Village of Crickets was founded by Danielle Barnhart & Iris Mahan.
Our mission is to foster engagement within the literary community. We aim to forge bonds between emerging and celebrated writers, between teacher and student, and to welcome those who may not feel as though they have an identifiable literary community. We host readings, panels, conversations, and literary events in cooperation with Adelphi University’s MFA Program & other arts organizations.
VOC strives to amplify marginalized voices, cultivate literary citizenship, promote progressive ideas, strengthen our sense of community within the arts, and to celebrate the myriad intersecting identities and experiences of writers and artists.
We are deeply invested in the idea that meaningful connections between compassionate, creative, and curious people are essential to a healthy literary community—and to the process of making in and of itself. We are all reaching for the liminal space between that which inspires us, and the moment of creation. Recognizing this in one another is necessary to achieving a more loving, emotionally literate, and vibrant world.
DANIELLE BARNHART is Co-founding Editor & Programs Director for Village of Crickets, and Events Curator for Adelphi University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She creates, produces, and hosts literary events in New York City, and collaborates with various literary organizations, and cultural institutions to help cultivate a more vibrant literary community. Danielle coedited the recently published anthology, Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (O/R Books, 2018) with poetry from forty-nine living poets, ranging from National Book Award winners to newly emerging writers. She is a poet, a creative writing instructor, and a mother of two.
IRIS MAHAN is Co-founding Editor & Development Coordinator at Village of Crickets. She is a graduate of Adelphi University’s MFA Program, where she was the recipient of The Robert Muroff Scholarship in Creative Writing. She spends her days in development for The Center for Fiction, and her nights in translation and poetry. When not writing grant proposals and contemplating the arbitrary nature of language and existence, Iris can be found drinking cheap wine and reading a worn copy of “Juego y teoria del duende” to her trilingual Dachshund pup, Olive.
ROBIN GOW is Editor-at-Large for Village of Crickets. Robin’s poetry has recently been published in POETRY, the Gateway Review, and tilde. He is a graduate student at Adelphi University pursing an MFA in Creative Writing. He is the Editor at Large for Village of Crickets, Social Media Coordinator for Oyster River Pages and interns for Porkbelly Press. He started and is the director of Trans-cendent Connections, a non-profit for trans and gender non-conforming youth. He could never pick a favorite poet, but right now he’s been drawing inspiration from Eileen Myles, Sam Sax, Ocean Vuong, Terrence Hayes and Sharon Olds.
Benny Sisson is the Programs Assistant for Village of Crickets, and Communications Assistant for Adelphi University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She is a trans poet, library assistant, adjunct instructor, and poetry MFA candidate at Adelphi University. After earning her BA in Creative Writing and Philosophy from University of Arizona, Sisson taught poetry workshops and creativity labs in Tucson middle schools as a Writer in Residence with the UA Poetry Center. Her interviews, blog posts, and lesson plans have been published on their website. She currently lives in Mineola, NY with the writer Robin Gow and their pug, Gertrude.
“Through the empty archway a wind of the spirit enters, blowing insistently over the heads of the dead, in search of new landscapes and unknown accents: a wind with the odour of a child’s saliva, crushed grass, and the jellyfish veil, announcing the endless baptism of freshly created things.”
—Federico García Lorca
We are eternally grateful to the brilliant and generous contributors, collaborators, & guest speakers who have shared their voices with us, and in doing so becoming part of this village of crickets. Many thanks to our families, friends, and coconspirators for all of their continued support throughout this invigorating and exacting labor of love, and special thanks to our mentors: Judith Baumel, Martha Cooley, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Igor Webb; and to all of the faculty, students and alumni of Adelphi University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.
& to Gary Barnhart for his wit, web design & technical support.