The Poetry Project


Board of Directors

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado (Chair), DéLana R.A. Dameron (Vice Chair), Molly B. Gross (Secretary), Deepali Gupta, Vincent Katz, and Fred Moten

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.

Assistant Director of Operations & Event Production: 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 the author of INCITEMENTS (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2023) and the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. 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.

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 Director: 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 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 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.

Deputy Director & Grants Manager: 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 Deputy Director & Grants Manager, 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)


Rachel Allen

Audio & Technical Managers

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

Box Office Managers

Anjali Emsellem, Cori Hutchinson, and Anna Kreienberg

Event Photographers

Jonathan Aprea

Event Videographers

Matt Proctor and Lix Z


Brennan Bogert, Canon Crummy, Ashley Escobar, Pearl Friedland, Zoey Greenwald, Addy Malinowski, Dawood Nadurath, Beth O, Erika Onusseit, Lindsey Pannor, Madison Rowe, Christopher Sennott Burke, Sunny Sequeira, Lily Sickles, Moira Spahic, Sam Stafford, Cecilia Stelzer, Monica Torres, 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