People

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

Nicole Wallace’s first chapbook, WAASAMOWIN, is forthcoming from Imp (2019). She was a 2019 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow and is a member of the Indigenous Kinship Collective NYC.  Recent work can be read online at A Gathering of The Tribes and LitHub, where her poems were featured as a part of the “New Poetry by Indigenous Women” series curated by Natalie Diaz.  She received her BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and MLS in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials from Queens College, CUNY.

DIRECTOR OF LEARNING & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Laura Henriksen

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.

Communications & Development Coordinator: Andrea Abi-Karam

Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet-performer cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. Their chapbook, THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, 2016), attempts to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. Under the full Community Engagement Scholarship, Andrea received their MFA in Poetry from Mills College. With Drea Marina they co-hosted Words of Resistance [2012-2017] a monthly, radical, QTPOC open floor poetry series to fundraise for political prisoners’ commissary funds. Selected by Bhanu Kapil, Andrea’s first book is EXTRATRANSMISSION [Kelsey Street Press, 2019] a poetic critique of the U.S. military’s role in the War on Terror. Simone White selected their second assemblage, Villainy for forthcoming publication. Andrea toured with Sister Spit in 2018 and has performed at RADAR, The Poetry Project, The STUD, Basilica Soundscape, TransVisionaries, Southern Exposure, Counterpulse, Poets House, Radius for Arab-American Writers. With Kay Gabriel they are co-editing an anthology of Radical Trans Poetics forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2020. They are a leo currently obsessed with queer terror and convertibles.

Production & Operations Coordinator: Roberto Montes

Roberto Montes is the author of I DON’T KNOW DO YOU, named one of the Best Books of 2014 by NPR and a finalist for the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry from The Publishing Triangle. His poetry has appeared in The Lambda Literary Spotlight, Guernica, PEN America Poetry Series, and elsewhere. A chapbook, GRIEVANCES, is now available from the Atlas Review TAR chapbook series.

INTERNS

Katie Brunero, Will Farris

AUDIO & TECHNICAL MANAGERS

James Barickman, Matty D’Angelo

Box Office MANAGERS

Cori Hutchinson, Anna Kreienberg, Phoebe Lifton, Matt Proctor

EVENT Book Sales Manager

Katie Brunero

Event Photographers

Jonathan Aprea, Viktorsha Uliyanova

Event Videographer

Matt Proctor

Volunteers

Jonathan Aprea, Simi Best, Tristan Blackmore, Fabrienne Bottero, Dana Burns, Kira Clark, Shane Hanlon, Erika Hodges, Addison Kamb, 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, 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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