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Publishing Institute

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40 years and still going strong

In the summer of 2015 the University of Denver Publishing Institute will celebrate forty years of training new talent for the world of books. In July 1976 the first group of eighty-five students traveled from all around the country--and from abroad--to learn about book publishing.

Since that first year, over 3,500 bright and gifted students have graduated from the Publishing Institute--many of whom have found their places in publishing houses large and small throughout the United States and around the world. They can be found at work in every aspect of our business--trade and textbooks, children's and scholarly books. They are design and production specialists, sales reps and literary agents, editors, marketers, and publishers.

The publishing professionals who comprise our faculty are the ones who make it happen. More than 250 executives from every area of the business have flown halfway across the country and generously shared their expertise and their enthusiasm.

  • Joyce Meskis

    Joyce Meskis, Director of the Institute 

    Joyce Meskis, owner and President of the Tattered Cover Book Store, has worked with the multitude of diverse publishing companies throughout the United States and beyond. Ms. Meskis is the recipient of many awards for her service to the book community, as well as in recognition for her work on behalf of the First Amendment. Awards include the Walter J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the American Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation Role of Honor Award.

  • Jill Smith

    Jill Smith, Co-Director

    Jill Smith joined the Publishing Institute in 2003 as the program administrator and was promoted later that year to associate director. During her time at DU, Ms. Smith has completed her MBA through the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business. She also earned an MFA from the University of Kansas, and her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College.

  • Jennifer Conder

    Jennifer Conder, Program Administrator

    Jennifer Conder joined the Publishing Institute in 2012, after working six years at a cultural and language center in the nonprofit sector, and eight years at the Tattered Cover Book Store as a bookseller, buyer and personnel representative. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Colorado College.