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KC Trommer

Part-time Faculty

B.A., English Literature, University of Georgia, 1996
M.F.A., Poetry, University of Michigan, 2007

In her role of Director of Communications 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. KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Blackbird, The Common, Diode, LitHub, The Sycamore Review,, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Radio Lab, as well as in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little; All We Can Hold; Bared; and Who Will Speak for America? Her essays have appeared in VIDA Review, LitHub, and in the anthology Oh, Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love (Creative Nonfiction, 2015).   She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, City Artist Corps, Queens Council on the Arts, the Table 4 Writers Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Prague Summer Program. Since 2018, she has collaborated with the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein to create a song cycle based on poems from her first collection.   Since 2020, she has co-curated the Red Door Series, a bi-monthly reading and meditation series, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Heights. She is currently poet-in-residence on Governors Island through the NYU Gallatin WetLab, her third residency on the island since being named 2021 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council artist-in-residence on Governors Island through LMCC’s COVID-19 Response Residency Program and a 2021 poet-in-residence through Works on Water. She has taught writing at Catapult, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Bard High School Early College, Queens; the University of Pennsylvania; Poets House; and Catapult. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son.

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching and research interests: poetry  prosody  poetics  poetry and performance  place-based writing  ekphrasis  visual arts  contemporary art  feminist art  activism  creative activism  community-building practices  social justice 


2022 Fall

City Poet

KC Trommer