Spencer Reece – Founder
Spencer Reece is the author of The Clerk’s Tale and The Road to Emmaus, a long-list nominee for the National Book Award in 2014. The Little Entrance: Devotions, a forthcoming nonfiction book combines the author´s life story with an appreciation of seven poets: Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, George Herbert, James Merrill, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Mark Strand. The Wylie Agency will represent the book to publishers and it is hoped the book will come out in 2020. Reece is an ordained Episcopal priest and works as the canon to the ordinary for the Bishop of the Spanish Episcopal Church.
Terry Craven – Co-founder
Terry Craven earned his bookselling experience with 7 years working at Shakespeare and Company, Paris, before heading to Spain, where he now resides as a painter, editor, and co-founder/co-manager of Desperate Literature bookshop, Madrid. He has had writing published with 3:AM and The London Magazine (forthcoming).
Elizabeth Moe – Co-founder/ Director of Cultural Programming
Elizabeth Moe is a Candidate for a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature & Culture at Rutgers University. Her dissertation, “The Embodied Lorquian Archive,” examines early and continued artistic activism to evoke and invoke poet-playwright Federico García Lorca’s missing body and textual corpus. Liz is also the Executive Director of Global Marketing & Communications for Interbrand, leading a transatlantic team between Madrid and New York and a network of 18 offices worldwide.
Clarissa Watson – Creative Director
Clarissa has been with the series since November 2016 as a Creative Director, designing and producing content and directing the Unamuno Author Series brand and social channels. Clarissa holds a master’s degree in visual and digital media from IE University. She is a writer and advocate for gender equality in business, and will be publishing her first book of poetry entitled, Shake, in 2020. Clarissa loves the series for its effortless ability to unite otherwise strangers through the affection and mystery of poetry.
Layla Benitez-James – Director of Literary Outreach
Layla Benitez-James is an artist and translator living in Alicante whose poems and translations have appeared in The Acentos Review, Anomaly, Guernica, Waxwing, Revista Kokoro, La Galla Ciencia, and elsewhere. Her audio essays about translation can be found at Asymptote Journal Podcast. Her first chapbook, God Suspected My Heart Was a Geode But He Had to Make Sure was selected by Major Jackson for the 2017 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and published by Jai-Alai Books in Miami, April 2018.
Isabella Hampton – Communications Coordinator
Isabella Hampton is a student interested in exploring what place the arts and humanities have in technology. She splits her time between Philadelphia and Madrid, Spain.
Annie Schumacher – Director of Public Relations
Annie Schumacher is a writer and poet based in Madrid. A native of California’s Central Valley, she studied History and Classical Languages and Literature at Fresno State University. She hosts the podcast Unamuno Author Interviews.
Marjorie Kanter – Interview Maestra
Marjorie Kanter (Cincinnati, Ohio, 1943) is a hybrid writer meshing poetry, story life writing, site specific installation, paper and net projects and interactive participatory creative workshops. She is author of the books I displace the air as I walk (2004) and Small Talk (2016) along with publications in journals, on the net and published projects.
Charlotte Delattre – Literature and Event Correspondent
Charlotte Delattre is the co owner of Desperate Literature. She managed an international arts exchange program for Americans in Paris before working at Shakespeare and Company and finally joining the Madrid bookshop partnership in 2015. She is specialized in French literature and the performing arts.
Cristian Gonzalez Guasch – Technology and Media Specialist
Based in Madrid, Cristian Gonzalez Guasch is a journalist and specialist in online marketing. His work has appeared in 20 Minutos, El País, enfeminino, La Información, Pásalo, and MSN España. He is currently the Head of Innovation at Prensa Ibérica Media Group.
Kyle Millar – Vaughan Radio Host and Unamuno Supporter
Kyle Millar has hosted over 1400 episodes of his popular radio program, Drive Time broadcasting from Madrid, Spain on Vaughan Radio, Spain’s only 24-hour English language broadcaster. A proud Canadian with a background in finance, Kyle has traveled extensively and worked in several fields and now offers language and communication training to business professionals among others. Additionally, he has appeared in various media collaborations for online courses, videos and television. He is the author of the book “Business English”. On his daily radio program he often conducts interviews with business people, authors, musicians and athletes among others.
Daniel Davis – King’s College Ambassador
Daniel Davis is the Head of English in King’s College Secondary School in Madrid. He is an advocate of young people’s engagement with and involvement in poetry and literature.
Salvi Milguizo – Spanish Ambassador
Soy fisioterapeuta, amo la música, la poesía, colaboro en la catedral anglicana de Madrid llevando sus redes sociales, twitter, fb y el blog. Percibo el mundo através de mi perra guía ¡y es divertido!
Ruben Quesada – U.S. Ambassador
Ruben Quesada is the founder of the Latinx Writers Caucus and a contributing editor at Chicago Review of Books. He serves as faculty at Northwestern University and at The School of the Art Institute, where he teaches poetry writing. His chapbook of poetry and translations, Revelations, is available from Sibling Rivalry Press, an inclusive publishing house whose entire catalog is housed in the Library of Congress’ Rare Book and Special Collections division.
Joseph Fasano – Director of Unamuno Poem Project
Joseph Fasano is the author of four books of poetry: The Crossing (2018); Vincent (2015); Inheritance (2014), a James Laughlin Award nominee; and Fugue for Other Hands (2013), which won the Cider Press Review Book Award and was nominated for the Poets’ Prize, “awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year.” His work has appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, The PEN Poetry Series, American Poets, The Missouri Review, The American Literary Review, Verse Daily, The Academy of American Poets’ poem-a-day program, and the anthologies Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Any Occasion (Abrams, 2015) and The Aeolian Harp (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), among other publications. A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, he teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College. He serves on the Editorial Board of Alice James Books and is the curator of The American Poem Series.