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 co-author with her husband, Kevin Larimer, of The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer, published by Avid Reader Press in 2020.
Director of Membership & NYSCA NYTAP
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.
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.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
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 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 Coast, Guernica Magazine, The Missouri Review, Poets & Writers, and The Southern Review, among other publications.
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.
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.
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)
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
Manager & Bookseller / Greenlight Bookstore
Vice President, Client Acquisitions / Ingram Content Group
Associate Publisher / Grove Atlantic
General Counsel / New York Botanical Garden
Author & Editor
Director / The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College CUNY
Owner / Creative Management Partners, LLC (Booktrix)
Literary Agent / Massie & McQuilkin