WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE PARK AND HOW HAS IT EVOLVED OVER TIME?

I grew up two blocks away from Socrates, so I’ve been playing, dreaming, writing, and running around in the Park since I was a little girl. I turned 30 in 2016, which was serendipitously the same year Socrates had its 30th Anniversary. That summer I was hired by the Park for a seasonal position as Public Programs Coordinator, and then received the incredible opportunity to take over as Director of Public Programs in 2017. Working for Socrates has truly been one of the greatest gifts, joys, and generative challenges of my life.

WHEN DID YOUR INTEREST IN POETRY BEGIN AND HOW?

I’ve been writing poetry since I was a kid! I’m NYC public schooled (proud LIC High School alum) and was always encouraged creatively by my teachers and also by my mom. After college, I began curating events in NYC – mixing spoken word, music, art, theatre, and interactive improvisation. This desire to share my own journey, while bringing people together to share theirs in a supportive and open way, has propelled me to embrace the fullness of myself – not only as a poet and artist, but as a community connector and space-holder.

HOW DOES POETRY INFORM YOUR WORK AT THE PARK?

Poetry reminds me that I can choose to create the meaning that imbues my life with purpose, hope, connection, and truth. For me, Socrates is a living poem. The Park was founded by spirited fellow poetry lover, Mark di Suvero, and it continues to evolve and grow moment by moment, year by year, thanks to the vibrantly diverse community that comes together here.