Assistant Director of Communications
1 Wash Place, Room 836
MFA in Poetry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; BA in English Literature, University of Athens, Athens, Georgia
KC is the writer and editor for NYU Gallatin’s communications. In her role at Gallatin, she develops communications strategies for the School and writes and edits School publications, including the bi-annual publications Gallatin Today and Parents Update, as well as news items for the School’s home page. She is the editor of Web content as well as admissions and alumni pieces, and provides editorial and graphic design oversight of all communications in all departments and units within Gallatin.
KC came to Gallatin after working in the communications and marketing departments of the American Council of Learned Societies, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Pace University. Her editorial experience draws on her time at Barnes & Noble Books and at Simon & Schuster. An award-winning poet and the author of the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014) and the full-length poetry collection, We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019), KC holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the founder of the online audio project QUEENSBOUND.
KC Trommer's full-length poetry collection, We Call Them Beautiful, won Diode Editions's 2018 Book Contest and was published in the spring of 2019. She was interviewed by Girls at Library about reading, writing, and telling stories in April 2019.
Trommer has received a 2018 New Works Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to support her collaborative poetry project, QUEENSBOUND. The project includes work from some of the leading poets of Queens, with audio embedded on a pared-down version of the Queens subway map, designed by Kyle Richard (BA '18) and with technical annotation by Gallatin MA Student Maham Khan. The site launched on November 3, 2018, with a reading on the 7 train and a reception at the Queens Museum. Trommer wrote her account of the reading for LitHub in the January 2, 2019 article “Reading Across America: A Poetry Reading On An NYC Subway Car? On The International Express Through The Immigrant Communities of Queens”. The project and the event were covered in the November 22, 2018 issue ofThe Queens Tribune article "Tracking the Borough's Stories".
Trommer's poem "When We See" is included in Who Will Speak for America?: Imagining a National Community After Trump (Temple University Press, 2018).
Her poem "The Cyclone" was set to music by Grammy Award-winning composer and NYU Steinhardt professor, Herschel Garfein, and had its world premiere as part of the Five Borough's Music Festival's Five Borough Songbook, Volume II on February 11-12 in Manhattan and Queens. Further performances will take place in September 2017 in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Garfein has taken "The Cyclone," along with two other of Trommer's poems, "The Mechanism of Pleasure" and "Black Ice," and created a song cycle that will be performed in late 2017, featuring the soprano Marnie Breckenridge, pianist Thomas Bagwell, and cellist Dave Eggar.
In July 2017, along with Gallatin faculty member Meera Nair and Queens-based poet Jared Harel, Trommer curated and read work for Out Loud in Public, an exhibition-responsive reading at the Queens Museum that considered the community-minded, collaborative artistic projects of the Italian artist Marinella Senatore. The writers presented their own work and enlisted the audience to help create a collaborative poem that responded to Senatore's exhibition Piazza Universale / Social Stages.
Trommer's article "How Do We Fix the MFA? Toward a Better Creative Writing Degree" appeared in LitHub in September 2016.