Published poet and a tenured New York City high school teacher with a Masterís Degree from Columbia University.
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
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.
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.
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.
Karen Kim Callender
Gloria L. Hobbs, Ph.D.
Carmen D. Lucca
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.
Stage and screen actress, poet, activist who, along with her husband Ossie Davis, supported Blind Beggar Press and contributed to our publications.
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.
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.
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.