Eric Banks




Eric Banks is a writer and editor based in New York. A former senior editor of Artforum, Banks relaunched Bookforum in 2003 and served as the publication’s editor in chief until 2008. From 2011 to 2013, Banks served as president of the National Book Critics Circle and is a two-term member of the NBCC board of directors as well as chair or past chair of its award committees on Biography and Criticism.

Banks’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Bookforum, the New York Times Book Review, the Financial TimesSlate, the Wall Street JournalAperture, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He has contributed essays to monographs on a number of artists, including Franz West (To Build a House You Start With the Roof, MIT Press, 2008) and Christopher Wool (Christopher Wool, Taschen, 2008). Additionally, he has edited numerous catalogues and collections of artists writings, including Artists for Artists: Fifty Years of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (D.A.P., 2013); Paul Chan: Selected Writings (D.A.P., 2014); and Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (Yale University Press/Whitney Museum of American Art, 2014).


Melanie Rehak

Program Manager



Melanie Rehak is the author of Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her (2005), a New York Times bestseller, the winner of an Edgar Award for Biography, an Agatha Award, and one of the Chicago Tribune’s Best Books of 2005. She is also the author of Eating For Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers and One Picky Kid (2010). Currently she is at work on a book about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance.”

Rehak was the Assistant Literary Editor of The New Republic from 1995-1997, and the magazine’s Assistant Poetry Editor from 1997-2008. She has been a columnist at (poetry), and the New York Times Magazine (Questions for and Who Made That) and has been writing a column on food books forBookforum since 2008. Her work has appeared in various sections of the New York Times, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Slate Book Review,The Times Literary SupplementLandscape Architecture Magazine, and many other publications. Her poetry has appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, the Colorado Review and other magazines. She has been a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and at the MacDowell Colony.