James Ph. Kotsybar
James Ph. Kotsybar is the first poet published to another planet aboard NASA’s Mars orbiting MAVEN spacecraft. His poetry appears in the Hubble Space Telescope’s mission log and was awarded and featured at NASA’s Centaur’s 50th Anniversary Art Challenge. He was invited by the President of the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters in 2018, performing his poetry before an international audience of scientists and Troubadours (Europe’s oldest poetic institution) in their founding city of Toulouse, France, at the EuroScience Open Forum, earning a standing return invitation. He also spent time as a custodian, cook, and fundraiser.