Executive Director and Teacher
Richard Scheiwe was educated at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago, and he received his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School (2005). His poetry and criticism have been published in Poet Lore, Verse, Octopus, et al., and his chapbook, The Dry Moon Dialogue, was published in 2008. In 2008 and 2009, Richard was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He co-edits Sink Review and is co-editor/publisher of Fields Press. Aside from writing poetry, Richard has 2 plays under consideration for performances in New York City, and he is completing a work of nonfiction entitled Forwarding Desire, Casually: a Memoir. He teaches writing and English Literature at CUNY and lives in New York City.
Associate Director and Teacher
Steven Karl is the author of three chapbooks, Lovers’ Last Go Around, State(s) of Flux (Peptic Robot Press, 2005, 2009) and (Ir)Rational Animals (Flying Guillotine Press, 2010). His poems and critical writings have appeared in Barrow Street, Eleven Eleven, Zoland Poetry, Sink Review, Free Verse, Coldfront Magazine, Teachers & Writers and others. He received his MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from The New School and teaches Composition and Literature at the Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY and LaGuardia Community College/CUNY. He lives in New York City.
Christie Ann Reynolds
Program Associate and Teacher
Christie Ann Reynolds has a BA in Creative Writing from Hofstra University, an MFA in Poetry from The New School, and is certified by NYS to teach English for grades 7-12. She was the recipient of a 2003 undergraduate award from The Academy of American Poetry, the winner of 2008 New School Chapbook Competition and her work can be found in various journals. Christie Ann is a regular contributor to TheThe Poetry Blog, a member of the poetry performance group, The Poetry Brothel and teaches writing at Hofstra University. She draws on a variety of life experiences that include positions as habilitation assistant for developmentally disabled adults, a nanny and au pair and as a NYC high school teacher.
Hospital and Patient Liason
Sean Thompson received his BSc in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, his BSN from Columbia University, and he is a NY State licensed RN. His volunteer activities include working as a junior clinician at CoSMO, a free student-run health clinic located in Washington Heights, and assisting with various projects with New York Cares. Sean is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He is currently working on his MSN at Columbia University to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Marc Mascarello received a BA in philosophy from Western Michigan University and is currently enrolled in further studies at Columbia University. He has several years of management experience working with the New York City School Construction Authority, and serves BWW in developing marketing strategies as well as handling administration.