Meet Our Staff

The staff at Prufrock Press strives to ensure that our readers love the books we publish. From unique ideas for the classroom, to trusted textbooks in gifted education, to an award-winning children’s magazine, our products reflect our staff's varied experiences in education, editing, design, and customer service. When a reader holds a book by Prufrock Press, he or she knows that the information found in that book truly reflects the needs of teachers and parents of gifted, advanced, and special needs learners.


Editorial and Marketing Office, Austin, TX
Joel McIntosh, Publisher
Joel McIntosh, Publisher

Right out of college, I took a job as a high school English teacher in a little rural community in Texas. At some point after my first couple of years there, my principal asked me to participate in developing a program for our gifted students. A group of other teachers who were building the program and I began looking for materials and ideas that were practical and challenged our brightest students. As a group, we attended several gifted education conferences and discovered lots of teachers who were presenting about great ideas and innovative classroom practices. At the time, I remember thinking, “Someone needs to pull together these ideas and get them in the hands of others.” At some point, I realized that “someone” could be me. Prufrock Press didn’t become a realized dream for a few more years. I continued teaching and completed a master’s degree in gifted education at Baylor University. All the while, I was laying the foundations of Prufrock Press—more as a hobby at first—as a service to my fellow teachers. However, once I finished my graduate work, I made Prufrock Press my full-time profession. The positive impact I am able to make through the work we do at Prufrock Press is an ongoing source of pride for me. Although we’ve expanded our focus to include support for parents and kids with special needs, the original mission to share “great ideas and innovative classroom practices” is as vibrant today as it was more than 25 years ago.

Katy McDowall, Editor and Permissions Coordinator
Katy McDowall

Katy McDowall joined Prufrock in 2014. As editor and permissions coordinator, she edits manuscripts, develops projects with current and potential authors, and conceptualizes new books and education resources. She also manages copyright permissions requests and develops e-mail marketing campaigns. After graduating from Baylor University with a degree in journalism, Katy moved to Austin to earn her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas. Her past experience includes working in university communications and writing, editing, and designing for print and online publications. In her free time, Katy enjoys exploring Austin, catching up on way too many TV shows, and reading.

Stephanie McCauley, Assistant Editor
Stephanie McCauley

Stephanie McCauley joined Prufrock Press in 2016. As assistant editor, she edits manuscripts, works with authors, and helps to develop new book ideas. She also coordinates marketing and promotions for new titles. After graduating from Southwestern University with a degree in English, Stephanie went on to pursue her master’s degree in creative writing at Eastern Washington University. There she served as poetry editor for the literary journal Willow Springs and taught English composition classes to undergraduate students. She has also worked as a writing consultant, essay specialist, and English tutor. When not reading or writing, Stephanie spends her time watching movies with friends and thoroughly spoiling her cat.

Allegra Denbo, Graphic Designer
Allegra Denbo

Allegra Denbo joined Prufrock Press in 2013. Utilizing her bachelor’s of fine arts degree in communication design from Texas Tech University, she designs book covers and layouts, formats electronic books, coordinates with freelance designers and illustrators, and manages print production. She loves the challenging and collaborative environment at Prufrock, where she has the freedom to hone her creative intuitions. Allegra is a hopeless science fiction junkie, and when not rereading favorites The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or The Martian Chronicles, she can be found road-tripping the United States, photographing Austin, and camping in the hill country.

Micah Benson, Graphic Designer
Micah Benson

Micah Benson joined Prufrock Press in 2017 after a cross-country move from Pittsburgh, PA. As a graphic designer, he designs book covers and layouts, develops various marketing materials, and does the occasional illustration. In 2013, he graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration and then worked as a graphic artist for 4 years before joining us. In his free time, he is doing everything he can to take advantage of the great city of Austin. You can often find him trying out a new restaurant, filling his sketchbook with endless doodles, or taking it easy at home and watching The Great British Bake Off with his girlfriend.


Business Office, Waco, TX
Ginny Bates, Office Manager
Ginny Bates

As the Office Manager, Ginny Bates is a key part of Prufrock Press, managing many of the company’s day-to-day business needs including royalties, accounts payable, and inventory control. Having worked at Prufrock for more than 20 years, Ginny obviously enjoys her job, but her favorite part has been the opportunity to work under “a great boss who sets the tone for a great working atmosphere where everyone works together and everyone matters.” Originally from Rhode Island, Ginny lived in Texas for the past 30 years and has recently relocated to Kansas, where she paints, reads, and spends time with her family and friends. Having once tried her hand at substitute teaching for a first-grade class, Ginny gives teachers “applause for their hard work and dedication.”

Shannon Gross, Customer Service
Shannon Gross

Shannon Gross joined Prufrock Press more than 9 years ago, where she serves as the company’s friendly voice for customers’ needs. Shannon also processes all of Prufrock’s many book orders. What she likes most about working at Prufrock is that the staff works together so well that it feels like family. Shannon currently lives in Hewitt, TX, with her husband and two daughters. There, she likes to hang out with her family and read (she especially loves the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers).

Elizabeth Trout, Customer Service
Elizabeth Trout

Elizabeth Trout joined Prufrock’s customer service team in January 2015. Elizabeth helps with many customer needs and also manages the subscriptions of Creative Kids. Elizabeth loves being a mom to her two teenage children. She is active in her church and is a serious fan of movies and books.