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Daniel Johnson, Executive Director

Daniel Johnson–a poet, educator, and veteran nonprofit leader–most recently served as the founding executive director of 826 Boston’s youth writing center in Roxbury for nearly a decade. At 826 Boston, Daniel helped deliver writing programming to more than 20,000 under-served Boston Public School students, published a number of award-winning collections of student writingand helped grow 826 Boston into the city’s premier youth writing center. A Teach for America alumnus, he is a tireless proponent of delivering arts programming where it’s needed most and has taught in a variety of settings from urban schools to prisons, and county hospitals to residential programs. 

Daniel is the author of How to Catch a Falling Knife, a book of poems published by Alice James Books. In conjunction with the book’s release, he performed an illuminated text involving poetry, music, and the found home movies of a World War II-era Fuller Brush salesman. Daniel is currently working on a collection of elegies for the American journalist James Foley, a longstanding friend who was killed by ISIS in Syria in 2014. Daniel’s writing has been featured in outlets such as NPR, PBS News Hour, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, and elsewhere. In 2016, Daniel was named a finalist for the Poet Laureate of Boston and has received numerous honors for his writing including awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Chicago Poetry Center. In 2018, Daniel is serving as an Artist-in-Residence with the City of Boston. He is also a member of the Writers’ Room of Boston. When not reading or writing poetry, Daniel enjoys setting off on adventures with his wife and kids in New England and beyond. 


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Sara Siegel, Program Director

Sara Siegel is a lifelong writer and crafter based in Somerville. After graduating Washington University in St. Louis and working at women's health organizations in NYC, she moved to Burlington, Vermont to earn a Masters in Public Administration at UVM. While there she worked at Vermont Children's Trust Foundation, a grant-making organization working with prevention programs throughout the state. Sara moved to Boston in 2012, and spent nearly three years as the Development and Alumni Relations Associate with School Year Abroad, a high school study abroad and homestay with campuses in China, France, Spain and Italy. Sara's short stories have been published in Wild Violet, Vantage Point, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Cleaver Magazine. Her sketch comedy group, Mister Bismuth, regularly performs at ImprovBoston in Cambridge.


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Isaiah Frisbie, Events and Communications Coordinator Americorps VISTA

Originally from Southern California, Isaiah earned his dual BA in Literary Arts and English Nonfiction Writing from Brown University. He's currently pursuing his MA in Civic Media at Emerson College. A first-generation college and low-income student himself, he spent the majority of his undergraduate career working in community organizing and on-campus advocacy initiatives. He is particularly invested in the intersections of writing, social justice, educational equity, and artistic activism. Isaiah is also a writer and poet and considers poetry to be a conduit for closure and resistance. His previous professional experience includes editing, social media marketing, photography, and graphic design. 


Interns


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Dana Alsamsam, Program Assistant Intern

Dana is a Syrian-American poet and dancer from Chicago and an MFA candidate at Emerson College. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Redivider, Senior Editorial Assistant at Ploughshares, and is committed to a career in administration and development for artistic nonprofit organizations.

Dana is the author of a chapbook, (in)habit (tenderness lit, 2018), and her poems are published or forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, The Shallow Ends, Gigantic Sequins, Tinderbox Poetry, Salamander, BOOTH, The Common and others. Critical work appears in the Rumpus and Grist. Her work has been supported by a fellowship from Lambda Literary's Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.