Board of Directors

Gabriel Brownstein (Secretary)
Author of the short story collection The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award; and the novel The Man from Beyond, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice; associate professor of English at St. John’s University.

Patricia Hampl
Regents professor of English at the University of Minnesota; author of Blue Arabesque, I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory, Virgin Time, and A Romantic Education; recipient of numerous awards, including MacArthur, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.

Luis Jaramillo (Vice Chair)
Author of the novel The Doctor’s Wife; director, School of Writing, The New School.

Tayari Jones
Author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage; associate professor in the MFA program, Rutgers-Newark University.

Toni Katz
Retired principal/director for institutional equity sales at various investment firms, including LF Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin; Wasserstein, Perella; and Dresdner, Kleinwort, Wasserstein.

Bernard Levine
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors.

Kathryn Levy (Treasurer)
Consultant to arts education and other nonprofit organizations; poet and teaching artist; founder and executive director of The Poetry Exchange (1987–1994).

Robb Pearlman
Associate publisher, Universe Books, Calendars, and Licensing, Rizzoli International Publications; author of numerous books, including Spoiler Alert, The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek, and Groundhog’s Day Off.

Steven Schrader
Author of the short story collections Crimes of Passion, On Sundays We Visit the In-laws, and Arriving at Work, and the memoir What We Deserved; publisher of Cane Hill Press; former Teachers & Writers Collaborative director.

Nancy Larson Shapiro (Chair)
Director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative from 1979-2005; co-editor of The Point: Where Teaching & Writing Intersect.

Tiphanie Yanique 
Author of How to Escape a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories and the children’s picture book I Am the Virgin Islands; recipient of the 2011 BOCAS Fiction Prize for Caribbean Literature, the 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for fiction, and a 2008 Pushcart Prize; visiting associate professor of English, Wesleyan University.


Board Members Emeriti
Wesley Brown

Herbert Kohl

Phillip Lopate

Walter Dean Myers

Ron Padgett

David Rogers

Robert Silvers

Carmen Valle