About Our Team

Faculty and Staff
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Manuela Soares

Director, Lecturer

As Director of the Pace University Press, Soares works with editors on a variety of academic journals. Well-known for its studies of Virginia Woolf and medieval literature, more recent additions to the Press list of publications include journals on acting, comics, philosophy, and psychology. As Director, Soares reviews new submissions and oversees the operation of the Press and its staff. Soares is also the Director of the MS in Publishing program at Pace.

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Eileen Bishop Kreit

Faculty Advisor

Eileen Bishop Kreit is a lifelong reader and book lover. She spent 32 years at Penguin Random House, joining the Putnam Berkley Publishing Group as Sales Assistant after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. After 15 years in sales leadership and management, Eileen moved to the editorial side as Vice President and Publisher of Puffin Books. Rising to President in 2007, she worked with authors, including the collective works of Roald Dahl, and the Puffin Classics publishing program. In 2018, she transitioned to Vice President, Business Development, Viking Children’s Books and Philomel Books, She is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and passion with her students, both as a Faculty Advisor and as a Professor.

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Lucely Garcia

Production Assistant

Lucely Garcia is a Pace MS Publishing Graduate and is currently the Production Assistant for Pace University Press. Born and raised in the Bronx, Lucely received her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from CUNY Lehman College. She was published in Lehman’s literary and arts magazine, Obscura. She mostly writes fiction, poetry, to-do lists, and social media captions. She interned for various small blogs and creative organizations like Uptown Stories. When not working various part-time jobs, she reads to pass the time and writes to make up for it. Lucely hopes to join the publishing industry as an Editor and to publish her own book… eventually.

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Kayleigh Woltal

Graduate Assistant

Kayleigh is a first-year MS in Publishing student pursuing a career in design within the publishing industry. Originally from Long Island, Kayleigh stayed close to home and attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center, receiving a BA in New Media and Digital Design with a minor in English. After graduating from Fordham, Kayleigh began volunteering as a Graphic Designer at grain of salt magazine where she enjoys working on layout spreads for print zines. Kayleigh has always loved to read, write, and create and is excited to begin her publishing career at the Pace University Press.


Erin Hurley​

Graduate Assistant

Erin Hurley is a first year MS in Publishing student from New Jersey. She received her BA in Writing from Loyola University Maryland, with minors in Communication and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Upon completing her degree, Erin hopes to work in children’s publishing. She has worked in both libraries and bookstores, and she considers her dream job to be anything that allows her to be surrounded by books all day.


Elizabeth Abrams

Student Aide

Liz Abrams is a first-year publishing student from Rochester. She completed her BAs in Creative Writing and French Language & Culture at SUNY Purchase, where she first worked as and discovered her desire to become an editor. Liz has a particular interest in magical realism and mystery/thriller, and hopes to one day work in literary translation.