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Alice Quinn

Executive Director

Alice Quinn is Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's graduate School of the Arts. She was poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987-2007 and at Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers, from 1976-1986, and she is the editor of Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop. Her articles on and interviews with writers, poets, and artists have appeared in Artforum, the Canadian National Post, The Forward, Poetry Ireland, The New Yorker, and The New Yorker Online, and she is currently at work editing the journals and notebooks of Elizabeth Bishop.

 
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Brett Fletcher Lauer

Deputy Director

Brett Fletcher Lauer is the Deputy Director of the Poetry Society of America. He is the author of A Hotel in Belgium (Four Way Books, 2014) and the co-editor of Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (Norton, 2002), Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave, 2004), and Bartlett's Words for the Wedding (Little, Brown & Company, 2007).  His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Fence, Harper's, Tin House, and elsewhere, and he is a poetry editor of A Public Space.


 
 
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Charif Shanahan

Programs Director

Charif Shanahan is the Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. He studied poetry at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and NYU, where he earned his MFA.  The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Apogee, Phantom Limb, The Manhattanville Review, and elsewhere.  A Cave Canem fellow, Charif is also a contributing editor of The Offing

 
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Safia Jama

Intern

Safia Jama is a Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of Harvard College.  She currently teaches undergraduate writing and pursues an M.F.A. in poetry at Rutgers-Newark. Her poems appear in Reverie, Toe Good PoetryThe New Sound, and Cave Canem Anthology XIV.  She co-founded the Good Times Collective and writes book reviews for the Volta blog.

 
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Christopher Soto (aka Loma)

Intern

Christopher Soto (aka Loma) is a queer latin@ punk poet and prison abolitionist.  They are currently curating Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color in collaboration with The Lambda Literary Foundation. They have work published in Columbia: A Journal , MiPOesias, Apogee Journal and more . They are an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU and the 2014-2015 Intern at Poetry Society of America.