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Officers

Howard Levy (President)

has published two books of poetry with CavanKerry Press, A Day This Lit and, most recently, Spooky Action at a Distance. He has been a faculty member for many years of the Frost Place and served on the Board of Trustees as treasurer of that organization for a number of years. He also served on the Board of NADAP, the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems, an organization whose mission was to foster employment of rehabbing ex-drug abusers. Howard taught in museums for many years, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art and founded and led an organization called Artists Teaching, an interdisciplinary group of artists who taught in museums across NY State. He left teaching in 1980, after winning a New York State Creative Artists Program grant, and entered the business world. He is an executive with Aon Risk Solutions, a Fortune 250 company. He lives in Amaghansett and New York City.

Owen Lewis (Vice President)

is the author of three collections of poetry, Field Light (Distinguished Favorite in 2020 NYC Big Book Award), Marriage Map and Sometimes Full of Daylight, and two chapbooks. best man was the recipient of the 2016 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize of the New England Poetry Club. Other prizes include: Second Prize 2018 Wigtown (Scotland) International Poetry Competition; Finalist, 2017 Pablo Neruda Award; and First prize, the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. His poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Poetry Wales, The Mississippi Review, Southward, The Four Way Review, and other journals. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University where he teaches Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics.

Jeffery Morehouse (Treasurer)

serves as director of administration at Financial Asset Management Corporation in New York City. His clients have included Honda, Seiko, Nikko Securities, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, and Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

Susan Peters (Secretary)

has over 30 years experience in securities finance.  She began her career as an attorney with Ogilvy Renault in Montreal and with Skadden Arps in Boston and Tokyo. She was in house counsel at State Street Corporation to the Securities Finance Division.  She went on to found the agency securities lending desk for the US branch of Credit Suisse and co-founded eSecLending. Twice named one of the top 40 On-Line CEOs by Institutional Investor, she currently heads the United States Operations for Sharegain, a financial technology solutions company located in Israel and the UK.
Susan has had a lifelong interest in poetry and writing and has attended several summer retreats at Frost Place.  Her work has appeared in online publications including Amethyst Review, Open Arts Forum, and Madness Muse Press.

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Kwame Dawes

is the author of twenty-two books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. His collection, Nebraska was published in 2020. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Dawes is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His awards include an Emmy, the Forward Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry. He is a winner of a 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Career Achievement. Kwame Dawes has been named editor of American Life in Poetry.

Michael A. de Armas

holds an MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated as a Morehead Scholar.  Her poetry explores, among many topics, the sometimes disorienting and hilarious task of raising her two Cuban American daughters between Miami and Western North Carolina.  Her poems have appeared in Leon Literary Review and Written Here and are forthcoming from SWIMM Every Day.  Previously she lived in London where she worked with a specialized private equity fund to finance, clean up and redevelop environmentally damaged real estate primarily in France and Northern Italy.  She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Miami Book Fair, the largest and longest-standing Book Fair in America, and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee for Camp Merrie Woode, an all-girls summer camp in rural North Carolina.  She enjoys reciting Chinese poems and might eventually speak Chinese.

Dorothy Tapper Goldman

received a B.S. in Education from Tufts University and M.A. in Arts Education from Massachusetts College of Art. She was a professor in the departments of Architecture and Interior Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology from 1979-1990. She is a collector of rare and important Americana documents, Ming and Qing monochromes Blanc de Chine, 17th/18th C. vessels, Neolithic through Song ceramics and sculpture, Ming furniture, American and European drawings, watercolors, gouaches, Native American baskets and textiles, late 19th-early 20th C. material. Her board affiliations include the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museum, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Supreme Court Historical Society. She lives in New York City and in Paris.

KT Herr

is a writer, musician, educator, and curious person from Lancaster, PA. They hold a BA from Smith College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where they were the recipient of a Jane Cooper Fellowship and the Thomas Lux Scholarship Award. Their writing has appeared in Barrow Street 4×2, Frontier, The Rupture, as winner of the 2020 Sweet Lit Poetry Contest, and elsewhere. KT has been the grateful beneficiary of creative support from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and from Great Lakes Experimental Arts. In a former life, they used to sling beer, peddle cheese, and make the open mic rounds in the Midwest. More recently, they’ve found joyous employment as an educator, ghostwriter, podcast producer, and mentor. They are currently a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Houston.

Elizabeth Jackson

received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and specializes in treating individual adults and teens suffering from depression, anxiety, medical problems and/or addictions. She also works with couples to facilitate clear, non-judgmental communication and to enhance intimacy.  In addition to her psychology background, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing. The combination of professions has given her insight into the creative process, and she has successfully helped a variety of stymied artists revitalize their art-making process.

David Lee

is an anti-corruption lawyer who assists clients in dealings with government officials. His previous practice included a range of contract, litigation, and media law matters for various clients. He was an entertainment critic for the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle and a reporter for Bloomberg News. David received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2003, and his BA from Yale University in 1999. He lives in Hong Kong.

Lupe Mendez

originally from Galveston, TX, is the author of the poetry collection Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019), winner of the 2019 John A. Robertson Prize for Best First Book of Poetry (Texas Institute of Letters). He earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. His prose work has appeared in Norton’s Anthology of Latino Sudden FictionAster(ix) Journal, and Kenyon Review as well as poetry that appears in Tinderbox Poetry, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and Poetry Magazine. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo, and the Crescendo Literary/Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. He is a co-founder of the Librotraficante Movement and the founder of Tintero Projects, a grassroots organization that provides a platform for writers of color, especially in the Latinx community, along the Texas Gulf Coast and beyond. He lives in Houston.

Kimberly Nunes

A native of California, Kimberly Nunes divides her time between Marin County and Carmel by the Sea, and gives the balance to the wilds of New York City and other foreign destinations. Kimberly centers her business affairs on a family run farming operation based in Salinas, California. Prior to devoting full time to raising three children who are now adults, she worked in marketing and sales in the cable TV and publishing industries. She also spent a year teaching undergraduate business courses at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
Committed to community, Kimberly has spent many years working as a volunteer and fundraiser for schools and the arts. Since 2008 she has been a trustee of the Sutter Pacific Medical Center Foundation in San Francisco where she is a member of the Grants and Disbursements and Finance committees, and chair of the Research and Education Leadership Council.
Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree in French, an MBA in international marketing, an MA in Humanities, and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, 2013. Currently, she is completing one manuscript of poetry and working on two others. Some of her poems have been published in journals such as The Alembic, Caveat Lector, Mantis, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, The Madison Review, and WomenArts Quarterly. A nature and fitness devotee, when not writing or working, Kimberly manages the practicalities of loved ones and home, time and expansion.

Martha Rhodes

is a founding editor and the director of Four Way Books. She holds degrees from New School University (BA) and from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (MFA). She is the author of five collections of poetry: The Thin Wall (University of Pittsburgh, 2017), The Beds (Autumn House, 2012), Mother Quiet (University of Nebraska Press / Zoo, 2004), Perfect Disappearance (2000 Green Rose Prize, New Issues Press), and At the Gate (Provincetown Arts, 1995). She has taught at Emerson College, New School University, and University of California, Irvine. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She also has taught at The Frost Place, Third Coast Writer’s Conference, Bucknell University’s June Seminar for Younger Writers, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is a frequent panelist at universities and conferences around the country. She lives in NYC.

Peter Schireson

worked in education as a teacher and administrator, after which he moved to the corporate sector, eventually establishing a San Francisco marketing research consultancy, now Schireson Associates, LLC, based in New York and serving large corporate clients. He received a BA in Anthropology from Cal Berkeley, a MEd from University of Victoria, an EdD from Harvard University, and an MFA from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Peter also trained extensively in Zen Buddhism in the U.S. and Japan. He has published two poetry chapbooks – The Welter of Me and You from Autumn House Press and The Salt from Unsolicited Press; his latest book – Sword of Glass – was published in the summer of 2019 by Broadstone Books. With his wife Grace Schireson, he is co-editor of Zen Bridge from Wisdom Books. He divides his time between Palo Alto, California and New York City.

Calvin Wei

is an otolaryngologist who practices at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospitals. He studied English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University and received an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He subsequently attended Baylor College of Medicine, completed his internship and residency at New York University Langone Medical Center, and fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City.