Project Lead

Antonio Aiello
 is a writer, editor, curator, and content strategist. In 2011, Aiello initiated and led the PEN America Digital Archive project after learning that over decades of recordings were at-risk and inaccessible to the public. For over 12 years, Aiello was the content and web director at PEN America, where he developed written and multimedia content at the intersection of freedom of expression advocacy and the literary arts.

Project Manager, Digital Archivist

Conrad Lochner
is a graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Information, where he earned a master’s degree in library and information science with a focus in digital humanities and cultural heritage. Lochner has worked on a wide range of archival and library projects, including the development of the Swiss Institute’s digital archive, SI 30. Lochner also runs a mimeograph micro-press and curates poetry readings and events.


Sal Robinson
 is a cataloger in the Literary and Historical Manuscripts department at the Morgan Library. Previously, she worked as an editor for international fiction at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Melville House.

Kate Asmus is a Brooklyn-based archivist and librarian, holding degrees from both Northeastern University and Pratt Institute. She also co-runs a creative collective small press.

Maryam Momeni has a Masters in English-American Studies from University of Vienna (Austria) and a Masters of Information from Rutgers University.


Cataloging Assistants

Ina Diane Archer
 is a Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker who studied moving image archiving and preservation at UCLA and NYU. She is thrilled to have joined The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture as a media conservation and digitization assistant.

Jessica Dankers has a B.A. in English from Portland State University and is a graduate student at Pratt Institute’s School of Information.

Sanam Aarabi is a recent graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Information, where she received her Master’s in Library and Information Science.