Village of Crickets was founded by Danielle Barnhart & Iris Mahan. We host readings, panels, and literary events in cooperation with Adelphi University’s MFA Program & other arts organizations.
The mission of Village of Crickets is to foster engagement within the literary community. We aim to forge bonds between emerging and celebrated writers, between teacher and student, and to reach out to those who may not feel as though they have a defined literary home.
VOC strives to amplify marginalized voices, cultivate literary citizenship, promote progressive ideas, strengthen our sense of community within the arts, and to celebrate intersectionality among writers and artists.
We believe that there is no substitute for meaningful connections between good-hearted people. We are all reaching for the liminal space between that which inspires us, and the moment of creation. Recognizing this in one another is essential in order to achieve a more loving, emotionally literate, creative, and vibrant world.
Danielle Barnhart is Founding Editor & Director of Events for Village of Crickets.
Coeditor of the celebrated anthology, Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Books, 2018). Danielle is an accomplished social and digital media consultant, and teaches creative writing at Adelphi University. She has an MFA in creative writing, and was awarded the 2015 Donald Axinn Award in Poetry. She is the mother of two girls and a dog.
Iris Mahan is Founding Editor & Development Coordinator at Village of Crickets.
She is a graduate of Adelphi University’s MFA Program, where she was the recipient of The Robert Muroff Scholarship in Creative Writing. She spends her days in development for The Center for Fiction, and her nights in translation and poetry. When not writing grant proposals and contemplating the arbitrary nature of language and existence, Iris can be found drinking cheap wine and reading a worn copy of “Juego y teoria del duende” to her trilingual Dachshund pup, Olive.
Clara Burghelea is Editor-at-Large for the VOC blog Small Points of Light.
She is a Scott James and Jerry Cain Creative Writing and Social Media Fellow from Romania, working on a multi-genre MFA at Adelphi University. A translator, poet, mother and women empowerment activist, she is also a gregarious recluse, intensely seeking the company of her fellows, while equally cherishing her solitude. She has been blogging for years about her passion for movies, books and chocolate at movieschocolatebooks.
“The duende….Where is the duende? Through the empty archway a wind of the spirit enters, blowing insistently over the heads of the dead, in search of new landscapes and unknown accents: a wind with the odour of a child’s saliva, crushed grass, and the jellyfish veil, announcing the endless baptism of freshly created things.” —Federico García Lorca