Board Members

JENNIFER COLVILLE  Jennifer is a writer, teacher and mother of two. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, and an MFA in fiction from Syracuse University. She’s published in such national publications as The Huffington Post, the Mississippi Review and DIAGRAM, and has taught at San Francisco State, USF, the UofA, and the University of Iowa. A lover of visual and verbal combinations, she created PromptPress as a venue for cross disciplinary inspiration between visual artists and writers.

CASSANDRA ELTON Cassandra has a BA in English (2009), a graduate certificate in Book Studies/Book Arts and Technology (2012), and an MLS in Library and Information Science (2015).  She became involved with the James Gang in 2012 when she presented them with the wild idea to start an independent library in Iowa City. That idea became the Antelope Lending Library bookmobile where she continues to serve as the Library Director.

CECILE GODING  Cecile received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa as well as her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Goding is from a small county in South Carolina, where she coordinated adult literacy efforts before moving to Iowa City. Formerly an adjunct instructor at Mount Mercy University, her poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in anthologies, journals, newspapers, and on small screens. Her James Gang endeavor is THE MACHINE STOPS OPERA GROUP, which will bring to the stage a new work by local composer John Lake.

NINA LOHMAN  Nina is a writer, editor, instigator, and the Publisher of Brink Literary Journal. 

LISA ROBERTS  Lisa grew up in Michigan, attended Princeton University and The University of Virginia, and has taught literature and writing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and the University of Nebraska. After moving to Iowa City, she served as Assistant Director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project and worked to bring free creative writing workshops to children throughout Eastern Iowa. Her poems have appeared in Plainsongs, The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets, and Little Village, among others. She now directs Iowa City Poetry, which aims to share the wealth of literary resources in our area with writers of all ages, incomes, identities, and experience levels.

TRICIA WINDSCHITL  Tricia has an MS in Early Childhood Education and is a preschool teacher/director. She was inspired in 2018 by a group of her preschoolers who wanted to do something to help the Earth and its animals that are being harmed by plastics.  The children created “The Iowa City Straw-Less Initiative.” To help spread their message and carry on their young voices, Tricia created the LENA Project: IC Less Plastic. Tricia also enjoys taking walks and drinking coffee (in her re-usable coffee cup of course!).

Past Board Members

Aaron Schaefer • Analia Alegre-Femenias • Eric Asboe • Ellie Azoff • Jared Bazzell • Joshua Christian Luke Benson • Elizabeth June Bergman • Daniel Boscaljon • Devon Friese Mike Brooks • Heather Byers• Jenny Colville • Micheal Crisholhm • Anne Craig • Denise Dooley • Carson Eggland • John Rearick Josh Eklow • Jennifer Graham Jesse Elliot • Andrea Flemming • Emily Ginsberg • Cassie Gonzalez • Jennifer Graham • Spencer Griffin • Hans Hoerschelman • Zach Hoyt • Daniel Kahlastchi • Kim Kullmer • Margaret Larson • Tyler Lechtenberg • Leigh Lewis • Dora Malech • Carol McVey • Forrest Meggers • Joe Mrkonich • Riley Curry Rob Pilaszewski • Mark Polanzak • Luke Prottsman • Jacek Pruski • Sarah Rades • Katie Roche • Katie Ross • Sheila Samuelson • Laura Savage • Michael Schmitz • Shanti Sellz • Miguel Soria • Andy Stoll • David Strackany • Amanda Styron • Shannon Thomas • Arthur Stewart • Ryan West • Rachel Yoder