Our Team


Lisa Roberts

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FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Lisa earned her BA at Princeton University and MA at The University of Virginia. Over eighteen years, she taught literature and writing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Virginia, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the University of Nebraska. After moving to Iowa City, she served as Assistant Director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project and worked to bring free creative writing workshops to children throughout Eastern Iowa. Her poems have appeared in PlainsongsThe Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets, and Little Village. She has performed spoken word poems at a variety of shows, including Was the Word, Voicebox, and The Hook. 

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

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READING SERIES DIRECTOR

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in Iowa where she likes to rock climb. She is the author of four full length poetry collections and twelve chapbooks. Her chapbook “Teeth Have a Hardness Scale of 5,” is forthcoming this summer from Sputnik and Fizzle Press and her chapbook “The Female Citizens of Sunshine Nation Face off with Light Sucking Demons” recently came out from Grey Book Press. Her work can be seen at or is forthcoming from The Pinch, Cleaver, Yalobusha Review, Zone 3, and Grist. She is excited to host the reading series Today You Are Perfect sponsored by the non-profit Iowa City Poetry. Find her online at her website.

KayLee Chie Kuehl

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Intern

KayLee Chie Kuehl is a writer, poet, and filmmaker. As an adopted and multiracial woman, she has spent much of her life wondering where she fits. So, cultivating healing spaces has always been important to her, whether it be through her own material or in a collective. 

Her creative works can be found in The Atlas 11 & 12, InkLitMag 14, 15, & 18, Mirror Magazine, Multitudes, Amplify Black Voices, and Quarantine Magazine. Her short film, Nepali Negro was shown in the 2019 Bijou Open Screen. Her work focuses on race/culture, identity, and spirituality. 

Currently, she is the Editor in Chief of Black Art; Real Stories (BARS), the Senior Contracts Manager of Student Video Productions (SVP), and occasionally volunteers as a proofreader for TRANS Magazine in Amsterdam. 

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