Tina Pohlman is Executive Vice President & Publisher at Open Road Integrated Media. Prior to joining Open Road she was Vice President & Publisher, Trade Paperbacks at the Crown Publishing Group. She began her career at Houghton Mifflin in 1993 and went on to work at Vintage-Anchor, Carroll & Graf, Harcourt Trade Publishers, where she served as Editorial Director of Harvest Books, and Spiegel & Grau. Over the course of her career, Tina has acquired, edited, and worked with a wide range of critically acclaimed and bestselling authors, including Colson Whitehead, Chinua Achebe, and Temple Grandin.
Paul Elie is a senior fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the director of the American Pilgrimage Project, a university partnership with StoryCorps based in the Berkley Center. His work deals primarily with the ways religious ideas are given expression in literature, the arts, music, and culture in the broadest sense. He is the author of two books, The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage (2003) and Reinventing Bach (2012), and of essays and articles for the Atlantic, New York Times, Commonweal, and other periodicals. In the American Pilgrimage Project he is examining the ways religious beliefs inform the experiences of the American people at crucial moments in their lives.