Our Staff Members

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K12 Education Programs Manager and Community Engagement Specialist
Wren Goblirsch is one of the K-12 Education Programs Managers and Community Engagement Specialists at the University of...
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Business Coordinator
Sarah Gzemski is the Business Coordinator at the Poetry Center. She earned an MFA in poetry from New Mexico State...
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Archivist & Outreach Librarian
As Archivist & Outreach Librarian, Julie Swarstad Johnson works with the Poetry Center's archival collections (...
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Library Director
Sarah Kortemeier oversees the Poetry Center Library, directing Library policy, programs, budgeting, and collection...
Executive Director
Tyler Meier is the Poetry Center's Executive Director, where he is responsible for operations, fundraising, and...
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K12 Education Programs Manager and Community Engagement Specialist
Gema Ornelas is one of two K-12 Education Program Managers and Community Engagement Specialists at the University of...
Library Specialist
As Library Specialist, Aria Pahari serves as the Poetry Center’s first point of contact for the public and assists with...
Event Coordinator
Paola Valenzuela is the Poetry Center’s Event Coordinator. She supports the Literary Director in coordinating and...