Director of Communications
1 Wash Place, Room 832
MFA in Poetry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BA in English Literature, University of Athens, Athens, Georgia
In her role at Gallatin, KC oversees and manages all internal and external communications strategies for the School. For the School's digital, social, and print outlets, including the bi-annual editions of Gallatin Today and Parents Update, she sees the creative process through from concept to production. KC 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, a showcase for 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.
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. The collection was named first runner-up for the 2020 Eric Hoffer Award in Poetry and was a 2020 First Horizon Finalist and a finalist for the 2020 Grand Prize.
KC's poem "Self-lit" was selected by Joesph O. Legaspi as a Poem-A-Day feature for the site of Academy of American Poets.
"Off the Roosie," a poem from her 2019 collection We Call Them Beautiful, was Best American Poetry's Pick of the Week for October 23, 2022.
INTERVIEWS AND PRESS
KC Trommer was interviewed by Emily Everett for The Common’s podcast, New Books in Literature, about her new poem “The Couple” and about her work with QUEENSBOUND poets.
“Poetry for the People, in Public Spaces,” the December 3, 2020 audio feature from Architectural League of New York’s Urban Omnibus, is a profile of QUEENSBOUND, the poetry collective Trommer founded in 2018, that looks at how urbanists have learned from and adapted to the entangled crises of 2020.
Trommer was interviewed on NY1 about her community-building audio project QUEENSBOUND on April 23, 2020.
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 AND HONORS
Trommer was awarded a 2021 LMCC Residency on Governors Island to support the writing of poems for her second collection and was in residence on the Island from January to April 2021. She was named poet-in-residence though Works on Water from April to October 2021.
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. 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.
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".
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.
Grammy Award-winning composer and NYU Steinhardt professor Herschel Garfein is creating a song cycle based on poems from We Call Them Beautiful, including "A Tuesday Spot" which had its world premiere in 2021 through the Brooklyn Art Song Society. "The Cyclone," "The Mechanism of Pleasure" and "Black Ice," were set to music by Garfein in 2017 and performed by 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.
Gallatin's Assistant Director of Communications, KC Trommer, was named a 2021 artist-in-residence through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's GI COVID-19 Response Residency Program to support the writing of her second collection of poetry.