Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine, Jason Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He is the author of America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009). He earned his BA in English from Yale, his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston and his PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute, he has published his poetry and prose in the Yale Review, Missouri Review and Village Voice, among other places. He is an assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University and lives in Williamsburg.
Justin Maki is a poet and editor living in Sunset Park. His work has appeared in Blue Lyra Review, Strategic Confusion, Square One and matchbook. He studied writing at the University of Colorado–Boulder and in Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and has edited books and journal articles related to global media, humanitarian crisis reporting and the politics of representation in foreign news. After four years as a teacher in Osaka, Japan, he currently works in the NYC bureau of a Japanese news agency. He joined Brooklyn Poets in 2013.
Advisor / Bridge Editor
Nadia Alexis is a poet, photographer, community organizer and consultant doing project coordination and social media work for nonprofit and grassroots organizations. Her poetry has appeared in BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Duende Literary Journal, Kalyani Magazine and Kweli Journal. She is a 2014 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow and 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee. She currently resides in Harlem, spends a lot of time in Brooklyn and travels down south whenever she gets the opportunity.
Daniel Fernandez is a New York City native who loves his city almost as much as he loves writing. His love of poetry led to his pursuit of an English degree with a concentration in creative writing at SUNY Binghamton. He uses his poetry as well as the exposure to new approaches to writing he has gained through Brooklyn Poets as a means of furthering his ability to craft songs. He currently writes and performs music under the stage name Francis Aud and resides in Brooklyn.
Anne Marie Bompart is an undergraduate student at Barnard College studying English, creative writing, women’s studies and philosophy. She has won national and regional Scholastic awards for her fiction and been published in a national magazine for young authors. She is an editor at the Columbia Daily Spectator and hopes to pursue a career as a writer, academic and graphic novelist.
Ada Chen is an undergraduate student at New York University studying English with a track in Creative Writing and Media, Culture, and Communications currently living in Brooklyn. She won first place in the Shoreline Head of English Department’s Writing Competition in Poetry in 2013, was published in Aphros Magazine, self published several nameless poetry collections, and works as a freelance photographer. She is currently working on a collection of ethnographic poetry.
Lisa Muloma is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. She is the managing editor for the Vanderbilt Review. When Lisa was a young child, she once rode a camel on Mombasa beach.
Jonathan Clarence is a performance poet and actor living in Brooklyn. The Wisconsin native has appeared in Lime Hawk Journal. He recently completed his undergraduate in advertising at St. John’s University in NYC and is currently a freelance writer for thisismelo.com. With a desire to write poetry and fiction about overcoming oppression, emotional trauma and discrimination of all types from all backgrounds, he’s found his poetic voice and is developing a manuscript.