Jason Koo

Executive Director

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, 2018), America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009). Coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology and 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 associate teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University and lives in Williamsburg.


Justin Maki

Web Editor

Justin Maki is a poet and editor living in Sunset Park. His work has appeared in Blue Lyra Review, Strategic Confusion, Square One and matchbook. He studied writing at the University of Colorado–Boulder and in Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and has edited books and journal articles related to global media, humanitarian crisis reporting and the politics of representation in foreign news. After four years as a teacher in Osaka, Japan, he currently works in the NYC bureau of a Japanese news agency. He joined Brooklyn Poets in 2013.

Sebastien Bernard

Bridge Editor / Events Assistant
Sébastien Bernard is a poet and fiction writer living in New York. He completed his MFA at the New School, winning the Prize of Excellence in Poetry. His poems appear in Public Pool and Queen Mob’s Tea House. An excerpt from his novel is featured in Evergreen Review. Originally from Turkey and France, he’s also lived in Maputo, Mozambique, where he taught English.


Anne Marie Bompart

Bridge Editor
Anne Marie Bompart is an undergraduate student at Barnard College studying English, creative writing, women’s studies and philosophy. She has won national and regional Scholastic awards for her fiction and been published in a national magazine for young authors. She is an editor at the Columbia Daily Spectator and hopes to pursue a career as a writer, academic and graphic novelist.


Ada Chen

Bridge Editor
Ada Chen is an undergraduate student at New York University studying English with a track in Creative Writing and Media, Culture, and Communications currently living in Brooklyn. She won first place in the Shoreline Head of English Department’s Writing Competition in Poetry in 2013, was published in Aphros Magazine, self published several nameless poetry collections, and works as a freelance photographer. She is currently working on a collection of ethnographic poetry.

Maggie Menditto

Bridge Editor / Events Assistant
Maggie Menditto received her BA in English literature and law & society with a concentration in creative writing from Oberlin College. She is a mixed-genre writer interested in the intersection of memoir, poetry and fiction. She works part time at the McDowell Foundation for Social Justice and is at work on her first novel.

Leah Barber


Leah Barber is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, where she received her BA in comparative literature, German literature, and creative writing. She was awarded the 2018 Emma Howell Memorial Poetry Prize and writes poetry that explores novelty and the inexpressible. She lives in Bushwick and works at a boarding school.