The Performance Poetry Preservation Project is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit, incorporated in the state of Massachusetts. Our founders and Board members represent a wide range of experience in the slam and performance poetry world.
Wess Mongo Jolley, President.
Mr. Jolley is an information management professional
with 30 years of experience in the field. He is currently the Records Manager
at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and is the former interim
manager of the Special Collections Library at the College. In these two roles,
he has developed a keen interest and had extensive experience in historical
preservation issues, as well as information technology, data system design, and
digital record keeping.
Mongo is also a poet and poetry promoter, who has
extensive experience in new media. He is the host of the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast, which has produced nearly 900 shows and
delivered 5 million downloads since 2006. Having worked with venue hosts across
the country, as well as having networking connections with nearly 300 of the
top performance poets and luminaries, he is very well connected in the
performance poetry world. To visit Mr. Jolley's personal website, please click here.
Thomas G. Bouliane, Clerk-Treasurer.
Mr. Bouliane retired as a Senior Systems Engineer
from General Electric in 2007 and resides in Boston, Massachusetts. His
professional career dealt mainly with the design, construction and installation
of sound systems for large audiences. These included music playback systems for
discos in Buffalo, voice reinforcement systems for meeting spaces, convention
centers and auditoriums in Boston and Providence, a sports arena system in
Nashville, rail transit public address systems across the U.S. from Seattle to
San Juan and Boston to San Jose, and even worship systems for the great mosques
at Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia. The conceptualization, presentation,
organization, management, documentation and training skills he developed while
pursuing his engineering career are being applied to P4’s administrative
aspects. He is also the father of Gabrielle Bouliane, recently deceased,
who was a performance poet, videographer, Slammaster, and a fervent advocate
for performance poets and their art form. Mr. Bouliane continues his daughter’s
pursuit through P4.
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Secretary.
Ms. Aptowicz is the author of the Words In Your
Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Soft
Skull Press, 2010), which Billy Collins wrote "leaves no doubt that the
slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the
map of contemporary literature." Aptowicz founded the NYC-Urbana Poetry
Slam in 1998 at the age of 19, and the slam is still held weekly at the Bowery
Poetry Club in New York City. She is still active in the poetry slam community,
hosting her local slam as well as national events, and was a competing poet at
the 2010 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WoWPS) and the 2010 National Poetry
Slam in St. Paul, MN. Most recently, Aptowicz was named the 2010-2011 ArtsEdge
Writer-In-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded at 2011
National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.
For more information, visit her personal website.
Gerry Stacy, Director of Fundraising
In his day job, Gerry is the Administrative Director for the Institute of Clinical and Translational Research at Johns Hopkins University. In this role he has gained extensive experience at grant writing and project management.