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.
Along with being the Program Director, Timothy DuWhite is a writer, poet, playwright, performance artist, and activist. His work is both brave and exhilarating, and directly addresses difficult and controversial issues such as HIV, state sanctioned violence, racism, and queerness. He has performed at the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, La Mama Theater, Issue Project Room, on the behalf of Adidas and many more. He has delivered keynote speeches and appeared at institutions such as San Diego State University, Indiana University, Columbia University, Oregon State University, John Hopkins University and many more.
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, Program Coordinator
Nicole Di Luccio 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, 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.