Leslie Shipman has spent 25 years promoting writers, and creating and managing literary events in New York City, from the National Book Awards Finalist Reading at the New School to Eat, Drink, and Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
She spent over a decade at the National Book Foundation, (which presents the National Book Award), where she was instrumental in creating events and programs such as 5 Under 35, a prize for promising young novelists, the National Book Awards After Party, Eat, Drink, and Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Innovations in Reading, a prize that promotes community organizations working at the grassroots level to encourage reading across constituencies, and BookUp, an afterschool program for middle school age students, as well as assembling awards juries. She consulted at PEN America, a leading advocate for free expression, and worked on the PEN Literary Awards, and the PEN World Voices Festival.
A poet with an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, her work can be found in the Kenyon Review, BOMB, Tinderbox, Mid-American Review, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere. She serves on the Board of Alice James Books, and the advisory committee for PEN America’s Litcrawl NYC. She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn with her partner, musician Paul Pimsler, and their dog Junie.
Cassie Archdeacon, Project + Administrative Support
Cassie is a writer and editor currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School. She is a recent graduate of NYU Gallatin, where she concentrated in literary and reader-response theory. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Metropolitan Diary, the Minetta Review, and the Gallatin Review. Cassie lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and their growing family of houseplants.
Katie McDonough, Administrative Support
Katie McDonough is a writer and editor with a background in book publishing and literary nonprofit work. Her writing has appeared in Thrillist, A Women's Thing, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Used Furniture Review, and other publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is currently at work on a novel based on her motel childhood. Katie lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and elderly pet rabbit. Visit her at www.thewritekatie.com.
Brandon Reiter, Intern
Brandon graduated in 2018 from Columbia University with his MFA in Creative Writing. He has served as the fiction editor of two literary journals and is currently at work on a novel. He lives in San Diego.