images-2CHRISTIAN PATRICK CLARKE (Founder & Program Director)

Christian is the director of Bronx Loaf. He teaches literature and drama at Brooklyn Tech.  Overall, he has taught for 17 years in New York City, and plans to continue teaching for the next 5-45 years, depending on a few things.

wisconsinLAURA MERCOGLIANO-CLARKE (Program Co-Director) 

Laura is the CoDirector of Bronx Loaf.  She taught literature and writing for 10 years in the Bronx and currently teaches 8th grade English at the Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, NY.  She loves working with young people and is inspired by their creativity and energy.   At Bronx Loaf, she organizes the conference, helping to plan the workshops, schedule, and activities.  When she is not in the classroom or managing Bronx Loaf, Laura likes to travel, go to concerts, and hang out with her adorable cat, Eve.

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JOHN DOWNES ANGUS ( Director of Editing and Publishing)  

John teaches 10th Grade ELA at The Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts. In March 2014, he left his two-and-a-half year-long career in book publishing to pursue a career teaching English through the New York City Teaching Fellows. He is very happy with the change he made, and he sees Bronx Loaf as the ideal combination of his passions for both education and for helping people who feel already passionate about writing to improve their work in a productive and collaborative way. While not working in the classroom or grading or lesson planning, he keeps himself busy by writing, reading, talking about writing and reading, and exploring the city with his friends. 



Chris attends Brooklyn College and works part time at Brooklyn Tech. He plans to earn his medical degree.


 Monika Luchowska (Senior Intern) is a rising sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she is majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in professional writing. She is the fundraising coordinator for her school’s chapter of Engineers without Borders and is a member of Rensselaer Electric Vehicle. For the previous two summers, Monika attended the Bronx Loaf Writing Conference, where she is now returning as an intern. She enjoyed drawing the cover of last year’s issue of Breaking Bread and in 2016 she was the recipient of the QuestBridge Arts Award. In addition to writing and sketching, Monika takes part in photography, crocheting, traveling, and playing the piano.


Daniel Ortega-Venni is a rising junior at Columbia College, double-majoring in Computer Science-Mathematics and Creative Writing. He’s loved to write ever since he was little and is currently working on about three different ideas at once. He loves to listen to epic orchestral music, read, hang out with friends and help out at Bronx Loaf.


Carrissa Normil (Junior Intern)  is a rising college sophmore, a fellow lover of the arts and a fiction writer that is in way over her head. Easily inspired and quick to start new google docs she struggles on keeping focus on any one story. In time she hopes to publish books that will make people sigh again and eventually help in the effort to encourage creativity in the minority community.

Carrissa also draws, edits videos, and bakes the best cheesecake known to man when her oven isn’t testing her patience.


Alin Haberle is a rising sophomore at Fordham University. She loves to write science fiction, fantasy stories, and graphic novels. Before becoming an intern, she was a five-time Loafer.

Mary Binninger is a rising sophomore at SUNY Purchase College, majoring in Creative Writing, with a double concentration in fiction in poetry. She began attending Bronx Loaf in the summer of 2015 and has returned ever since. Last summer was her final year participating as a student, and she loves Bronx Loaf so much she will be coming back as an intern this year! Mary’s other interests besides writing and reading include 20th Century history, music, film, art, tattoos, and spooky things. Some of her biggest creative influences are David Lynch and Sylvia Plath.  

Anika Langberg is a rising Sophomore at Wellesley College who plans to double majoring in International Relations – Political Science and Spanish. She’s been attending Bronx Loaf since the summer of 2016 and loves writing short stories and realistic fiction but has recently relapsed back into poetry. She also loves reading, dancing, traveling, going for very long walks in the pouring rain, and this summer will be interning on a Congressional campaign.


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