2017-18 Poetry Project staff: Laura Henriksen, Stacy Szymaszek, NICOLE WALLACE, and SIMONE WHITE.


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

Simone White’s Dear Angel of Death will be published in fall 2017 (Ugly Duckling Presse). She is the author of Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem), 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 teaches at The New School, Eugene Lang College.

Communications and Membership Coordinator: Laura Henriksen

Henriksen’s work has recently been featured in Poor Claudia’s Crush series, and Fewer and Further Press’s Asterisk series. Her poems have appeared in P-Queue, No, Dear, and The Brooklyn Rail. She received her BFA in poetry from Pratt, and is working on her Masters in American Studies at CUNY Graduate Center. Her first chapbook, Agata, is forthcoming from Imp.

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.

Wednesday Night Readings Coordinator: Simone White


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.

Bookkeeper: Eva Pou




Workshop, master class & Reading group Leaders (Spring 2018)

Workshops: Robert Kocik, Jacqueline Waters

Master Classes: Andy Fitch, Ed Roberson

Box Office Staff

Cori Hutchinson, Anna Kreienberg, Phoebe Lifton


James Barickman, Matty D’Angelo

Interns (SPRING 2018)

Yaz Lancaster, Ivana Montalvo, Kallie Quist


Mel Elberg, Micaela Foley, Hadley Gitto, Erika Hodges, Phoebe Lifton, Hannah Maclagger, Dave Morse, Caelan Nardone, Jianna Park, Batya Rosenblum, Viktorsha Uliyanova

Board of Directors

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

Boo Froebel, Erica Hunt, Annabel Lee, Ricardo Maldonado, Jonathan Morrill, Purvi Shah, Jo Ann Wasserman, and David Wilk.

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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