The Lyceum Agency was established in 2004 by Julie Mancini and Miriam Feuerle, who have more than three decades of experience working with writers and artists.Miriam Feuerle
(managing director and co-founder) has worked in the field of arts and culture for more than 20 years. Beginning at The Macdowell Colony (www.macdowellcolony.org
) and then The Alliance of Artists Communities (www.artistcommunities.org
), a national organization focusing on policy, funding and management issues related to the field of residential arts centers, she has worked to help the careers of artists and writers across the nation. In 2001, she also helped establish the Caldera artist residency program in Oregon.
Before founding Lyceum, she worked as a consultant to nonprofits in the field of philanthropy and arts and culture and has taught classes through Portland State University's Institute for Nonprofit Management. She holds a MA from the University of Chicago where her research focused on the development of philanthropy in the U.S. particularly as practiced by fraternal orders in the 18th and 19th centuries.
She has headed Lyceum since the end of 2008.
Hannah Scott has worked with authors and artists since earning her BA in literature at New York University. She comes to Lyceum from a marketing and advertising agency representing live entertainment productions off- and on Broadway. She has also worked with a San Francisco literary presenter, a boutique publishing house in New York, and the development office of a preeminent London theater. Hannah is glad to bring this background to the service of Lyceum’s exciting client roster and venue partners.
Sarah Soards, a Portland native, brings her experiences in the non-profit arts world to Lyceum. Before graduating from the master’s book publishing program at Portland State University, Sarah had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented authors from Portland's writing community. She worked most recently at Transatlantic Agency, assisting with clients, manuscript preparation, and contracts. She is delighted to be a part of the Lyceum team, and to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible client base.
Andrew Wetzel arrives at Lyceum with book experience gained on both coasts, including time spent as a literary scout for foreign publishing houses. Most recently, he ran Stumptown Editorial and was an editor for literary journal Masters Review and publishing consultancy Wise Ink. He is originally from Long Island, New York.
(founder, director emeritus) has worked in the field of literature, lectures and presenting for thirty years. In 1985 she became the Director of Portland Arts and Lectures, an organization not more than a year old. Over the next fifteen years she developed PAL into one of the largest and most well-attended lecture series in the country, regularly presenting in a 2,700 seat venue. She presented more than 180 writers to full houses, including such literary and cultural icons as Wallace Stegner, Phillip Roth, Toni Morrison, Richard Ford
, Joan Didion, Paul Theroux
, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Maya Lin. Literary Arts, with its highly successful series Portland Arts and Lectures (www.literary-arts.org
), continues to be one of the nation's premier literary institution. Mancini retired from Lyceum in 2008 to work at MercyCorps an international NGO where she headed their public education arm for more than 5 years.