Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf has served as PEN America’s senior director of literary programs since September 2020. She oversees curation, production, audience building, and strategy for a range of programs and initiatives honoring literary excellence, lifting writers whose voices need to be heard, and curating public programs featuring American and international authors and artists. Formerly, as the manager of public programs at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, she produced a year-round schedule of panel discussions, performances, film screening, and symposia spanning the history and culture of the global Black experience. She oversaw audience development, public engagement strategies, and cultural community partnerships. She launched the Center’s innovative digital programming strategy with groundbreaking conversations on contemporary social justice issues with leading edge writers, artists, and scholars. She held prior appointments at Justice and Sustainability Associates, Washington, and Bates College, Maine. She holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and an MA in English Civilization from the University of the French West Indies.