Board of Directors
Derek Lawrence - President, Executive Director
Derek is owner of Corvus | Bower House | Imprint Group. He has over 30 years of experience in the book business, having worked at three independent booksellers, including seven years at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver before taking his first publishing job at Roberts Rinehart Publishing. He later held positions at Westcliffe Publishers, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, and Interweave Press. In 2002 he started Speck Press to publish culturally relevant, illustrated nonfiction. Speck was sold to Fulcrum Publishing in 2007 and he was retained as publisher. Derek has served on a number of nonprofits boards including Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association, The Library People, and PubWest, where served a term as President.
Frederick Ramey - Secretary and Treasurer, Artistic Director
Fred is co-owner and Co-Publisher of one of the country's first decentralized publishing houses, Unbridled Books, a Colorado independent company specializing in commercial literature. Unbridled Books was founded in 2004. Prior to that, he was one of the founding editors of BlueHen Books-Putnam's erstwhile literary imprint-and through the 1990s was Publisher and Executive Editor of MacMurray & Beck, an award-winning independent press in Denver. Before building MacMurray & Beck, Ramey co-founded-in 1982-Arden Press, an independent publisher of scholarly titles in women's studies and film studies. He holds a terminal degree in modern literature from The University of Missouri (1990).
Caleb Seeling - Vice President, Education and Community Director
Caleb began working in publishing in 2006 and founded Samizdat Publishing Group in Denver in 2009. The company has since expanded, forming two imprints (Conundrum Press and Samizdat Creative), publishing between 20-30 books altogether each year. An active member of several publishing and arts organizations, Caleb is also a social entrepreneur, finding ways to serve the greater community and disadvantaged youth through strategic partnerships with organizations such as Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and Youth on Record. He is the director of the Certificate in Publishing at Western State Colorado University's MFA program, board member of PubWest, publishing consultant of the International Arts Movement, and member of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
Shannon Hassan - Board Member
Shannon is a literary agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, where she enjoys working with authors of fiction and narrative nonfiction, for both adults and kids. Prior to becoming an agent, she was an acquisitions editor at Fulcrum Publishing and a corporate attorney at Arnold & Porter in New York. She received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University. She has served on the board of several nonprofits, including Horizons K-8 Charter School, PubWest, and the Boulder Writing Studio.
Stephen McConnell - Read Colorado Administrator