Ashley Garland, Publicity Director

Ashley Garland

Ashley Garland has worked on dozens of national media campaigns for award-winning and New York Times bestselling Riverhead authors including James McBride, Daniel Pink, Anne Lamott, Bryan Washington, Michele Harper, and Randall Munroe. 

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Jenn Houghton, Editorial Assistant

Jenn Houghton (she/her) joined Viking Penguin in October 2021 assisting both Laura Tisdel and Brian Tart. She graduated with a Creative Writing B.A. from William Paterson University which she earned while managing a retail business in Montclair, New Jersey. Moving on from small business, she entered the world of publishing with a passion for absurdist…

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Marissa Davis, Editorial Assistant

Marissa Davis (she/her) joined Viking, Penguin Books, and Penguin Classics in 2021 as an assistant to John Siciliano and Ibrahim Ahmad. Originally from Kentucky, she graduated from Vanderbilt University before pursuing her MFA in poetry from New York University. Prior to joining Viking Penguin, she interned at Frances Goldin Literary Agency, served as a translations…

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Camille LeBlanc, Assistant Editor

Camille LeBlanc works with Rick Kot and Allison Lorentzen. She is drawn to fiction and nonfiction that explore timeless questions in contemporary contexts; character-driven stories that illuminate geopolitical tensions; and books that are funny, perspective-altering, and have an element of suspense. She joined Viking Penguin in 2020 after working as an editorial fellow at Lit…

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Allie Merola, Assistant Editor

Allie Merola joined Viking Penguin in 2018. She assists Paul Slovak and Lindsey Schwoeri on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles. She is drawn to narrative nonfiction and essays, particularly fresh, genre-bending explorations of pop-culture phenomena and subcultures; fiction with a suspenseful or satirical streak; and poetry that is intimate and disarming. At Viking Penguin, she…

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Jenn Houghton, Editorial Assistant

Jenn Houghton (she/her) joined Viking Penguin in October 2021 assisting both Laura Tisdel and Brian Tart. She graduated with a Creative Writing B.A. from William Paterson University, which she earned while managing a retail business in Montclair, New Jersey. Moving on from small business, she entered the world of publishing with a passion for absurdist…

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Ibrahim Ahmad, Executive Editor

Ibrahim Ahmad joined Viking as executive editor in 2021. He acquires an eclectic range of literary fiction and crime fiction, with a particular focus on incendiary, urgent voices that subvert and expand the existing literature; his nonfiction interests include current affairs, politics, memoir, and popular culture. As editorial director at Akashic Books, where he worked…

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Nidhi Pugalia, Associate Editor

Nidhi Pugalia joined Viking Penguin in 2019, after beginning her editorial career at Grand Central Publishing. She assists Andrea Schulz on fiction and nonfiction. In fiction, she is drawn to lyrical writing in the science fiction/fantasy, magical realism, or speculative spaces, as well as to complex and propulsive mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. She is…

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Marie Michels, Assistant Editor

Marie Michels (she/her) joined Pamela Dorman Books in 2020, after beginning her career in literary agencies. She has been fortunate to work with a wide range of authors, from New York Times bestsellers Ashley Audrain and Clare Pooley to the late, revered spy novelist John le Carré. She is a graduate of the University of…

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