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 More Than Mere Light (Prelude Books, forthcoming 2018), America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. The winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute, 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. 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.
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.
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.
Bridge Editor / Intern
What does a poetess plus a musician equal? Tess Congo. Consequently, she writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction with an ear for the musicality of language. She’s been immensely blessed to have worked with Paul Harding, David Rivard, Mekeel McBride, Meredith Hall, Nina de Garment and Martha Collins as an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire, as a summer student at Harvard University, and as a recipient of a scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. You can find Tess’s fiction in PANK.
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.