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, Poets.org, 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 pw.org. 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 currently at work on The Poets & Writers Guide to the Writing Life, forthcoming from Avid Reader Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
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 is the Director of Programs at CLMP. He holds a 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.
Christina Blok is the Communications Manager at CLMP. She holds a BA from The College of New Jersey. Christina is a champion for diversity in the literary community, and is dedicated to supporting marginalized voices across the publishing industry. In addition to her work at CLMP, she is the Assistant Poetry Editor for Bodega Magazine and a contributing writer for Book Riot.
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.
Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Alison Meyers is a poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared in Common Ground Review, Connecticut Review, Freshwater Review, ragazine, Stone Canoe, the anthology Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs (Three O’Clock Press), and elsewhere. She is a literary arts consultant, currently leading Mentoring 10: Fundamentals of Arts Management for Small and Emerging Literary Arts Nonprofits. Previously, she served as Director of Development at the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, a position funded by NYSCA’s Regional Economic Development Council; Executive Director of Cave Canem Foundation, Brooklyn, NY, 2006–2016; Poetry Director and Director of Marketing & Communications at Hill-Stead Museum, CT; and General Manager of the Oberlin Consumers Co-op, OH. For many years, she owned and managed Everyday Books & Café, a Connecticut-based indie bookstore.
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
Deputy General Counsel / Metropolitan Opera
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