Our team at 2Leaf Press are the people who donate their time to help bring these great books to you. They are responsible for the acquisitions, logistics, layout and design, marketing and fundraising of 2Leaf Press. If you’re a potential intern and are interested in joining us, check out our requirements here.
Stephanie A. Agosto
IAAS Board Liaison. Stephanie has been a board member of the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Schioars, Inc. (IAAS) since 2004, and is responsible for overseeing the operations of 2Leaf Press. A poet and spoken word artist, Stephanie’s work has been published in the US as well as abroad in poetry compilations, anthologies, art books and periodicals. She is the former producer and host of “Universal Beats,” a weekly television series on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), which featured interviews of community leaders, poets and spoken word artists. She produced a 12-week poetry series at Alexis Café in New York City. Stephanie has performed at numerous venues, including Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, Hope Community Garden, Boricua College, Gathering of the Tribes, The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Café Largo, Alexis Café, Aaron Davis Hall, Brooklyn Moon Café, Wordquestra, Sista’s Place, and Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and Center for Imaginative Writing at New Paltz University. She appeared on phatLiterature, a Literary TV Program aired on QPTV and co-wrote with Michael Bynum, “phatLiterature’s theme song,” which she produced and performed.
Stephanie has donated her time to a number of organizations, including Gathering of the Tribes, Wordquestra (Poets Choral), Shawangunk Correctional Facility, Caribbean Unity Org, Latinos en Progresso Org, and Saint Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction Program, Hispanic Health Initiative, and Hogar Crea, a rehab treatment center. She worked in the health field for a number of years in New York, notably for Dr. Louis Parrish, who ran one of the city’s first HIV/AIDS practice. Stephanie received her A.A. from Queensborough Community College, attended Hunter College and Film & Video Arts in New York City to study Film Production. She relocated to Central Florida in 2004, and is a licensed realtor and business woman. A Board Member of the IAAS since 2004, Stephanie was instrumental in helping to finalize and distribute phati’tude Literary TV Show to public access and college television stations across the country, and currently oversees 2Leaf Press’ business operations.
Publisher. Gabrielle David is a multidisciplinary artist who is a musician, photographer, digital designer (epub, print and web), poet and writer. She attended LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) and New School University. For twenty-four years, she worked as a desktop publisher and word processing specialist at Fortune 500 firms, and through her former company, Chimeara Communications, Inc., designed promotional materials for a wide range of clients. She managed and performed in bands during the 1970s and early 1980s; and was a partner of hotshots unlimited photography (1982-1986). Gabrielle became involved in the New York poetry scene during the 1990s and served as literature coordinator at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Queens throughout most of that decade. Her work with the library prompted the creation of phati’tude Literary Magazine, which eventually became a programming incentive under the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), a NY-based nonprofit organization which she founded in 2000 and has served as executive director since its inception. Other program initiatives include phatLiterature, A Literary TV Program, and 2Leaf Press, of which she currently serves as publisher. Gabrielle has participated in panel discussions and workshops, published articles and essays in numerous publications, and is the editor of Branches of the Tree of Life, (2014), and co-editor of ¡Hey Yo! Yo Soy, 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry (2012). She is the author of the chapbooks, Spring Has Returned and I Am Renewed (1996), and This is Me: A Collection of Poems and Things (1994). Her collection of essays, Beyond Identity: Exploring Multicultural Literature in the 21st Century, is forthcoming. www.gabrielle-david.com.
Sean Frederick Forbes
Series Editor, 2LP EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY. Sean Frederick Forbes is a professor, scholar and the author of the poetry collection, Providencia: A Book of Poems (2013). His work has appeared in various journals including Chagrin River Review, Crab Orchard Review, Long River Review, Midwest Quarterly, and Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture. Forbes has appeared on radio and television programs, and his work was featured online on Poem-a-Day, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets in 2014. He studied English and Africana Studies at Queens College (CUNY), where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, and went on to receive his MA and PhD in English from the University of Connecticut. In 2009, Sean received a Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays University Fellows Travel and Research Grant for travel to Providencia, Colombia. Sean teaches creative writing and poetry, and is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut. He leads professional learning and growth workshops for elementary and secondary school teachers who seek to advance creative writing to the language arts curriculum, and is the poetry and nonfiction reader for the journal WESTVIEW published by Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He was the associate director of Humanities House, a living and learning community, at the University of Connecticut during the 2013-2014 academic year. He currently serves as a board member of the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), is the series editor of 2Leaf Press’ series, 2LP EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY. www.seanfrederickforbes.com.
Kevin E. Tobar Pesántez
Editor. Kevin graduated in 2012 from Long island University Global with a B.A. in Global Studies. He served as an intern for phati’tude Literary Magazine and currently serves as an Editor and was a Contributing Writer to phati’tude Literary Magazine. Kevin has worked as a Workshop Facilitator of the Boy’s Town Detention Center, developing spoken word, hip hop and theater workshops in Brooklyn, and as a playwright and actor in cultural programs in Quito, Ecuador. He was a member of The Forum Project, New York’s first ever Theatre of the Oppressed performance troupe, worked as a housing advocate at University Settlement, a social services organization in the Lower East Side and served as a columnist for the Rivard Report, an online hyper-local magazine serving San Antonio, Texas.
Head Translator and Editor. Adam Wier was born in Indianapolis, moved to New York City at seventeen. He earned a BA in Spanish-English Translation from Hunter College (CUNY), where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian. He served as the head translator for ¡Hey Yo! ¡Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry (2Leaf Press, 2012) and ¿What’s in a Nombre? (phati’tude, 2012). He has also translated articles for the online magazine Warscapes (2013) and was one of several translators to bring Roberto Echavarren’s book, The Russian Nights (forthcoming) to English. Adam has penned three original plays produced by Haberdash Theatre, The Asexual Revolution (2007), Remember Me (2006), and Tom’s Dilemma (2008). He won a Fulbright Fellowship and relocated to Cali, Colombia to teach. He currently lives in Le Mans, France where he teaches English and translates Spanish and French to English. Adam’s book, Legends and Other Tales by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer from the Spanish to English, is forthcoming in 2017.
Carolina Fung Feng
Translator and Copy Editor. Carolina Fung Feng graduated in 2013 from Hunter College (CUNY) with a BA in Spanish-English translation and interpretation, and English Language Arts. She also holds Cambridge CELTA certification, and is passionate about teaching and empowering the community through education. She was born and raised in Costa Rica to Chinese parents, and has been living in New York City since her early teens. She grew up speaking Spanish and Cantonese Chinese before she learned English, and has been studying Japanese and Mandarin since her college years. Her interest in linguistics led her to the study of translation, with a particular emphasis on legal translation. ¡Hey Yo! ¡Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry. (2Leaf Press, 2012) is her first literary translation. Carolina is currently teaching ESL to adult immigrants, and is pursuing a pharmacy technician certification at Queens College.
Graphic Layout and Video Production. Vagabond designs book covers and produces awesome book trailers for 2Leaf Press. Born and raised in Brooklyn to a Puerto Rican mother and Jamaican father, he is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & the Arts. He attended The School of Visual Arts but dropped out after his first year, working instead on independent black films such as Spikes Lee’s Do The Right Thing, where he quickly learned all aspects of filmmaking and forged his own aesthetic. Vagabond has written, produced and directed the documentary Riicnstructing Vieques , and the award-winning feature film, Machetero. He has designed covers for 2Leaf Press, and has directed and produced book videos for 2Leaf Press authors. A former member of the Ricanstruction Netwerk, a politically radical artist collective in the vein of the Situationist International, he continues to work on films, create posters, pamphlets, and videos. He is currently working on a documentary on Abiodun Oyewole.