John Fagan

I am a Pittsburgh native and started in publishing as a bookseller at the University of Pittsburgh Book Center. After graduating from Pitt, I moved on to a variety of sales and marketing positions at both Random House and Penguin Books, where I worked on the campaigns of many bestselling and award-winning books, including nonfiction by Ron Chernow, Daniel James Brown, Paul Hawken, Nathaniel Philbrick, Azar Nafisi, Steven Pinker, and Jared Diamond, and fiction by Sue Monk Kidd, Phil Klay, Jojo Moyes, Stewart O’Nan, and William T. Vollmann. I oversaw the marketing for the Penguin Poets series, including works by National Book Award–winner Terrance Hayes and Pulitzer Prize–winner Carl Dennis, and worked on the launch of the Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poets, edited by Rita Dove. As marketing director of Penguin Classics, I worked on the Pelican Shakespeare series and the works of John Steinbeck, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, Rachel Carson, and Peter Matthiessen, to name just a few from their list of world classics. At the University of Pittsburgh Press, I am excited about all the marketing opportunities for a wide and varied list of titles, and I look forward to working with western Pennsylvania booksellers in particular.