After discovering his love for literature while writing poetry and short stories at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, Publisher Claiborne Hancock first tasted real book publishing as an intern with Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill. After graduation, he took the classic Radcliffe Publishing Course and found his first job in New York publishing at Applause Theater and Cinema Books. His first editorial work came at the literary house Carroll & Graf, where he learned the art of independent publishing under Kent Carroll, Herman Graf, and Otto Penzler.
Claiborne founded Pegasus in 2005 and, along with Associate Publisher Jessica Case, has built the company into an indie house that now publishes over one hundred books annually. His main passions outside of the book world are his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sasha.
Associate Publisher and director of publicity Jessica Case graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history and a minor in Russian, and after a short stint in Washington DC working in think tanks, she moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing. After working in editorial at Carroll & Graf and the Avalon Publishing Group, she moved to Pegasus in January 2007, and she has focused on acquiring a wide array of books, including literary fiction, upmarket crime and suspense fiction, and serious non fiction—history, biography, popular science, music, and narrative non fiction. A classically trained pianist and avid cook, she is also an officer with the New York Athletic Club triathlon club.
Vice President and Art and Production Director Sabrina Plomitallo-González graduated from Hunter College magna cum laude with a double major in Media Studies and Literature and a minor in Political Science. She formerly worked at Neuwirth & Associates, a full service production house, where she filled the roles of production manager, production artist, interior book designer, and managing editor. She is always looking for talented artists and designers.
Editor Katie McGuire graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing and a double minor in sociology and photography. A lifelong booklover, she returned to her native New York upon graduation to begin a career in publishing. She is on the hunt for both fiction and nonfiction projects, and has a particular soft spot for mysteries, historical fiction, comic books, true crime, superheroes, and spies. You can find her on Twitter: @katiemickgee
Editorial Assistant Victoria Wenzel graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in English. After graduating she spent a year as a bookseller before participating in the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford. She is excited to be starting her, hopefully long, career at Pegasus. When not reading, Victoria finds herself planning her next trip and exploring New York.
Publicist Lauren Rosenthal comes to Pegasus from the publicity department at Hay House where she worked on campaigns for many high-profile and New York Times bestselling authors. Prior to her role at Hay House, Lauren worked at Sterling Publishing and Hachette Book Group, and she is a graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. When she takes off her publicist hat, Lauren can be found singing in venues around the city, tutoring kids of all ages, and watching just the right amount of reality TV.