Our Story

Stories is a small family business, founded, owned and operated by husband and wife team Matt Miller and Maggie Pouncey. Together we are the parents of two small boys. As founders and parents we believe that a love of stories and storytelling is one of the surest lifelong gifts you can give your children.

Maggie Pouncey is the author of the novel Perfect Reader (Pantheon, 2010). Her work has appeared in Fence, The New York Times Book Review and other places. A teaching artist for over a decade, she has taught writing workshops in many contexts, from poetry workshops for second and third graders in Long Island, to essay writing for inmates at a medium security prison through the Bard Prison Initiative. She has taught high schoolers in all genres of creative writing through Columbia’s summer program and the non-profit Girls Write Now, where she served as the volunteer Curriculum Director, and has taught undergraduates at Columbia University and Barnard College. Maggie received her BA and MFA from Columbia.

Matt Miller comes to Stories as a veteran technology entrepreneur and executive. He has worked in New York technology companies for more than 15 years, with experience in both start-ups and well-established firms. Matt previously served as Chief Technology Officer at Amplify Education, where he led development of several industry-leading literacy and math products, reaching millions of students in all 50 states. Matt is also an active mentor for startups in education technology through the Edge and Started accelerators and serves as Acting Chief Technology Officer for panOpen, a digital platform for Open Education Resources in higher education. Matt holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Staff

Mackenzie Roberts
Bookseller

Mackenzie recently received her Master’s from Columbia University. While she has done historical research in film history, her passion is working with students. She has worked with young children as an assistant teacher at a Montessori school, and worked with young adults at a summer program at Yale. Mackenzie spends most of her time consuming every story around her and trying to please her Fitbit.

Penny Luksic
Bookseller

Penny has worked as a children’s writing and performance instructor and as a publishing assistant. She now edits Fiction for The Offing and writes poetry and performance texts, with special interest in adaptation and collaborative playwriting. She graduated from Vassar College and lives in Brooklyn.

Olivia Sweet
Program Coordinator + Bookseller

Olivia is a native New Yorker who recently migrated to Prospect Heights and is loving it. When she’s not at Stories, she works in Museum Education looking at, talking about, and making art with creative young people.

Mike Jeffrey
Bookseller

Mike is an aspiring writer from Rhode Island. He received his BA in English from Boston University and his MFA from Lesley University.

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General Manager

We are looking for a seasoned manager to join and lead our awesome tight-knit team. The right candidate is an excellent collaborator, inspiring leader, master organizer, and is passionate about children’s literature and education. If this sounds like you or someone you know, take a look at our full job description.