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     Introducing The Blind Beggar Press

     BOARD OF DIRECTORS


   Mercy Tullis-Bukhari

      Published poet and a tenured New York City high school teacher with a Masterís Degree from Columbia University.


   Lorraine Currelley

      A poet, writer, the Executive Director, Poets Network and Exchange, Inc., and a Pearls of Wisdom Storyteller. She holds a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Visit:†http://poetsnetworkandexchange.wordpress.com


   Paulette Gary

      A college English instructor for over 30 years, she is an advocate for women's issues and a serious student of          literature. She is an alumna of Baruch and Queens Colleges of CUNY.


   C. D. Grant

    A co-founder of Blind Beggar Press, he is a poet, journalist, novelist, former college English instructor, and an    alumnus of Bronx Community and Hunter Colleges of CUNY with an M.S. in Journalism from Iona College.


   Danielle Jean-Marie

    A Program Coordinator for Bronx Community College and a trained graphic designer responsible for the

    company  website, she has an M.S. in Education from Cambridge College.


   Gary Johnston

    A published, performing poet and literary editor, he is a co-founder of Blind Beggar Press and a graduate of

    Bronx  Community and Lehman Colleges of CUNY.


     Layding Lumumba Kaliba

       A published poet and performer and literary editor of African Voices Magazine, he has out four volumes of his       writings and studied at Adelphi University
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    ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

  Valerie Capers
  Karen Kim Callender
  Gloria L. Hobbs, Ph.D.
  Carmen D. Lucca
  Linda Williams

 

    IN MEMORIAM


  The board of Directors recognizes those people who are no longer with us, but who have supported and   encouraged Blind Beggar Press over the years. Their contributions and support will never be forgotten.

 
  Ruby Dee

  Stage and screen actress, poet, activist who, along with her husband Ossie Davis, supported Blind Beggar Press and contributed to our publications.

 
  Ossie Davis

  After meeting C.D. Grant several years ago, this world class actor and activist was very encouraging and

  supportive  of the company and allowed us to use his name in our publicity.


  Owen Vincent Dodson

  A poet, playwright, Howard University instructor, and personal observer of the Harlem Renaissance,

  Mr. Dodson  encouraged our efforts and was featured in our New Rain, Volume III issue.


  Nancy Hartman

  A long time member of Bronx Community College's English Department and an avid reader and literary

  supporter,  she joined the Board for two years up until her untimely death in 2010.


  John Oliver Killens

  An internationally-acclaimed novelist and esteemed mentor and teacher to many of our contemporary writers,

  he  helped many hone their craft and get published and was always supportive of our company.


  Barbara Lewis-Johnson, esq.

   A Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts, she was instrumental in helping the company to achieve federal non-profit

  status  and subsequently joined the Board of Directors as company attorney for several years until her death.


  Thomas K. Minter, Ph.D.

  A former Deputy Chancellor of the NYC Board of Education and a Dean at Lehman College, he was a supporter

  of  the company for the last several years of his life.


  Judy D. Simmons

  She was a long-standing member and supporter of the company and one of our premier editors. Judy was also

  a  gifted poet, musician, journalist, and talk show host on WLIB-AM Radio.


  Gregory Simms-Macharia

  A community activist and educator who promoted literacy in our communities, he created a program for   non- readers that was very successful during his lifetime. He was also a Board Member for several years.