Aaron Zimmerman, Founder and Executive Director
Aaron Zimmerman founded NYWC based on the success of the workshops he began in April 2000 at The Prince George, a supportive housing community for low-income, formerly homeless and special-needs populations. Aaron is a former co-chair of the Board of Directors of Amherst Writers and Artists, is an AWA affiiliate, and has been leading creative writing workshops using the AWA method since 1997.
Aaron was named a 2005 Petra Fellow by The Petra Foundation for his “distinctive contributions to the rights, dignity and autonomy of others,” and he served on the Petra Foundation Board of Directors from 2011-2015. He was named as one of the “Top 100 New Yorkers” of 2003 by New York Resident magazine for his work with NYWC. He also has taught creative writing at City College.
Aaron has an MA in Creative Writing from City College. His novel, By The Time You Finish This Book You Might Be Dead (Spuyten Duyvil, October 2003), was selected by Poets and Writers as a “New and Noteworthy” book. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Brooklyn Rail, Georgetown Review, South Dakota Review, Jeopardy and Mid-America Poetry Review. In addition, Aaron has extensive business and legal experience in the entertainment field, most recently as Director of Law Administration for Showtime Networks Inc.
Jessica McCoy, Director of Development & Communications
Jessica McCoy comes to NYWC after several years of working as an Associate Director for capital and endowment campaigns, feasibility studies and development assessments at CCS Fundraising and as an independent fundraising consultant. Prior to working as a consultant, she worked with United for Peace and Justice and other grassroots arts/community organizing non-profits as their development director. She did her graduate studies at NYU in arts administration and fundraising, and her undergraduate work at the University of Iowa, where she studied vocal music, language arts education and literacy. When she is not immersed in fundraising, she enjoys writing plays, doing improv, and producing, designing and seeing live theater and music.
Rose Gorman, Program Director
Rose Gorman comes to NYWC from StoryCorps, a national oral history project. She received her Master’s in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton University, where she developed an interest in the epistolary novel, flash fiction, and memoir. Rose was the advice columnist and book reviewer for Buzz! Entertainment Guide, and her work has appeared in The Bridge, Paste Magazine, and Six Bricks Press’ Six Little Things online magazine. In 2012 she was recognized as one of 30 Women Making a Difference by the National Council for Research on Women and is a member of their American Express Fellows Program. She has volunteered for NYWC since 2010, leading workshops at New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth, CARES High School, and Benjamin Banneker Academy and summer workshops for youth in Fort Greene Park.
Chris Prioleau, Development & Communications Manager
Chris Prioleau has been in love with NYWC since stumbling upon the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival in 2011. He earned his MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where he taught creative writing and helped found Apogee Journal, a journal of art and literature featuring work that explores and challenges identity politics. Chris writes fiction, essays, and sketch comedy. His work has been featured on The Awl and at sketch comedy events throughout the city.
Timothy DuWhite, Program Manager
Timothy DuWhite comes to NYWC after years of working for Urban Word NYC, a champion in youth literacy, and Believe Out Loud, an online network dedicated to bridging the gap between faith and LGBTQ identity.
Timothy’s work has been featured at venues/sites such as the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s cafe, The Rumpus, Bowery Poetry Club, La Mama Theater and many more. In 2015, Timothy developed a writing workshop entitled “HIV & the State: Coalition Building beyond the Condom,” in which he communally debunks popular narratives surrounding HIV as it relates to black people. Timothy’s political work and analysis has granted him appearances/keynote speeches at institutions such as San Diego State University, Columbia University, Oregon State University, Columbia College Chicago, and many more. When he isn’t off trying to save the world, Tim can be found working on his next play, and listening to 90’s R&B.
Daisy Flores, Program Coordinator
Daisy Flores comes to NYWC as an NYC Civic Corps Member. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural and Deviant Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), minoring in English. Daisy enjoys writing in her spare time and reading fiction, graphic novels, and humor books.