Lisa Willis, Interim Executive Director
Lisa Willis is a passionate artistic administrator with 20 years of experience managing multi-disciplinary projects in the non-profit and commercial arts sectors. She joined Cave Canem in September 2020 as Development Manager and has held various consulting and management roles in development, programming and operations for New York Live Arts, home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Contemporaneous, Thresh, Heidi Latsky Dance, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Mann, and JazzReach. In 2020 she co-founded The LynList, a curated listserv and grant writing support service for individual artists and small non-profit arts groups.
Prior to her shift into fundraising she was the founding Operations Manager for CAMI Music, establishing and managing its daily administrative protocols in addition to overseeing the touring and managerial logistics for Lang Lang, Tan Dun, Savion Glover, American Ballet Theatre, Cirque Eloize, and the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. Lisa holds a B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from New York University and a background of training in ballet and modern dance.
Malcolm Tariq, Programs & Communications Manager
Malcolm Tariq has nearly a decade of experience and training in arts and academic programs and nonprofit communications, most recently at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services and The Friends School of Atlanta. As a researcher, teacher, nonprofit communications strategist and programs administrator, Malcolm’s work is centered on community building and social change. As a graduate student and instructor, he facilitated initiatives for first-generation college students and graduate students of color. His creative and professional endeavors include a Mellon Public Humanities Fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities and a PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) fellowship with Imagining America. He has also participated in the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative and the Institute for Social Change at the University of Michigan, and the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) at Emory University. He is the author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf Press, 2019), winner of the 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry, and Extended Play (Gertrude Press, 2017). His plays have been developed by Working Title Playwrights and Brave New World Repertory Theatre. He was a 2016-2017 playwriting apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company and is a 2020-2021 resident playwright with Liberation Theatre Company. Malcolm is a graduate of Emory University and holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan, where he was inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.
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Natalie Desrosiers, Development Coordinator
Natalie Desrosiers is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard College (Annadale-on-Hudson), where she received her B.A. in Written Arts with a background in political theory and Black radical thought. Previously, she worked as a library assistant at the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard Library and Archives, and as a 2015 summer intern at Cave Canem. Natalie is interested in publishing, librarianship and the curatorial field.
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Della Rivera Green, Workshops & Administrative Assistant
Della Rivera Green is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. She has a B.A. in English from Reed College. Della previously served as the Communications & Marketing intern at Cave Canem, and is so happy to continue her work through the workshops fellowship.
Christopher J. Greggs, Poetry Coalition Fellow
Christopher J. Greggs is a poet, designer, and recording artist living in Jersey City, NJ. He is a Cave Canem, Tin House, Callaloo, and Watering Hole Poetry fellow and is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Cave Canem Poetry Coalition Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as TriQuarterly, Winter Tangerine, Texas Review, and This Is What America Looks Like Anthology (Washington Writers’ Publishing House), among others. He earned his MFA in Poetry from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. His debut EP Change Mah Name is streaming on all platforms. @mynameisgreggs @nameyourworld. His interview with actor / director Sonja Sohn can be found in the great weather for MEDIA anthology Suitcase of Chrysanthemums.
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