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 (where he was awed by meeting such publishing luminaries as Morgan Entrekin and Sonny Mehta) 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.
Marketing Director and Senior Editor Iris Blasi graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and a double-minor in American Studies and Women’s Studies. She also has a master's degree from New York University in Humanities and Social Thought, with a master's thesis on the life and legacy of the American writer Dawn Powell. She’s held editorial positions at Random House and Union Square Press and marketing positions at ebook publisher Open Road Media and literary PR firm Hilsinger-Mendelson, working on books by authors including Rachel Carson, Erica Jong, Nigella Lawson, Ira Levin, Suzanne Somers, Jerry Stahl, Gloria Steinem, Donald Trump, and Fay Weldon. She has also worked for publishing consulting firm The Idea Logical Company and for NBC's breaking news division, and her writing has appeared in outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Dow Jones Newswires, Publishers Weekly and Bust. For her list at Pegasus, she’s seeking mystery/thrillers, memoir/biography,history, science, and narrative nonfiction with a strong hook or something stemming from a quirky journalistic/academic/personal obsession. You can generally find her in the East Village or on Twitter at @IrisBlasi.
Editor Maia Larson graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in history and a concentration in Latin American Studies. She started working on the editorial staff at Pegasus directly after college and is always on the lookout for quality books in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, literary fiction, crime and suspense fiction, true crime, fantasy/sci-fi, history, and narrative nonfiction.
Editorial assistant 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 historical fiction, mysteries, and literary fiction, as well as nonfiction history titles focused on Tudor England or the early twentieth century in America. She adores comics and has a particular soft spot for stories about superheroes and spies. You can find her on Twitter: @katiemickgee