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Board of Directors

Kit Bonson, 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!
Regie Cabico is the Director of Split This Rock’s World & Me youth poetry contest and former Artistic Director for Sol & Soul. Cabico is a poet, playwright, and spoken word performer. He took top prizes at the 1993, 1994, and 1997 National Poetry Slams. His work appears in over 30 anthologies and he co-edited Poetry Nation: A North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry. He received a NYFA Artist Fellowship for Poetry in 1997, NYFAs in 2003 for Poetry and Performance Art, and two Brooklyn Arts Council Poetry Awards. Cabico has been a teacher for Urban Word and developed a poetry and performance program for teens with psychiatric illness at Bellevue Hospital. He received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers in recognition of his work with diverse communities.
Yael Flusberg attributes her love of combining the written word with social justice values to being the first-generation US-born daughter of a newspaper printer and a genocide survivor. She brings 20 years of experience developing strategy, catalyzing organizational change, and enhancing leadership capacity with diverse communities to the Split This Rock board. Yael is an integrative yoga therapist and coach. Her book, The Last of My Village, won Poetica Magazine's 2010 Chapbook Contest.
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.
Maritza Rivera is a U.S. Army Veteran long active in the Washington, DC poetry community. Founder of the weekly Mariposa Poetry Series in College Park, MD, she hosts the annual Mariposa Poetry Retreat in Waynesboro, PA. A contributor to Poets Responding to SB 1070; Maritza's been active in the Memorial Day Writer’s Project (MDWP) and the Warrior Poetry Project at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Maritza has been writing poetry for over forty years and her work has been published in literary journals, anthologies and online publications including: Sojourners, Gargoyle, Poetic Voices Without Borders, ARLIJO and Her books include About You and A Mother’s War, written during her son’s two tours in Iraq. She was the recipient of 2012 BID International Writing Fellowship in Bahia, Brazil and a 2013 Bread Loaf Writers Fellowship Conference to Sicily, Italy.
Susan Scheid is the author of After Enchantment (2012). Her poetry has appeared in Tidal Basin Review, Requiem, Rose Red Review, The Unrorean, Bark! 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.
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
Melissa Tuckey is the author of Tenuous Chapel (ABZ Press, 2013), winner of the 2012 ABZ First Book Prize, and Rope as Witness, a chapbook published by Puddinghouse Press. She’s received a Fine Arts Work Center residency, among other awards for her writing. Her poetry has been anthologized in DC Poets Against the War, Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, Poets for Palestine, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: The Teachers of Writers Corps in Poetry and Prose, and is forthcoming in Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology. Melissa is co-translator with Chun Ye and Fiona Sze-Lorrain of Chinese poet Yang Zi’s collected works, which have been published by Conjunctions, Manoa, Witness, and other journals. She serves as Poetry Editor at the online journal Foreign Policy in Focus (a think tank without walls). Melissa Tuckey teaches at Ithaca College, and lives in Ithaca, New York. She has been with Split This Rock since its inception and served as a founding co-director before joining the Board of Directors.
Dan Vera, Board 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 Review, Beltway Poetry, Delaware Poetry Review, Gargoyle,and Little Patuxent Review, the anthologies Divining Divas, Full 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