Lana Allen

Executive Administrator

“With a word or an expression, Lana has changed my perspective so many times. Suddenly bad became good, good became better. Her hard working character, enthusiasm and sincerity are the greatest support. Happiness of reaching what you dreamed of is the conclusion once you have such a caring and professional person like Lana by your side.” – Ania, author of The Balance of the 12

Originally from the Ozarks, Lana made her way to the Big Easy after receiving her masters degree in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Her desire to understand what it means to belong to a community drew her to philosophy. Likewise, her love of literature stems from books’ ability to help readers find common ground and truly empathize with the experiences of others.

Lana also has extensive experience working in restaurants — so it’s fair to say, she is quick on her feet and a bit of a jill-of-all-trades. She works side-by-side with Books Forward president Marissa DeCuir, welcoming new authors into the Books Forward family and assisting our executive team in developing new systems to maximize efficiency.

Astute and broad-minded, Lana sees the world from different angles and offers varied and valuable perspectives to our team and our authors.