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After graduating Brown with degrees in children’s cognitive development and Hispanic literature and culture, Sara Yerry’s jump to dual language teacher and advocate was a natural one. At Brooklyn Arbor School in South Williamsburg, Yerry serves as both a fourth grade Spanish-English classroom teacher and as the dual language coordinator, where she oversees development, teacher training and screening for a program that has gone from one kindergarten class in 2012 to a dual language...
It might be true that Hlavinka (almost) crashed a fifteen-ton tractor while reading Gravity’s Rainbow, but what he lacks in field prowess he makes up for in bookish convictions. The Events Coordinator at Park Slope’s Community Bookstore, Hlavinka’s duties include programming talent such as Toni Morrison, Orhan Pamuk and Svetlana Alexievich. Once a book person, always a book person, however, so it makes sense that Hlavinka still spends time on the floor pushing his...
Just a couple months into her tenure as Executive Director at Cave Canem, Nicole Sealey knows what’s at stake: her sanity, for one. A successful poet herself, Sealey now heads the foundation, formed in 1996 by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady as a home for the underrepresented voices of African American poetry. Coming to a position in the arts under an administration that is going to make it difficult to retain funding, it will...
While pursuing a degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Amy Kienzle took a return trip to the very church where she was baptized. Turns out she got more than a walk down memory lane: after becoming deeply involved as a member there, Kienzle completed seminary school in Chicago and started the Park Church Co-Op in Greenpoint. The Church has since attracted a vibrant and artistic membership of its own, as well as offering itself...

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