TWP co-founder, poet and screenwriter, Paula Brancato has been selected as Chairperson and Director of Poetry for the Harvard Club of New York City. The club, which has a strong liberal arts and artistic following, has held readings in the past by such luminaries as John Ashbery, Paul Muldoon, Robert Burns and Edward Hirsch. We hope to have poet Anne Carson reading in the second quarter of 2009.
Brancato, who is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California, has been published by the Georgetown Review, Litchfield Review, Mudfish, New South Review, Southern California Anthology, Rattle and Natchez Anthology, among others. In 2008, her book Club Paradise was a May Swenson finalist and poet Ilya Kaminsky selected her first chapbook, Dar a Luz, for publication by the pacificREVIEW. Additional literary awards include 2007 Brushfire Poet Award, first prize Chester H. Jones Foundation, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Organization of Black Screenwriters, SCIFF Family Focus and WINFEMME awards. Brancato earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of LA Film School and Hunter College.
Membership in the Harvard Club of New York City www.hcny.com is open to anyone attending or who has attended any part of Harvard University, including faculty and alums outside New York. Membership is private but many functions may be attended by guests of members. You may reach Ms. Brancato at TWPBrancato@aol.com or on The Writers Place web site at www.thewritersplace.org