Staff & Board


Mary Gannon

Executive Director

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Mary Gannon, CLMP's Executive Director, is a veteran nonprofit administrator with more than twenty years of experience in the literary field.  Prior to joining CLMP she served as the Associate Director/Director of Content for the Academy of American Poets for five years, where she oversaw the production of the organization's award-winning website,, its popular Poem-a-Day series, and its Education Program, including Teach This Poem, a weekly offering that received the 2018 National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading Prize. She also served as Editorial Director of Poets & Writers, Inc., the country’s largest nonprofit organization serving poets and writers of literary prose, where she headed up Poets & Writers Magazine and Also an award-winning poet whose poems have been published widely, Mary has published numerous articles about publishing and the literary field and has profiled such notable authors as The New Yorker editor David Remnick and nonfiction writer John Haskell, fiction writers Jay McInerney and Heidi Julavits, and poets Anne Carson and Major Jackson. She is co-author with her husband, Kevin Larimer, of  The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer, published by Avid Reader Press in 2020.

Montana Agte-Studier

Director of Membership & NYSCA NYTAP

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Montana Agte-Studier - CLMP

Montana Agte-Studier is a writer, musician, and artist based in New York City. The Director of Membership and NYSCA NYTAP at CLMP, she previously worked in the membership department at MoMA. She holds a BFA in Jazz Flute Performance and a BA in Arts in Context with a focus on Literature from The New School University and has studied abroad in Verona, Italy; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Valladolid, Mexico. Montana is the face of Brompton Bicycle's 2015 North American Ad Campaign and 2018 NYC Transit Edition. She is the recipient of a John Coltrane Scholarship from The John Coltrane Foundation and a Michael Kamen Solo Award from The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Montana is currently working on a novel and pursuing a private pilot's license. You can find her on Instagram as @theycallhermontana.

David Gibbs

Director of Programs

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David Gibbs - CLMP David Gibbs is the Director of Programs at CLMP. He manages the Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature, the LWC}NYC Literary Writers Conference, Lit Mag Adoption, and other programs. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA from Ohio State University. In addition to his responsibilities at CLMP, David is a part-time instructor at the Parsons School of Design at The New School.

Stephanie Malak

Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Stephanie Malak is the Director of Strategic Partnerships where she works to extend CLMP’s mission to new members and partners worldwide. She is the former Director of LARB Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books’ publishing wing that offers titles in California classics, political essay, memoir, and fiction. At the University of Texas Press she worked in academic acquisitions and international rights. Stephanie completed her PhD in Latin American literature at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on a translation of a Colombian novel. Stephanie is based in LA.

Emma Hine

Communications Manager

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Emma Hine Emma Hine is the Communications Manager at CLMP. She is the author of the poetry collection Stay Safe, which received the 2019 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in January 2021. Originally from Austin, Texas, she has a BA in English from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from New York University, where she served as a Starworks Fellow and the layout editor of Washington Square Review. She previously worked at the Academy of American Poets and continues to serve as their freelance Education Content Specialist. Her poetry and essays appear in Gulf CoastGuernica MagazineThe Missouri ReviewPoets & Writers, and The Southern Review, among other publications.

Meredith Eilola


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Meredith Eilola graduated from Towson University in December of 2019 with a BS in English Literature and a Minor in Business, Communications, & Liberal Arts. In college, she was a fiction editor for Grub Street, Towson's undergraduate run literary magazine. She has worked as a general publishing intern for Graywolf Press and an editorial associate for Yellow Arrow Publishing.

Christina Mun-Lutz

Firecracker Awards Intern

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Christina Mun-Lutz is a Korean-American poet and editor. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she teaches creative writing at Eckerd College. She holds an MFA in poetry from University of South Florida and a BA from The Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, RHINO, Juked, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She serves on the Board of Directors at VIDA and is the Editor-in-Chief of the VIDA Review.


Nicole Dewey (Co-Chair)

Founder / Dewey Decimal Media

Gerald Howard (Co-Chair)

Executive Editor / Doubleday Broadway

Ellis B. Levine, Esq. (Treasurer)

Partner / Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP

Kathryn Court (Secretary)

President & Publisher / Penguin Books

Jarrod Annis

Manager & Bookseller / Greenlight Bookstore

Judy Hottensen

Associate Publisher / Grove Atlantic

Justin Jamail

General Counsel / New York Botanical Garden

Beena Kamlani

Author & Editor

Clarence Reynolds

Director / The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College CUNY

David Wilk

Owner / Creative Management Partners, LLC (Booktrix)

Renée Zuckerbrot

Literary Agent / Massie & McQuilkin