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.
Associate Editor 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. She is interested in both fiction and nonfiction, especially, literary fiction, mystery, historical fiction, and ancient and medieval history.
Publicist Jenny Rossberg graduated from the College of William & Mary with a BA in English Literature and is currently pursuing an MA from The Graduate Center at CUNY in Women's and Gender Studies. After working for an independent bookstore and attending the Columbia Publishing Course, she began her publicity career at Oxford University Press before joining the Pegasus team. Jenny is an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction, and a lover of graphic novels, feminist theory, and horror movies. You can find her on Twitter: @RossbergJenny
Assistant publicist April Roberts graduated from Elon University where she majored in English literature and international studies and minored in French. She joined the Pegasus team as a marketing and publicity intern after completing the Columbia Publishing Course. April is a French and Italian-language enthusiast who enjoys international cinema, exploring New York City, and spending time with friends and family. An avid reader of literary fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, she was inspired to pursue a career in book publishing after reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved in high school.