogs and magazine and spoke on urban farming at the 2010 TEDx conference in Philadelphia. He is the author of the novel Seeds of Discent and the essay collection Kensington Homestead. Nic is the founder of The Head & The Hand Press and The Head & The Hand Workshop.

NIC, Workshop Project Director, Publisher and Founder
After developing urban farm projects in West Philadelphia with the organization Philly Rooted, Nic Esposito now co-manages Emerald Street Community Farm with his wife Elisa as well as their own homestead populated by their son, Luca, a dog, a cat, and a whole bunch of chickens. He writes about social change, urban farming and sustainability for blogs and magazine and spoke on urban farming at the 2010 TEDx conference in Philadelphia. He is the author of the novel Seeds of Discent and the essay collection Kensington Homestead. Nic is the founder of The Head & The Hand Press and The Head & The Hand Workshop.

LINDA, Editorial Director Our literary sensibility comes from Linda Gallant Moore. Her love of books began with a well-worn copy of The Wizard of Oz and culminated in stints at Princeton University Press and Time Inc. She hopes that the story of Baum coming up with the title for his book by glancing at a file cabinet marked O-Z is true.

LINDA, Editorial Director
Our literary sensibility comes from Linda Gallant Moore. Her love of books began with a well-worn copy of The Wizard of Oz and culminated in stints at Princeton University Press and Time Inc. She hopes that the story of Baum coming up with the title for his book by glancing at a file cabinet marked O-Z is true.

CLAIRE, Creative Manager Our marketing, publicity, creative direction and book design come from Claire Margheim. Claire has always wanted to be a painter, but her brother Luke got all the talent. She decided to stick with writing, and it’s taken her from reporting and speechwriting to nonprofit marketing.  She counts going to a reading by poet Richard Wilbur as one of the best-spent nights of her life. Claire graduated from Baylor University, and she and her husband Stephen live in West Philly with their cat, Moxie.

CLAIRE, Creative Manager
Our marketing, publicity, creative direction and book design come from Claire Margheim. Claire has always wanted to be a painter, but her brother Luke got all the talent. She decided to stick with writing, and it’s taken her from reporting and speechwriting to nonprofit marketing.  She counts going to a reading by poet Richard Wilbur as one of the best-spent nights of her life. Claire graduated from Baylor University, and she and her husband Stephen live in West Philly with their cat, Moxie.

KERRY, Director of Strategic Planning Our marketing and business development strategy comes from Kerry Boland. Her lifelong love of the written word has carried her through a diverse career in nonprofit public relations/communications and scholarly publishing. Kerry holds an Master of Science degree in Publication Management from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature & Language from Georgetown University (Hoya Saxa!). She wishes that Mark Twain had lived long enough to have had a Twitter account.

KERRY, Director of Strategic Planning
Our marketing and business development strategy comes from Kerry Boland. Her lifelong love of the written word has carried her through a diverse career in nonprofit public relations/communications and scholarly publishing. Kerry holds an Master of Science degree in Publication Management from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature & Language from Georgetown University (Hoya Saxa!). She wishes that Mark Twain had lived long enough to have had a Twitter account.

ZOE, Workshop Director, Managing Editor of Breadbox Chapbook Series The direction of our Writer's Workshop is steered by Zoe Gould. A graduate of Oberlin College, Zoe is genetically predisposed to a love of literature and wide open spaces. In her short career, she has been fortunate to work for such literary giants as Penn Press, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Belt Magazine, and Bloomsbury Publishing. Her two pups, Finn and Dill, both got their names from young adult novels (extra points if you know which ones), and if you can't find her, she's probably at the library.

ZOE, Workshop Director, Managing Editor of Breadbox Chapbook Series

The direction of our Writer's Workshop is steered by Zoe Gould. A graduate of Oberlin College, Zoe is genetically predisposed to a love of literature and wide open spaces. In her short career, she has been fortunate to work for such literary giants as Penn Press, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Belt Magazine, and Bloomsbury Publishing. Her two pups, Finn and Dill, both got their names from young adult novels (extra points if you know which ones), and if you can't find her, she's probably at the library.

LISA, Senior Editor Lisa McHenry Bendel has been with The Head & the Hand Press since 2013. She has been writing, editing, and typesetting for over twenty years. Lisa has worked in newspaper publishing, advertising, television production, and is currently a supervising editor at a large corporation. Lisa also enjoys dogs, songwriting, and playing guitar and bass. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University and has been an enthusiastic resident of Philadelphia since 2005.

LISA, Senior Editor

Lisa McHenry Bendel has been with The Head & the Hand Press since 2013. She has been writing, editing, and typesetting for over twenty years. Lisa has worked in newspaper publishing, advertising, television production, and is currently a supervising editor at a large corporation. Lisa also enjoys dogs, songwriting, and playing guitar and bass. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University and has been an enthusiastic resident of Philadelphia since 2005.

ERIN, Director of Communications Intern-turned-Director of Communications, Erin O'Neil, knew she wanted to work with books from a young age. Her love of reading and writing brought her to Holy Family University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She found a home at The Head and The Hand in connecting with audiences through social media. When she's not posting to Facebook or Twitter, she can most likely be found trying to get the WiFi back on.

ERIN, Director of Communications

Intern-turned-Director of Communications, Erin O'Neil, knew she wanted to work with books from a young age. Her love of reading and writing brought her to Holy Family University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She found a home at The Head and The Hand in connecting with audiences through social media. When she's not posting to Facebook or Twitter, she can most likely be found trying to get the WiFi back on.

NATHANIEL, Editor at Large Nathaniel Popkin is the author of three books, including the 2013 novel Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and senior writer of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” an Emmy award-winning documentary series. He is fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. His essays and book reviews appear in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, and Fanzine.

NATHANIEL, Editor at Large

Nathaniel Popkin is the author of three books, including the 2013 novel Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and senior writer of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” an Emmy award-winning documentary series. He is fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. His essays and book reviews appear in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, and Fanzine.