Common Ground#673

Publishing-in-Transit: Erroll McDonald

Featuring McDonald and Phong H. Bui


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Publisher Erroll McDonald joins Rail Publisher and Artistic Director Phong H. Bui for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Patricia Spears Jones.

In this talk

Erroll McDonald

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Publisher Erroll McDonald is the Vice President and Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday division of Penguin Random House, where he has worked in various editorial capacities for more than three decades. Among the distinguished authors he has published are James Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kazuo Ishiguro, Fran Lebowitz, Toni Morrison, and many others. Of Caribbean heritage, McDonald was born in Limon, Costa Rica. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a former trustee of the Brearley School and member of the Century Association. He has been a Lecturer in Yale College and an adjunct professor at Columbia. McDonald joined the PEN America Board in 2012.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
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Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Patricia Spears Jones reading.

Patricia Spears Jones

A photograph of poet Patricia Spears Jones, smiling in front of greenery and wearing a floral print.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Arkansas born and raised; resident of New York City for more than four decades, Patricia Spears Jones is the recipient of The Jackson Poetry Prize. She has been a culture maven for four decades. She was the first African American Program Coordinator at The Poetry Project where she later served as Mentor for Emerge, Surface, Be, a fellowship program. She ran the New Works Program for the Massachusetts Council of Arts & Humanities and was Director of Planning & Development at The New Museum of Contemporary Art. She is active in organizations involved with progressive politics, social justice, feminism, the environment, and multi-culturalism. She curates WORDS SUNDAY, a series focused on Brooklyn-based writers and artists. She has taught at CUNY and Adelphi University.

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