Poet, Author, Mentor
Holly Peppe is a Public Relations, Media, and Brand Management Strategist specializing in the promotion of individuals and groups committed to education, the arts, health issues, gender equality and human rights. As a Crisis Communications consultant, she also provides services to Ruder Finn, a global PR firm based in New York, and to private clients.
Dr. Peppe worked abroad as External Affairs Director for ORBIS International, directing public awareness campaigns about blindness in India, China, Eastern Europe, Central America and Cuba. Later, as Senior Advisor to the Eve Branson Foundation, she organized career training programs for teenage girls in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Her varied client list includes the UN Office for Children and Armed Conflict; the LennonOno Grant for Peace; New York Theater Workshop; Girls Incorporated; Steve Cohen, the Millionaires’ Magician; and record-setting pilot Barrington Irving.
In 2012, she published two Scholastic books about Barrington for young adults, Touch the Sky and Sky High, and a memoir co-written with Eve Branson, Mum’s the Word, about Eve’s experience raising her colorful entrepreneur son, Richard Branson.
Dr. Peppe, who holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of New Hampshire, directed the English Department at the American College of Rome, Italy, before returning to New York to teach film programs for the National Endowment for the Humanities. A leading authority and literary executor for the Jazz Age poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, she has written and lectured widely about the poet’s life and work. Her critical essays appear in literary journals and in the Penguin Classics, Harper’s, and Yale University Press editions of Millay’s poems. Her own poetry, prose, and translations appear in various books and publications.