Editors and Contributors

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Sitra Bowman, Editor

Sitra Bowman comes to NYWC as a NYC Civic Corps Member. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She has previously worked in the non-profit environment as an after-school teacher in Washington, DC. Sitra currently lives in Manhattan.



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Michael studies English literature, Spanish literature, and creative writing at Fordham University in the Bronx. He has contributed poetry and photography to Fordham’s literary magazine, The Ampersand, and also serves as its secretary. Additionally, he is the undergraduate editor of CURA, Fordham’s non-profit literary magazine of art and action. He has written articles for Fordham’s student newspaper, The Fordham Ramand he currently writes for Zumic, a music news website. He hopes to continue writing for the rest of his life.


Rose Gorman, Editor

Rose received her MA in English and creative writing at SUNY Binghamton University, where she became especially interested in the epistolary novel, flash fiction, and memoir. She was the advice columnist and book reviewer for Buzz! Entertainment Guide, and her work has appeared in The Bridge, Paste Magazine, and Six Bricks Press’ Six Little Things online magazine. Rose lives in the ever-changing Bed Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, and currently leads NYWC workshops at New Alternatives, an organization that serves LGBT homeless youth.


Tory Meringoff, Editor

Tory is a new addition to the NYWC and is thrilled to be part of their unique mission. She currently has the pleasure of leading two workshops for NYC’s Seniors; one at the 14th St. YMCA and one at SAGE. Tory was born and raised in Manhattan, leaving only temporarily to major in English at Cornell University with a concentration in African American Literature. She has since proved unable to resist the artistic lure of NYC, where she currently writes and reads creative nonfiction. She particularly enjoys deconstructions of popular culture through a feminist lens and believes in the power of endless humor and wordplay–both in writing and in life.

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Juan Rodriguez, Editor

Juan Rodriguez received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Stony Brook University, where he covered the Seawolves as a beat writer for the Stony Brook Independent, a web based newspaper. He has also written articles for the video game website Gamen Guide. Mr. Rodriguez currently resides in Long Island, New York and is a NYC Civic Corps Member serving at NY Writers Coalition.




Ann Banks has reviewed children’s books for the New York Times and Parents Magazine and has published seven books for children.  Her journalism has appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, some of which are still in existence.  She serves on the boards of the Writers’ Room, City Lore, and the Coney Island History Project. Learn more about Ann here.

Colleen Breslin joined NYWC in November 2012 as a workshop leader. Having no concrete ideas about what community of writers will best suit her, she looks forward to what will open up. And to joining the Coalition’s movement to create space for new voices and new perspectives. When she is not acting like a lawyer in her gig with the National Labor Relations Board, Colleen is thinking about democracy in the workplace and watching the kids on her Clinton Hill block play sidewalk soccer. She hopes the ideas that come to her will find themselves in full written form one of these days.

Jessica Cohen is a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she double-majors in political science and Spanish. Jessica is an avid writer, and her poetry and essays focus on examinations of the human condition, the intricacies of life, and the fulfillment of human happiness. Through her writing, hopes to evoke introspection and self-reflection. Read more of her writing at Who Knows When What.

Christopher Oklyn was born in Paris, France and grew up in Cardiff, Wales. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where he majored in communications and economics.  He is a recent migrant to Brooklyn and currently works for a community development financial institution in Manhattan.  Christopher is a playwright, a poet, and a blogger, with interests in improv, social activism, and travel.

Danielle Smith is a recent graduate of Queens College where she majored in English and Journalism. With a fondness for fiction and nonfiction writing she has decided to fulfill her Masters in creative writing, fiction. As she awaits her letters from her preferred universities she lends her time to leading workshops with the New York Writers Coalition, writing short stories and submitting her work to various writing mediums. This Queens native has recently relocated to the Hudson Valley where she lives, writes and blogs about the transition from a lifetime of borough dwelling to inhabiting the bottom of a mountain.