The Poetry Project


Board of Directors

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado (Chair), DéLana R.A. Dameron (Vice Chair), Molly B. Gross (Secretary), Edmund Berrigan, Vincent Katz, Fred Moten, Patricia Spears Jones, David Velasco, Diya Vij, Deepali Zeer

Artistic & Administrative Staff

Assistant Director of Event Production: Anna Cataldo

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

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


Communications Director: Will Farris

Will Farris is a poet and yoga teacher living in New York City.

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


Editorial Director: 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 Editorial Director, 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.


Interim Executive Director: Nicole Wallace

Nicole Wallace’s first chapbook, WAASAMOWIN, was published by IMP in 2019. Their second chapbook, anangoonsag, is forthcoming from auric press. They were the June/July 2020 poetry micro-resident at Running Dog and a 2019 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. Nicole has also contributed to programs and publications celebrating the work and life of the late poet, Diane Burns, author of Riding the One-Eyed Ford (Contact II, 1981). 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.

Nicole is a second generation descendent of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and is of mixed settler/European ancestry. They currently live and make work on occupied Canarsee and Lenape territory (Brooklyn, NY) where they serve as Interim Executive Director of The Poetry Project and as a Board Member for Indigenous Nations Poets (In-Na-Po).

As Interim Executive Director, Nicole works in collaboration with the full staff and Board of Directors to guide decision making around The Poetry Project's programming, funding, and operations to ensure that our work is aligned with our mission. In collaboration with the Associate Director of Operations, Nicole manages 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.

Event & Program Support

Program & Operations Assistant: Rachel Allen

Event Photographer: Jonathan Aprea

Creative Communications Coordinator: Ivanna Baranova

Audio & Technical Managers: James Barickman, Noa Mendoza, Ayaz Muratoglu

Event Videographers: Mel Elberg, Matt Proctor, Lix Z

Curator-in-Residence: Ethan Philbrick

Volunteers: Zoe Allen, Emerald Anastasia, Magdalena Arias, Christopher Burke, Sofia Candianij, Miguel Coronado, Canon Crummey , Heather Denton, Leonora Donovan, Ry Dunn, Sarah Emanuels, Ashley Escobar, Pearl Friedland, Beth G, Natalie Helsel, Andy Huang, Erica Huang, Emma Ingrisani, Lisa Jin, Lily Kwak, Brooke Miller, Bella Moses, Dawood Nadurath, Frank Ricaurte, Molly Ripatti, Sofia Santelices, Adam Sieswerda, Sam Stafford, Cecilia Stelzer, Hadley Uribe, Brennan Bogert-St. Vincent, Katie Vogel, Mer Wade, Lily Wood, Chloe Xiang

Poetry Project Newsletter Editorial Collective

Managing Editor: Morgan Võ (2021–present)

Editors: Kay Gabriel (2019–present)

Editors emeriti: Bianca Messinger (2022-2023), Imani Elizabeth Jackson (2019–2020; 2022), 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)

Friends Committee

Dianne Benson, Will Creeley, Raymond Foye, Vicki 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

in memoriam: Brooke Alexander, Michael Friedman, Steve Hamilton, Hal Willner