Who We Are

stephglassesStephanie Berger, President & Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder of The Poetry Brothel,  New York City Poetry Festival & Typewriter Project

Stephanie Berger is the Chief Executive Officer of The Poetry Society of New York and a member of its Board of Directors.  Ms. Berger earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Critical Studies at the University of Southern California in 2006 and graduated with an M.F.A. in Poetry from the New School in New York City in 2008.  She published a chapbook, In The Madame’s Hat Box, on Dancing Girl Press in 2011, a collaborative chapbook, The Grey Bird: thirteen emoji poems in translation on Coconut Books in 2014, and her first full-length poetry collection, The Aesthetics of Homewrecking, will be published by Coconut Books in the spring of 2016.  Since graduating from the New School, Ms. Berger has also taught writing and film classes in the English Department at Pace University, worked as a private writing tutor for students from The Spence School, The Nightingale-Bamford School, and Trinity School, and worked as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Artnet.

979986_906221762507_451405312_oNicholas Adamski, Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, Co-Founder of The Poetry Brothel, New York City Poetry Festival & The Typewriter Project

Nicholas Adamski is the Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of The Poetry Society of New York.  Mr. Adamski completed his undergraduate studies at Butler University with a degree in Political Science and Creative Writing and eventually earned an MFA at The New School University. Mr. Adamski authored Inside me a whale is taking shape, a handmade poetry chapbook published by Brothel Books in 2009.  Mr. Adamski also has extensive design experience and has worked as an interior designer with the KA Design Group and designed sales galleries and signage for The 7th Art.  Mr. Adamski has also worked with The Happy Corp Global, a digital media and event production company, where he honed his event production and management skills producing events for organizations including the Museum of Modern Art, The 92nd Street Y, and other New York City institutions.

1445475722427Kiely Sweatt, Chief Operations Officer & Founder of Prostibulo Poetico in Barcelona

Kiely Sweatt is the Chief Operations Officer of The Poetry Society of New York and a member of its Board of Directors. Over the past 15 years, Kiely has worked as a trainer, teacher and facilitator in both Spain and the US for companies and schools such as UPS, Vueling, ShiftCamp, CapitalOne, 30 Weeks, Hyper Island, The Design Gym, and Pratt. As the founder of a creative non-profit in Barcelona, Spain, her work has been recognized in The Guardian, EasyJet and Vueling magazines for her innovative approach to cross cultural collaboration. By blending her passions of art and education she’s found a unique way of creating learning experiences and engaging communities around the world. Find her here: www.kielysweatt.com.

Chief Finance Officer: B. Carter Edwards, b.carter.edwards@gmail.com

B. Carter Edwards, Chief Financial Officer

B. Carter Edwards is the Chief Finance Officer of The Poetry Society of New York and a member of its Board of Directors. He was the director and executive producer of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater’s national touring company for eight years. During that time Mr. Edwards oversaw all facets of production of more than two hundred events annually, including performances at festivals, colleges, universities, corporate events and promotions, and all branded content. Mr. Edwards managed the annual, quarterly and monthly reports for the company including budgets, projections, estimations, and all reconciliations. Mr. Edwards also attended the graduate writing program at The New School in New York. He is the winner of the 2011 Hudson Prize for Fiction and the author of the collected stories The Aversive Clause and two collections of poetry, To Mend Small Children and From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes.

12105871_10206614823147890_3796918191791819340_nLiz Axelrod, Development Director

Liz Axelrod is the Development Director of The Poetry Society of New York and a member of its Board of Directors. A former music promoter, publicist, and real estate agent, she has also worked in development for the Hagedorn Foundation for the past 10 years. Her poems, book reviews, essays, and fiction have been published in The Rumpus, Publisher’s Weekly, The Brooklyn Rail, Electric Literature, Counterpunch, Nap Magazine, Yes Poetry, The Ampersand Review, and more. Her Chapbook “Go Ask Alice” was chosen as a finalist in the 2015 Finishing Line Press New Woman’s Voices Competition and was published in 2016. She is also an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Westchester Community College, a book reviewer for Kirkus Reviews, staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine, and co-host and curator of the Cedermere Reading Series in the home of William Cullen Bryant. Find her here: http://www.yourmoonsmine.com.

1379989_10201527330760930_449102176_nTeresa Bigelow, Publicity Siren

Teresa Bigelow is The Poetry Society of New York’s publicist. She is an international public relations consultant, strategist, copy writer, event planner and digital media entrepreneur. Teresa got her start in PR working as a media relations specialist for award-winning tech PR agency, VSCpr. Most recently, Teresa was the Global Public Relations Director at India-focused digital music company, Saavn. She is also one of the founders of Treplife, a digital media agency focused on video storytelling through the eyes of the Intrepid Feminine. Find her at: teresabigelow.com.

15181331_1839129109652285_654796261765387207_nGregg Emery, Advisor & Board Member

Gregg Emery is The Poetry Brothel’s Sketch-Artist-in-Residence and a member of The Poetry Society of New York’s Board of Directors. Gregg received his Bachelor of Arts with departmental distinction from Hartwick College and a Masters in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is currently the Chair of the Visual Arts and Art History department at the Trinity School in Manhattan, a private, coeducational K-12 school. His artwork is included in numerous private and public collections including the permanent collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Gregg Emery is represented by the Agora Gallery in New York City.

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