Cast Member Bios – Columbia University

Cheryl Buchanan

Cheryl Buchanan is an attorney who learned the power of storytelling and silence-breaking when she worked for a decade on over 500 cases of childhood sexual abuse in Los Angeles. She has taught in a wide range of university and college classrooms, from law school to undergraduate Communication Studies and Creative Writing, as well as written for a variety of audiences from college texts to network television. She earned her MFA at Emerson College. Cheryl has been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Boston Mayor’s Poetry Prize and the Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Award as well as nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize and twice for Best New Poets. She was the recipient of the 2018 National Association for Poetry Therapy’s Social Justice Award and serves as Editor of Writers Without Margins: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

Stephen Crivellaro

Stephen Crivellaro is a Bostonian born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina.  After participating in some of the Writers Without Margins creative writing workshops, he quickly jumped on board and has been involved ever since. As a cast member of the non-profit’s documentary, Stephen plays an additional and unconfined role in the marketing and development of the film, as well as serving in a leadership position supporting all of the workshops and special events related to the larger non-profit.   Stephen has two beautiful children, a boy and a girl, 3 and 9 years old respectively. He currently resides in Eastern Massachusetts where he has been taking college courses to prepare him for a career in computer science.

Zachary Alonzo

Zachary Alonzo is a recovering heroin addict and convicted felon, but don’t judge a book by its cover. After being released from state prison, while in a six-month re-entry program, he picked up writing, which has become a primary tool to aid in his recovery.  Zachary has also served as a Primary Trainer for New England Assisted Dog Services for people with PTSD, special needs, and disabilities; a member of Prison Voices, speaking to high school students; and a Lead Facilitator with the Correctional Recovery Academy addressing drug abuse and violence. Zachary currently co-facilitates that same workshop where he picked up writing, helping men who were once in the same position as him.  

Randall Horton

Randall Horton, Ph.D.’s past awards include the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and most recently GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction for Hook: A Memoir (2015), published by Augury Books. His previous work include poetry collections: The Definition of Place (2006)The Lingua France of Ninth Street (2009), both with Main Street Rag and Pitch Dark Anarchy (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2013). Horton serves on the Board of Directors for Pen America’s Pen Prison Writing Program and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Haven. He is a member of both the Affrilachian Poets and the experimental performance group: Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he now resides in New York City.

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