Sallie Vandagrift first set foot on Oregon soil
18 years ago, fresh from California. After a week of drinking coffee in a northwest cafe, reading, and
scribbling constantly in her notebook, she knew she could never go back to
living any other way. She is a literary fiction and creative nonfiction writer,
teacher, and a mother of five. Her short stories have appeared in The Sun, and Coffee Talk. She is currently studying Comparative Literature and
Creative Writing at University of Oregon. Sallie was a 2011 intern with YWA’s
Lively Lit Summer Camps and taught 2nd & 3rd graders in YWA's Mess With Words after school group.
Zondie Zinke has taught fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and expository writing since early this millennium, as a teaching fellow at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Tennessee, and, most recently, at the University of Oregon, where she held the 2011-2012 Margaret McBride Lehrman Fellowship while pursuing her MFA in fiction. She also enjoys sharing literature and writing with youth and community groups. She’s been awarded artist’s residencies from the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation, the New York Mills Cultural Center, and the Millay Colony. In 2012, she received support for her short stories from the Elizabeth George Foundation and Oregon Literary Arts. She lives in Eugene with her fellow writer and partner, Otis Haschemeyer, and their two daughters, Ozymandias and Zo. She loves and feels grateful for any chance to connect with others over creative expression and literature.
McKenzie has been teaching creative writing workshops, labs,
residencies and small group mentorships through Young Writers Association since
2005. Her poems have appeared in a number of publications, including Raising
Our Voices: an anthology of Oregon poets against the war, Dona Nobis Pacem: Grant Us Peace, The Whistling Fire and in the
anthology What the River Brings. Carter
is the author of Naming Departure, a
chapbook of poetry published by Traprock Books and Out of Refusal published by Airlie Press. In addition to teaching, editing and writing, Carter performs songs in the Scottish Gaelic language with Kitchen Ceilidh.
Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold more than two hundred fifty stories and a number of novels. Her works have been finalists for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, and Endeavour awards. A STIR OF BONES, a young adult fantasy novel, made the American Library Association list of books for the teen reader. Nina's middle school novel THRESHOLDS, the first in the Magic Next Door series, was published by Viking in August, 2010. Its sequel, MEETING, was published in August, 2011. Fairwood Press published PERMEABLE BORDERS, a collection of Nina's short stories, in 2012. Nina teaches writing at Lane Community College and mentors teens through YWA's After-School Writing Groups and Teen Outdoor Writing Camp.
Louisa Lindsay-Sprouse, the founding director of Young Writers Association, shares literature based curricula developed for YWA programs. Called a visionary in arts education, she has received awards for significant contributions to the cultural life of the community. Louisa has provided literary arts explorations, as both leisure time enrichment and vital learning in classrooms, for teacher groups and intergenerational groups.
interdisciplinary material is taught at the University of Oregon School of
Education/Arts & Administration to teachers in training. Experienced in addressing educational standards, Louisa has aligned curriculum to benchmarks in Oregon’s arts standards for Oregon Public Education Network and for Lane Education Service District. Louisa
facilitated and taught in both interdisciplinary
and creative writing projects with youth for over 20 years. She produced the Glitterary
a literary arts festival for youth & their families, published youth, and
produced a poetry spot of mixed age writers for public radio. Louisa
performs as a storyteller and has produced many theatre pieces combining poetry
and dance. She is a storyteller/poet who simply finds pleasure in sharing her
love for words, imagination and the adventure of learning.