About me:

contact-editI am a publisher and editor specializing in bilingual and translated books. I speak on the intersection of politics, language and literature. I advocate for greater equality in the global exchange of literature, for diversity in literature and publishing, and for a more inclusive understanding of English that values equally its different dialects and forms. And I advocate for social justice.

I work as a consulting publisher, editor and writer for Milet Publishing. I founded Milet with Sedat Turhan in 1995 and directed the company with him for nearly two decades, based in London, Izmir and Chicago, growing it into a leading publisher of multilingual books, with a list of over 500 titles in English and 25 languages. We broke barriers with our range of languages, by publishing books with progressive art and themes, and by foregrounding diverse writers and illustrators. Milet has been a leader in world literature for adults too: Since 2000, we have published 20 books of Turkish literature in English translation, in a rich list that includes many women, LGBTQ and radical writers.

I have curated, organized and hosted numerous literature festivals and events; guest lectured at universities; presented at academic and professional conferences; and served on policy advisory committees on literature, language and education. I am a Trustee of Outside In World, the organization that promotes children’s literature in translation. As a freelancer, I have developed, written and edited primary, secondary and higher education resources, and I have edited scholarly texts.

Prior to starting Milet, I worked in Washington, DC, with the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD) and the EAFORD journal Without Prejudice; the Jordan Information Bureau; and the North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine, where my jobs included publishing, communications, policy analysis, media analysis, and human rights advocacy. I was also an editor at The Jordan Times newspaper in Amman.

I have a focus on film as well. I worked with the film production firm NDF International in London, and with the International Film Festival in Izmir. I helped establish the Human Rights Watch Los Angeles Film Club and was a lead organizer of the club for several years. And I am a board member and judge of the Social Impact Media Awards.

I am a longtime advocate for human rights and social justice. In Los Angeles, I was most active in antiracism and anti-incarceration work. I moved to New York City at the start of 2019 and will continue my activism here.

I grew up in Chicago, in a family of ten. I studied political science with a concentration in Middle East politics at Northwestern University; Arab studies at Georgetown University; media studies at the University of London; and adult education teaching and mindful awareness practices at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am currently exploring the intersection of mindfulness and social justice practice.

You can reach me via Contact. And you can find me on Twitter and Instagram @pbillings02.