Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP’s Executive Director, has over twenty years of experience in development, fundraising, corporate sponsorship, and strategic planning. He currently also serves as “shared Executive Director” to Small Press Distribution (http://www.spdbooks.org). His past work includes Development Director for the Creative Capital Foundation, Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, the Poetry Society of America, and In the Life Media. He is also a professional musician, active as a composer, a “certified master” of the shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute), and serves as Director of Music Omi, an international music residency program taking place each August in upstate New York. His Masterpieces of Western Music audiocourse is available through Barnes and Noble’s “Portable Professor” series and through audible.com.
Director of Development
Alison Meyers served as Executive Director of Cave Canem Foundation, Brooklyn, NY, 2006 – 2016. Previously, she was Poetry Director and Director of Marketing & Communications at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT; and General Manager of the Oberlin Consumers Co-operative, Oberlin, OH. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Alison is a poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared in Connecticut Review, Freshwater Review, ragazine, Stone Canoe, the anthology Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs, and elsewhere.
Director of Membership & NYSCA NYTAP
Montana Agte-Studier, Membership and NYSCA NYTAP Director, came to CLMP from the Membership Department at The Museum of Modern Art. Montana attended The New School University’s competitive 5-year dual-degree program, and now holds a BFA in Jazz Flute and a BA in Arts in Context with a focus in Literature. Extremely interested by the result of combining cultures’ musical ideas and styles, she composes and plays music melding jazz, classical Indian music, bluegrass, funk, and Middle Eastern music. An avid biker, Montana promotes bicycling throughout the city and abroad, and she was recently made the face of Brompton Bicycle’s North American Ad Campaign. Having previously written a theatrical piece entitled Crying Without Tears: A Play With Songs, Montana is currently working on completing her first novel.
Director of Programs
David Gibbs, Director of Programs, is a graduate of the New School’s MFA in Creative Writing program. His poetry has been anthologized in the Best American Experimental Writing 2016 and has been published in various journals including the Columbia Poetry Review and Redivider. Since 2011, David has been a committee member of PEN America’s Prison Writing Program and a judge for their annual writing contest. Prior to CLMP, he taught first-year writing courses at several colleges, including the New School and Pace University.
Natalie Mesnard, Communications Manager, came to CLMP from the University of Illinois, where she obtained an MFA in Creative Writing and taught Rhetoric, Creative Writing, and Business Writing as a Department of English Lecturer. She also edited for Ninth Letter, where she was the Web Edition editor for Summer 2015 and Summer 2016, in addition to serving as Assistant Fiction Editor in 2013. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in places such as The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Journal and Green Mountains Review, and she is currently at work on a novel. Natalie is also a board game designer whose debut board game, DemocraSea, was an Official Selection for IndieCade 2016.
Ira Sher manages the ongoing maintenance and development of CLMP’s site and advises on other technical matters. In addition to designing and maintaining numerous websites in the literary community, Ira writes fiction. He has two novels, Gentlemen of Space (Free Press, 2003) and Singer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), and his stories have appeared in many venues.
Gerald Howard (Co-Chair)
Executive Editor / Doubleday Broadway
Nicole Dewey (Co-Chair)
Managing Director / Shreve Williams Public Relations
Ellis B. Levine, Esq. (Treasurer)
Partner / Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP
Kathryn Court (Secretary)
President & Publisher / Penguin Books
Manager & Bookseller at Greenlight Bookstore
Formerly of Amazon Literary Partnerships
Vice President, Client Acquisitions / Ingram Content Group
Associate Publisher / Grove Atlantic
Senior Editor / Viking Random Penguin
Assistant Director / The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College CUNY
President / Segue Foundation Inc.; Editor / Roof Books
Owner / Creative Management Partners, LLC (Booktrix)
Literary Agent / Lippincott Massie McQuilkin