Steve Dickison, Director
Steve Dickison directs The Poetry Center’s acclaimed reading series, as well as the American Poetry Archives collection of nearly 5,000 hours of original recordings of poets and writers (1954–present). He teaches as Lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University, and is Senior Adjunct Professor in the Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts.
Author of Inside Song (Omnidawn, 2018), selected by Tyrone Williams for the Omnidawn Chapbook Prize, and Disposed (The Post-Apollo Press, 2007), he co-edited Shuffle Boil, a music magazine, with David Meltzer (2002–2006; "Shuffle Boil Special Issue" of Amerarcana, 2016), and was a co-editor for Prison/Culture (City Lights Foundation, 2009) and Homage to Etel Adnan (Post-Apollo, 2012). Other writings in BOMB (2014 BOMB Poetry Prize), Best American Experimental Poetry, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, Hambone, Aufgabe, Mandorla, Vanitas, and online at SFMOMA's Open Space, Evening Will Come (The Volta), and Elderly: END CAPITALISM NOW. He lives in San Francisco.
Elise Ficarra, Associate Director
Elise Ficarra came to the Poetry Center in Fall 2000 after working as a publications manager, promotional writer, grant writer, editor, and lecturer in English composition at SFSU. In addition to working at the Poetry Center, she teaches writing at Chabot College.
Ficarra is author of the poetry collection Swelter (Fourteen Hills Press, 2005) and a contributor to hinge: a BOAS anthology of eight women writers and has published work in SFMOMA's Open Space, 14 Hills, Transfer, Scribbler, SmallTown and Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children. She has a Bachelor of Arts in women studies, a Master of Arts in English composition and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry.
Poetry Center Interns
Brent Awa Jensen
Carlos Quinteros III
John F. Norton Fellows
Noah Jin Namgoong
Poetry Center Advisory Group
Tonya M. Foster