Jill Schoolman is the founder and publisher of Archipelago Books – an independent press devoted to innovative contemporary and classic international literature.
She studied English literature in Oxford University in 1989-1990 and then, in 1992, graduated from Yale University with a BA in Literature. Her novel Down to the River was published by Philippe Hunt, Editeur in 1997.
Schoolman worked as an assistant film editor before entering the publishing world. She was selected to participate in editors’ exchange programs in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Catalonia. She is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.
After working in the editorial department of Seven Stories Press for three years, in 2003 Schoolman founded Archipelago Books. In its first eight years Archipelago has published about eighty titles from more than twenty languages. It is supported by Lannan Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, International Institute of Modern Letters and other organizations.