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Henry Willshire

Henry Willshire is a sales assistant at Penguin Random House in Manhattan, specifically working with the sales reps for independent bookstores across the United States. This includes Collegeville’s own Towne Book Center.  Henry says he has “had plenty of fun interactions with all the sorts you’d expect to meet at a publishing company (authors, editors, bookstore owners, etc.), but of course the great joy is all the advance copies of books that pass my desk!”

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Current Position

Sales assistant


Penguin Random House


Manhattan, New York


Originally from South Orange, New Jersey, Willshire attended Ursinus as an English Major from 2012 to 2016. He hopes to be a novelist or write comic books one day.

Impact of Ursinus

At Ursinus, Willshire was a CIE Fellow and a Writing Fellow. He also interned at New York University Press in Sales and Marketing. He thanked the English department for preparing him for his start in publishing.