Meet the Press

jeffJefferson Holdridge
Director and Editor

Jeff received his doctorate at University College Dublin and is the Press’s Director and Editor. He is also Professor of English at Wake Forest, specializing in Irish literature. He and his wife Wanda Balzano live close to the WFU campus with their young daughter Sofia.



dillon_johnstonDillon Johnston
Founder and Advising Editor

Supported by the administration at Wake Forest, Dillon established the Press in 1976 to bring the best contemporary Irish poetry to North American readers. Dillon retired from Wake Forest in 2003, but remains our valued Advising Editor. He lives in St. Louis with his wife (and former WFUP manager) Guinn Batten, where they both teach at Washington University.


cjonesCandide Jones
Advising Assistant Director 

Candide managed the press for 24 years, and now works in a part-time advisory capacity. She has a Master’s Degree in English from Wake Forest. She and her husband, Mike, live with two dogs, Shug and Chance, who were trained in the New Leash on Life prison program.



AmandaAmanda Keith

Amanda earned her Master’s in English: Writing and Editing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, James, and their two pugs, Smee and Tootles.




Fall 2015 Interns

This semester, we’re delighted to have the brains and brawn of interns Shannon Magee, Ashley Mellon, Nicole Cahill, Alex Muller, Blair Wessels, Katie Huggins, and Sophie Leveque.



Our Dog Friends

bibi1For fourteen years, our head intern was Bibi, who kept the office happy with lots of love and licks. We remember her most fondly.





pugs with books 3

We are proud of our Press Pugs. Smee and Tootles provide intern support in the form of cuddling.