Native to Kingston, Erica believes that the strength of a community lies in the empowerment of its individuals. The Community Engagement Coordinator for Radio Kingston, Erica is passionate about working with non-profits, focusing her energies on access, inclusion, and diversity.
Erica is inspired by the development of interdisciplinary collaboration between local organizations serving as a Board member of the Kingston Farmers Market, the Good Work Institute, TMI Project and O+ and an organizing member of the Kingston Community Land Trust.
Erica is twice a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (2010) and in Psychology (2016).
If elected to the Kingston Library Board of Trustees, Erica hopes to be able to build on the existing efforts that have been put forward to make the Kingston Library an equitable space. With a passion for Community Engagement, she hopes to be able to reignite the Community Engagement Committee as chair in a way that supports the current efforts of the Kingston Library staff as well as the mission and plans put forth by the current Board of Trustees.
Frances Cathryn is a writer and educator whose work focuses on the intersection of collective memory and contemporary art. She co-organizes the Kingston Free Book Fair, bringing free book pop-ups to events around the city, and previously volunteered for Books Through Bars, a Brooklyn-based grassroots group that mailed books to individuals incarcerated across the country. When she’s not working with others to redefine what it means to create valuable work in the world, you can find Frances walking her rescue dog, Charlie, around her neighborhood in Midtown.
I have lived in Kingston since 2000. I’ve owned my home on Downs Street since then. I often walk to visit the library when I am not working. I am a lighting technician who transitioned from the stage and live entertainment to film and TV almost 10 years ago.
I was awarded full scholarship to Bard College in 2020. I will be a Junior studying written arts this fall in my second year of study there.
I come from a large family of voracious readers who were served by a book-mobile while growing up in Jersey City. I feel the library is one of the most precious resources in any town. I am hoping to be able to serve the library as a trustee to repay my debt of gratitude.
Sara B. Franklin
Sara B. Franklin is a writer and professor. She is the editor of the widely acclaimed Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original (2018, UNC Press); co-author of the The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, 2020), a finalist for the 2021 IACP American cookbook award; and the author of a forthcoming narrative portrait of legendary editor, Judith Jones (under contract with OneSignal). Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Travel & Leisure, and LitHub well as a number of other publications. In 2020, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholars fellowship in support of her work.
Sara holds a PhD in Food Studies from New York University. She teaches courses on oral history, food studies, and writing at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study at NYU, as well as via the Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA (Maine College of Art). She lives, writes, gardens, cooks, and wrangles her twin children, chickens and dogs in Kingston.
I grew up in Woodstock and San Francisco, and returned to Kingston about six years ago, after living in NYC for a number of years. I’ve spent many years in this area, both as a child and an adult. My father lived in Woodstock until his death in 2018, and my son lives there now.
I worked for many years developing and managing online communities for various websites, and learned a lot about the ways that information can be skewed, manipulated, and misinterpreted, especially online. Increasing literacy and access to good information is more important now than it’s ever been.
Since moving to Kingston I’ve served on the Tree Commission, the Complete Streets Advisory Council, the Franklin St. Project Advisory Committee, and the County Recycling Oversight Committee. I want to continue to be of service to my community, and supporting the library seemed like an ideal way to do so.
I decided to run for the board because I’m a lifelong user of libraries, and have been especially impressed with the breadth of offerings from the Kingston Library. I look forward to being a part of the future of this crucial part of Kingston’s civic life.