Board of Directors

J. K. Fowler

J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He also serves as the Director of Communications at Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. He serves on Cogswell College’s English and Humanities Professional Advisory Board. He has been published in a wide range of publications, including Bay Area Reporter, Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, COG Magazine, and elsewhere, has performed across the Bay Area and Brooklyn, and has been featured in a number of radio shows and online podcasts, including KPFA, Fuel My Fiction, StoryCorps, and others. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and travels this world with his partner and a Kelpie named Stella.

Richard Grossinger

Richard is the cofounder of Io magazine, the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences, and North Atlantic Books. He is the author of more than thirty-five books, ranging from long explorations of science, culture, and spirituality (The Night Sky, Planet Medicine: Origins, Planet Medicine: Modalities, Embryogenesis) to memoirs (New Moon, Out of Babylon) to experimental prose (Book of the Earth and Sky, Spaces Wild and Tame) and science fiction (Mars: A Science Fiction Vision). Grossinger received a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Lindy Hough

Lindy is the cofounder of Io magazine, the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences, and North Atlantic Books, where she served as publisher and editorial director until her retirement in 2010. A poet and fiction writer, she is the author of five books of poetry and editor or coeditor of several anthologies. Her most recent books are Wild Horses, Wild Dreams, and Wondrous Child. Hough taught writing and literature in Michigan, Maine, and Vermont. She has worked in nonprofit arts administration, taught technical writing in the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, and was West Coast Editor for Shambhala Publications. She graduated from Smith College, earned an MFA from Goddard College, and completed the coursework for a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mary Louise Hegarty

An astrologer, craniosacral therapist, and labor and human rights consultant, Mary Louise now calls the Bay Area home after lengthy chapters in Massachusetts, Colorado and Cape Town. An early introduction to bodywork, yoga, astrology, organic gardening, and environmental activism laid the foundation for her life’s work in the healing arts. In addition to her astrology and therapy practices, ML travels the USA for a global fair labor non-profit to assess working conditions in the electronics supply chain. She was a regular columnist for ELLE-South Africa, and now publishes her own blog as The Galactic Gogo. Active in the Craniosacral Children’s Collective (SF-Oakland) and the SF Astrological Society, she holds a BA from the UMass-Amherst, as well as a diploma from the South African Institute of Cranial Studies.

Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson has worked in book publishing since 1972, holding positions in editorial and marketing at Winston-Seabury Press, HarperOne (then known as HarperSanFrancisco, a division of HarperCollins) and Tuttle Publishing. In addition she ran aka Drantell Editorial, for eight years in the 1990s, doing editorial and consulting work for a variety of publishers including JP Tarcher, Bantam, Ballantine, Quilt Digest Press, while earning an MFA in Fiction Writing from San Francisco State University.  In 2000, she cofounded RedWheel/Weiser, publishing books under the imprints Weiser Books, Conari Press, Disinformation Books, Hampton Roads Publishing, and Turning Stone Press. She was the publisher from 2000 through the end of 2015, when she retired. She is currently working with individual authors, coaching and editing their books, plus writing and publishing her own poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.

Eric Myers

Eric writes and teaches in San Francisco. Before relocating to the Bay Area, he cofounded MadLab. During his tenure as artistic director, the company became an award-winning haven for original theater and performance, often of an avant-garde and political bent. In San Francisco, he cofounded the official radio station of the Burning Man event, Burning Man Information Radio, and produced programming for this “alternative universe NPR” for a decade. Myers received his BA from Princeton University and his MFA in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California.

Steven Rood

Steven has been a lawyer for 43 years and North Atlantic Books’ general counsel for about 25 years.

Tom Southern

Tom Southern is an Associate Director at Newmark Cornish & Carey where he brokers the sale and leasing of commercial properties. Before turning to real estate, Tom worked in the book trade for twenty years. He held various financial and management positions including Publisher of Boaz Publishing Company, General Manager of Ten Speed Press, and Associate Controller of Princeton University Press. Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the board chair of North Atlantic Books from 2012 to 2014.

Wanda Stewart

Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer, educator, and comrade to many in the social justice movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities. Believing the skills to grow food and medicine, to maintain a healthy being, and to live cooperatively are essential elements in our collective survival, she revisits and reframes our shared history (and trauma) and reclaims cultural heritage, especially for African Americans, in the garden. A master gardener and certified permaculture designer with a degree in psychology from Temple University, Wanda owns and grows Obsidian Farm in Berkeley, CA, as a model for what’s possible in an urban environment. Specializing in transformational, garden-centered wellness and courageous conversations about race and our environment, she knows in her heart that we must all “grow the power”—together.

William Stranger

William Stranger is the founder and editor of DharmaCafé Books and, an online magazine. A disciple of Adi Da Samraj since 1973, his background in the history of consciousness, classical spirituality, transpersonal psychology, traditional health practices, and post-Cartesian political, scientific, artistic, and cultural paradigms, along with his work as author, lecturer, literary agent, and publisher, gives him a broad knowledge of today’s nascent cultural renaissance.

Jackie Thompson

Jackie is content acquisition senior key account manager for Ingram Content Group. She has worked in the book and content business for more than twenty-five years. Thompson started in book publishing with Wiley and has held management positions at some of the most highly respected independent publishers on the West Coast, including Timber Press, New Harbinger Publications, and Nolo. She served as a board member for PubWest. Her experience extends beyond traditional book publishing to ebooks, software, digital content licensing, and B2B online sales and marketing.