Organizing – Public Humanities Projects – Writing (Sometimes Performing and Baking)

for more information on projects and positions, click the title. You can download my complete CV here. 


Literary Programs Fellow (Split This Rock, Washington, DC; 2020)

Interim Program Manager, AARP Foundation Housing Impact Area – managed a pilot helping older adults determine if they are eligible for and apply to property tax relief programs (Washington, DC; 2019)

Catalyzing Newport, Program Assistantcross-sector, collaborative initiative with the goal of building a new vision for the city’s cultural sector (Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Providence, RI; 2015 – 17)

AmeriCorps VISTA, SNAP Outreach and Nutrition Education Coordinatordeveloped, implemented, and evaluated a nutrition education program for food insecure older adults (AARP Foundation, Washington, DC; 2014 – 15)

Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Volunteer Coordinatorassisted in planning and evaluating a four-day poetry and social activism festival (Split This Rock, Washington, DC; 2014 and 2018)

Public Humanities

Dance Exchange, Adjunct Artist and Interim Facilities Manager – facilitated workshops exploring community-engagement artmaking, managed studio rentals (Washington, DC; 2016 – 2018)

Humanist-in-residence, Newport Health Equity Zone – (Newport, RI; 2017 – 2018)

Queer Cookies Poetry Slam, co-organizer and baker – poetry slam, open mics, and bake sales supporting queer and trans poets (2015 – currently) 

Nourish SCtraveling exhibition about the tensions, both productive and problematic, between community food security and the local food movement in South Carolina (Columbia, SC; 2011 – 2013)

For a selection of workshops I have designed and facilitated, click here.


Artivate: a Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts – “Keying In: Getting Close to 186 Carpenter, Creative Placemaking, and the Artist Entrepreneur,” Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2018

RISD Museum Manual / a resource about art and its making – “Communicating Melancholia / Sad Young Men and Portrait of a Lady in Pink,” 2016

For poetry books and journal publications, click here. 


Featured Poet, Split This Rock’s Sunday Kind of Love (Washington, DC; Sept 2019)

Featured Poet, Capturing Fire Queer Spoken Word Slam and Summit (Washington, DC; 2019)

Growing Our Own Gardens, Dance Exchange – interdisciplinary performance engagement exploring queer worldbuildling (Washington, DC; 2015 – 2018)

Readings at 186 Carpenter – poetry readings and performance 

Sparkle: Queer Open Mic, Featured Poet – monthly open mic series (Washington, DC; January 2015)


I believe making food with and for others is central to community engagement processes and projects. I happily bring baked goods to meetings and events. Follow me on instragram for cooking and baking projects: @thfrench