Timothy Prolific Jones is a poet, writer, performer, independent book publisher, and activist from Long Island, NY. He has performed at a diverse variety of venues, ranging from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and New York University to Riverside Church and Rikers Island. His poetry has been published in the graphic novel, Gunplay, and in 12th Street. He is currently working on his second book.
Nico Rosario is a New York City writer and recipient of the Riggio Writing and Democracy Fellowship at The New School. An avid traveler, she recently completed a two-year self-discovery journey across four continents, which will culminate in a collection of short stories to be published (hopefully) soon.
John Emrys Eller is an Alaskan transplant who writes stories and essays about food, politics and art. His work has been published in 12th Street and Brooklyn Magazine, among others.
Enrique Rivas is a manhattan-based actor, writer and artist. He has performed at different venues, ranging from El Repertorio Español to Shakespeare in the Park. He wanders about NYC looking for interesting eats.
Charlotte Slivka can be found hurtling down Manhattan streets on her bicycle or in bars playing guitars. But mostly she is mom to her daughter and a Sophomore at The New School. A native New Yorker, she loves her art and free speech with the works.
Sacha Idell is a fiction writer and Japanese translator from the San Francisco Bay Area. After spending several years bumbling about Tokyo, he currently resides in New York, where he studies creative writing at The New School.
Ricky Tucker is a North Carolina native and art critic. He enjoys dropping narrative into his non-fiction and fact into his fiction. He has contributed to the New England art journal, Big Red and Shiny, where he covered the 2008 Whitney Biennial and ART’s Sleep No More in its first American run. He was also contributing editor for the fashion and culture blog, Ironing BoardCollective, where he considered the Vogue/Ballroom scene, new-jack swing as a baroque genre, and the absurdity of Sketchers as viable footwear.
Ethan Dante Bello is a fiction writer who loves to pen stories involving oddball concepts, whimsical worlds, and unexpected twists—all with mythological influences and metaphors. He is a native-Brooklynite but plans to move to Santa Barbara after graduation.
Rene Steinke is the Faculty Advisor to 12th Street. She teaches in the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy. She is the author of the novels The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. Her writing has also appeared in Bookforum, Vogue, The New York Times, and TriQuarterly. She is also Professor of creative writing at Fairleigh Dickenson University. She lives in Brooklyn.
Eve Turow is a second year nonfiction MFA student at The New School and a freelance writer and editor. She generally explores the worlds of food and travel but is ready to investigate and write about whatever inspires her. You can read her work at www.eveturow.com.
Zoe Rivka Panagopoulos is pleased to be a part of 12th Street this semester. She is a Riggio student currently serving as reader and online contributor.
Tolly Wright grew up in Baltimore, studied theater in Chicago, and then moved to New York three years ago. She quits acting for nine months out of every year to focus herself as a writing student in the Riggio Honors Program, where she writes non-fiction.
Maureen Chung is a native New Yorker currently working at Trunk Archive, a celebrity/fashion image licensing agency. She is constantly on the lookout for the beauty in mundane things and the creative genius that perks out from within everyone she encounters.
Naima Asjad is an undergraduate at The New School. She is a junior and part of The Writing Program. She loves to read, write, and write about readings.