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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

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 1975 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 WFU Press 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 an 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 and her husband, James, live in nearby Greensboro where they own and operate a bed & breakfast. They are kept company by two very noisy pugs.

Advisory Board

Nicholas Allen, University of Georgia—Athens
Guinn Batten, Washington University in St. Louis
Matthew Campbell, University of York
Lucy Collins, University College Dublin
Patricia Coughlan, University College Cork
Mary DeShazer, Wake Forest University
Eric Falci, University of California, Berkeley
Anne Fogarty, University College Dublin
Omaar Hena, Wake Forest University
Declan Kiberd, University of Notre Dame
Brian Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame
Catherine Paul, Clemson University

Fall 2019 Interns

We’re delighted to have the brains and brawn of our dedicated student interns each semester. Current interns are Cassie Ball, Allison Curley, Margot Handley, Emelyn Hatch, and Will Limehouse.

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



We are proud of oPugsur “Press Pugs,” Smee and Tootles, who provide intern support in the form of cuddling.

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