Young Women Empowered

2017 Y-WE Write Teaching Artists

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.


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.


Joshunda Sanders

Joshunda Sanders is a Bronx native, the author of four books and a sought-after public speaker. Her work has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Salon, Publishers Weekly, Bitch, Gawker, Kirkus Reviews, on NPR and in dozens of anthologies, newspapers, magazines, websites, textbooks and encyclopedias.

She gave a TED talk in 2013, the same year she presented at South by Southwest Interactive. She has written: Single & Happy: The Party of Ones, How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color , the novella, All City and a memoir, The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans. She lives in New York City.


Melissa Chadburn

Melissa Chadburn has written for The Atlantic, NY Times, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, Salon, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America and dozens of other places. She is the community editor and fellow for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar,Straus, and Giroux.




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