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.
Nancy L. Weber, Program Director
Before joining NYWC’s staff in September 2006, Nancy L. Weber was a Founding Board Member of NYWC. She has led creative writing workshops at the Prince George, a supportive housing facility in Manhattan, the Arab American Family Support Center for children of recent Arab immigrants in downtown Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Public Library, Coney Island branch for teens. Nancy’s work can be found in Evergreen Review, the Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. She was a 2007 recipient of a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center Writer’s Residency Program. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College. She is an Adjunct Professor in the English Department at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn campus.
Rose Gorman, Public Programs 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.
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.
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. Erin writes fiction and non-fiction, sometimes dabbling in poetry. Her work has been presented at The Construction Company’s Sunday Series and DanceNow/NYC and published in Cantaraville Literary Magazine.
Chris Prioleau, Development 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.