Meet the Staff: Kathy Pories, Senior Editor

Kathy
Welcome back to Meet the Staff, where we learn a little more about the lovely people with whom we work! This month, we’re excited to feature Kathy Pories, Senior Editor.

How long have you been at Algonquin?
Yikes, 14 years now, if you count my first year as an unpaid intern.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Actually, there are two parts–when I succeed at acquiring a manuscript that I love, knowing that we’ll be publishing it. That’s really an exhilarating feeling, especially if I’ve been competing with other houses to get it. And then when we get to the end of the long process of editing and production, and the finished book arrives and I hold it in my hands–it’s real!–and I mail that first copy to the writer. I love that moment too. Say all you want about the convenience of electronic books, but nothing for me matches the feel of a real book with bound pages and a gorgeous jacket.
What book have you read recently that you would recommend to our readers?
Olive Kitteridge. Novels in stories are hard to pull off, I think, but somehow this is absolutely the right form for this book. And Elizabeth Strout writes so sensitively about this woman that even though Olive isn’t always likable, she’s sympathetic. I think that’s a real feat.
And since it’s just out, I have to recommend Lauren Grodstein‘s A Friend of the Family, which I am so excited to publish. I’m so heartened to see all the reviews say what we all knew here, that this is an irresistible book, or as USA Today said, “spot on in its depiction of affection and jealousy among longtime friends.”

What do you like to do when you aren’t at Algonquin?

Figure out ways to keep my cat from mauling all of my furniture. And try to propel my dog Sheila to actually walk forward on a walk. As Wendy Brenner once said, my animals are “complicated.” Also, I like to run long distances or ride my bike long distances–two things that allow me to eat as much as I want to eat. Which is quite a lot.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Why would I only want one thing? The whole plate, please.
To make sure that our representation of Kathy is well-rounded, here are some other fun facts, straight from her co-workers (who would never lie).
  • Kathy is 4’8” and played Bilbo Baggins in her high school play. She also was an extra in all three of the Lord of the Rings movies.
  • Kathy is equal parts Greek, Italian, and Finnish.
  • Kathy is a great cook. (She brought homemade pimento cheese to share today!)
  • Kathy has published many books under the pen name Susan Polis Schultz.
  • Kathy has an unusually high tolerance for root beer Dum-Dums.
  • Recently, Kathy completed the two-day, 175 mile Bike MS
  • Kathy has a white oval sticker on her car that says “26.2″. “Has anyone heard of this country?” Brunson asks.  “Is it where fit people vacation?”
  • Lastly, in the pie vs. cake debate, Kathy fully supports pie.
Kathy's border collie mix, (and resident Office Dog) Sheila

Kathy's Border Collie mix--and resident Office Dog--Sheila (Photo by D. Kent Thompson)

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6 Comments On This Post:

November 20, 2009
4:19 pm
Susan Gregg Gilmore says...

Absolutely loved Olive Kitteridge. Of course, one of my very favorite writers will always be your very own Jill McCorkle.

And I’m sorry, but cake gets my vote!

February 10, 2012
10:20 am
Our 2012 Calendar >> CHICAGO PUBLISHES says...

[...] Eleanor Jackson, Literary Agent, Markson Thomas; Tom Roberge, Publicity Director, New Directions; Kathy Pories, Sr. Editor, Algonquin Press; Host: Donna [...]

May 14, 2012
4:26 pm
Cindy Halliday says...

We would love to have you be a one-on-one consultant and workshop presenter at our 33rd Annual Conference, February 22-23, 2013, at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.

June 4, 2012
7:17 pm
Beth Morgenstern-Kuhel says...

Hi Kathy,

I’m thrilled you have found your place in the writing world as a senior editor for Algonquin! I remember you as a creative, insightful, fun-loving friend. I continue to be nostalgic about my past and have fond memories with you and your family in the Finger Lakes eating homemade ice-cream!

The internet is soooo amazing. I just was thinking about you and boom…found your utube!

July 5, 2012
11:55 am
George Singleton says...

Hi Kathy!

You seem creative, intelligent, serious, fun-loving, pamphlet-tolerating, beguiling, moderate, immoderate, poignant, je ne sais quoi, mesmerizing, and lethal! Way to go!

September 18, 2012
1:11 pm
Lynette Ekund says...

I’m looking forward to the release of Bill Roorbach’s Life Among Giants. …And is that fruit pies or pudding pies?

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