Without the team, nothing is accomplished.
With the team, we're much more than a bookstore: we're a way of life.
Anne Hollander, Co-Founder
Anne Hollander brings more than a decade of experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial roles. Her background — which bridge a wide variety of disciplines — allows her to bring an analytical acumen to the challenges of retail engagement.
Anne’s technical knowledge and appetite for revolutionary ideas have led her to articulate data-driven digital business strategies that unite customer loyalty programs, behavioral and preferential segmentation, and deep digital reporting across all customer integration points to prove the business impact of marketing, advertising, branding, and merchandising efforts.
Prior to Deep Vellum Books, Anne held marketing, sales, and innovation leadership positions at RISE, ACTIVE Network, DGSE Companies, Murphy Oil, Forrester Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as her own boutique consultancy, focused on the unique needs of tech-powered Series A startups and global professional services businesses.
Anne holds a J.D. as well as a B.A. in Biochemistry and Ethics from Smith College. In her spare moments, Anne coaches youth sports, including soccer, volleyball, and basketball, and travels extensively, especially to destinations known for great food, wine, and beer.
WILL EVANS, CO-FOUNDER
Will Evans is a publisher, translator, and entrepreneur with an unparalleled knack for finding undertold, outstanding stories and connecting them to audiences. In 2013, Evans founded Deep Vellum Publishing, a nonprofit indie book publisher dedicated to translating the world’s best novels into English for American audiences.
Evans also founded Deep Vellum Books in early 2016, a brick-and-mortar bookstore and cultural community center in Dallas’s historic Deep Ellum neighborhood. With the success of their flagship store, Evans and his bookstore co-founder Anne Hollander plan to expand to multiple locations in the coming years.
Prior to his career in publishing, Evans worked for five years in the music industry on tour and in Los Angeles, serving in varied roles for prominent companies like The Agency Group and Live Nation, before moving to Texas to become a talent buyer for Austin’s iconic music venue Emo’s.
Evans earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Emory University in History and Russian Language and Culture. He also received a Masters of Arts in Russian Culture at Duke University. He is an avid reader and movie lover, traits he plans to pass on to his son, a ninth-generation Texan who was born in May 2016 and who will likely save the world in some capacity.
KENDRA GREENE, Emeritus
Kendra Greene hung up her white gloves at the Museum of Contemporary Photography to earn an MFA from the University of Iowa—and she has been writing about shipwrecks, exploding negatives, and stolen woodpeckers ever since. She lives in Dallas, where she is finishing an essay collection about museum collections. Anomalous Press published her chapbook, Anatomy of a Museum, in March 2016.
JOE MILAZZO, EMERITUS
Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books), a volume of poetry. His writings have appeared in Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, The Collagist, Drunken Boat, Tammy, and elsewhere. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, curates the Other People’s Poetry reading series, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, where he was born and raised.
TANYA WARDELL, BOOKSELLER
Tanya Wardell grew up in a military family, and as a result, she's a world traveler with a penchant for adventure - including long roadtrips & backpacking expeditions. Tanya has studied various forms of dance, including classical and Bollywood Indian dance, as well as Afro-Brazilian styles. It's her goal to one day write a book, but Tanya is committed to learning both the retail & publishing sides of the business first. Tanya spends her time in Dallas with two lovable crazy dogs.
Rebecca Thompson, BookSeller
Rebecca is a doctoral student at UTDallas focusing on censorship and dissent in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, translation theory, and Jewish studies. She watches too much Netflix for someone with such a huge “to-read” pile, and also loves knitting, traveling, writing weird poetry, and pushing herself outside her comfort zone (while complaining about it).
Rebecca is from Buffalo, NY and is waiting for the day she can drag her partner and two cats back up north. She can also eat an entire family-sized bag of potato chips in one sitting.