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, teaches piano and milks goats. 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.