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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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Elsbeth Pancrazi

Membership and Development Director

Elsbeth Pancrazi is the Membership and Development Director for the Poetry Society of America. Elsbeth studied poetry at Vassar College and New York University. She has served on the editorial board of PEN Journal. She was a 2013 Poets House Fellow and artist-in-residence at Caldera Arts in Sisters, Oregon. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2013, Forklift, Ohio; H_ngm_n; No, Dear; and Paperbag.

 
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Charif Shanahan

Programs Director

Charif Shanahan is the Programs Director for the Poetry Society of America.  A Cave Canem fellow, Charif studied poetry at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and New York University, where he earned his MFA and served as a Starlight Foundation Fellow. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, his poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Barrow Street, Circumference, The Manhattanville Review, and elsewhere. He is also the poetry editor for Psychology Tomorrow Magazine.