KGB: Columbia TC reading

April 29, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kristine Kamimura is a second generation Japanese-American California transplant currently living in NYC for graduate school. She is a proud Golden Bear and Columbia Lion.
Cynthia Yoo Cynthia is Californian by birth / Seoulite by choice / New Yorker at heart...whose snark is always worse than her bite.”

Dan Esposito has worked as a line cook in the West Village, a salesman at a Hasidic home supply store in East Flatbush and as an olive oil taster above Times Square. He is currently completing a Masters degree in English Education at Columbia’s Teacher’s College. He writes poetry and short fiction in his spare time.

Will Reese is from Portland, Oregon and recently moved to New York to pursue a career in teaching middle school. He connects with people around the world over conversations about music, sports, and food. Also, he loves kittens and cats because they are silly.

Rovenna Yakubov Is a born and bred Brooklyn brawler. Her father is from Ukraine and her mother is from Georgia. They are Americanized so the cultural traditions of her ancestors have largely been instilled in her by her grandparents. She has mixed feelings about New York City, but as a future educator of its students she tries to check herself when she is on the cusp of a cynical rant. My story is one of the thankfully rare moments in which she allows her cynicism to go unchecked for the sake of brutal, unfiltered honesty.

Michael Gentile has been teaching for the last 6 years in New York and Boston.  He hopes to one day die tragically rescuing his family from the wreckage of a destroyed sinking battleship.  He also hopes you don’t hate his story too bad.

Hannah Ehrenberg was born and raised in New York City. She worked in musical theatre production for five years before beginning graduate school at Teachers College, where she studies Deaf Education and English Education.

Sarah Merchant is 24 years old. She is from a small town in Upstate New York. Before moving to the city last fall, she spent time living in several different cities, most recently Copenhagen. she enjoys spending time readinGg, laughing, playing any kind of water sport, and wandering around both new and familiar places.

Greg Bell is in the Master of Arts Program for the teaching of English for initial certification program at the Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to enrolling at Teachers College, Greg was a practicing Attorney for several years. Greg played NCAA Division I tennis, and played in North America and Europe. This is the first time that Greg has lived in NYC.

Sammi Smith believes in the magic of New York—of its dynamic allure as the destination for doe-eyed Midwesterners; of its uncanny ability to transform itself from gritty to stunning in seconds; and of its funny fairy godfathers whose mysterious methods conjure up enchantment in every corner.  As a beneficiary of the New York Fairy Godfather Association, Smith has plans to apprentice as a fairy godfather herself for the betterment of all New Yorkers.

Iriss Clymer hails from a small town nestled in the northern California redwoods. After living in San Francisco for ten years and graduating from San Francisco State University, Clymer joined the US Peace Corps and served for three and a half years teaching English in the Philippines. Surviving the trials of life and the pursuit of happiness, including family tragedies and divorce. As of January 17, 2016, Iriss has been living in Washington Heights in Manhattan and attends Teachers College Columbia University while teaching full-time 9th grade English in the Bronx.

Caroline Cooper is a 2014 TC graduate who teaches literature and writing to grades 7, 8, 10, and 12 at a school in Chelsea. She’s looking forward to joining the Rivendell Writers Colony this coming summer in Tennessee and to continuing in the fall as a local northeast regional correspondent for The Farmer General. More at