Bowery Arts + Science is a non-profit organization with a venue – Bowery Poetry – in downtown Manhattan. 

Our mission is to encourage cooperation among and advancement of artists and cultural workers; to develop and produce works by emerging poets and performers; and to promote the exploration, improvement, and advancement of the arts as a changemaking force in society.


Bob Holman (Artistic Director, Founder) is the Founder of Bowery Arts+Science; in 2001 he founded the Bowery Poetry Club, where much of the organization's programming occurs. Dubbed "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word" (NY Daily News), "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), and "Dean of the Scene" (Seventeen Magazine), he studied poetry at Columbia where he now teaches: he finds it fulfilling, becoming the guy he used to laugh at (he also teaches at NYU). He has published sixteen works of poetry, most recently Sing This One Back To Me (Coffee House Press) and A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, a collaboration with Chuck Close. His 3-part TV series exploring endangered languages and cultures in West Africa and Israel, "On the Road with Bob Holman," aired on LinkTV; he created the award-winning PBS,The United States of Poetry. Crossing State Lines; An American Renga—a collaboration of 54 US poets, edited with Carol Muske-Dukes, was published by Farrar Strauss in 2012. He is currently working on two Endangered Language Projects: Khonsay: A Poem of Many Tongues, with each line from a different endangered or minority tongue; and "Language Matters with Bob Holman," a two-hour special on Endangered Languages for PBS produced by David Grubin.

Nikhil Melnechuk (Executive Director) is a poet, organizer, and film producer/director, working to promote collaboration and sincerity in creative work. He studied Sociology at Wesleyan University, and Film and Design at India's Eames/Bauhaus National Institute of Design. His varied training reflects a passion for consilience. Before becoming Executive Director, Nikhil ran the BOWWOW poetry series and co-created the Ginsberg Turn On at the Bowery Poetry Club. He performs annually at the HOWL! Festival, read at the 2012 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, co-produced the First Annual New York Poetry Festival on Governors Island, and co-organized and contributed to the Witness Downtown Rising Renga 9/11-Memorial Group Poem. Nikhil is currently completing a book-length poem Love Come True, and Something Happened, its narrative film companion piece with The Melnechuk Williams Company. He lives in Manhattan. 

Ariel Yelen (Community Manager) is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She co-curates the Fantasy Reading Series at the Bowery Poetry Club. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Purchase College Foundation, and the Hearst Foundation Scholarship, among others. She has exhibited her artwork at Peninsula Gallery in New York, PLEXUSnyc, and has been the featured artist in EMMA Magazine, a Brooklyn-based literary and arts magazine. She holds an BFA from Purchase College, SUNY School of Art + Design.

Liz Peters (Program Manager) is a poet, educator, and curator. She has a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in Anthropology and Literature/Creative Writing and a certification in Permaculture Design. She is the author of two chapbooks The Alanon Coloring Book (2010) and Trashy the Little White Pony (2015). Her poems have been published in The Pharmakon, No Dear Magazine, Chinquapin, and were featured by the rock band Point Reyes on their album Warszawa (Cakes and Tapes, 2012). She lives in Brooklyn, works at BA+S, and also teaches homeschool in Manhattan.  

Adam Horowitz (Projectician in Residence) is a writer, educator, performer, and instigator of arts and social change projects. Adam has presented original theatrical work with ensembles across Europe and in South America and has written about performance and cultural agency for Theater Magazine. A graduate of Yale University and a 2009 Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, Adam has led program development and consulted with a variety of cultural organizations and social enterprises. He is a founding team member of The Future Project – a national initiative to reinvigorate and re-imagine public high schools. Currently an Artist Fellow with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, Adam lives in Brooklyn, and is barn-raising the United States Department of Arts and Culture

Bowery Poetry is 100% ADA Compliant

Bowery Arts + Science is generously supported by the National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.