2015-16 and 2016-17 Poetry Project staff: Nicole Wallace, Simone White, Laura Henriksen, betsy fagin, ariel goldberg, and Stacy Szymaszek. not pictured, Monday Night Readings coordinator Judah Rubin. Photo by John Priest.

Director: Stacy Szymaszek

Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015) and, Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. Her book A Year From Today is forthcoming in 2017 with Nightboat Books. She’s the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. Szymaszek has been the Director of the Project since 2007. Before that, she served as the Project’s Program Coordinator (now called Managing Director) from 2005-2007 and curated the Monday Night Reading Series.

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.

Program Director: Simone White

White was born in Middletown, CT, and grew up in Philadelphia. Her newest collection of poems, Of Being Dispersed, was published by Futurepoem Books in 2016. Simone is also the author of House Envy of All of the World (Factory School) and the chapbooks Unrest (Ugly Duckling Press, Dossier Series) and Dolly (Q Ave Press, with the paintings of Kim Thomas). She recently completed a PhD in English at CUNY Graduate Center.

Communications and Membership Coordinator: Laura Henriksen

Henriksen’s work has recently been featured in Poor Claudia’s Crush series, and will soon be featured in Asterisk by Fewer and Further Press.  Her poems have appeared in Clock, No, Dear, and the Brooklyn Rail.  She received her BFA in poetry from Pratt.

Newsletter Editor: Betsy Fagin

Betsy Fagin is the author of All is not yet lost (Belladonna, 2015) and Names Disguised (Make Now Press, 2014) as well as a number of chapbooks. She received degrees in literature and creative writing from Vassar College and Brooklyn College and completed her MLS degree in Information Studies at the University of Maryland where she was an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar.

Monday Night Readings Coordinator: Judah Rubin

Judah Rubin lives in Sunnyside, Queens where he edits Well Greased Press. He is the author of Flag of Convenience(Well Greased, 2014), two Phrenologue[s] (Ugly Duckling Press, 2013; O’Clock Press, 2013) and With Fierce Convulse / Die Into Life (Diez, 2013). He was the editor of The Death and Life of American Cities and Well Greased Magazineand is currently a co-curator of the SEGUE Reading Series.

Wednesday Night Readings Coordinator: Simone White


Friday Night Readings Coordinator: Ariel Goldberg

Goldberg’s first book of poetry The Photographer was published by Roof Books in 2015. The Estrangement Principle, a book length essay on labeling art queer, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in Fall 2016. Ariel is a research fellow at the New York Public Library’s Wertheim Study.



Archivist: Will Edmiston

Edmiston is a poet living in Brooklyn. He received his MLS with a certificate in Archives & Manuscript Management and Preservation from CUNY Queens College. He currently works as a librarian at an art & design library in Manhattan.  His chapbook entitled effie (2011) was published by Three Sad Tigers Press.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lungfull!, Bardic Sepulchral, American Books; Steck Editions and Poetry Time Anthology.




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Workshop & master class Leaders (SPRING 2017)

Workshops: Lisa Jarnot, Arlo Quint, and Matvei Yankelevich.

Master Class: A.L. Nielsen

Box Office Staff

Cori Hutchinson, Anna Kreienberg, and Phoebe Lifton.

Interns (SPRING 2017)

Shelby Cook, Cori Hutchinson, and Hannah Maclagger.


James Barickman, Mel Elberg, Micaela Foley, Hadley Gitto, Cori Hutchinson, Anna Kreienberg, Phoebe Lifton, Hannah Maclagger, Dave Morse, Batya Rosenblum, Viktorsha Uliyanova, and Shanxing Wang.

Board of Directors

Officers: Camille Rankine (Chair), Katy Lederer (Vice-Chair), Carol Overby (Treasurer), and Kristine Hsu (Secretary).

Todd Colby, Adam Fitzgerald, Boo Froebel, John S. Hall, Erica Hunt, Jonathan Morrill, Elinor Nauen, Laura Nicoll, Purvi Shah, Jo Ann Wasserman, and David Wilk.

Friends Committee

Brooke Alexander, Dianne Benson, Will Creeley, Raymond Foye, Michael Friedman, Ted Greenwald,  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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