Poetry offers us the capacity to carry in us and express the contradictory impulses that make us human.

—Kwame Dawes, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2018- )

Elda Rotor

Elda Rotor is the Vice President & Publisher of Penguin Classics at Penguin Random House. She oversees the U.S. editorial program and the works of authors including Keith Haring, Shirley Jackson, Arthur Miller, Dorothy Parker, and John Steinbeck. Ms. Roter is the editor of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry, edited by Rita Dove; The New York Times bestseller The Inaugural Address by Barack Obama; and most recently, The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson. She has published Penguin Classics editions of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo by José Rizal, translated by Harold Augenbraum, and Doveglion: Collected Poems by José Garcia Villa, with an introduction by Luis H. Francia. She also edited, produced, and recorded the Penguin Classics app Poems by Heart, chosen by Apple as one of the Best Apps of 2013,  and hosted the podcast Penguin Classics On Air. Ms. Rotor worked previously for thirteen years at Oxford University Press. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Kundiman.