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
Director of Programs
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.
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.
Baruch College Graduate Consultant
Katy Einerson is the grants and web administrator at the Whiting Foundation and is currently pursuing her MA in Arts Administration at Baruch College. As part of her master’s program, she is consulting with CLMP on strengthening programs and resources available to members. Katy holds a BA in English from the University of Richmond, and prior to joining the staff at the Whiting Foundation, served as the director of programming at Dixon Place, a performance venue on the Lower East Side in New York City.
Megan Swenson recently completed her MFA in fiction from New York University, after receiving BAs in Creative Writing and Anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder. While in New York, she interned for One Story, Inc., as well as CLMP, and worked as Copy Editor for Washington Square Review. Currently she is at work on a novel, the beginning of which was shortlisted for the Stockholm Writers Festival First Pages Prize in 2018. She is from Chandler, Arizona, and now she is spending time in Vancouver, B.C. with her partner.
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.
Nicole Dewey (Co-Chair)
Managing Director / Shreve Williams Public Relations
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
Manager & Bookseller / Greenlight Bookstore
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
Editor-in-Chief / Kirkus Reviews & Literary Director / San Antonio Book Festival
Owner / Creative Management Partners, LLC (Booktrix)
Literary Agent / Lippincott Massie McQuilkin