Trinity University Press Staff
BARBARA RAS | Director
Barbara Ras has been in the publishing business for over 30 years and has been the director of Trinity University Press since 2002, when she revitalized the then-dormant press. She is responsible for the press’s distinguished list of books on landscape—work exploring how the land informs who we are and how we, in turn, shape the places we inhabit. Ras has been an editor for thirty years and has worked at some of the country’s finest presses, including North Point Press, Sierra Club Books, the University of California Press, and the University of Georgia Press. Books she edited at the University of Georgia Press were nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award three years running, and Liquid Land: A Journey through the Florida Everglades by Ted Levin, which Ras edited, won the 2004 John Burroughs Medal. Among the authors she has worked with are Robert Creeley, Barry Lopez, Eavan Boland, Adam Zagajewski, Edward Hirsch, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Wendell Berry, Rebecca Solnit, and Gary Snyder.
In 1997 Ras’s debut collection of poems, Bite Every Sorrow, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her other poetry collections include One Hidden Stuff (Penguin, 2006) and The Last Skin (Penguin, 2010), and her poems have been published in the New Yorker, the American Scholar, TriQuarterly, Orion, and many other magazines and anthologies. She is the editor of a collection of Costa Rican fiction in translation, Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. In 2009 Ras was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Poetry. She is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Simmons College.
THOMAS PAYTON | Associate Director
Tom Payton has been in the book and publishing industry for twenty-five years. 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.
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 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, serves on the advisory board for the Texas Book Festival/San Antonio, and teaches classes at Gemini Ink. He has served on the board for Say Sí and 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. He regularly blogs on a variety of issues 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.
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 STREETMAN | Marketing Manager
Burgin 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 Children's Books My Kid Loves. She is a native of Florida, was raised in Virginia and South Carolina, and attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
STEFFANIE MORTIS | Editorial Assistant
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.
RACHEL COOLEY | Marketing Intern/Assistant
Rachel Cooley is an English major at Trinity University with minors in communication and sociology. Some of her hobbies are writing, reading, and singing in Trinity’s choir and female a cappella group, the Acabellas. She has written for the Trinitonian, Trinity’s student newspaper. This is her first experience working in publishing, and she is considering a career in the industry. She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has also lived in Virginia and Massachusetts.
SARAH COOPER | Graphic Design Intern
Sarah Cooper, a senior communication and art major at Trinity University, is the Photo Editor of the Mirage Yearbook and a freelance graphic designer and photographer. This year she has worked as a creative intern with the Infinite Agency and has designed quarterly company newsletters for Stripes Convenience Stores/Susser Holdings. She enjoys photography, watercolor painting, and creating fan art. She grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas.