Writing the Community Partners

Here are the partners that make Writing the Community happen!

K-12 Schools and Community Partners Fall 2018

City High School
Cavett Elementary 
Pueblo Gardens Elementary  
Sam Hughes Elementary 
Doolen Middle School
CAPE School District
Manzo Elementary 
Hiaki High School 
Favor Celestial 
Pascua Yaqui Community Center 
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Mentor Teachers

Lisa O'Neill is a writer and writing teacher living in Tucson, AZ. Originally from New Orleans, she has lived in Tucson for nearly a decade where she has taught writing at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. She developed curricula for taught creative writing workshops with incarcerated students at juvenile and adult detention through the Inside/Out program and has also taught writing workshops at The University of Arizona Poetry Center and The Body Love Conference. Lisa received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona and previously served on the board of The University of Arizona Poetry Center and literary nonprofit Casa Libre en la Solana. She works as teacher, editor and creativity usher, helping writers discover and clarify their voices and stories. Lisa is dedicated to working for social justice with her community. Her writing has been published in defunct, drunken boat, Diagram, The Feminist Wire, Essay Daily, and Edible Baja Arizona among others. She is the founder, editor, and curator of literary blog The Dictionary Project and is currently writing a book on sound and silence.


TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and 3 chapbooks, TC is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). His favorite thing in the world is Compositional Improvisation (which is another way of saying being alive). www.tctolbert.com


Saraiya Kanning is a creative writer and visual artist with an interest in wildlife and ecology. As an educator, she seeks to inspire students with joy and curiosity for art making. She often highlights the intersection of art and science in her workshops and enjoys facilitating writing exercises that celebrate Sonoran Desert ecology. Kanning holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona, where she taught undergraduate writing workshops.  In 2015, she placed first in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards for the short story “Awakening.” As a journalist, her work has appeared in The Nature Conservancy, Birding, Edible Baja Arizona, and DesertLeaf. She teaches silk painting at The Drawing Studio. You can view her visual art at raebirdcreations.com


Rachel Mindell Rachel Mindell grew up in Tucson and is the author of two chapbooks: Like a Teardrop and a Bullet (Dancing Girl Press) and rib and instep: honey (above/ground). She holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in English Literature from the University of Montana. She serves as a Content Strategist for Submittable's Marketing and Product Teams. Her poetry has appeared (or will) in DIAGRAM, Denver Quarterly, BOAAT, Forklift, Ohio, Glass Poetry, The Journal, Tammy, and elsewhere. 


Words on the Avenue's founder, Teré Fowler-Chapman is a gender fluid writer, activist, and playwright—by way of Sonoran desert | by way of Boot's Bayou. This poet was the first African American executive director of the Tucson Poetry Festival. This poet thinks that being the first is uncool. They took over their grandfather’s legacy and published their first chapbook, Bread &, released by Hope Etcetera Press in Spring 2017. They are a National Arts Strategies' Creative Community fellow, and a Bettering American Poetry 2016 nominee. They are an educator, a spouse, and a family man. You can find Teré or their work forthcoming or published/performed in/at: Centennial Hall, Thinking Its Presence Conference, TENWEST Festival, March on Washington Film Festival — The Smithsonian National Arts Museum, University of Arizona’s VOCA, University of Houston-Victoria’s Downtown Art Series, TEDxTucson, Tucson Weekly, Feminist Wire, Arizona Public Media's PBS & NPR, KXCI National Radio Station, Literary Orphans & more. When Teré grows up they want children with their wife’s smile, pronouns to no longer exist, a tiny house with a lot of land, and time to go to soccer games on Saturdays.


Charlie Buck received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council.  She’s had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and is currently working on a novel.  She’s taught writing from first grade to college level, and especially enjoys working with grade schoolers and youth awaiting adjudication.



Wren Awry is an Education Programs Coordinator at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. They have a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in Adolescents, Community, and Education from the University of Arizona. Their poetry micro-chapbook, Shard Atlas, was published by Ghost City Press in Summer 2017, and their essays and poems have appeared online in places such as EntropyEssay DailyFairy Tale Review’s Fairyland and Rust + Moth, as well as in the anthology Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief(AK Press)


Carolyn Ferrucci is a poet from New York City whose work revolves around the weather and relation. She currently teaches language arts at the Idea School and volunteers with Mariposas Sin Fronteras, and is to complete an MFA in Writing from Bard College in the summer of 2019. Carolyn has been a teaching artist with non-profits such as Materials for the Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Writopia Lab among other organizations and public schools in New York and the Bay Area. Her work can be found in No, Dear poetry journal, and she’s read and performed at the Poetry Project, the New York Poetry Festival, Bergen Bibliotek in Norway, The Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco, and other realms.




Logan Phillips is a bilingual poet, performer, educator and DJ based in Tucson, Arizona. Born in Cochise County, Arizona to a family of Irish-Slavic ancestry, Phillips lived in and around Mexico City 2006-2011, where he contributed to organizing and hosting the country's first regular poetry slam series. He has regularly performed in venues across the U.S., Latin America and beyond since 2007, and is author of the full-length book of poems Sonoran Strange (West End Press, 2015). Phillips is currently a MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arizona. 





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