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Board of Directors

A white woman with brown hair and glasses smiles broadly with trees in the backgroun Kit Bonson, Board Treasurer, is a neuroscientist in the DC area with an undergrad degree in English and psychology from the University of Iowa. She has been an activist for peace and justice and for women’s reproductive health for over 30 years. During this time, she has been invested in involving socially committed artists of many stripes into her political organizing – whether it was writers, visual artists or musicians. Most recently, she initiated a collaboration between Split This Rock and the Abortion Care Network (a national group of independent providers and prochoice supporters of which she is also a Board member) for a Prochoice Poetry Contest – now in its second year!
A smiling indian woman wearing traditional garb in a black and white photo Sunu P. Chandy is the daughter of immigrants from Kerala, India. She has performed poems and led creative writing workshops in a variety of settings over the past twenty years. She completed her MFA in creative writing - poetry at Queens College, CUNY in 2013. Her work can be found in Asian American Literary Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Poets on Adoption, Split this Rock’s on-line social justice database, The Quarry and This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation.  Sunu has completed degrees at Earlham College (Peace and Global Studies / Women’s Studies) and Northeastern Law School. Sunu is a social justice attorney and  currently leads a civil rights division for a federal government agency.  She has previously served on the boards of directors of arts and activist organizations in New York City including the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective and the Audre Lorde Project. Photo by Fid Thompson.
A white man with light blue eyes smiling and looking directly into the camera leaning against a tan wall Charles Doolittle is currently a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development (OPEPD). He covers a range of issues pertaining to teachers and principals, most recently including the development of Title II, Part A Guidance and final release of the teacher preparation regulations. He also covers special populations: homeless youth (participating in the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness), neglected and delinquent youth, disconnected youth, and youth involved in juvenile justice and correctional education; in other words, students most likely to fall prey to the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Charles has dedicated his career to supporting efforts that increase equitable access to educational opportunity, what many have called one of the great civil rights issues of our time. In the words of Lerone Bennett, Jr., "An educator in a system of oppression is either a revolutionary or an oppressor."
A white woman with brown hair and glasses wearing a blue shirt passively smiles into the camera while standing in a nature area Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is a scholar and a poet. Her book manuscript, A Fine Bind, is a history of lesbian-feminist presses from 1969 until 2009. Her scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southern Cultures, Journal of Lesbian Studies, American Periodicals, WSQ, and Frontiers. She is the author of three poetry collections, Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). Her fourth collection, Avowed, is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in November 2016. She is editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland. Enszer edits and publishes Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, and a regular book reviewer for the The Rumpus and Calyx. You can read more of her work at www.JulieREnszer.com.
A black woman with her hair in an updo and purple shirt smiles into the camera in front a scenic place Jennifer James is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Africana Studies Program at The George Washington University. Her first book, A Freedom Bought with Blood: African American War Literature, the Civil War-World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), examines the intersections of race, gender, citizenship and embodiment within the contexts of U.S. war and imperialism. Currently, Professor James is working on two archival book projects, Black Jack: Andrew Jackson and African American Cultural Memory, which traces the history of three generations of ancestors enslaved by the President to examine how Jackson is imagined in African American culture, and The Navassa Island Riot: Black Labor Consciousness in the Gilded Age, a study of an 1889 labor riot which ultimately opens to a larger analysis of black anti-capitalist thought and pro-labor sentiment in the Gilded Age.
A white woman with short blond hair and glasses, wearing a pink ruffly shirt and pearls leans and smiles into the camera Susan Scheid, Board Secretary, is the author of After Enchantment (2012). Her poetry has appeared in Tidal Basin ReviewRequiemRose Red ReviewThe UnroreanBark! and the chapbook, Poetic Art. Susan is an Artist-in Residence at the Noyes School of Rhythm in Connecticut and teaches daily writing workshops for one week each summer. She lives in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC, where she has been a community organizer for thirty years, helping to open a community-owned grocery and served on its board of directors. Susan has a B.A. in Anthropology from Catholic University.
A black woman poses in a bright yellow shirt and turquoise necklace powerfully in front of a black background Sonya Renee Taylor is an award-winning poet and activist. Founder of The Body is Not An Apology and the creator of the RUHCUS Project, her poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies including Spoken Word Revolution:Redux, Growing Up Girl, Off Our Backs, Beltway Quarterly, Just Like A Girl, X Magazine and On the Issues Magazine. Her first collection of poetry, A Little Truth on Your Shirt was released by GirlChild Press in 2010. Sonya’s work has been translated into Dutch, Swedish and German, used as curriculum in universities across the country and abroad, and as a tool for community and national action for organizations such as the Black AIDS Institute, HIV Campus Education, and Gloria Steinem’s reproductive rights organization, Choice USA. For more, visit www.sonya-renee.com.
A latino man with brown hair and glasses leans slightly into the camera with a smile on his face and wearing a light blue shirt Dan VeraBoard Chair, is a writer, editor, and literary historian living in Washington, DC. He is the author of the two poetry collections Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen, 2013), inaugural winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). His poetry has appeared in various journals including Notre Dame ReviewBeltway PoetryDelaware Poetry ReviewGargoyle,and Little Patuxent Review, the anthologies Divining DivasFull Moon On K Street, and DC Poets Against the War. He edits the gay culture journal White Crane and co-created the literary history site, DC Writers’ Homes. For more, visit www.danvera.com.