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Administration and Faculty


Administration and Faculty

David Unger, Director 
Office: NAC 6/323

Phone: 212 650 7925

E-mail: and 
David Unger has an MFA from Columbia University, 1975 and has been the Director of the PCP since its inception in 1998. Born in Guatemala, he is a widely published novelist and translator as well. 

Retha Powers, Assistant Director
Office: NAC 6/323

Phone: 212 650 7927


Retha Powers has been the PCP Assistant Director since 2007. A long-time publishing professional, she is also a writer and editor. Her most recent publication is Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations (Little, Brown and Company, 2013).


Nadxieli Nieto (Digital Publishing and eBooks) is an editor, art director, and native New Yorker. She is the founder of Nieto Books, the former Managing Editor of the award-winning NOON annual, and former editor-in-chief of Salt Hill Journal. Carteles Contra Una Guerra (Gustavo Gili / Edition Olms), of which she was co-editor, won the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona in 2003. Most recently, she was the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds (Gigantic Books, 2015).

Lisa Healy (The Publishing Practicum, Introduction to Publishing) has worked in publishing for over thirty years. She has been a senior production editor at Simon & Schuster since 2003.  She is the editor of My First Year in Book Publishing: Real-World Stories from America's Book Publishing Professionals, published by Walker and Company in 1994 and selected by the New York Public Library as a Notable Book for the Teen Years.

Tanya McKinnon (Books for Young Readers and Young Adults) is a literary agent and children's book writer. Most recently she co-authored Zora and Me, a middle grade novel (the first in a trilogy about young Zora Neale Hurston) that won the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent. She is also the co-author of Oskar, a picture book illustrated by NYT bestselling author/illustrator Mark Siegel.

Carol Ross (Legal Issues in Publishing) is an Executive Vice President and the Director of the Legal Department at the Hachette Book Group USA. Prior work experience includes stints at Time Warner, Inc. and CBS, Inc. She has her JD degree from the Brooklyn Law School and is the Chair of the lawyers' Committee of the Association of American Publishers.  

Carol Taylor (The Editorial Process, Introduction to Publishing), a former Random House Book editor,  is the author of seven books and the editor of the best-selling Brown Sugar series. She was the book review editor for QBR, the Black Book Review, a contributor to Publisher's Weekly, Essence, UPTOWN, Oneworld, Tango Magazine, Vibe, Vibe Vixen, and Dwell. 
John Jusino (The Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading) works at HarperCollins Publishers as Copy Chief/Manager of Production Editorial and Managing Editor of Amistad. He joined the publishing industry in 1986, was previously the Managing Editor of Henry Holt and Company. He has also held various positions in the managing editor and copy departments of Newmarket Press, Viking, Crown, Grove, and Simon and Schuster.