Write616 is currently led by an active and engaged board of directors:
KELLY BROWN. Kelly Brown is a writer, marketer and egg-eater living in Grand Rapids, MI. She holds a B.A in Creative Writing and English from Grand Valley State University, where she was a Grand Finish Scholarship recipient and the GVSU 2014 AWP Awards runner-up in short fiction. Her short fiction has been published in The 3288 Review, Brazenhead Review, Talking Soup, Gone Lawn, Kaleidoscope Magazine, and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has been featured in Holl and Lane Magazine, SOLACE, Revue, Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and online at Joon + CO, Awesome Mitten, and Traverse Magazine. When she isn’t writing, Kelly teaches at Beer City Barre, coaches at Rockford High School, is the marketing chair for the Monroe North Business Association and participates in CrossFit at CrossFit616.
JASON GILLIKIN. Jason Gillikin serves as the treasurer for Write616. He is also a co-founder and CEO of Caffeinated Press, Inc.—an independent publisher serving the authors and readers of West Michigan—and publisher and editor of The 3288 Review, a semiannual journal of arts and letters. He facilitates the Grand River Writing Tribe. Gillikin started his career in journalism, working his way up the ranks at a small community daily newspaper until he transitioned to a career in healthcare quality. He earned his B.A. in moral philosophy from Western Michigan University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, scuba diving and serving his feline overlords. His technical non-fiction, essays and opinion pieces have been widely published, including in America Now (5th ed., Bedford St. Martin’s, 2003), the peer-reviewed Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods and Christ’s Body, Christ’s Wounds: Remaining Catholic When You’ve Been Hurt in the Church (Cascade Press, 2018). His short fiction has been featured in Division by Zero: Double Take (MiFiWriters, 2017).
KELLY HAGMEYER. Kelly serves as the Director of Grants and Evaluation at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, where she channels her passion for building a culture of health by creating collaborative projects that meet the wellness needs of those living in urban Grand Rapids, including food access projects such as the YMCA Veggie Van and a new Health Corner Stores initiative. The first part of her career was spent teaching language arts, poetry, reading and writing at the middle school and college levels. Participating with Write616 allows her to spend her spare time helping make sure the cultural arts—and in particular the literary arts—are alive and thriving in Grand Rapids.
KT HERR. KT is a queer poet and songwriter living in Grand Rapids, MI. She has her B.A. in English from Smith College, where she was awarded the Ruth Forbes Eliot Poetry Prize and the Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize. Since 2015, KT has been a co-host of Electric Poetry on 88.1-FM WYCE, an interview show that features local and visiting poets. She also had the privilege of serving as a preliminary judge for the 2017 Dyer Ives Poetry Competition. She is board secretary for Write616. Her work has appeared in Pilgrimage Literary Journal, The 3288 Review, and Grand Rapids Grassroots: Anthology of Activism. She is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. In her spare time, KT likes to cook delicious food—preferably for a bevy of ravenous friends—and recite vowels with her astonishingly well-mannered cat, Cecil.
KELSEY MAY. Kelsey joined the board of directors in December 2017. Her bio and photo are forthcoming.
LISA H. MCNEILLEY, PH.D. Lisa is the president of Write616. She earned her degree in English from Wayne State University; she also has a business degree (BBA Marketing) from the University of Michigan. Lisa has taught college courses from basic writing to business and technical writing for more than 15 years. She is the owner of Writer’s Alley, which offers tutorials and workshops for writers. The Cascade Writers’ Group (CWG) was established by Lisa, and the CWG created Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology in 2013.
The Write616 Board respectfully recognizes our founder and long-time president, Roni K. Devlin MD. Roni served until January 2017; she was the spiritual heart of the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters and led its strategy for five years.