Staff

STAFF

Aaron Zimmerman
Founder and Executive Director
Aaron Zimmerman (he/his) 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
Program Director
Timothy DuWhite (he/they) is a Black/queer poet, actor, and activist based out of Brooklyn, NY. His essays and poetry can be found in The Rumpus, The Root, Afropunk, Black Youth Project, The Grio, and elsewhere. In the summer of 2018, DuWhite debuted his one-man show NEPTUNE as the headliner for Dixon Place's annual “Hot Festival.” Following rave reviews and sold-out performances, NEPTUNE was then restaged as the 2019 kick-off event for Brooklyn Museum’s acclaimed “1st Saturday'' series. DuWhite was named a “Black LGBTQ+ playwright you need to know '' by Time Out NY. He is an alumnus of the Public Theater’s #BARS program, brainchild of actors/writers Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. He is a current member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group 2020-2022 cohort. A 2020-2021 BAM Resident Artist. DuWhite is the Senior Editor at RaceBaitr.com, Program Director at NY Writers Coalition, and is represented by A3 Artist Agency for Acting & Playwriting.
Nicole Di Luccio
Program Manager
Nicole Di Luccio (she/her) was awarded her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and Linguistics at SUNY New Paltz, a small school nestled within the Hudson Valley, with minors in communications. She enjoys cooking, reading, volunteering, 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
Operations and Development Director
Judith Ohikuare (she/her) 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.
Daisy Flores
Communications Manager
Daisy Flores(she/her)  earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural and Deviant Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), minoring in English. Daisy enjoys writing, reading fiction, listening to music and drawing.
Calley Anderson
Program Manager
Calley Anderson (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based playwright from Memphis, TN. She is a graduate of Davidson College (BA in English with a Concentration in Film and Media Studies), and The New School for Drama (MFA in Playwriting). Anderson spent three years working in the Memphis non-profit arts sector before moving to NYC in 2017. Past and current affiliations include American Theatre Group PlayLab, Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group, The Civilians R&D Group, Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows, and Salzburg Global Cultural Innovators Forum.