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KC Trommer

Assistant Director of Communications
kct205@nyu.edu
(212) 992-9825
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. She is the host of Criss Cross: The NYU Gallatin Podcast which showcases collaborative work being done at the School.

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 as an editor for 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. She has taught poetry at the University of Michigan, Bard High School Early College Queens, Poets House, and Catapult. 

Recent News

PUBLICATIONS

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. Scott Hightower reviewed the book for Five Points Journal's The Den in February 2020.

CONFERENCES

Trommer will moderate a panel reading and discussion, "Station to Station: Telling the Stories of QUEENSBOUND," at the 2021 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, in March 2021.

INTERVIEWS AND PRESS

Trommer was interviewed by Girls at Library about reading, writing, and telling stories in April 2019. Rosebud Ben-Oni interviewed Trommer for Kenyon Review in November 2019.

In October 2019, for Poets House, Trommer wrote "The Practice of Poetry: Writing Poems of Place with KC Trommer," based on her 2019 Poets House Workshop "You Are Here: Poems of Place."

Trommer's article "How Do We Fix the MFA? Toward a Better Creative Writing Degree" appeared in LitHub in September 2016.

AWARDS

Trommer's 2019 collection We Call Them Beautiful was named first runner up for the 2020 Eric Hoffer Award in Poetry in the Grand Prize category, as a 2020 First Horizon Finalist, and as a finalist for the 2020 Grand Prize.

For a proposed cycle of poems based on interviews with scientists working in Maine's Acadia National Park, Trommer has received a 2020 New Work Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. She will travel to the island during the summer of 2020 and stage a reading in Queens with poets Rosebud Ben-Oni and Abeer Y. Hoque in September 2020 in Jackson Heights, Queens. For her collaborative online poetry project, QUEENSBOUND, Trommer has received a 2020 Queens Arts Fund Grant to include work from new contrbutors and a dedicated website. The 2020 edition of QUEENSBOUND will include a 4/18 reading on the Queens-bound 7 train, followed by a reception at Flushing Town Hall.

Trommer has received a 2018 New Work 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 of The Queens Tribune article "Tracking the Borough's Stories".

COLLABORATIONS

The community-building audio project that Trommer founded in 2018, QUEENSBOUND, launched a dynamic website in April 2020, in honor of National Poetry Month. 

In May 2020, Trommer's project QUEENSBOUND was commissioned by The Queens Museum to create a piece for Onassis USA’s ENTER exhibition, a series of artworks created in under 120 hours. The video poem of the collaborative poem “In the Here and Now,” was edited by Keith Miller, curator of The Gallatin Galleries.

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.

KC Trommer