Isaac Myers III is the founder and editor of Curlew Quarterly, New York’s literary and photo journal. C.Q. publishes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, including nearly all forms of reporting and journalism, along with portraits of poets and writers in their homes and work spaces accompanied by interviews. Ultimately, the journal aims to help poets and writers carve out residencies within the city and to help keep the fabric of the literary history and tradition of New York City’s ever-changing neighborhoods intact. He graduated from Drake University Law School and holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School. His poetry has appeared in Barrow Street as well as the Best American Poetry blog. As an attorney, his practice areas focus on residential and commercial real estate.
Modesto “Flako” Jimenez is a Dominican-born, Bushwick-raised theater maker, producer and educator. ATI Best Actor Award Winner for 2016 and HOLA Outstanding Solo Performer for 2017, Jimenez is best known for original productions and three signature festivals produced with his company Oye Group. Jimenez has appeared in the New York Times Critic’s Pick Taxilandia (Oye Group, New York Theatre Workshop, the Bushwick Starr, the Tank), Early Shaker Spirituals (Wooster Group), Last Night At the Palladium (Bushwick Starr/3LD); Yoleros (Bushwick Starr/IATI theater), Conversations Pt.1: How to Make It Black in America (JACK), Take Me Home (3LD/Incubator Arts Project), Richard Maxwell’s Samara (Soho Rep.), and Kaneza Schaal’s Jack & (BAM). In 2018 he became the first Dominican-American Lead Artist in the Public Theater Under the Radar Festival with his show Oye For My Dear Brooklyn. Currently, Flako is working on Margarita, Mercedes y Dementia, a multidisciplinary memory play exploring the relationships between matriarchy and ancestors, familial bonds and inherited trauma, and how our own identity can impact our mental health.
Tiffany Gibert is a writer, editor and communications professional who has worked for nonprofits and media companies from New York to Singapore, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, Time Out New York and Penguin Random House. After five years in New York—where she lived in Red Hook, Brooklyn, home to the city’s best key lime pie, cobblestones and blacksmiths—she now resides in Washington, DC, and manages digital content at the Public Broadcasting Service.
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 the poetry collections More Than Mere Light, America’s Favorite Poem and Man on Extremely Small Island 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 associate teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University and lives in Beacon, NY.
Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist. She is the author of Atrium (Three Rooms Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry; Four Cities (Black Lawrence Press, 2015); Hijra (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry; and The Twenty-Ninth Year (Mariner Books, 2019). Her debut novel, Salt Houses, was published to rave reviews by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017 and won the 2018 Arab American Book Award in Fiction and the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Alyan has been awarded a number of fellowships, including Lannan and Yaddo residencies, and has led workshops at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and the Lemon Tree House Residency in Italy. She lives in Brooklyn.
Emily Blair works as a web developer and graphic designer. Her poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Sixth Finch, New Ohio Review, the Gettysburg Review and elsewhere. She has received New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships in both poetry and fiction, along with a Xeric Foundation Comic Publishing Grant and a Stein Scholarship from the Center for Book Arts. She holds a BA in fine arts from Wesleyan University and an MFA in graphics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition to writing, she creates artists’ books and collaborates on social practice projects with Michelle Illuminato under the name Next Question.
Rozanne Gold is a celebrated chef, food writer, journalist and international restaurant consultant. At age 23, she was the first chef at Gracie Mansion for Mayor Ed Koch, where she cooked for Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is a four-time winner of the James Beard Award, the author of thirteen cookbooks and consulting chef to several of the world’s most legendary restaurants, including the Rainbow Room and Windows on the World. A graduate of Tufts University with degrees in psychology and education, she holds an MFA in poetry from the New School, where she teaches a course on “The Language of Food.” She is host of the podcast One Woman Kitchen and curates a poetry series at the Garrison Institute. A former trustee of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, she was responsible for a pop-up kitchen in Brooklyn to feed those in need after Hurricane Sandy. She calls Brooklyn home.
Jessica Greenbaum’s first book, Inventing Difficulty, was awarded the Gerald Cable Prize and praised by George Steiner as a “first book by a poet very much to be listened to.” Her second book, The Two Yvonnes, was chosen by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of Poetry in 2012. Of her most recent book, Spilled and Gone, Grace Schulman says the poems are “enlivened by keen observation, a fresh mind, and a vivid sense of place that makes me want to be there, with her, in her world.” A recipient of awards from the NEA and PSA, she teaches inside and outside academia, including for Barnard College and Footsteps, a service agency for people who have left ultra-Orthodoxy.
Before cofounding Nonfiction Research, Gunny was the head of strategy at VICE Media’s digital agency, where he oversaw a team of strategists working on brands such as Unilever, Kraft, Activision, Rolex, and VICE properties such as VICELAND and VICE Impact. Prior to VICE, Gunny was head of strategy at Tenthwave Digital (now Accenture Interactive), where he led strategy engagements for BlackRock and helped make Duncan Hines the most shared CPG brand on Facebook. A graduate of Columbia University, Gunny lived in New York City for twenty-five years and served as Brooklyn Poets’ first board president for eight years. He now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and daughter.
Caroline Gonzalez has over fifteen years of experience in urban policy, advocacy and strategic communications. Her passion is in helping to create vibrant and effective communities that realize cool and meaningful things—which she has done through education reform policy work, in public-private partnerships around economic development, as a social entrepreneur working with artisan cooperatives, and on the Obama campaign and administration. A native New Yorker who loves parks, painting and gardening, she now lives in Mexico with her family. She served as one of the three founding board directors of Brooklyn Poets.
JP Howard is the author of SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System, 2016), a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist, and the chaplet bury your love poems here (Belladonna*, 2015). She has received a Lambda Emerging Writer Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, and she is a 2018 featured author in Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program. The winner of fellowships from Cave Canem, VONA and Lambda, she curates the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and has facilitated numerous writing workshops for Apogee, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, City College and others. Howards holds a BA in English from Barnard College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School and an MFA in creative writing from City College. She served as a Brooklyn Poets board director for two years.
Dorothea Lasky is the author of Milk (Wave, 2018), Rome (Norton/Liveright, 2014), Thunderbird (Wave, 2012), Black Life (Wave, 2010) and Awe (Wave, 2007). She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), and coeditor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013). She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an EdM in arts in education from Harvard and an EdD in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She served as a Brooklyn Poets board director for two years.