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Bianca is thrilled to be working with Writopia Lab as the Brooklyn Regional Coordinator. She is the author of The Time-Traveling Fashionsta, a historical fiction series published by Little, Brown and Company. The books have been translated into nine languages. After graduating from Tufts University, Bianca began working for artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. She managed his studio for over 11 years and was his assistant on the Academy Award-nominated film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She is currently at work on a new chapter book series with fellow Writopia Lab instructor Courtney Sheinmel titled Magic Camper, to be published by Rodale in fall 2018.
Alex Henderson has enjoyed working with young Writopians since 2012. Originally from North Carolina, he has lived in Prague, CR, and Washington, DC, where he was awarded the Thesis Fiction Fellowship by the MFA program at George Mason University. He soon made the leap to New York City and Writopia's headquarters here, where you can now find him most days of the week (sometimes it's hard to get him to leave). Alex spends his free time riding the subway with a notebook balanced on his knees or figuring out how to re-arrange the bookshelves in his Brooklyn apartment. His fiction has appeared in Harper-Perennial's Fifty-Two Stories and Ekleksographia. He will listen to anyone tell a good story.
Rachel is thrilled and honored to be joining the Writopia Lab team! She is an award-winning playwright and poet based out of Washington D.C. Her plays have been developed and produced in New York, London, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. She was the recipient of the Kennedy Center's JFK National Playwriting Scholarship and a finalist for the National Partners of American Theatre National Playwriting Award. Her poetry was published in the anthology, The Poetry of Yoga, in November 2011. As an educator, Rachel has worked with Horizon Theatre Company's New South Young Playwrights Festival, the DC Theatre Lab, and Imagination Stage's Speak Out On Stage program, where she guided students through a devised theatre-making process and wrote the book and lyrics for the program's musical, On This Side of the Mountain, which will be produced in June 2012. Rachel is also a founding member of In One Day DC, a social outreach initiative whose mission is to cultivate community connection and empowerment through artistic expression. Rachel has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Theater and English with a minor in Creative Writing from Arcadia University.
Cathleen is the author of two novels for young adults, Slipping (Bloomsbury 2008) and Little Blog on the Prairie (Bloomsbury 2010). She holds a BA in American Studies from Barnard College and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. Aside from teaching writing to kids, she's worked as a reporter, a salesperson, a market researcher, a copywriter, a birthday party entertainer, a personal shopper and a research assistant. Visit her online at CathleenDavittBell.com. She is thrilled to join the Writopia community. She has two dogs named Oscar and Oprah. Her favorite food is pizza and, strangely, in her thirties, she's developed a great love for playing catch.
Cory Tamler (www.corytamler.com) writes and translates essays, fiction, and plays/pieces for performance. She also works as a director, producer, and organizer, often on cross-disciplinary projects with an international component and performed in non-traditional venues. She has made theater in Germany, Serbia, New Zealand, Mongolia, and throughout the United States. Cory is a former Fulbright Scholar, a member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET/TEN Exchange Grant recipient), an alumna of DirectorsLabChicago, and a CEC ArtsLink Grant recipient for her theater work in Belgrade. Her personal and critical writing has been published in The Offing, Culturebot, Extended Play, ArtParasites, Howlround, and Interartive, and her translations have appeared in Asymptote, The Offing, and The Animated Reader (New Museum Triennial). In the fall of 2015 she designed a writing residency on board the RV Roger Revelle, a research vessel on which she shadowed and worked with oceanographers for five weeks. She is the Spring 2016 R&D Season Fellow at the New Museum. A Brooklyn resident since 2011, Cory is originally from Pittsburgh, where she studied physics and fiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She will begin a Theater Studies PhD program in fall 2016. As a homeschooled kid, Cory took a lot of writing and theater classes and wouldn't be who she is today without them. She is proud to teach writing and performance across the city with Writopia and with Brooklyn Acts.
Jayne is beyond excited to be joining the Writopia Lab team as an intern in Brooklyn! A D.C. area native and rising junior at Virginia Tech, she plans to major in Creative Writing, Professional & Technical Writing, and History, while minoring in French and Leadership & Social Change (whew!). After a semester of blogging for Silhouette literary magazine, she will be one of their prose editors in the fall. She is also Communications Secretary of her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and helps put on events for Happy Humans, a club dedicated to making VT students’ days a little brighter. She loves to write creative nonfiction, but she loves to read children’s literature (secretly, she hopes to channel her inner Eloise this summer). Her other passions include sitting in coffee shops, lip-syncing to Broadway show tunes, daydreaming about writing the next great American novel, and eating ice cream at every possible occasion. She can’t wait to help other young writers discover that their words can change the world.
LilyRose Weiss began volunteering at Writopia in the summer of 2017. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and attended the Berkeley Carroll School for the majority of her K—12 years, except for eighth grade when she lived in Costa Rica for a year. In high school, she was involved with the soccer team and the musical theater department, while also constantly writing extensively for both her classes and her own enjoyment. She currently studies at Grinnell College, and just finished spending a semester in Madrid, Spain! At Grinnell, she is an English and Psychology double major, and writing and doing art are two of her greatest passions. In the future, she hopes to find a way to combine her love for Psychology and English as well as art, in some constructive fashion. LilyRose is incredibly excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Writopia Lab team this summer, and cannot wait to spend it surrounded by other literature lovers!
Yasmin Belkhyr is excited to join Writopia this summer as a teaching intern in Brooklyn. She is a writer and editor from Salé, Morocco. Her first chapbook, Bone Light, was published in 2017 by APBF and Akashic Books. Her poems have appeared in Salt Hill, PANK, Muzzle, and SOFTBLOW. She is the founder & Editor-in-Chief of Winter Tangerine, a literary and arts magazine, and Honeysuckle Press, a publishing press dedicated to amplifying the voices of unsung communities. Yasmin currently lives in Brooklyn and can't wait to spend this summer growing, learning, and teaching at Writopia.
Cece is very, very excited to be joining Writopia in Brooklyn this summer as an intern! Cece is a rising Senior at Kenyon College in Ohio where she studies English and Creative Writing. In 2014 she was Scholastic Silver Key award winner for her creative writing portfolio. She spent last semester studying post-colonial and oral literature at the University of Ghana. Additionally, she is the captain of her cross-country team, outreach chair of her school's anti-gun violence organization, and co-host at a weekly radio music show.
Alison is excited to join the Writopia team as an instructor! Alison recently earned an MFA with a concentration in writing for children and young adults from The New School. During the program, she completed two publishing internships and studied under David Levithan, Sarah Weeks, and Tor Seidler. She is currently writing her first young adult novel. Allison grew up on both coasts, in California and Maryland, and graduated from Smith College with a BA in English Literature. She is a former teacher and has served as a curriculum consultant for Harvard EdLabs.
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