The Polyphony H.S. Board of Directors
Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor, the Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth is Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in 1996, after spending 13 years as a Correspondent with Time Magazine, based in New York, then Chicago. She served as Editor of the Sunday Magazine from 1998 until it ceased publication in 2009. In 2002, Elizabeth led the Chicago Tribune’s efforts to acquire the Printers Row Book Fair (now Printers Row Lit Fest) the Midwest’s largest book fair and she continues to devote herself to its planning and execution. She also oversees the Tribune’s newspaper’s literary prizes. Elizabeth has been President of the National Book Critics Circle, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. She has served on three Pulitzer juries, chairing both the Biography and Fiction juries. She has served the Harold Washington Literary Prize committee, including two stints as chairman. With Adam Cohen, she is the co-author of “American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation,” named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she later served on its Board of Trustees and recently was Visiting Professor. She has an MA in History from Yale University.
Donna Seaman, Senior Editor, Booklist
Donna is a senior editor for Booklist, a book critic for Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ), and a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Bookforum and other venues. A recipient of the Writer Magazine Writers Who Make a Difference Award, the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, and several Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, Seaman was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. Seaman’s essays and interviews have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, F Magazine, and Creative Nonfiction. A contributor to Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney, Seaman created the fiction anthology In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness, and her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books.
John C. Lillig, Attorney-at-Law, Hoogendoorn and Talbot, LLP
John is in the Litigation Practice Group at Hoogendoorn and Talbot, LLP. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and DePaul University College of Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Lillig taught English and writing at both the high school and university levels and coached high school cross country, track and field, and basketball.
Katie Scullion, Scullion Consulting
Katie is a marketing strategy consultant, helping both for-profit and non-profit organizations grow. Katie has experience with non-profit management, including co-founding Girls on the Run-Chicago, which has served more than 10,000 girls in the Chicago area. Her education includes a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard and an MBA from Kellogg. She is especially happy that her three children are now avid readers, getting closer to her dream of a family vacation spent entirely on the beach reading.
Beth Kohl, Author
Beth has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University, and a M.F.A in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Embryo Culture: Making Babies in the Twenty-First Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Sarah Crichton Books, 2007), and has contributed writing and editing to Brain, Child. Beth’s writing also has appeared in Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers, Chicago Reader, Tulane Review, and Huffington Post. Beth has worked for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Euro RSCG Tatham in public affairs and advertising. She also has served on Capitol Hill and in the communications office of the 1996 and 2000 Democratic National Conventions. Beth has an extensive background in philanthropy and has served on the board of the Kohl Children’s Museum among others. Beth lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three daughters.
Francine Friedman, President Francine Friedman Associates, LLC
Francine is the President of Francine Friedman Associates, LLC, a fundraising and public relations consultancy. Prior to launching her firm, Ms. Friedman served as the Chief Development Officer for four of Chicago’s leading nonprofit organizations, including Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois, Lambs Farm, Highland Park Hospital, and Swedish Covenant Hospital. She was the 2011 recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ben Franklin Award, given to a fundraising professional who has attained significant achievements in their career. Prior to her current profession, she taught English and journalism in Chicago’s secondary schools.She is the author of MatchDotBomb: A Midlife Journey Through Internet Dating, published in 2007, which won two first-place awards for non-fiction. Her first short story was published in Story Quarterly. She has just completed her first novel, The Green.