Meet the Bernicians

Sachiko Clayton is a poet and translator from Queens. Her writing explores cultural-hybridity, homeland, and handmade objects. She is also a research librarian at City Seminary of New York in Harlem.

John Reid Currie has worked as a teacher of language and learning disabled students and has been recognized with teacher of the year awards from the New York City chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children in 1993 and the Washington Academy in New Jersey in 2004. As a teaching artist, Mr. Currie taught hand papermaking for Dieu Donné Papermill, the 92nd St. Y, Artsconnection, and Flushing Town Hall. From 2000-2003 he served as outreach coordinator for Dieu Donné Papermill’s Responsive Hands and has taught hand papermaking at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Public Library, and the Rubin Museum of Art He has performed and read his poems at the Henry Street Settlement, ABC NoRio. the Nuyorican Poets Café, Earshot, Turnstyle, Smalls Jazz Club, the Queens Central Library and other venues throughout New York City. A profile of Mr. Currie’s work as an educator can be found in Green At Work published by Island Press. His poetry is featured in Greenwich Village, published by St. Martins Griffin. He was the editor of the on-line journal Ozone Park from 2007-2008 and a writer in residence at the Louis Armstrong Archives and Museum in 2009. In 2010, he was given a faculty and administration award for poetry at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY).  He holds a B.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from New York University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College (CUNY).  In October of 2011, Mr. Currie’s poem Teen Idol Blues was published in the print portfolio Five Fathoms by Protophorm Press and Heskin Contemporary.

Jolie Hale is a South Carolina native banished from her homeland for her crimes, including but not limited to: attempted murder of her landlady’s favorite pigeons; and telling people Senator Lindsey Graham is a secret drag queen. She (Jolie, not Lindsey Graham) is a French translator and a novelist. Her recent work includes the translation of essays on Russia and the West for Public Books.

The late Hoyt Jacobs was a writer, translator, journalist and teacher in Brooklyn. An avid cyclist, Hoyt was struck and killed by a truck in Long Island City in 2015 at the age of 36.  The Hoyt Jacobs Poetry Prize was established in fall 2015 for a student at Queens College who demonstrates excellence in writing poetry. A posthumous collection of his writing and translations—Translating “Requiem”—was published by Hanging Loose Press in December 2015. His translations have also appeared in the Kenyon Review.

Ann Podracky’s work is upcoming in the Wising Up Press anthology Siblings: Our First Macrocosm and in Montauk Anthology. Her work has also appeared in other journals including Newtown LiteraryHanging LooseWSQ Journal, and Poetry in Performance.  She was an editor for Ozone Park Journal and a Writer-In-Residence at the Louis Armstrong House Museum.  She lives in Queens, NY and is working on a collection of her work.

Jenna Telesca is a short story writer and business news editor. She founded the Oh, Bernice Writers Collective in 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Creative Writing from CUNY Queens College, where she met her fellow Bernicians. She was a writer-in-residence at the Louis Armstrong archives. You can find her online at

Jonathan Alexandratos writes plays. Most recently, Truant Arts gave Jonathan’s play PEAR & APPLE a staged reading. The Last Frontier Theatre Conference also selected his BREAKING/ORBIT to be performed in Valdez, Alaska in June. His comedy about the building of the atom bomb, CHAIN REACTION, was produced by Playsmiths as part of the 2012 NY International Fringe Festival. Jonathan is a co-founder of Playsmiths, a weekly playwrighting workshop. He holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Queens College. Aside from drama, Alexandratos is deeply involved in the world of comics, speaking at Denver Comic Con for the third time this year on the value of comic books both as an educational tool, and a social treasure. Along these lines, Alexandratos is working on a documentary, A BETTER UNIVERSE, about his father’s large, 1960s-era comic book collection and its emotional significance.


Bernician Emeritus

Once a Bernician, always a Bernician!

  • Deborah Fried-Rubin
  • Stefanie Lipsey
  • Tyler Rivenbark
  • Hoyt Jacobs
  • Brian Matthew Kim
  • John Rice
  • Jason N. Fischedick

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