Trinity University Press Staff
TOM PAYTON | Director
Tom Payton has been in the book and publishing industry for more than 25 years. Payton has served on industry boards and committees for the Publishers Association of the South, the Georgia Center for the Book, and other organizations. He has participated in or moderated discussions at an array of literary conferences, book festivals, and continuing education classes nationally. He previously worked for the University of Georgia Press, Hill Street Press, American Institute of Architects, Oxford Bookstores, and several consulting clients. He has experience in all aspects of the business including acquisitions, project development, digital content, publicity, marketing, sales, subsidiary rights, special events, contracts, manufacturing, and financial analysis. His work with Trinity primarily focuses on digital project development, books in architecture, urban planning, sustainability, literature/history of place, and Texas and southwestern regional interests, developing co-publishing partnerships, and marketing and sales. He is a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership and a special commendation from the American Institute of Architects. In San Antonio he has written for several publications, and had worked with Texas Book Festival/San Antonio and Gemini Ink. He has served on the board for Say Sí, an advisory board for the Center for Non-Profit Support at the San Antonio Area Foundation, and he works with several other volunteer and civic organizations including the Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association. He blogs on a variety of topics at one-block.com. He is a native of Georgia and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
SARAH NAWROCKI | Managing Editor
Sarah Nawrocki has been an editor for fifteen years. She worked at the University of North Carolina Press and at the University of Texas at San Antonio before joining Trinity University Press in 2003. Over the past two decades she has worked as a developmental editor, copyeditor, and proofreader for various trade and university presses. In 2000 her short story collection, Camping with Strangers (Boaz Publishing), won the Violet Crown Award for fiction.
MARGUERITE AVERY | Senior Acquisitions Editor
Marguerite Avery is a veteran of university press publishing with more than thirteen years in the industry. She was previously executive editor at the digital-first, open-access Amherst College Press and Lever Press, which focus on increasing access to and visibility of humanities scholarship. While at MIT Press, she cultivated a critically acclaimed publishing program in communications, histories of technology, and infrastructure studies. Avery holds or has held advisory positions at Pacific University Press, the Digital Public Library Association, and Open Library of Humanities and served on the board of the Somerville Public Library in Massachusetts.
LEE ANN SPARKS | Business Manager
Lee Ann Sparks has twenty-five years financial management, accounting/bookkeeping, inventory management, budgeting experience in various industries including publishing, retail operations, real estate, and property management. She is a native of Texas.
BURGIN EAVES STREETMAN | Marketing Manager
Burgin Eaves Streetman started her career in books more than twenty years ago as a manager at the old Doubleday Book Shop on Fifth Avenue in New York City. She later worked as the assistant to the vice president of children's books at Barnes & Noble, published books for The Muppets, and was director of marketing and publicity for Artisan Books, an imprint of Workman Publishing. There she promoted titles by such culinary visionaries as Thomas Keller, Alice Medrich, Eric Ripert, and Barbara Kafka. In San Antonio she worked with the advertising agency Guerra DeBerry Coody, has written for the San Antonio Express-News and the San Antonio Current, and maintains the popular book blog Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves.
BRIDGET MCGREGOR | Sales Assistant
Bridget has worked in sales for fifteen years, mostly in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a graduate of St. Mary’s University. In addition to her work at Trinity University Press, she serves as the treasurer for the Friends of Hondondo Creek Trails board. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, traveling, and being outdoors.
STEFFANIE MORTIS | Assistant Editor/ Programs and Education Coordinator
Steffanie Mortis has previously worked in book sales for the Twig Book Shop and as a writing tutor and teacher. Her areas of interest include Southwest and Native American literature, and she has presented at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference. She is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word and a native of San Antonio.