New Reading Series Coordinators and Poetry Project Newsletter Editors

We are thrilled to announce our new reading series coordinators and Poetry Project Newsletter editors for the 2017-2018 season. Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves will be joining as our Monday Night Coordinator. Mirene Arsanios and Rachel Valinsky will be co-curating the Friday Reading Series. Marwa Helal will be our new Newsletter Editor, and John Rufo will be joining her as our Reviews Editor.

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (NYC, 1980) is an artist concerned with postcolonial ethnobotany and the mediums of scholarship, archival gesture, and language. She is a cocktail waitress, curator of the Monday Night Reading Series at the Poetry Project, Site Director of Wendy’s Subway Library in Bushwick, and Young Mother of The Florxal Review – a global journal of black femme plant life. Greaves has been published in The Black Earth Institute’s About Place Journal, The Recluse, The Poetry Project Newsletter, A+WS: A propósito de nada / Apropos of nothing, and No, Dear. In 2017 Belladonna* published her first chaplet Close Reading As Forestry. Galleries of her documentary photography and Afrofuturist dioramas are viewable on Instagram via @TerraBot and @SuperModelStudioPractice respectively. She lives and works in New York City.

Photo: Phoebe D’Heurle

Mirene Arsanios

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.

Photo: Amy Touchette

Rachel Valinsky

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.

Marwa Helal

Marwa Helal is a poet and journalist. Her work appears in Apogee, Hyperallergic, the Offing, Poets & Writers, the Recluse, Winter Tangerine and 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 BOMB Magazine’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.