Who We Are

Who We Are

Jennifer Alton is an Associate Editor based in San Diego. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine 2011-2013) and holds an MFA from San Francisco State University. She’s interested in literary fiction that combines innovative language with an energetic, character driven plot. She is always looking for deeply researched, story-forward nonfiction that can hold its own amid our frenetic news cycle. 

Her acquisitions include The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar, The Natural Mother of the Child by Krys Malcolm Belc, The Crime Without a Name by Barrett Holmes Pitner, None But the Righteous by Chantal James, and Nuclear Family by Joseph Han. She has also edited Old in Art School by Nell Painter, and Bodies on the Line by Lauren Rankin among others. 

Find Jenny on Twitter @jennyoalton and Instagram @jennifer_0_alton.

Dan López is an Assistant Editor based in Los Angeles. His interests include literary and commercial fiction, cultural histories, works in translation (particularly from the Spanish), and books that explore the Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx experience. He grew up in Florida and has lived in New York City and San Francisco. 

Editorial projects he has contributed to include Red Paint by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed, A Tale of Two Omars by Omar Sharif, Jr. and he has acquired The Chinese Groove by Kathryn Ma.

Find Dan on Twitter @dan_lopez82. 

Yukiko Tominaga is an Editorial Assistant based in Berkeley. Born and raised in Japan, she is passionate about introducing undiscovered Japanese authors to U.S readers. She is also interested in works by immigrant writers. 

Her titles include Colorful by Eto Mori, Dead-End Memories by Banana Yoshimoto, The Forest Brims Over by Maru Ayase, and A Woman of Pleasure by Kiyoko Murata.

Find Yukiko on Twitter @yukiko_tominaga. 

Dan Smetanka is the Vice President, Editor in Chief based in Los Angeles. His authors have been winners and finalists for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Hammett Prize, The Edgar Award, NAACP Image Award, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and others. 

His authors include Joan Silber, Dana Johnson, Natashia Deón, Ben Ehrenreich, Karen E. Bender, Tod Goldberg, Gina Frangello, Vanessa Hua, Elizabeth Rosner, Nawaaz Ahmed, Abby Geni, Maria Hummel, and Jamie Harrison, among others.

Find Dan on Twitter @dansmetanka and Instagram @dansmetanka. 

Jack Shoemaker is the Founding Editor and Senior Vice President based in Berkeley. He began his literary career as a bookseller in 1963 in Santa Barbara, California. In 1979 he co-founded North Point Press with William Turnbull and served as the company’s editor-in-chief. In 1981 he won the Carey-Thomas Award for creative publishing and has also served as the West Coast Editor of the Knopf Publishing Group. In 1994 he joined Frank Pearl in founding Counterpoint Press. 

His authors include Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, M.F.K Fisher, Gina Berriault, Evan S. Connell, Anne Lamott, James Salter, Ruth Jhabvala, Guy Davenport, Mary Robison, Rebecca Kauffman, and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.

Harry Kirchner is an Editor at Large based in Edmonds, WA. His interests include literary fiction and nonfiction, mystery, memoir, and natural history. He grew up in New Jersey prior to setting down roots in Washington. Harry spent more than thirty years as a sales representative and National Accounts Manager for Publishers Group West and Ingram Publisher Services before founding Pharos Editions and moving into the editorial side of the business.

His acquisitions include Spells by Peter Rock, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot, Nature Matrix by Robert Michael Pyle, This Town Sleeps by Dennis Staples, The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh, The Houseboat by Dane Bahr, and Red Paint by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe.