Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts’s authors have had a remarkable run of being nomi- nated for—and winning—some
of publishing’s most prestigious literary
awards. In 2016 alone, three of the 10
poets longlisted for the National Book
Award in Poetry were edited by Shotts,
including Danez Smith for Don’t Call Us
Dead, one of two Graywolf finalists. It
seems as if everything Shotts acquires
turns to gold.
Graywolf has had five other NBA
poetry finalists in the past five years and
a 2013 winner, Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine.
Graywolf poets have also won two
Pulitzer Prizes since 2012, with Tracy K.
Smith’s Life on Mars winning that year
and Vijay Seshadri’s 3 Sections taking the
prize home two years later.
The press’s recent National Book
Critic Circle Awards credits include two
poetry winners (D.A. Powell’s Useless
Landscape, in 2013, and Claudia Rankine’s
BY JOHN MAHER
Suchomel as senior v-p of sales and client
services and promoted Ken Fultz to
senior v-p of operations. Suchomel is a
well-known distribution executive who
was president of IPG and, most recently,
president of client services for the distribution arm of the Perseus Books Group
before its sale to Ingram.
On October 3, Follett said it was
entering the book fair market, which has
long been dominated by Scholastic.
Follett Book Fairs, which the company
sees as a major growth opportunity, will
be led by Tony Hopkins, senior v-p of
business development for Follett.
Hopkins called the 2017–2018 school
year a “pilot year” in which the group
will unveil fairs aimed at grades K– 8. In
subsequent years, Hopkins said, the fairs
will be rolled out to early education and
middle grade schools. Further into the
future, Follett may also expand the pro-
gram to include high schools. ■
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