About Us


Azzuré Alexander

Development Assistant

Azzuré Alexander is the Development Assistant of the Poetry Society of America. She is an MFA candidate and Goldwater Fellow at New York University's Creative Writing Program with a concentration in fiction writing. She holds a B.Sc. in Applied Psychology with a double minor in Creative Writing and Studio Art, and was selected to attend the Master Class in Poetry with Eileen Myles and Master Class in Creative Non-Fiction with Darin Strauss. Prior to joining the PSA she gained experience working with literary agents and independent publishing presses; served as Fiction Editor for The Minetta Review; and taught through the America Reads association, as well as for the International Rescue Committee.

Madeline Weinfield

Development Director

Madeline Weinfield is the Development Director of the Poetry Society of America. She holds a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Franklin University Switzerland. Prior to joining the PSA, she worked in the human rights field, focusing on fundraising for grassroots organizations working with marginalized communities in the developing world. She has produced intimate and large scale fundraising and cultivation events and has worked with boards and development committees to create goal-oriented programming. Madeline oversees the PSA's membership program, and individual and foundation giving, as well as the annual spring benefit.

Brett Fletcher Lauer

Deputy Director

Brett Fletcher Lauer is the Deputy Director of the Poetry Society of America and the poetry editor of A Public Space. He is the author of the memoir Fake Missed Connections: Divorce, Online Dating, and Other Failures and the poetry collection A Hotel In Belgium, which was named a Top 40 Book of 2014 by Coldfront Magazine. In addition to co-editing several anthologies, including Please Excuse this Poem: 100 News Poets for the Next Generationand Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets, he is the poetry co-chair for the Brooklyn Book Festival and lives in Brooklyn.