Aaron Zimmerman

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.

Timothy DuWhite

Timothy DuWhite, Program Director

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.

He received his BA in English/Creative Writing from Montclair State University, where he developed his love for spoken word poetry and performance.  

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

Daisy Flores, Program Supervisor

Daisy Flores 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.



Nicole Di Luccio

Nicole Di Luccio, Program Coordinator

Nicole Di Luccio earned her BA in creative writing at SUNY New Paltz, a small school nestled within the Hudson Valley, with minors in communications and linguistics. She enjoys cooking, reading and exploring disparate parts of the world while trying to make sense of it all. She can usually be found playing with her dog or eating some kind of dumpling.



Judith Ohikuare

Judith Ohikuare, Development & Communications Manager

Judith Ohikuare is a former staff writer at Refinery29, where she covered personal finance and careers. She has also worked as an associate editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, an editorial fellow at The Atlantic, and a reporter-researcher at Inc. Over the last three years, Judith has been involved with NY Writers Coalition as a volunteer at the CHiPS Soup Kitchen & Women’s Shelter in Brooklyn and NYPL Andrew Heiskell in Manhattan, facilitating writing workshops for mothers in transitional housing, the blind and visually impaired, and the general public.