Front row, left to right: Rachel Valinsky, Adjua Greaves, Kyle Dacuyan, Mirene Arsanios, and Marwa Helal
Back row, left to right: Laura Henriksen, Nicole Wallace, John Rufo, and Eva Pou
Photo: Amelia Golden

EXECUTIVE Director: Kyle Dacuyan

Kyle Dacuyan is a poet and arts administrator dedicated to work at the intersections of writing, performance, and movement and community building. Prior to joining The Poetry Project, he served as Co-Director of National Outreach & Membership at PEN America, where he led the launch of a nationwide community engagement fund for writers. Before that, he served as Associate Director at the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. His poems appear in Best New PoetsDIAGRAMFoundry, and Lambda Literary among other places, and he has presented performance work at Ars Nova, Cloud City, and the Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue.

Managing Director: Nicole Wallace

Wallace is the author of WHITE FLOWERS and chanson de animaux: equinox, a chapbook with Will Edmiston. She is the co-editor of BUTTERLAMB Press and co-curated the Friday Late Night Reading series from 2008-10. Nicole received her BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and MLS in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials from Queens College, CUNY.


Laura Henriksen is the author of Canadian Girlfriends (THERETHEN, 2019), Agata (Imp, 2017), and Fluid Arrangements (Planthouse Gallery, 2018) with Beka Goedde. Her writing can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, P-Queue, Foundry, High Noon, and other places. She received her BFA in poetry from Pratt, and her Masters in American Studies and Gender Studies at CUNY Graduate Center.

Newsletter Editor: Marwa Helal

Marwa Helal is a poet and journalist. Her work appears in ApogeeHyperallergicthe OffingPoets & Writers, The RecluseWinter Tangerineand elsewhere. She is the author of I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (forthcoming No Dear/ Small Anchor Press) and Invasive species (forthcoming Nightboat Books). Helal is the winner of BOMBMagazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in creative writing from the New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Newsletter REVIEWS Editor: JOHN RUFO

John Rufo is the poetry reviews editor for The Poetry Project Newsletter. Work has been published, or is forthcoming, on Poets [dot] org, Ploughshares, The Offing, The Capilano Review, Tagvverk, Entropy, The Journal Petra, NOO, and Dreginald. Links and contact at

Monday Night Readings Coordinator: Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (New York City, 1980) is an artist chiefly concerned with postcolonial ethnobotany working in the mediums of scholarship, communication, corporeal wisdom, archival gesture, and language. Greaves has been published in The Black Earth Institute’s About Place JournalThe Recluse, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. She lives and works in New York City where she is young mother of The Florxal Review and is completing work on The Bulletin of Wilderness and Academy: an introductory conclusion to unschoolMFA forthcoming from Organic Electric Industries. Galleries of her documentary photography and Afrofuturist dioramas are viewable on Instagram via @TerraBot and @SuperModelStudioPractice respectively.

Friday Night Readings CoordinatorS: Mirene Arsanios & Rachel Valinsky

Mirene Arsanios is the author of the short story collection, The City Outside the Sentence (Ashkal Alwan, 2015). She has contributed essays and short stories to The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Animated Reader, and The Outpost, among others. Her writing was featured collaboratively at the Sharjah Biennial (2017) and Venice Biennial (2017), as well as in various artist books and projects. Arsanios co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual English/Arabic magazine for innovative writing. She holds an MA in Art Theory from Goldsmiths College and an MFA in Writing from Bard College. Arsanios currently lives in New York where she was a 2016 LMCC Workspace resident.

Rachel Valinsky is a writer, researcher, and translator living in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, BOMB, East of Borneo, Millennium Film Journal, C Magazine, and Art21, among others. She was a curator for the Segue Reading Series in 2015 and has presented projects at Judson Memorial Church, Lisa Cooley, Spectacle Theater, and elsewhere. Rachel is a co-founder of Wendy’s Subway, a nonprofit library and writing space in Brooklyn and a contributing editor at Éditions Lutanie, Paris. She is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and currently teaches Art History at Hunter College.


Eva Pou


Marlan Sigelman


Katie Brunero, Will Farris, Ivana Montalvo


James Barickman, Matty D’Angelo


Cori Hutchinson, Anna Kreienberg, Phoebe Lifton

Book Sales Managers

Katie Brunero, Noah LeBien

Event Photographers

Jonathan Aprea, Viktorsha Uliyanova

Event Videographer

Matt Proctor


Jonathan Aprea, Tristan Blackmore, Fabrienne Bottero, Dana Burns, Kira Clark, Shane Hanlon, Erika Hodges, Addison Kamb, Yaz Lancaster, Emma O’Shea, Peter Patapis, Gustavo Rivera, Batya Rosenblum, Meredith Starkman, Mallika Singh, Viktorsha Uliyanova

Board of Directors

Officers: Camille Rankine (Chair), Jo Ann Wasserman (Vice Chair), Carol Overby (Treasurer), Ricardo Maldonado (Secretary)

Boo Froebel, Molly B. Gross, Annabel Lee, Daniel Lin, and Purvi Shah

Friends Committee

Brooke Alexander, Dianne Benson, Will Creeley, Raymond Foye, Michael Friedman, Steve Hamilton, Viki Hudspith, Siri Hustvedt, Yvonne Jacquette, Gillian McCain, Eileen Myles, Patricia Spears Jones, Michel de Konkoly Thege, Greg Masters, Ron Padgett, Bob Holman, Paul Slovak, Edwin Torres, John Yau, Anne Waldman and Hal Willner.

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