The Poetry Project

Team

Board of Directors

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado (Chair), DéLana R.A. Dameron, Molly B. Gross, Deepali Gupta, Vincent Katz, and Annabel Lee

Community Engagement Manager: Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks is a Pushcart nominated poet whose work has been published or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, PBS Newshour, and others. She received her MFA at Pratt Institute. She is a 2019 Rhode Island Writers’ Colony Fellow and the creator of Poets for Ferguson. She is the author of america, MINE.

As Community Engagement Manager, Sasha liaises between artists, members, and others within The Poetry Project community across various modes of events, publication, and educational programming.

Creative Communications Coordinator: Ivanna Baranova

Ivanna Baranova is a poet and interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles and the author of Confirmation Bias (Metatron Press, 2019) and Continuum (Metatron Press, 2023). Her work has appeared in Blush Lit, Cixous72, DIAGRAM, Peace On Earth Review, Newest York, and elsewhere.

As Creative Communications Coordinator, Ivanna works collaboratively to help design and integrate messaging for The Poetry Project’s events, readings, and programming.

Event Production Coordinator: Anna Cataldo

Anna Cataldo is a musician and writer alive in New York.

As Event Production Coordinator, Anna guides communication between performers, curators, and the Poetry Project team to facilitate interdisciplinary events and incorporate accessibility efforts into programming.

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 Poets, DIAGRAM, Foundry, 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.

As Executive Director, Kyle Dacuyan collaborates with staff across The Poetry Project's breadth of programming and publications, and leads the organization's community building efforts with funders, donors, members, audiences, and partners.

Communications Manager: Will Farris

Will Farris was the inaugural recipient of The Brannan Prize at The Poetry Project judged by Lisa Jarnot. Their work has been published most recently in blush lit.

As Communications Manager, Will develops and oversees the messaging of The Poetry Project and promotion of its readings, events, publications, and other programming.

Media and Publications Coordinator: Kay Gabriel

Kay Gabriel is the author of Kissing Other People or the House of Fame (Rosa Press, 2021) and A Queen in Bucks County (Nightboat, 2022). With Andrea Abi-Karam, she co-edited We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics.

As Media and Publications coordinator, Kay oversees publication of the Poetry Project Newsletter, The Recluse and the Project's other publications, and helps people engage with the Project's archival materials and recordings.

Program Director: Laura Henriksen

Laura Henriksen’s first book, Laura’s Desires, is forthcoming from Nightboat. She is the author of several chapbooks, and her writing can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, P-Queue, Foundry, Shit Wonder, and other places. She received her BFA in poetry from Pratt, and her Masters in American Studies and Gender Studies at CUNY Graduate Center.

As the Program Director, Laura Henriksen helps to facilitate the collective curation of The Poetry Project's readings and events, learning programming, and fellowships.

Associate Director of Operations: 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.

As Associate Director of Operations, Roberto designs and manages The Poetry Project's operational systems, workflows, and databases.

Managing Director: Nicole Wallace

Nicole Wallace’s first chapbook, WAASAMOWIN, was published by IMP in 2019. Most recently, Nicole was the June/July 2020 poetry micro-resident at Running Dog and a 2019 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. Recent poetry can be read in print in Survivance: Indigenous Poesis Vol. IV Zine and online at Running Dog, A Perfect Vacuum, and LitHub. Nicole received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a Masters of Library Science in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials from Queens College, CUNY.

As Managing Director, Nicole works in collaboration with the Executive Director and Associate Director of Operations to manage The Poetry Project's operations and finances. They also oversee the management and development of grants, and serve as a grant writer for the Project.

Newsletter Editorial Collective

Kay Gabriel (2019–present), Imani Elizabeth Jackson (2019–2020, 2022–present), Bianca Messinger (2022-present) Morgan Võ (2021–present),

Editors emeriti:
Wendy Trevino (2019–2020), John Rufo (2019–2021), Marwa Helal (2017–2019), Betsy Fagin (2015–2017), Ted Dodson (2013–2015), Paul Foster Johnson (2011–2013), Corinna Copp (2009–2011), John Coletti (2007–2009), Brendan Lorber (2005–2007), Marcella Durand (2003–2005), Nada Gordon & Gary Sullivan (2002–2003), Ange Mlinko (2000–2002), Katherine Lederer (1999–2000), Brenda Coultas & Eleni Sikelianos (1998–1999), Lisa Jarnot (1996–1998), Mitch Highfill (1995–1996), Gillian McCain (1994–1995), Jordan Davis (1992–1994), Lynn Crawford (1991–1992), Jerome Sala (1990–1991), Tony Towle (1987–1990), Jessica Hagedorn (1986–1987), James Ruggia (1985–1986), Tim Dlugos (1984–1985), Lorna Smedman (1983–1984), Greg Masters (1980–1983), Vicki Hudspith (1978–1980), Frances LeFevre (1977–1978), Ted Greenwald (1975–1977), Bill MacKay (1973–1975), Ron Padgett (1972–1973)

Interns

Rachel Allen

Audio & Technical Managers

James Barickman, Matty D’Angelo, Noa Mendoza, and Aida Muratoglu

Box Office Managers

Anjali Emsellem, Cori Hutchinson, and Anna Kreienberg

Event Photographers

Jonathan Aprea

Event Videographers

Matt Proctor and Lix Z

Volunteers

Canon Crummey, Ry Dunn, Hillel Friedland, Zoey Greenwald, Emma Ingrisani, Beth O, Lindsey Pannor, Andres Priest, Sunny Sequeira, Emily Simon, Sam Stafford, Cecilia Stelzer, Katherine Williams, Chloe Xiang, Matthew Young

Friends Committee

Dianne Benson, Will Creeley, Raymond Foye, 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, and Anne Waldman

in memoriam: Brooke Alexander, Michael Friedman, Steve Hamilton

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