Meet Our Moderators

Jeffrey Neuman

Jeff is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced at theaters, festivals, and workshops around the United States and the United Kingdom. As a director and dramaturg, he has worked for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and information about all his writing can be found at

Outside of his theater activities, Jeff has worked in a variety of management and marketing roles in the book and multi-media industry. For almost sixteen years he delighted in connecting people with books by developing community partnerships to support literacy initiatives and coordinating in-store events for nationally touring authors.  He has been a special guest lecturer at universities in Colorado and New York, taught an undergraduate seminar in “Multicultural American Women Writers,” and is thrilled to be working with Pen & Podium on their exciting book club project.

Jeff is supported by two additional moderators:

Jill Scott Conklin

Jill Scott Conklin has always been a wordsmith, having first been published at the age of 6 and still occasionally chases the byline. Today she belongs to 3 Book Clubs, still teaches English and French to whoever encourages her, and works part-time at a French bakery. She relishes her Pen and Podium ad hoc community and considers each prep meeting for Book Club a celebration — and remains grateful to Tracy Ulmer, her friend and former Denver Post colleague.

Gail Armstrong

Reading has been a constant companion in Gail Armstrong’s life, which prompted her first two degrees in literature. Although her work and career have led her into a multi-faceted career in nursing, Gail considers herself a lifetime student in literature. Gail is currently on the faculty at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, and enjoys exposing her nursing students to varied literary works.