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.
Susan Harris is a community leader and former vice president of the Tulsa Chamber.
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 a Tulsa Artist Fellow and an Editor for the Penguin Workshop imprint at Penguin Random House. He works on a variety of licensed and original picture books, middle grade fiction and nonfiction, and young adult novels. He acquired the JUST JAKE series from New York Times best-selling kid author, Jake Marcionette, and edits a critically acclaimed middle grade/YA transition series by established stage and screenwriter, Justin Sayre, as well as editing a popular new play-your-way pick your path series, Midnight Arcade by comic book author and RPG creator, Gabe Soria. Karl develops, acquires and writes unique original activity books, picture books, and board books, and he is a frequent faculty member at regional conferences of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He also presents workshops to working writers through the Author's Guild and the Highlights Foundation and he recently landed a middle grade novel contract with Audible. Karl lives in Brooklyn, NY and in his free time he enjoys comedy and storytelling events, outdoor adventures, and live music. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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.
Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, three children’s books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is an Upper School Humanities Teacher at Holland Hall School, and is a former faculty member of both the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2011, where he was also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing until 2014. Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community (with Georgia A. Popoff) was published in March 2011 by Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee. His most recent books include The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent, w/Georgia A. Popoff (Haymarket Books, 2017); Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks w/Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Curbside Splendor, 2017);A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016); The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop w/Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall (Haymarket Books, 2015) and The Walmart Republic w/ Christopher Stewart (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014). Lansana’s work appears in Best American Poetry 2019, and he was recently named a Tulsa Artist Fellow.
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 and Human Sciences 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.