Staff

If you represent a publisher or small press or if you have an idea for an event, please contact Noreen Tomassi at noreen@centerforfiction.org with any inquiry about partnering with us.


 

Noreen Tomassi | Executive Director

 

Noreen Tomassi became Director of The Center for Fiction in December 2004. She came to the Center from Arts International. Prior to that she directed the Literature and Theater programs at NJSCA and she began her career in Play Development at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Her books include American Visions/Visiones de las Americas: Artistic & Cultural Identity in the Americas and she was co-creator, with Jane Alexander and Birgitta Trommler, of What of the Night, a play based on the life and work of Djuna Barnes that was premiered by MCC at the Lucille Lortel in 2005. She earned her BA at Skidmore College.

 


 

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Jon Michaud | Head Librarian

 

Jon Michaud is the author of the novel When Tito Loved Clara, named a best book of 2011 by the Barnes & Noble Review. He was Head Librarian at The New Yorker from 2003 to 2012. Prior to that, he worked in libraries at Time Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A regular contributor to The New Yorker’s Page-Turner and Culture Desk blogs, Jon also reviews books for The Washington Post. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife and two sons where he is at work on a new novel.

 


 

Sara Batkie | Writing Programs Director

 

Sara Batkie hails from the midwest where she received her BA in English from the University of Iowa in 2008. She left for the big city soon after to pursue her Masters in Creative Writing at New York University and graduated from the Fiction program in 2010. Her stories have been published in various journals, received mention in the 2011 Best American Short Stories anthology, and, most recently, honored with a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Currently she lives in Brooklyn where she recently completed work on a novel. She can be found online at sarabatkie.com.

 


 

Gwen Ruelle | Digital Media Manager

 

Gwen Ruelle received a BFA in 2010 from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing and oral history. She was Executive Editor of Runaway Parade, an online publication of art and literary works, and is now working on a digital storytelling initiative, Red String Project. Gwen grew up in the mountains in Vermont and now lives in Brooklyn.

 


 

Kristin Henley | Website Editor

 

Kristin Henley spent several years working at nonprofits and in the publishing industry before joining the staff of The Center for Fiction in 2006. She worked on the Center's programs and eventually became Managing Director. She left the Center and New York in 2014 to move to the West Coast. Now happily residing in Portland, OR with her husband and cat, she's rejoined the staff of the Center as Website Editor. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University. She likes to take credit for the fact that so many poets have been hired at The Center for Fiction. 

 


 


Kris Santos | Library Assistant


Kris Santos comes from a nomadic background, living in places like Italy, Virginia, and Alaska. He studied American Literature and Sociology at Hunter College. For a short period of time, he contributed travel stories for the Stars and Stripes in Korea. Currently, he attends Palmer School of Library and Information Science in hopes of distinguishing his path, hopefully somewhere where the woods go far.

 


 


Rosie Clarke | Events Producer


Rosie Clarke was born and raised in England, and now lives in Queens. She has a BA from Sussex University, MA from Goldsmith's, and MPhil in English from the University of Warwick. Before joining the Center, she worked in marketing, publicity and events for Dalkey Archive Press and Asymptote, and headed the events team of a small arts space in London. Rosie's essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The London Magazine, 3:AM Magazine, Music & Literature, Electric Literature, World Literature Today, and more. Rosie is responsible for author events, KidsRead programming, and rentals. She is passionate about fostering engaging conversations, and broadening the reach of the literary community.

 


 


Emily James | Administrative Assistant


Emily James grew up in Northern California. She graduated from Beloit College with a BA in Anthropology in 2015 and is currently living in Brooklyn. Before joining the Center for Fiction team, she completed a yearlong internship at a semester program for high school students. In addition to her work at the Center, Emily works as a youth development facilitator at the YWCA. She is passionate about activism, spending time outside, and of course, reading and writing fiction.

 


 

Burton Greenhouse | Accounting

 

Burton Greenhouse is the founder of Checks and Balances, Incorporated, a financial services company for arts organizations. His company serves many arts non-profits in New York City.

 



 

 

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