As the founder of CavanKerry Press, Joan is a poet and memoirist, a psychologist in clinical practice, and a blogger for PsychologyToday.com (“Of Art and Science”). Her poems have been widely published and have received awards from The Boston Review and five Pushcart nominations. A Bronx native, she has four published books and currently resides in Brooklyn and the East Hamptons. Joan is married to a great man and fellow psychologist, has a loving son and daughter-in-law, and two amazing granddaughters.
Gabriel Cleveland is a poet and fiction writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College. Along with Joan Cusack Handler, he co-edited Places We Return To, a 20th Anniversary retrospective on the publishing history of the press. An avid video gamer and music lover, he hosts The Andover Special, a weekly internet radio program on HomeGrownRadioNJ. Gabriel is also a mental health advocate, often working online to raise awareness, visibility, and money for psychological and psychosocial issues. He has spent several years in the field of caregiving for people with increased physical and/or mental needs and wants you to know that you’re not alone.
Dana Harris-Trovato, is a fiction writer who has been professionally involved in creating and managing nonprofits for over 25 years. She was longtime Associate in Education and Program Development for the Touchstones Discussion Project, which uses the discussion of literature to help students in K-12 schools build critical thinking skills. As Chair of the CityLit Project in Baltimore, she works to support authors and promote underrepresented voices. In 2020, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, where she is currently an Adjunct English Professor. Dana is in the final edits of her first novel.
Dimitri Reyes is a Boricua multidisciplinary artist, YouTuber, organizer, and educator from Newark, New Jersey. He has organized large-scale poetry events such as #PoetsforPuertoRicoNewark and read in venues across the country. Dimitri’s book, Every First and Fifteenth (2021) is the winner of the Digging Press 2020 Chapbook Award. His work has been nominated for Best of the Net and some of his writing can be found in Vinyl, Kweli, & Acentos among others. He is also an Artist-in-Residence with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Learn more about Dimitri by visiting his websites at www.youtube.com/c/DimitriReyesPoet and www.dimitrireyespoet.com/
Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman (she/her) is a bi-racial Muslim writer, historian, poet, and artist. Her first book of poetry “The Raven, The Bayou, & The Willow ” is forthcoming through FlowerSong Press Spring 2022. She is a Brooklyn Poets Fellow, a Rad(ical) Poetry Fellow, and a poet for the Houston Grand Opera & MFAH’s event “The Art of Intimacy.” She is a Best of the Net Prize nominee. Her work can be found at www.tamaraalqaisicoleman.com
Joy Arbor, Copyeditor
Joy Arbor is a poet, writer, and copyeditor with an MFA from Mills College and a PhD from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A writing teacher for fifteen years, she resigned her tenured professorial position in 2018 to write and edit full-time; she now edits poetry, memoir and other nonfiction, and scholarship/academic materials. She feels honored to be able to help get writers’ words out into the world. For more about Joy’s editing, poetry, and other writing, please visit her website at https://joyarbor.net/.
Ryan Scheife, Designer
Ryan Scheife is a graphic designer specializing in all aspects of book design, including cover design, page design, typesetting, and production. Ryan manages various aspects of production, coordinating with editors, artists, and printers to produce the highest quality books. He also manages eBook conversion for both ePub and Kindle. He enjoys working with the finished text to create beautiful, engaging, and exciting works, and prides himself in offering an experience that is time-efficient and worry-free. Visit http://mayflydesign.com for more information.
Baron Wormser, Content Editor
Baron Wormser is the author of nineteen books (including The Poetry Life Ten Stories, 2008, Impenitent Notes, 2011, and Unidentified Sighing Objects, 2015). Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2005 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. In June, 2020, Baron published Songs from a Voice, Being the Recollections, Stanzas and Observations of Abe Runyon, Songwriter and Performer, a fictional consideration of the early years of Bob Dylan. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with his wife Janet.
Carol Snyder, President Emeritus
Retired Human Resources Director for major chemical company
Joan Cusack Handler, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Poet, Publisher
Alan Handler, Ph.D.
Retired psychologist and learning center owner/director
Cornelius Eady’s seven poetry collections include: Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize; The Gathering of My Name, nominated for a 1992 Pulitzer Prize; and Hardheaded Weather (Putnam, 2008). He is co-founder of the
Cave Canem Foundation and a professor of English at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton.
Published author with extensive experience researching and writing on mental health issues for the military and government agencies. Mr. Lichtenfeld has had his work on activity duty and veteran suicide presented at the Pentagon and the highest levels of the Federal government.
Senior Vice President of Capitol Hill Consulting Group, she represents clients on legislative, regulatory, and international matters before the US Congress and the White House and has been at the center of women’s initiatives as a member of the Feminist Majority Future PAC Board, which supports state and local women candidates
Manager of merchandising and sourcing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with 13 years of global merchandising experience from her time at Brooks Brothers