Bowery Poetry is a project of Bowery Arts+Science, a 501(c)3 non-profit. 

Our mission is to encourage cooperation among and advancement of artists and cultural workers; to develop and produce works by emerging poets and performers; and to promote the exploration, improvement, and advancement of the arts as a changemaking force in society.


Bob Holman (Founder, Artistic Director) Dubbed "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), and "Dean of the Scene" (Seventeen Magazine), Holman studied poetry at Columbia where he now teaches. He has published sixteen works of poetry, most recently Sing This One Back To Me (Coffee House Press) and A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture), a collaboration with Chuck Close. He is currently touring two Endangered Language Projects: Khonsay: A Poem of Many Tongues, with each line from a different endangered or minority tongue; and Language Matters with Bob Holman, a two-hour PBS special produced/directed by David Grubin.

Nikhil Melnechuk (Executive Director) Melnechuk is a film poet from Massachusetts living in New York City, and a graduate of Wesleyan University. Besides running Bowery Poetry, he is co-owner of The Melnechuk Williams Company which produces films, and was previously assistant to the Executive Director of Arts Engine, Inc., a non-profit which made social-issue documentaries and built movements around them. Melnechuk has been mentored by poet and language activist Bob Holman, improv theater pioneer David Shepherd, and acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Kollek. He is a current NYSCA Literature Panelist.

Carter Edwards (Project Director) Edwards is a poet and writer living in Brooklyn. He worked for eight years as an executive producer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater at the helm of their national touring company and corporate events. As B.C. Edwards, he is the author of a collection of short stories The Eversive Clause,  and two books of poetry: From The Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes and To Mend Small Children. He is the recipient of the 2011 Hudson Prize for Fiction and a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow.

Ariel Yelen (Education Director)
 is a poet and visual artist living in Jersey City, NJ. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Purchase College Foundation, and the Hearst Foundation Scholarship, among others. Her poems have been published in Two Serious Ladies and jdbrecords. She is currently an MFA Candidate in Poetry at Rutgers-Newark and holds an BFA from Purchase College, SUNY School of Art + Design.

Liz Peters (Poetry Editor) is a poet, translator, educator, feminist and permaculturalist. She curates and organizes PoetNY and Fantasy Reading Series at Bowery Poetry, and is an MFA candidate at Queens College.  She's published poems in No, Dear magazine, the sensations feelings journal and on the rock album Warszawa by the band Point Reyes (Cakes and Tapes, 2012). 

Lisa Markuson (Public Relations) handles outreach, PR, marketing, and multimedia storytelling initiatives. She is a golden-arrowed warrior constantly on the hunt for innovative and strange ways to bring poetry into the world, bring the world the poetry it needs, and to use heartfelt loving words to improve this curious place. She eats almost exclusively sushi.

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Bowery Arts+Science is generously supported by the Radio Drama Network, the Gerald J & Dorothy Friedman Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and members like you.