House of Anansi Press Announces New Publisher

House of Anansi Press Announces New Publisher

House of Anansi Press announced today that Leigh Nash will be joining the Toronto press as Publisher effective April 19, 2022. Semareh Al-Hillal, President and Acting Publisher, made the announcement.  

“The experience, passion, and ethos that Leigh brings matches exactly the spirit of the staff at House of Anansi Press,” said Al-Hillal. “We are building on the fabled history of the House while moving forward, collaboratively, with an innovative, passionate team. I’m excited to have Leigh join us to shape the future editorial direction of the House and know that our authors and staff are going to enjoy working with her. We are so delighted to welcome Leigh to Anansi.”  

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Leigh Nash is currently publisher at Invisible Publishing and is teaching book publishing in York University’s Professional Writing Department. Previously, she worked at Coach House Books, and was a founding partner of editorial firm Re:word Communications and co-founder of chapbook press The Emergency Response Unit. Leigh is past chair of eBOUND Canada’s board of directors and a past board member of the Association of Canadian Publishers and Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph and has published a poetry collection, Goodbye, Ukulele

“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the talented team at House of Anansi,” said Nash. “Anansi’s books have long inspired me as both a reader and a publisher, and it’s an honour to have this opportunity to continue building on the press’s storied literary excellence.”  

“Leigh Nash is exactly the right publisher for Anansi – she brings the knowledge and vibrancy that will enhance the unique quality of Anansi’s list of published books.”  — Scott Griffin, Owner of House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books 

Semareh Al-Hillal and Leigh Nash are available for comment and interview. 

Please contact debby@anansi.ca for media inquiries. 

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