Gunny Scarfo is Executive Strategy Director at Wire Stone, working on clients such as eBay, PayPal and the GMAT Exam. Previously he was managing director of Allentium, a boutique digital agency with clients including the White House, congressional leadership of both parties, and hedge funds managing $1B in assets. Gunny also worked on Wall Street for three years as head of marketing for the Abernathy Group. A graduate of Columbia University, Gunny has lived in New York City for over twenty years. He has recently developed a strange passion for Italian soccer. Strangers should feel free to talk to him about Brooklyn, bourbon, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, old cinema, historic ad campaigns, being a dating coach, and bad TV. He lives in Bay Ridge.
Modesto “Flako” Jimenez is a Dominican-born actor, writer and arts educator raised in Brooklyn. He is the author of the poetry collection Oye, Para Mi Querido Brooklyn (Listen, For My Dear Brooklyn) and has performed on stage with the Wooster Group and Repertorio Español in New York. He starred in the lead role in Alexandra Collier’s Take Me Home, an immersive theater piece set inside a cab (which he drove), garnering rave reviews from the New York Times, the New Yorker and Time Out New York. Jimenez is the founder and executive director of Oye Group, an eclectic artist collective presenting annual showcases of new work in theater, dance, poetry and film that spark dialogues on critical issues of immigration, economics and urban survival.
Tiffany Gibert is a freelance writer and editor. She graduated from Davidson College with an honors degree in English, volunteered as an English instructor with the Peace Corps in Guinea (West Africa) and is the former Books Editor at Time Out New York. After five years in New York—where she lived in Red Hook, Brooklyn, home to New York’s best key lime pie, cobblestones, and blacksmiths—she now divides her time between Florida and Singapore.
Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine, Jason Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He is the author of More Than Mere Light (Prelude Books, forthcoming 2018), America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. The winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute, he earned his BA in English from Yale, his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston and his PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University and lives in Williamsburg.
Caroline Gonzalez has over fifteen years of experience in urban policy, advocacy and strategic communications. Her passion is in helping to create vibrant and effective communities that realize cool and meaningful things—which she has done through education reform policy work, in public-private partnerships around economic development, as a social entrepreneur working with artisan cooperatives, and on the Obama campaign and administration. She is a native New Yorker who loves parks, painting and gardening.
Dorothea Lasky is the author of Rome (Norton/Liveright, 2014), Thunderbird (Wave, 2012), Black Life (Wave, 2010) and Awe (Wave, 2007), as well as five chapbooks: Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Braincase Press, 2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005) and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard and an EdD in Creativity and Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in Bed-Stuy.