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Poets House

Lee BriccettiLee Briccetti - Executive Director, 212-431-7920 ext. 2817

Lee is a poet and the long-time Executive Director of Poets House. Born in Italy and raised in the United States, her work explores issues of place—from Rome to New York City—as well as natural history and community building for justice. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Briccetti has won a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has been a resident at the MacDowell and Millay Colonies and a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Four Way Books published her first book of poetry, Day Mark, in 2005. Her second, Blue Guide, is forthcoming in 2018. 

Jane PrestonJane Preston - Managing Director, 212-431-7920 ext. 2826  

Jane originally came to Poets House when we were located in a home economics room in the High School for the Humanities on West 17th Street. A few years after our move to a loft space in Soho, she became our Managing Director, in which capacity she continues to oversee our finances, facility, library and operational infrastructure. She is passionate about her gardens in upstate NY, her dog Poppy, and her belief in the power of language and the imagination to shape individual experience, interpersonal possibility and cultural reality. 

Lucy Dunphy BarsnessLucy Dunphy Barsness - Education, Volunteer, and Rental Coordinator, 212-431-7920 ext. 2825

Lucy started as an intern at Poets House and now serves as the Education, Volunteer, and Rental Coordinator. Her roles at Poets House include facilitating Literary and Community Partners Programs, supervising internships, and designing and implementing poetry curricula for visiting classes. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, having studied literature and creative writing with a concentration in poetry and graduated with the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Poetry.

Amanda GlassmanAmanda Glassman - Librarian and Archivist, 212-431-7920 ext. 2831 

Amanda is an all-around enthusiast of books and their contents. She’s worked as an editorial assistant, special collections community manager, and bookseller, among other things, and she holds an MSLIS from the Palmer School at LIU. She began her career at Poets House as a library intern in 2012 and keeps coming back for more. Her interests include the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and continually upgrading her bookshelves. 

Gia GonzalesGia Gonzales - Membership & Program Coordinator, 212-431-7920 ext. 2821

Born and raised in the East Village, Gia has been visiting Poets House since she was in high school. She comes to Poets House from Simon & Schuster and is a graduate of Bard College, where she majored in written arts with a concentration in poetry.

Reginald HarrisReginald Harris - Director of Library and Outreach Services, 212-431-7920 ext. 2842 

Reggie came to Poets House after 20 years' experience at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, managing their IT training program, public PC training labs, staff Technology Help Desk, and the development and presentation of poetry and literature-related humanities programming. He is the author of 10 Tongues and Autogeography, winner of the 2012 Cave Canem / Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. When not at Poets House he pretends to work on a new manuscript and other writing projects. 

Paolo JavierPaolo Javier - Program Director, 212-431-7920 ext. 2832

A featured artist in MoMA PS1's 2015 Greater NY Show, Paolo is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, including Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books). His collaborations with Listening Center (David Mason) appear as a limited edition pamphlet/cassette, Ur'lyeh/Aklopolis (Texte und Töne 2017), and chapbook, Maybe the Sweet Honey Pours (Nion Editions, forthcoming 2018). He is the former poet laureate of Queens, where he lives with his family.

Christina Lem - Development Director, 212-431-7920 ext. 2835

Stephen MotikaStephen Motika - Artistic Director, 212-431-7920 ext. 2822  

Stephen is the publisher of Nightboat Books. He is the author of the book Western Practice (2012) and three poetry chapbooks: Arrival and At Mono (2007), In the Madrones (2011) and, Private Archive (2016), and the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009). 

Gina ScaliseGina Scalise - Assistant to the Managing Director, 212-431-7920 ext. 2819  

Gina began as an intern at Poets House, moved to the Librarian role, and is now overseeing membership and the management of the facilities. She holds a B.S. in Arts Administration from Wagner College and an MLIS from Pratt Institute. Gina thrives on salacious reading material, astrology, and her two dogs. 

Bleuberthol ScottBleuberthol Scott - IT Coordinator, 212-431-7920 ext. 2820  

Suzanne WiseSuzanne Wise - Content Editor and Staff Writer, 212-431-7920 ext. 2841  

Suzanne is the author of the poetry collection The Kingdom of the Subjunctive and the chapbooks Talking Cure and The Blur Model. Recent poems have appeared in BOMB, Ploughshares The Awl, Quaint, Cura, Five Quarterly, Bone Bouquet, Guernica, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and From the Fishouse. She has taught creative writing at Middlebury College in Vermont and Pratt Institute.  

Alice Kaasik 

Our dear colleague, Alice Kaasik (Ollie)—who has been the Poets House bookkeeper for 25 years—died on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Sloan Kettering in New York. She had been fighting cancer for many years. Alice's work helped to put Poets House on firm financial footing, and with Managing Director Jane Preston, gave us the best financial team in the field of literary non-profits. Alice, who earned a degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Temple University, had a similar and important role in building the business of Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging, which illuminates events all over the country from Hollywood weddings to jamborees at the White House. 

Alice was a mirthful person dedicated to her beloved husband Andy and her extended, Estonian family on Shelter Island. She lent her acting talents and inimitable energy to the Children’s Room at Poets House by occasionally reading poetry to children with accompaniment from a full cast of hand puppets. Around the holidays, she and her husband could be spotted moonlighting as Mrs. and Mr. Claus at parties and events all over the area. She loved Broadway musicals, dancing, people and Poets House. 

We share this sad news with gratitude for her presence in our lives.

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