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. He has been leading creative writing workshops since 1997 through Manhattan Writers, a writing workshop program he founded, and has since worked with hundreds of writers of all genres, ages and backgrounds.
Mr. Zimmerman was named a 2005 Petra Fellow by The Petra Foundation for his “distinctive contributions to the rights, dignity and autonomy of others.” He joined the Petra Foundation Board of Directors in 2011. (Read Aaron Zimmerman’s profile by The Petra Foundation here.) 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.
Mr. Zimmerman 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, Mr. Zimmerman has extensive business and legal experience in the entertainment field, most recently as Director of Law Administration for Showtime Networks Inc.
Nancy L. Weber, Program Director
Prior to joining NYWC’s staff in September 2006, Nancy Weber was a Founding Board Member of NYWC. She has led creative writing workshops at the Prince George, a supportive housing facility in Manhattan, and at the Arab American Family Support Center for children of recent Arab immigrants in downtown Brooklyn. Ms. Weber’s work can be found in Evergreen Review, Dicey Brown, VerbSap, Fringe Magazine, and the Brooklyn Rail. She was a 2007 recipient of a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center Writer’s Residency Program. She lives and writes in Brooklyn.
Rose Gorman, Program Manager
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. Ms. Gorman 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 and summer workshops in Fort Greene Park and as the Arts Editor for The Narrator, NYWC’s arts and social justice blog. Ms. Gorman lives in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.
Erin Hopkins, Development Manager
Erin Hopkins began leading NYWC writing workshops in 2004, working with diverse groups including homeless women, immigrant children, and gifted public school kids. Ms. Hopkins writes fiction and non-fiction, sometimes dabbling in poetry. Her work has been presented at The Construction Company’s “Sunday Series,” DancenOw/NYC, and published in Cantaraville Literary Magazine. She also occasionally blogs at The Cheese Monger’s Wife, where she writes about eating and parenting from a Brooklyn Farm Table. Ms. Hopkins lives with her husband and two small boys.
Joelle Blackstock, Program Coordinator
Joelle Blackstock is a New York City Civic Corps member currently serving at NY Writer’s Coalition. She was born and raised in Hollis, New York. She attended Temple University, where she majored in film and African American Studies. Ms. Blackstock later pursued a Master’s Degree from New York University in Africana Studies. Her thesis, The Scourged Back of Hip Hop: The Commodification of the Wounded Black Body, explores how the black body in pain is made available for public consumption in hip-hop culture. Ms. Blackstock still resides in Queens, New York.
Lauren Hudson, Program Coordinator