Jerome Pohlen acquires adult nonfiction, including US history, popular science, pop culture, and DIY, as well as children’s nonfiction and activity books. His recent acquisitions include Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, Immunity, MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction, First Class, Culinary Reactions, Henry David Thoreau for Kids, Junk Drawer Physics, and Art Is Fundamental. He has been with Chicago Review Press since 2001. Prior to joining CRP, Jerome was the editorial director for Learning Resources, an educational toy company. He has also developed curricula for Maneuvers with Mathematics, an NSF-funded elementary school math program; taught fourth and seventh grade in the Chicago Public Schools; worked as an engineer for Martin Marietta; and served in the US Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in mechanical engineering and received his master’s in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has written 12 award-winning science kits; 21 books for adults and children including Oddball Illinois (and nine other Oddball titles), Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids, Doodle Chicago, and Gay & Lesbian History for Kids; and articles and op-eds for Reader’s Digest, the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and the Chicago Reader.
Lisa Reardon is looking for biographies (especially of literary/arts figures and fascinating women), compelling narrative reportage, nature/outdoor/travel, unique how-to guides that solve a problem, social sciences, women’s interest (both historic and contemporary; no memoirs), parenting, and children’s and young adult nonfiction—including additions to our For Kids, Women of Action, and Young Naturalists series—as well as middle grades nonfiction with a strong narrative drive (no picture books book or books under 25,000 words). She has a passion for smart, inspiring, and surprising books for and about women and girls, and also loves collaborating with our talented Chicago-area writers and journalists. Her recent acquisitions include Algren, by Chicago-based Reuters reporter Mary Wisniewski, A Girl Called Vincent, Lucie Aubrac, The People’s Place, by former longtime Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave Hoekstra, Big Top Burning, Women Heroes of World War II, and Zoology for Kids. Lisa has been with Chicago Review Press, Inc. since 1999, starting out in the marketing department at IPG before moving to editorial in 2004. Prior to that she worked in sales and marketing at textbook publisher McDougal Littell in Evanston. She began her book-industry career in 1990 as a bookseller, assistant manager, then manager of Waldenbooks stores in both Austin and Chicago. A native of the Detroit area, Lisa graduated from Kalamazoo College, where she majored in French language and literature, and holds a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University.
Yuval Taylor primarily acquires books about music, film, African American history and culture, and beverage history, along with reprints of successful out-of-print fiction and nonfiction titles. He has been acquiring books for Chicago Review Press and its imprints A Cappella and Lawrence Hill Books since 1998. Recent books he has acquired include Roadside Picnic, The American Slave Coast, So, You Want to Start a Brewery?, Dirty Blvd., The Audacity of Hops, The First King of Hollywood, and Little Girl Blue. Prior to Chicago Review Press, he was a senior editor at Da Capo Press. He is the coauthor of Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop and Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music, and the editor of Growing Up in Slavery, The Future of Jazz, and I Was Born a Slave.
Cynthia Sherry, publisher of Chicago Review Press, has been with the company since 1989. She has held financial management as well as executive editorial positions at IPG and Chicago Review Press. As publisher she acquires books and oversees the editorial and book production of about 60 titles a year under five imprints, including Lawrence Hill Books, Ball Publishing, Zephyr Press, and Academy Chicago, along with managing an editorial, production, and publicity staff of 14. Cynthia founded the award-winning For Kids series, A Kids Guide series, and the Oddball Travel series and has acquired many perennial bestsellers, such as Backyard Ballistics, My Bloody Life, and World War II for Kids. She acquires contemporary and historical fiction and mystery titles for the Academy Chicago imprint and continues to acquire children’s nonfiction, popular science, autobiography, and travel. She recently acquired Gay & Lesbian History for Kids, Ready the Cannons!, Eating Appalachia, and Life for a Life. She is excited about acquiring new fiction under the Academy Chicago imprint and will continue to acquire quirky nonfiction for Chicago Review Press in the areas of popular science, DIY, social science, food, and travel, as well as children’s nonfiction for the For Kids series.