May 2015

Efrayim Levenson
Efrayim Levenson is a former Executive Director of Niagara Erie Writers. His poems have appeared in numerous print and online publications, among them NYSAI Magazine, River Poets Journal, Parkside Poets Collection, What Happens Next?, ArtVoice, Poetica, Medicinal Purposes, and Chabad of Rego Park’s “Poetry Corner”. Four chapbook collections have been published: For My Relations (Poetrymanz, 2000) and Dances With Tears (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; 3rd Edition, 2013), Funhouse (Poets Wear Prada, 2013), and Book of Sparks: Psalms for a New World (Waterloo Cottage Press, 2014). Efrayim was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize for the poem “& Ribbon”. Levenson’s collaborations with such musicians as Clif Jackson (Secret Orchestra), Dave Schmeidler (Skyrats), and Rey Scott (Sun Ra Arkestra) led to his interest in poetic interpretation of instrumental music.

Gerard Romero Mangusso
Gerard Romero Mangusso, an ever-emerging poet, is a Brooklyn-born raconteur and part-time polymath. His travels have extended from university in Halifax, Nova Scotia to the exploration of culture and rum in Antigua, with little lateral movement. His most significant work to date is his son, David, for which he can actually claim only marginal credit.

Meera Nair
Meera Nair is the author of Video (NY: Pantheon 2003) and a middle-grade book called Maya Saves the Day (Duckbill Publishing, 2013). Video received the Sixth Annual Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction and was named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Queens Council for the Arts, New York Times and MacDowell Colony, her work has appeared on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, the Washington Post, the New York Times magazine, The Threepenny Review, Calyx, Cura and in several anthologies, as well as in national publications in India such as The Hindu, and Mid-day. She teaches writing at NYU and Brooklyn College in New York City.

Tom Block
Tom Block is an author, playwright and artist who has published five books, written nearly 50 full-length and short plays and has exhibited his artwork more than 200 times around the United States, Canada and Europe.
His books include Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity, in both English (Fons Vitae, Louisville, KY) and Turkish (Bilim + Gonul, Istanbul, Turkey) in 2010. A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God (Algora Publisher, NY, 2012); Response to Machiavelli (Algora Publisher, NY, 2014); Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution (Center for Human Ecology, Glasgow, 2014) and his first novel, The Fool Returns (Anaphora Literary Press, Atlanta, GA, 2014).
Over the past two years, he has had numerous plays developed and produced in New York and Washington DC. Also a visual artist, he has exhibited his artwork in museums, universities and galleries around the United States and Europe. Mr. Block was the founding producer of the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (2010), and a Research Fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University (2010).