Leadership

Steve Parks, Executive Director

Steve Parks, Executive Director

Steve Parks is the Founder and Executive Director of New City Community Press as well as an Associate Professor of Writing at Syracuse University. He has published two books, Class Politics: The Students' Right To Their Own Language (NCTE, 2000) and Gravyland: Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love (Syracuse University Press, 2010).

His motivation for New City Press, however, emerged from his work with the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (FWWCP), a network of working class writing/publishing groups in the United Kingdom. Over the course of 30 years, the FWWCP worked with hundreds of community writing groups and helped to distribute over three million community publications. In the process, the FWWCP helped to redefine what voices and stories should be considered valuable in a community or a classroom.

For the past 10 years, Parks has been working to recreate this network of writing groups and publication projects in Philadelphia, and, now Syracuse, with the belief that "everyone is an author, but not everyone has the position of an author." New City Community Press is his attempt to open up writing to everyday voices and, by doing so, empower these individual and collectives in their efforts to improve the future of their neighborhoods.


Jessica Pauszek, Managing Editor

Jessica Pauszek, Managing Editor

Jess Pauszek is a PhD student in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University. Her research examines the literacy practices of working-class community writing groups. For the past 3 years, Pauszek has been part of an international alliance of scholars, archivists, and community members to support the preservation of such writing and community voices through interviews and archival curation. Growing up in a working-class family in Western New York, Pauszek is committed to writing and histories that explore connections between literacy and labor through everyday voices.

 


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Rafaela Evans, Assistant Editor, Digital Programming

Rafy is an undergraduate student in Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition at Syracuse University. She is actively involved as a writer, digital programmer and social strategist for on-campus and online publications such as Intertext Magazine and She Did What She Wanted. Her research interests include how digital media can impact human rights and social justice, specifically in Syria and Tunisia. 

Growing up in Orlando, Florida as the daughter of a Peruvian immigrant, she is dedicated to the intersection between culture, identity, and digital media. Her involvement in New City Community Press is backed by her belief that by creating platforms for emerging authors, both in print and digitally, that their voices and stories might have a better chance to be heard. 


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Zachary Barlow, Executive Editor

Zach is an undergraduate student in Writing and Rhetorical Analysis at Syracuse University. Zach’s writing and photography have been published in numerous online and print publications throughout his career including The Daily Orange, and Intertext Magazine. Previously, Zach has worked as the Assistant Photo Editor of The Daily Orange and Editor of Intertext Magazine. Zach currently also works as editor for Computers and Composition Digital Press, and serves as president of the Writing and Rhetoric Student Organization. Born to an uneducated Haitian father and European mother Zach believes in the importance of giving a voice to those who might ordinarily face silence. His work with New City Community Press is largely fueled by that belief and the idea that as an author with his own spotlight, it’s only right to also work to give that light back.


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Destiny Reyes, Copy Editor

Destiny is an undergraduate student in English and Textual Studies, as well as, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition at Syracuse University. Destiny’s work has been published on online and print publications including The Daily Orange, What The Health, Intertext Magazine, and NYU’s The Spectrum. Previously, Destiny has worked as both a writer and an editor throughout her career. Born to an adolescent mother and father, who struggled to receive an education, Destiny understands the difficulty of receiving equal education. Working with New City Community Press is allowing Destiny to spread information that desperately needs to be heard; educating the uninformed of news they otherwise would not be exposed to.

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