Meghan Cleary, Co-director, President and Board Member

Meghan Cleary ( is a New York based poet, author of The Perfect Fit: How to Tell a Woman by Her Shoes (Chronicle Books). She was a finalist for the Barrow Street Press Book prize, semi-finalist in Discovery/The Nation 2000 and for the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize in 2002, and her poetry has appeared in La Petite Zine, Slipstream, The Hat, The Canary and Cortland Review.

A frequent reader at the Ear Inn, Cornelia Street and featured reader at KGB’s Rough Cut:Writers on the Edge, she has also given numerous talks for the Poets & Writers Literary Horizons programs, AWP and Bread Loaf and has been a guest lecturer in Poetry for the Connecticut Public Schools.

She received her Bachelor in English Literature from the University of Michigan.

Mary Donnelly, Co-director, Secretary and Board member

Mary Donnelly is a Brooklyn-based poet, screenwriter and video producer. Her poetry has been published in various publications including Open City, Crowd, 5AM, Nerve, and Hunger Mountain, for which she received the 2004 Ruth Lilly Prize for Poetry. Her work was featured in Poets & Writers, Arts Respond to 9/11 at the Deutsche Bank Gallery. She has received two reading grants from the Mad Alex Arts Foundation and has performed her work at various venues around New York City including KGB, the Ear Inn, and Telephone Bar. She has co-written two feature-length screenplays.

She has worked in film and television for more than 15 years as both an arts programmer for A&E and Ovation-The Arts Network and as a freelance video producer.

She received a BA in English Literature from Columbia University and an MFA from Bennington College.

Jonathan Thirkield, Co-director

Jonathan Thirkield curated Reading Between A and B along with Meghan Cleary from 2000 to 2001. In the Fall of 2005, he reprised his role this time as sole curator of the 2005/2006 season, and he continued into the 2006/2007 season with Kaveh Bassiri and Mary Speaker.

He received an MFA in poetry at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop in 2003. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Verse, Volt and others.