Our People

We continually foster affirming and safe learning environments. We believe creative writing is both an art and a tool for life. And we believe that writing changes lives! Through our creative writing workshops and unique collaborative opportunities, students experience the craft of creative writing and the amplification of their voices. This could not be done without a wonderful team of people. Thank you, everyone!

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Armando Ruiz
Graduation Specialist
Social Worker
Mount Vernon High School
Mount Vernon, WA

Brian Paxton
Skagit County Superior Court Commissioner (Ret.)
Mount Vernon, WA

Isela Martinez-Shouse
Parole Officer
Office of Juvenile Court
Mount Vernon, WA

Matt Malyon
Executive Director
Underground Writing
Mount Vernon, WA


Alvin Shim

Matt Malyon
Executive Director

Teaching Writers

A. Muia

Chris Hoke

Jennifer Bradbury

Jennifer Morison-Hendrix

Laurie Parker

Matt Malyon

Suzanne Paola Antonetta

Advisory Board

Inside Out Writers
Los Angeles, CA
Jimmy Wu
Executive Director

Teachers & Writers
New York, NY
Amy Swauger
Executive Director

Write Around Portland
Portland, OR
Elizabett (Liz) Eslinger
Executive Director

Writers in the Schools
Houston, TX
Robin Reagler
Executive Director

Claudia Avendano-Ibarra
Educator, SVC
Mount Vernon, WA

Jimmy Santiago Baca
Poet and Writer
Albuquerque, NM

Josh Banner
Podcast Host
Jail Chaplain
Holland, MI

Janice Blackmore
Migrant Grad. Specialist Mount Vernon, WA

Prof. Susanna Childress
Poet | Educator
Holland, MI

Annie Day
San Diego, CA

Bruce Herman
Gloucester, MA

Quiara Alegría Hudes
Brooklyn, NY

Janice Jackson
Alumna, 2016
Bellingham, WA

Sgt. Aaron McIntosh
Community Justice Center
Mount Vernon, WA

Molly McNulty, Director
Skagit Poetry Foundation
La Conner, WA

Kathy Prunty
Skagit Co. Public Defender
Mount Vernon, WA

Lt. Deanna Randall-Secrest
Community Justice Center
Mount Vernon, WA

David Riddle, Principal
LaVenture Middle School
Mount Vernon, WA

Robert Schwertfeger
Alumnus, 2015
Anchorage, AK

Luci Shaw
Poet and Writer
Bellingham, WA

Karen Solie
Toronto, ON, Canada

Danna Thompson
Mount Veron, WA

Shawn Thompson, Mngr.
Juvenile Detention
Mount Vernon, WA

Natalie Volin
Editor, Iron City Magazine
Tempe, AZ

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Prof. Cornelia Wells
Editor, Iron City Magazine
Tempe, AZ

Mary Ruth Wilkinson
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Prof. Loren Wilkinson
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Community Collaborators

Brigid Collins

Christ Episcopal Church

Easton’s Books

Emancipated Stories

Lincoln Theatre

Nathan McGehee
Roosevelvet Design

Migrant Leaders Club (Mount Vernon School District)

MoNA | Museum of Northwestern Art

Red Door Thrift Store

Skagit County Community Justice Center

Skagit County Juvenile Detention

Skagit River Poetry Foundation

Skagit Valley College’s Community Integration Project

Underground Ministries

Village Books

Voices of the Children

YMCA Oasis Daylight Center


Artists at Risk Connection
PEN America

Justice Arts Coalition

National Network
of Creative Writing
Programs in Prison

PEN America

WITS Alliance
Writers in the
Schools Alliance

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