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Center for Poets and Writers Advisory Board

Ken Busby serves as Executive Director & CEO of the Route 66 Alliance.  Previously, he served as Executive Director & CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa for twelve years. A native of Tulsa, Ken holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and French from the University of Tulsa.  He has a Master of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University at Bloomington.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Ken is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII. Ken is the past chairman of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust.  He is the current chair of the Route 66 Commission in Tulsa. He also serves on the executive committee of the Tulsa Symphony and Workforce Tulsa, and serves on the Regional Tourism One Voice Legislative Committee for the Tulsa Regional Chamber.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa and serves as a consultant in the areas of fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and board development for nonprofits across the state.  In 2008, Ken received the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service and the Global Vision Award from Tulsa Global Alliance.  In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Holland Hall.  In 2013, the Association of Fundraising Professionals named him its Outstanding Fundraising Executive, and in 2015, Ken was named the Leadership Oklahoma Distinguished Graduate.

Kathy Collins has been the Executive Director of Tulsa Town Hall for the past 10 years, but this speakers’ series has been enriching the cultural experiences of Tulsans for 82 years.  A small nonprofit with Kathy, one other staff member and a dedicated Board, the mission of Tulsa Town Hall is to provide a dynamic speaker series in order to open minds, stir curiosities, and inspire imaginations. Prior to this position, in addition to serving on the Tulsa Town Hall Board, Kathy was part owner and operator of McBirney Mansion Inn for nine years. Her love of the arts called her to serve on the Mayfest Board and staff, as well as working in numerous areas in the Junior League of Tulsa.  She has served on the Tulsa Schools Foundation at its inception and has been a mentor in the Tulsa Public Schools. 

W. Jacob “Jake” Cornwell is a cultural historian and writer from Tulsa. A teaching associate in the Ph.D. program and an American Studies adjunct lecturer at Oklahoma State University, Cornwell focuses on the history of subcultures and countercultures in Oklahoma and around the country. He wrote his master’s thesis on the Oklahoma Negro Leagues teams and players, which won the Outstanding Thesis on Oklahoma History in 2015 given by Oklahoma Historical Society. As a doctoral candidate, Cornwell continues to focus on black baseball in the state and has begun documenting lowrider culture in Latino and African-American communities. 

Susan Harris is a community leader and former vice president of the Tulsa Chamber.

Cindy Hulsey is founder and executive director of the Tulsa Literary Coalition and also serves as general manager of Magic City Books, Tulsa's independent bookstore. The Coalition, which owns Magic City Books, provides literary programs, including author visits, lectures, book discussions, readings, and community conversations, both at Magic City Books and in the community. Cindy held several different positions in her 17-year career as a librarian with the Tulsa City-County Library, and won a Community Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Humanities Council for developing TCCL's Novel Talk program series. 

Deborah Hunter is case worker for the Tulsa City-County Library and a spoken word poet.

Hannibal Johnson, a Harvard Law School graduate, is an author, attorney, and consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion issues, human relations, leadership, and non-profit leadership and management. He has taught at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma State University, and The University of Oklahoma. His books, including Black Wall Street, Up From the Ashes, Acres of Aspiration, and Apartheid in Indian Country, chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its indelible impact on American history. Johnson’s play, Big Mama Speaks—A Tulsa Race Riot Survivor’s Story, was selected for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival and has been staged in Caux, Switzerland.  

Karl Jones is Associate Editor at Penguin/Random House.

Janine Joseph is the author of Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award. She is a member of Undocupoets and a contributing editor for Tongue. Currently, she lives in Stillwater, OK, where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.

Alicia Latimer is Coordinator of the African American Resource Center at the Tulsa City-County Library.

Lisa Lewis is a professor at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and is the author of the poetry collections "The Body Double" (Georgetown Review Press, 2016), "Burned House with Swimming Pool" (Dream Horse Press, 2011), "Vivisect" (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2010), "Silent Treatment" (Viking/Penguin, 1998), winner of the National Poetry Series and "The Unbeliever" (University of Wisconsin Press, 1994), winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her fifth book, "The Body Double," won the 2014 Georgetown Review Poetry Manuscript Contest. Lewis’s honors include awards from the American Poetry Review, the Missouri Review, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems have twice been included in The Best American Poetry Series.

Victoria McArtor holds a MFA from Oklahoma State University; is a former adjunct professor for the University of Tulsa; and a loan officer for a luxury residential mortgage company, Hamilton Group Funding. Victoria is also co-founder of Tulsa's poetry and collaborative arts nonprofit, MUSED. 

Deana McCloud is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa. She is a member of the Tulsa Arts District Business Association, Folk Alliance International, and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. She currently serves on the Folk Alliance International board as secretary, and is a board member of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice and the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers.  McCloud was a charter member of the board for the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture and currently serves on the executive board for Tulsa Regional Tourism.

Donita Shaw's love for literacy began as a young reader. She shares that love of literacy with aspiring and practicing teachers. She currently is an associate professor in the College of Education, Health and Aviation at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.  With diverse teaching and tutoring experiences, she brings a developmental and balanced perspective to her college classroom. Donita Shaw’s scholarship focuses on three themes:  metaphors of literacy, early literacy, and adult literacy. 

Greg Stone serves as Provost for the Tulsa Community College Metro Campus.

Lynn Wallace currently serves as the OSU-Tulsa Library Director, leading a team of library staff to provide access to academic and archival resources for students and scholars.  Since 1997, she has co-owned Impulse Creations, Comics and Collectibles in South Tulsa serving in an advisory capacity. A long-time resident of Tulsa, Lynn, along with her Girl Scout Troop 202, authored the quintessential genealogy book; “Shadows of the Past: Tombstone Inscriptions in Tulsa County,” published by the Tulsa Genealogy Society in 1986. This resource can be found in libraries around the country and spurred her passion for education, community service, information, archives and scholarship endeavors. Lynn volunteers her time with local cancer charities, Tulsa Pop Kids and Union PTA when possible. She dabbles with writing and research, loves spoken and written narrative stories, book clubs, children’s’ literature, all things geek and cross-stitching.

James Watts is Scene Writer for the Tulsa World. He writes primarily about the visual, performing and literary arts.