Volunteer Staff

Count Director

Jen Fitzgerald

Jen Fitzgerald is VIDA’s Count Director, and has worked annually on The Count since 2010.  She is a poet and a native New Yorker who is currently working toward her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University.  Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour, and in Open City, Under Water New York, and Azuria.  She is a freelance writer and community activist on Staten Island.

Managing Editor

Melinda Wilson

Melinda Wilson is Co-Editor of VIDAweb and Managing Editor for Coldfront Magazine. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Diner, Lumberyard, Verse Daily, WOMB, Burnside Review, Rattapallax, The Agriculture Reader, among other publications. She earned her MFA in poetry from The New School in Manhattan, and she now splits her time between New York City and Tallahassee, FL, where she is working toward her PhD in poetry at Florida State University.

Membership Coordinator

Jennine Capó Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet is a Miami-born Cuban writer. Her debut story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, won the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the 2010 John Gardner Book Award, the 2010 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald, the Miami New Times, and the Latinidad List. The title story from the collection won a PEN/O. Henry Prize and appears in the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Prize Anthology. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Florida State University.

Web and Graphics Consultant

Ana Božičević

Ana Božičević is the author of Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009) and five chapbooks of poetry, most recently War on a Lunchbreak (Belladonna*, 2011). With Željko Mitić, she is the editor of The Day Lady Gaga Died: an Anthology of NYC Poetry of the 21st Century (in Serbian, Peti talas/The Fifth Wave, 2011). Her translations of Zvonko Karanović recently received a NYSCA grant. She works and studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she edits Diane di Prima’s lectures for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival. With Amy King, Ana co-edits esque and the PEN Poetry SeriesFresh poems and more at www.anabozicevic.com.

Communications Liaison & Interview Correspondent

Amy King

Amy King is a professor of English and creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and the author of four volumes of poetry: Antidotes for an Alibi (2005); I’m the Man Who Loves You (2007); Slaves to Do These Things (2009); and I Want to Make You Safe (2011). She has received a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry and was honored by The Feminist Press as one of the “40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism” awardees. She co-edits Poets for Living Waters, with Heidi Lynn Staples, and moderates the Electronic Poetry Center’s Poetics List, the Women’s Poetry Listserv (WOMPO) and the Goodreads Poetry! Group.

HER KIND Editors: www.herkind.org

Rosebud Ben-Oni, Writer & Editor

I’m a CantoMundo 2013 Fellow. My debut poetry collection SOLECISM dropped in March 2013 (Virtual Artists’ Collective). I was a Leopold Schepp Scholar at NYU, a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan and a Horace Goldsmith Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate of the 2010 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, my plays have been produced in New York City, Washington, DC, and Toronto. I also write the series “On 7 Train Love” for the blog of Sundog Lit. My influences mostly come from the spaces I’ve inhabited: U.S.-Mexican border town culture, both East and West Jerusalem and New York City. Coming from mixed roots, I’m interested in diversity of women’s voices, particularly those who inhabited spaces that challenge stability and certainty. I’ve drawn to the idea of adaptation, which calls for imagination and invention. Above all else, I want to create a space in which women can candidly converse, write and resonate the experiences and stories within them. Find me at Rosebudbenoni.com.

Arisa White, Writer & Editor

I’m a poet, writer, educator, and Cave Canem fellow. I received my MFA from UMass, Amherst, and BA from Sarah Lawrence College. A native New Yorker, now living in Oakland, CA, I’m interested in creating work that explores the interior landscape of women in extreme circumstances. The author of the chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon, as well as the full-length collections Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved, my debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image AwardIt feels excellent to bring forth more poetry into the world and to be a part of VIDA and an editor for HER KIND. I hope this blog will spark something in us individually and collectively. In an interview for The Atlantic, Alice Walker stated that “until women can lift their voices, take their rightful place, I don’t think we’re going to shift very much,” and I imagine HER KIND as the spot-to-be in that “rightful place.” arisawhite.com

Development Associate

Olivia Johnson

Olivia Johnson is a poet who also dabbles in nonfiction and essay writing. She received her MFA in poetry from Florida State University and currently teaches English at Tallahassee Community College. Her work has appeared in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.


Swag Manager

Stephen KrauskaStephen Krauska

Stephen Krauska is co-founder of Cannoli Pie Magazine and a creative writing student at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.


Event Coordinators

Mary Hutchins Harris

Mary Hutchins Harris is a poet and essayist.  Her chapbook, A Tongue Full of Yeses, was selected by Kwame Dawes for publication in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative/USC Press Chapbook Contest. She has been a featured poet for the Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Series and Stories for Life Festival in Charleston, SC and the South Carolina Book Festival. Her work appears in print publications such as Tar River Poetry, Kakalak, Antietam Review, Main Street Rag, Waccamaw, Poemeleon, Pirene’s Fountain, and Spillway, as well as in other print and on-line publications.  She was the 2009 Pirene’s Fountain Editors Award winner. She is a graduate of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

Alia Hamada

Alia Hamada is a poet, youth worker, and non-profit professional. Recent poetry has appeared in the print & online issue of PANK magazineGigantic Sequins, CAIRN: St. Andrew’s Review, and elimae. She earned her BFA in Writing, LIterature, and Publishing from Emerson College and is a graduate of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

Christine Guarino

Christine Guarino holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University. She has worked in fundraising, volunteer management and executive recruiting for various nonprofit organizations. Born and raised in the greater Boston area, Christine currently lives and writes in Somerville, MA. Recent work has appeared in The Ilanot Review.

Marketing Director

Mary Harpin

Mary Harpin is a digital Storyteller for online media campaigns—part time at a creative agency and part time through her consulting business, CAVU Creative. She earned an MFA in poetry from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) and received a What Light poetry award and a Prairie Poetry prize. Her work has appeared in Dos Passos Review, Gertrude, Artichoke Haircut, Conclave and elsewhere. Mary lives in Denver with her husband and daughter.




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