About

CILK119 is a shared workplace where people get things done and benefit from cross-pollination with others.

Local entrepreneurs, artists, writers, makers, movers, and shakers from all walks of life develop their ideas in the space. Social and educational gatherings support CILK119 ‘s thriving community.

Located in downtown Nanuet, New York in the lower Hudson valley, CILK119 is easily accessible to all of Rockland and Orange counties, as well as Northern New Jersey. Large conference rooms and individual work spaces are available, and varying levels of membership allow for full-time, part-time, or drop-in access to the space.

CILK119 was established in 2014 by Donna Miele and Ken Herndon, the founders of Cuppa Pulp Booksellers, a bookstore specializing in fiction, non-fiction, and writers’ resources. The mission of CILK119 is to provide a physical space for creative individuals from many different disciplines to work on their own projects and collaborate with others.

Donna Miele, Founder
Donna is a writer and the founder of Cuppa Pulp Booksellers, a curator of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and writers’ resources, that supports Cuppa Pulp Writers’ Space.  Cuppa Pulp partners with Seranam Literary Arts to promote literary creativity through writers’ workshops, literary & art events, readings, and salon evenings in and around the Hudson River village of Nyack, New York.

Ken Herndon, Founder
Ken is a software engineer and entrepreneur who has worked for businesses both large and small, and has created and run some of his own companies. He loves pursuing his own creative endeavors, but also enjoys his ongoing consulting work for ei3—developing sophisticated web applications for commercial real estate sustainability, remote monitoring of buildings and industrial machinery, and mobile applications.

Sylke Jackson, Events Coordinator
Sylke graduated from Yale with a degree in Literature and has worked in public relations for theaters in NYC. She is also a scenic artist in local 829 and has painted and designed for both major and low budget movies. She is an award-winning filmmaker, a published author, an editor, and an English tutor. A longtime friend of Donna and Ken, and facilitator of many music jams and potlucks, Sylke loves getting people together.


CILK is homophonous with “silk”.

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