Who We Are
A message from the publisher, Rhoda Trooboff:
My days are deliciously filled with writing, editing, considering manuscript submissions, cultivating new talent, advising aspiring authors, reviewing newly published fiction, doing readings, and leading book groups. Like my role models Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, I relish all facets of the book business, especially working closely with writers, illustrators, graphic designers and printers — and readers! Good, beautiful books happen because imaginative, dedicated artists and craftspeople collaborate and share their work with appreciative readers. My thanks go out to our imaginative, dedicated artists and craftspeople:
|Annette Abrams (author/illustrator) is a certified early-childhood educator with the Montgomery County Public Schools and artist and arts educator living and working in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned her BS in art education at University of Maryland. Her mosaics and drawings are on permanent exhibition at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health.|
|Jim Adcock (illustrator) is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator who earned his BFA from Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His studio is in historic Snow Hill, Maryland, near his home in Berlin, Maryland, where he enjoys life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.|
|Cécile Bucher (illustrator/designer) is a native of Geneva, Switzerland, and lives currently in Linz, Austria, where at Ars Electronica she creates interactive installations and their software implementation. She has earned degrees in visual arts from the Saint-Luc Institute (Brussels) and in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute in Lausanne. As an engineer at OZWE she worked on development of the Qb1 robot.|
|Katie Carpenter (author/photographer) is an award-winning documentary film producer specializing in wildlife and the environment. She has made films about dolphins, orangutans, sea turtles, elephans, otters, sharks, and endangered species around the world for Discovery Disney Channel, Animal Planet, and PBS. Her documentary short, “The Lost Dolphins of Katrina, was broadcast on the Discovery Kids Channel.|
|Mary Carpenter (author) worked for thirty years as a journalist writing about science and medicine for magazines and newspapers, include TIME and The Washington Post. She leads creative writing workshops and has written Rescued by a Cow and a Squeeze, a children’s biography of Temple Grandin, whose knowledge of animal behavior has led to more humane treatment of livestock. Mary lives and works in Washington, D.C.|
|Susan Easton (illustrator) was for many years the Lower School Art Teacher at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., where she was the holder of the Dirksen Chair in Fine Arts. She earned her BFA from Pratt Institute (NYC).|
|Lolette Guthrie (illustrator) is an artist living and working in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Always a painter, Lolette has also been an elementary school teacher, an art teacher, and an environmental educator. She and Sue Ruff have been friends since their student days at Swarthmore College.|
|Justine Kenin and her daughters Annie and Veda Hedgepeth (authors) are DC natives. Justine is a producer for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Annie and Veda are students in the DC Public Schools and Girl Scouts.|
|Becky Lettenberger (photographer) is a multimedia producer at National Public Radio. She studied photojournalism at Syracuse University.|
|Mary Jane Mitchell (poet) lives and writes in Berlin, Maryland. A wife, mother, grandmother, and retired elementary school principal, she loves writing poetry and traveling to distant places.|
|Anna Nazaretz Radjou (illustrator/designer) is Co-Founder and Creative Director of J.A. Creative, a strategic marketing communications firm based in Northern Virginia. An artist who creates block-prints, paintings, and hand painted furniture, she earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her clients have included The Smithsonian Institution, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Really Cool Foods. She has been a store artist at Whole Foods Market.|
|Alisa Rivkin (chef/recipe author) is a DC native and graduate of National Cathedral School and Columbia University. She has “toed the line” as a saucière, garde manger, sous chef, banquet chef, and pastry chef at eateries large and small. Dedicated to helping people eat their way to good health with appealing natural foods, she has a client list that includes NFL players, wrestlers, marathoners, triathletes, underwear models, and people with chronic health challenges.|
|Elizabeth Rosenbaum (photographer/intern) is a student at Vassar College, where she serves on the executive board of the Asian Student Alliance. A high honors graduate of Holton-Arms School, she was co-founder of the Holton-Arms Literary Society and co-editor-in-chief of Scroll, the literary magazine. Her poetry and prose have been published in The Louisville Review, Forever Young Adult, and Skipping Stones Magazine.|
|Sue Ruff and Don E. Wilson (co-authors). A Washington, D.C., writer and editor, Sue Ruff has volunteered for many years at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. With Don E. Wilson she co-edited The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals. Don Wilson is a Senior Scientist, Curator of Mammals, and Chair of the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.|
|Rhoda Trooboff (publisher/author) taught at National Cathedral School and the Arlington VA Public Schools for over three decades before founding Tenley Circle Press. She earned her BA (English) at Wellesley College and MAT at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to her publishing, writing, editing, and consulting, she is a child protection mediator in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, a board member of the Friends of the Tenleytown-Friendship Public Library (DCPL), an avid gardener, piano player, and grandmother of five. She divides her time between Washington, D.C., and Garrett County, Maryland.|
Our dedicated, talented corporate friends:
Beacon Printing of Waldorf, Maryland, delivers high-quality printing services and production support. Skilled printing professionals use the finest printing equipment and technology and consistently maintain a high level of quality on every job, no matter the size.
J-A Creative of Falls Church, Virginia, is an award-winning marketing firm that provides strategic marketing and creative services for businesses, non-profits, and associations.
KKPDC | Kwik Kopy Printing of Washington, D.C., is a full-service design, print, marketing and mailing operation in its 25th year helping businesses like Tenley Circle Press perfect their communications. KKPDC designed this website, and they host it, too.