• About us


The Bay Area Book Festival is the primary project of the Foundation for the Future of Literature and Literacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in California. FFLL’s Tax ID number is 47-3955286. Its business address is 1569 Solano Ave. #635, Berkeley, CA 94707.

FFLL is governed by a Board of Directors. Members include Cherilyn Parsons (Berkeley, CA), Peter Richardson (San Francisco, CA), Mal Warwick (Berkeley, CA), Brooke Warner (Berkeley, CA), and Igor Zagatsky (Berkeley, CA).

Leadership Team

Cherilyn Parsons

Founder and Executive Director

Samee Roberts

Managing Director

Amy Draemel

Website and Information Manager

Scott Gelfand

Chief Operations Officer

Lisa Heyse

International Program

Haley Kleine

Salesforce Manager, Executive Assistant

Melissa Mytinger

Program Director

Michelle Pitcher

Head Writer

Erin Skidmore

Chief Marketing Officer

Sabrina Werts

Internship Director, Community Liaison, and Creative Associate

Steven Tiffin

Event Producer

Festival Team

Adam Gottstein

Onsite Speaker Logistics Coordinator

Michael Hitchner

Photography Manager

Melody Horowitz

Green Room Hospitality Coordinator

Scott Horton

Public Relations Consultant

Jane Hudson

Library Liaison

Kate Jessup

Special Events

Sarah Kidder

Exhibitor Coordinator

Abraham Mertens


Ian Moura

Volunteer Coordinator

Joshua Osamor

Social Media Coordinator

Mal Warwick

Content Producer

Art and Web Design Team


Web Designer

Aspire Visual

Graphic Designer

Program Steering Committee

Jane Ciabattari

Board member and former President (2008-2011), National Book Critics Circle

Aya de Leon

Author, activist, and teacher

Ethan Nosowsky

Editorial Director, Graywolf Press

Peter Richardson

Author, Professor at San Francisco State University

Stephen Sparks

Pt. Reyes Books

Brooke Warner

Publisher, SheWrites Press

Program Advisers

Michael Berry

Writer and Reviewer

Cara Black


Randal Brandt

Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Michael Holtmann

Center for the Art of Translation

Laurie R. King


Adam Z. Levy and Ashley Nelson Levy

Founders, Transit Books

Tom Luddy

Co-director, Telluride Film Festival

Rachel Richardson

Author, Co-director, Left Margin LIT

Board of Directors

Cherilyn Parsons

Founder and Executive Director

Brooke Warner

Publisher, SheWrites Press

Mal Warwick

Author, book reviewer, entrepreneur

Peter Richardson

Lecturer, School of Humanities and Liberal Studies Coordinator, American Studies and California Studies, San Francisco State University

Igor Zagatsky

The Urban School