BIOGRAPHIES

August 29 2020

KAY ALLEN

Kay Allen is an NYC based singer and songwriter. She is an idiosyncratic artist with many talents.

With her love of music and writing, she nurtures the soul with infectious voiced influential words of poetry.

For more about Kay Allen, tap on her image to view her website or visit her on facebook.

MAHOGANY L. BROWNE

Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer, and educator. She is the Interim Executive Director of Urban Word NYC & Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of Chlorine Sky (2021), Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice (2020), Black Girl Magic (2020), Woke Baby(2018), and Kissing Caskets (2017). Browne is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign); and as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration, investigating its impact on women and children. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

To learn more about Mahogany L. Browne tap on her photo. You can also visit her website HERE.

MICHAEL BROWN JR.

Michael Brown Jr. is a resident of the Bronx in New York City and a student at Bard College. He has won fellowships from Brooklyn Poets and Poetry by the Sea. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hopkins Review, Measure Review and elsewhere.

SARA KERSNOWSKI

Sara Kersnowski is a drama student at Fiorello Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts. She has been in the performing arts most of her life, dancing at Alvin Ailey and performing in off-broadway productions. Sara has also been active in campaigns for social justice and climate change and is currently an active member of the New York High School Democrat Organization.

CHRISTOPHER P. WOLFE

Christopher P. Wolfe graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 2000 and served as a Field Artillery officer in the U.S. Army for six years. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in a combat zone. After completing military service, Chris earned his MBA with a concentration in Investment Finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and worked on Wall Street as an investment banker during the height of the financial crisis. After five years on Wall Street, Chris earned his MFA from Columbia University in creative writing as a fiction concentrator. At Columbia, he was an instructor for The Columbia Veterans Creative Writing Workshop and was selected for the School of the Arts Teaching Fellowship. Currently, Chris serves as the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights at Columbia University. In addition to this role, he has also been appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at the School of the Arts and teaches creative writing at Rikers Island to incarcerated students as a part of Columbia University’s Justice-In-Education Initiative. His writing has been featured in ​BOMB Magazine​, ​Guernica,​ ​The New York Times Magazine ​and two anthologies, ​The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War and ​The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers.​ Most recently, Chris applied his experience and expertise to the Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning ​A Soldier’s Play​, serving as its military consultant.

MELANIE OKADIGWE

Melanie Okadigwe is an educator from Brooklyn, NY. She has a passion for children's literature and works at Greene Hill School as a learning specialist. Melanie also facilitates various early childhood programs with the Brooklyn Public Library.

February 6 2020

ALEC BETTERLEY

Alec Betterley is an upstate-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter and music therapist. His 2016 solo LP The New Silence is a musical study of traumatic experience, with inspiration drawn from the stories of US veterans of the post-9/11 wars and his work with patients on high acuity psychiatric units: AlecBetterley.bandcamp.com.

SARAH BRIDGINS

Sarah Bridgins' poetry collection Death & Exes is the recipient of the 2018 Sexton Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Eyewear Books in 2020. Her work has appeared in Tin House, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Sink Review, Joyland, and Big Lucks among other journals. She is a four time Pushcart Prize nominee and the co-founder of the Ditmas Lit reading series in Brooklyn. 

RACHEL LYON

Rachel Lyon is the author of Self Portrait With Boy, which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction's 2018 First Novel Prize and the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award. Her short work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including One Story, Longreads, Joyland, and Electric Literature's Recommended Reading. Editor-in-Chief of Epiphany magazine and co-founder of the reading series Ditmas Lit. Rachel has taught at Catapult, the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Slice Literary, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, her hometown.

PETER RUGH

Peter Rugh is a writer, activist, musician, and the managing editor for the Indypendent. He has reported for Vice, Vice News and BBC and is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. His garage-folk outfit, the Busy-Busy, will be releasing new music this winter. Reverend Billy of the Stop Shopping Choir calls Pete an "inspired" musician: thebusybusy.bandcamp.com.

October 26 2019

MAUREEN ANDARY

Maureen Andary is graciously hosting Write For Democracy's October event, which is to be held at her Washington D.C. venue Takoma Ranch.

Maureen will also be performing as one half of award winning duo The Sweater Set.

TARA CAMPBELL

Tara Campbell is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow and fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Jellyfish Review, Booth and Strange Horizons. She's the author of a novel, TreeVolution, a hybrid fiction/poetry collection, Circe's Bicycle, and a short story collection, Midnight at the Organporium. She received her MFA from American University in 2019.

Visit her website taracampbell.com.

Tweet her up at @TaraCampbellCom.

Links to politically focused writing here.   

JACKIE ERNST

Jackie Ernst is an author, mother and teacher. She writes regularly about the challenges of modern motherhood for Bustle Media’s online parenting magazine Romper.

KATE FELLMAN

Kate Fellman is the Founder and Executive Director of You Can Vote. She began her organizing career on Senator Paul Wellstone’s final campaign and has worked with North Carolina communities in every election cycle since 2008. She created and launched You Can Vote in 2014 as a permanent, nonpartisan educational campaign to mobilize volunteers and build community leadership to help voters navigate the complex election rules and cast their vote.

HANNAH GRIECO

Hannah Grieco is a writer, teacher, and education and disability advocate. She works with families throughout the D.C. area and has published work in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Huffington Post, Education Week, Your Teen, Today's Parent, and many more national publications. She can be found online at www.hgrieco.com and on Twitter at @writesloud.

MARY PENCE

Mary Pence is a Family Law attorney and long-time activist for the women’s movement and racial justice. In February 2017, she was part of the original core that formed what has become a very effective grass-roots political advocacy group. Drawing its members from DC, Maryland

and Virginia, 31st Street Swing Left canvasses and raises money to flip red seats to blue.
Our data-driven strategy focuses on candidates in the “sweet spot” – not already likely to win and not likely to lose, but rather having a good chance of winning given enough support. Go to www.31ststreet.org for more information.

View full biography hereMary Pence can be reached at marypence58@gmail.com.

ERIK STOWERS

Erik Stowers is the author of the forthcoming novel But For The Sky. He is co-founder and former Executive Director of Green Ground Zero, Downtown for Democracy and the Downtown for Democracy Foundation. He has written for the San Francisco Examiner and Common Dreams.

THE SWEATER SET

"The Sweater Set will pluck at your heartstrings" with "an intimidating number of instruments," (Washington Post) and soaring soprano-alto harmonies. Listeners are invited into Sara Curtin & Maureen Andary's joyful friendship as they sing about loves lost and found, accompanying themselves with elaborate arrangements of guitar, ukulele, accordion, banjo, and flute. 

Brightest Young Things nominates them as “D.C.’s most endearing duo," claiming their attraction to them in live performance was “instant and inescapable." View full biography here. 

SEPTEMBER 28 2019

KAY ALLEN

Kay Allen is an NYC based singer and songwriter. She is an idiosyncratic artist with many talents under her belt.

With her love of music and writing, she nurtures the soul with infectious voiced influential words of poetry.

For more of Kay Allen, click on her image to view her website or visit her on facebook.

Hailing from Brooklyn NY, Danielle Bowden is a trained Pastry Chef who is creator and owner of Aquarius Confections.

She studied at Monroe College and has worked alongside many Michelin starred chefs in restaurants across New York City.

Danielle has graciously volunteered to cater Write For Democracy's September event, donating all proceeds to Write For Democracy.

DREW HUBNER

Drew Hubner is the author of American By Blood and We Pierce. His writing has been compared to Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Wolfe and David Foster Wallace. His best work was done on the streets of New York as a bicycle messenger back in the day. He currently teaches English Literature at CUNY Hostos in the South Bronx where he lives and indulges his passion for all things baseball.

JANET MANLEY

Janet Manley is an Australian writer who has been published by The New Yorker, ELLE, The Hairpin, The Millions, The Toast, Buzzed, Racked, and The Sydney Morning Herald. She was a winner of the 2013 McSweeney's column contest, and has a master's in creative writing from the University of New South Wales. She has two children and nothing gets done.

KRISTIN MATHIS

Kristin Mathis is a Survivor Leader spokesperson for the non-profit organization Sanctuary for Families. She advocates locally and nationally for victims of gender based violence. Her poetry has appeared in Ars Medica, The NonBinary Review, MomEgg Review, The Café Review, The Maine Review, and The Commonline Journal. Her translations of Sappho are forthcoming in Ezra.

PETER RUGH

Peter Rugh is a writer, an activist and the Associate Editor for The IndypendentHe has reported for Vice, Vice News and the BBC and is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

STELLA TAN-TORRES

Stella Tan-Torres is a writer, editor, and teacher. In addition to contributing to the online parenting magazine Romper, she is a Writing Associate at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

AUGUST 17 2019

KAY ALLEN

 

Kay Allen is a published musician who writes her own lyrics. Music has always been a part of her life. Her voice tells such a story regardless of the genre she chooses. Art is something she was truly born to do. She prefers doing live shows because it is just another way to connect with people and serves her adrenaline.

For more of Kay Allen, click on her image to view her website or visit her on facebook.

JONI ERNST

Joni Ernst is a New York City musician and music teacher.

ANGEL GREENLAND

Angel Greenland is an emerging Brooklyn talent. Her poetry is uniquely captivating.

JANE LECROY

Jane LeCroy is an NYC based poet, singer, and performance artist. She fronts the avant-pop band, The Icebergs and the psychedelic experimental music project Ohmslice. She has toured with the SF based all women's poetry troupe Sister Spit. For over 20 years, Jane has been a poet-in-the-schools through many organizations such as Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Uptown Stories. Her many publications and recordings include a chapbook series purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! Three Rooms Press published Signature Play, a multimedia book of lyrical poems, which won a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. The Icebergs released their debut album, "Eldorado" and Ohmslice, "Conduit" both from Imaginator Records. Check out The Icebergs debut album, Eldorado on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and more. 

Click on her Image for more about Jane.

JOSHUA MEHIGAN

Joshua Mehigan's second book, Accepting The Disaster(FSG 2014), was cited in the TLS, New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere as a best book of the year. He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. Mehigan lives in Brooklyn, where he has worked as a teacher and editor. He is currently a visiting professor at Northwestern University.

BENJAMIN OBLER

Benjamin Obler is the author of the novel Javascotia, from Penguin UK.  He holds an MFA from Glasgow University, Scotland, and teaches fiction at Gotham Writer's Workshop.

PETER RUGH

Peter Rugh is a writer, an activist and the Associate Editor for The IndypendentHe has reported for Vice, Vice News and the BBC and is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

June 2 2019 

RICO CLEFFI

Rico Cleffi is an author and activist. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice. The Indypendent, All About Jazz and The Brooklyn Rail.

JACKIE ERNST

Jackie Ernst is an author, mother and teacher. She writes regularly about the challenges of modern motherhood for Bustle Media’s online parenting magazine Romper.

KRISTIN MATHIS

Kristin Mathis is a Survivor Leader spokesperson for the non-profit organization Sanctuary for Families. She advocates locally and nationally for victims of gender based violence. Her poetry has appeared in Ars Medica, The NonBinary Review, MomEgg Review, The Café Review, The Maine Review, and The Commonline Journal. Her translations of Sappho are forthcoming in Ezra.

CAROLYN STEINHOFF

Carolyn Steinhoff is the author of Under The World. Pulitzer Prize winner John Ashbery praised her book, “Carolyn Steinhoff 's poetry mimics the life of the body as the mind intuits it. The two are like lovers, in fact, both blessed and doomed to one another's company. These are haunting, plangent poems that reverberate in one's consciousness long after reading.”

ERIK STOWERS

Erik Stowers is the author of the forthcoming novel But For The Sky. He is co-founder and former Executive Director of Green Ground Zero, Downtown for Democracy and the Downtown for Democracy Foundation. He has written for the San Francisco Examiner and Common Dreams.

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