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

Christian is the director of Bronx Loaf. The idea for Bronx Loaf was inspired by his time working at the venerable writers’ conference in Vermont known as Bread Loaf (the conference is held on a mountain that is called Bread Loaf mountain, a mountain that bears an uncanny resemblance to a loaf of bread). He has been teaching 11th Grade English Language Arts and 12th grade drama at Brooklyn Tech since September 2014. Before that he taught at the Bronx Academy of Letters. He’s been teaching for 16 years in New York City, where he plans to teach 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.  Seven of those years were at the Bronx Academy of Letters, home base of Bronx Loaf.  She currently teaches 8th grade English at the Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, NY.  She loves working with young people and is constantly 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 (Junior Intern) is a rising sophomore at Columbia College majoring in applied mathematics and creative writing. When he’s not fretting about schoolwork, he’s listening to epic orchestral music, reading Alice in Wonderland, watching The Amazing Race or writing fantasy stories


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.




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