Our Board & Staff
Serving the fund as a board member is a labor of love. Most board members are writers or artists and read and judge applications submitted in one or more categories (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art) and help make the final award decisions from the shortlists. We also rely on carefully chosen writers and visual artists, many of whom are former grantees, to volunteer their time and help select outstanding projects in collaboration with the board. Board members attend business meetings twice yearly to direct the fund, oversee fundraising and provide ideas for further development.
Former board members include: Roz Kuehn, Darla Bjork, Lisa C. Moore, Susan Sherman, Sarah Van Arsdale, Nancy Fried, Cheryl Grau, Sarah Sutro, Karla Jay, Yvonne Klein, Ginger Legato, Morgana MacVicar, Anita Page, Julie Enszer and Lise Weil. Former staff include: Susan Pliner and Pam McAllister, who each served and directed for many years.
Karen St Pierre, our Grants Administrator, has been with us since 2016 succeeding Tara Shea Burke.
Current board members are featured below:
Elvia R. Arriola is a Latina, feminist critical legal theorist and Professor Emerita of Law from Northern Illinois University (NIU), DeKalb, Illinois. Her scholarship often grew out of her teaching and lawyer experiences ranging on topics of gender, sexuality and the law, constitutional and human rights law, family law and the gendered aspects of globalization and migration. Two of her post-retirement publications include “Amor y Esperanza: A Latina Lesbian Becomes a Law Professor" (Journal of Legal Education, 2017) and a jointly authored critique of the inhumane consequences of the government’s reliance on for-profit prison corporations to operate immigration detention centers: See Elvia Arriola and Virginia Raymond, “Migrants Resist Systemic Discrimination and Dehumanization in For-Profit Detention Center” (Santa Clara Int’l L.J., 2017). Arriola provides regular pro bono legal services to women asylum seekers detained at the Karnes City Detention Center, near San Antonio, Texas. Arriola is married to Donna Blevins, a plaintiff’s toxic torts lawyer, and they reside with their dogs Buffy and Dexter in Austin, Texas.
Maureen Brady is the author of eight books, including the novels, Getaway, Folly, Ginger’s Fire, and Give Me Your Good Ear, the short story collection, The Question She Put to Herself, and three books of nonfiction, including the best seller Daybreak: Meditations for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Hazelden/HarperCollins). Her stories and essays have appeared in Sinister Wisdom; Bellevue Literary Review; Just Like A Girl; Southern Exposure; Cabbage and Bones: An Anthology of Irish American Women’s Fiction; and Banff Writers, among others. Her short story, “Basketball Fever,” won the 2015 Saints and Sinners short fiction contest and her short story, “Fixer Uppers,” was a finalist for the 2019 Saints and Sinners fiction contest.
She teaches creative writing at NYU, New York Writers Workshop and the Peripatetic Writing Workshop, and has received grants from Ludwig Vogelstein, Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Money for Women, NYSCA Writer-in-residence, and NYFA. She co-founded the press, Spinsters Ink, in 1979, was a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop in 2001, and has served for 20 years on the board of Money for Women, Board President for 18 of them.
She enjoyed a friendship with Barbara Deming and was inspired by her principled approach to living with the challenges of her time and her devotion to supporting a sisterhood of feminist artists and writers.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX; the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review; and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi's poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, The New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, The Year I Didn't Kill Myself and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Carrboro, NC, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice.
Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. A journalist, she has reported for National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate, and her writing has been aired on NPR's All Things Considered. Her essays and fiction have been published in Aster(ix), Dogwood, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Iowa Review, Juked, The Pinch, and Rumpus, among others. She is a contributer to the Buddhist magazine, Tricycle, and Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Ohio.
Martha Ellen Hughes is the editor and author of Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts (Bacon Press Books, 2016) as well as Precious In His Sight, a novel published by Viking/Penguin; A Buyer’s Guide to Cosmetics (Random House); The Woman’s Day Book of Household Hints (Wm. Morrow/Fawcett). Her work has also appeared in Out of Her Mind: Women Writing on Madness (Rebecca Shannonhouse, ed., Random House); and Details, Bomb and Cosmopolitan magazines. In 1991 she founded The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, a nonprofit offering intensive workshops in such diverse locations as Antigua, Guatemala; Achill Island, Ireland; Siricusa, Sicily; Anna Maria Island, Florida; Woodstock, NY; and in 2017, Deal, England. A freelance editor and fiction teacher in New York University’s SCPS program, she has also taught at Hunter, Marymount and Bronx Community College, NYC; Mount Saint Mary’s, Newburgh; and English as a Second Language for NYANA in New York City. A native of New Orleans, she lives in New York City and the Catskills. She has served on the MFW Board since 2007.
Alice Templeton is a poet and playwright whose work has appeared in Calyx, Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, Nimrod, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Archaeology won the 2008 New Women’s Voices Prize in Poetry from Finishing Line Press. She is also the author of a critical book on Adrienne Rich’s poetics, titled The Dream and the Dialogue, and scholarly articles on contemporary poetics, cultural criticism, and literary theory. Originally from Tennessee, Alice now lives in Berkeley, California. Until recently, she taught creative writing and humanities at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, and writing workshops for the Writing Salon in Berkeley. She was a MFW grantee in 2000, and has been a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, le Moulin á Nef (France), Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center, and the Millay Colony. Alice assumed the role of president of the board in 2019.
Crystal Williams, a poet, essayist, and arts advocate, has published four collections of poems, most recently Detroit as Barn, finalist for the National Poetry Series, Cleveland State Open Book Prize, and the Maine Book Award. Her third collection, Troubled Tongues, was awarded the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award, the Idaho Poetry Prize, and the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize. Her work has regularly appears in the nation’s leading journals and magazines, including: American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, PEN: America, The Indiana Review, The Sun, Tin House, Ms. Magazine, Ploughshares, and Callaloo. Likewise, her poems appear in numerous anthologies, including: Angles of Ascent: The Norton Anthology of African American Poetry, American Poetry: The Next Generation, Efforts and Affections, and Rainbow Darkness. She currently serves as Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of English at Boston University.