Young Women Empowered

Teaching Artists – 2016 Y-WE WRITE Summer Camp

Karen Finneyfrock – Poet and Novelist

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Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist in Seattle, WA. She is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books.

She is one of the editors of the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the author of Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, both released on Write Bloody press.

Karen is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program.


Grace Love

Grace Love

Grace Love, the author and composer, is an award-winning musical artist. She was raised on soul music, southern food and stories about the south. She grew up in Tacoma, just a stone’s throw from Seattle, which infused her R&B melodies with grit and grunge. In between performing gigs and musicals, she hopes to open a food cart named after her mother, Nadine’s, while serenading her customers with her unique brand of soul.

Anastacia Tolbert

Anastacia-Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jacks Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust Edge program. Her Chapbook 26, recently published by Dancing Girl Press, is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls.

A Pushcart nominee (2015), Anastacia’s poetry, fiction & nonfiction have been published or is forthcoming in Duende, Blackberry, Bone Bouquet, Crab Creek Review, Dismantle and many others. Recently she has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited her painting and photography surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. She lives in Seattle with her two teenaged sons and runs the Performance Studies Department at the Seattle Girl’s School.

This year Anastacia has begun a yearlong theatrical mixed-media project in collaboration with the Project Room, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show. Lately she’s been obsessed with the body & the stories (true & not true) it holds.

Shontina Vernon – Playwright, Musician, Performer


Shontina is a playwright, singer-songwriter, performer, and teaching artist. Her interdisciplinary work fuses live music, poetic narrative, and multi-media to tell the diverse stories of underrepresented communities. She is a National Performance Network touring artist, a recipient of 4Culture’s Artist Grant and a nominated playwright on the Kilroy’s List. In addition, she is in her second year serving as a Mentor Artist for Creative Justice in Seattle. She is currently working on HER BLACK BODY POLITIC, a new work that will premiere as part of the 2016 On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival.

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