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Poets House Staff, Interns & Volunteers at the 2019 Brooklyn Bridge Poetry Walk.



Lee Briccetti
Executive Director
212-431-7920 ext. 2817

Lee is a poet and the longtime Executive Director of Poets House. She developed many of Poets House’s most iconic programs, including the Poets House Showcase and Poetry in The Branches, and oversaw the $11M capital project that gave Poets House its current home in Battery Park City. Under her leadership, Poets House has grown from a tiny non-profit into a top-tier literary center, a hub for essential poetry programming, an unparalleled public resource for the local, national, and global poetry communities, and one of the great poetry libraries in the world.

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Jane Preston
Managing Director
212-431-7920 ext. 2826

Jane originally came to Poets House when we were located in a home economics room in the High School for the Humanities on West 17th Street. A few years after our move to a loft space in Soho, she became our Managing Director, in which capacity she continues to oversee our finances, facility, library and operational infrastructure. She is passionate about her gardens in upstate NY, her dog Poppy, and her belief in the power of language and the imagination to shape individual experience, interpersonal possibility and cultural reality.

Reginald Harris
Director of Library Outreach Services
212-431-7920 ext. 2842

Reggie came to Poets House after 20 years’ experience at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, managing their IT training program, public PC training labs, staff Technology Help Desk, and the development and presentation of poetry and literature-related humanities programming. He is the author of 10 Tongues and Autogeography, winner of the 2012 Cave Canem / Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. When not at Poets House he pretends to work on a new manuscript and other writing projects.

Paolo Javier
Program Director
212-431-7920 ext. 2832

A featured artist in MoMA PS1’s 2015 Greater NY Show, Paolo is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, including Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books). His collaborations with Listening Center (David Mason) appear as a limited edition pamphlet/cassette, Ur’lyeh/Aklopolis (Texte und Töne 2017), and chapbook, Maybe the Sweet Honey Pours (Nion Editions, 2018). He is the former poet laureate of Queens, where he lives with his family.

Valentine Conaty
Literary Partners and Volunteer Coordinator
212-431-7920 ext. 2825

Valentine is a Birmingham-grown artist and editor. She began her career at Poets House as an intern, and now enjoys helping Literary Partners produce events and supporting her interns. She’s curated poetry and visual arts for Loose Change and founded Bomb Cyclone, a journal of ecopoetics. She holds a BA from New College of Florida, where she designed an individualized curriculum bridging Art History and Literature through the critical lens of Gender Studies. Her interests include popular music, contemporary sculpture and installation arts, and built environments of the American South.

Gia Gonzales
Social Media and Workshops Manager
212-431-7920 ext. 2821

Born and raised in the East Village, Gia has been visiting Poets House since she was in high school. She comes to Poets House from Simon & Schuster and is a graduate of Bard College, where she majored in written arts with a concentration in poetry.

Phoebe Kaufman
Executive Assistant and Membership Coordinator
212-431-7920 ext. 2819

Phoebe received her B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Pomona College in Claremont, California. She became involved with Poets House as an intern in the summer of 2018. Prior to Poets House, Phoebe worked as a bookseller and an editorial intern for various New York City–based literary publications, including BOMB Magazine and The Paris Review. She lives in Queens.

Bleuberthol Scott
IT Coordinator
212-431-7920 ext. 2820

Suzanne Wise
Content Editor and Staff Writer
212-431-7920 ext. 2841

Suzanne is the author of the poetry collection The Kingdom of the Subjunctive and the chapbooks Talking Cure and The Blur Model. Recent poems have appeared in BOMB, Ploughshares, The Awl, Quaint, Cura, Five Quarterly, Bennington Review, Bone Bouquet, Guernica, Green Mountains Review, Touch the Donkey, and elsewhere. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and Resist Much/Obey Little. She has taught creative writing at Middlebury College in Vermont and Pratt Institute.

Nick Buffon
Digital Content Editor


Painter, sculptor, graphic designer and video editor.

Linda Siptroth
Interim Development Director
212-431-7920 ext. 2835


Alice Kaasik

Our dear colleague, Alice Kaasik (Ollie)—who was the Poets House bookkeeper for 25 years—died on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Sloan Kettering in New York. She had been fighting cancer for many years.

Alice’s work helped to put Poets House on firm financial footing, and with Managing Director Jane Preston, gave us the best financial team in the field of literary non-profits. Alice, who earned a degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Temple University, had a similar and important role in building the business of Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging, which illuminates events all over the country from Hollywood weddings to jamborees at the White House.

Alice was a mirthful person dedicated to her beloved husband Andy and her extended Estonian family on Shelter Island. She lent her acting talents and inimitable energy to the Children’s Room at Poets House by occasionally reading poetry to children with accompaniment from a full cast of hand puppets. Around the holidays, she and her husband could be spotted moonlighting as Mrs. and Mr. Claus at parties and events all over the area. She loved Broadway musicals, dancing, people, and Poets House.

We share this sad news with gratitude for her presence in our lives.