Melissa Hung, program manager, is a writer, editor, and native Texan. Prior to joining WritersCorps, she worked as a journalist, writing stories about people, social issues and criminal justice. In 2002, she co-founded Hyphen, an award-winning magazine about Asian American culture, and led the publication for more than five years as its editor in chief. Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s creative writing and journalism programs, and is a speaker and panelist on the topics of independent media and literary arts education.
Judith Tannenbaum, training coordinator, has served on the training staff of WritersCorps since the program’s inception. A keynote speaker on prison arts and education, she has taught in public schools and prisons for 38 years. Her books include “Teeth, Wiggly as Earthquakes: Writing Poetry in the Primary Grades;” “Disguised as A Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin;” and “By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives” (New Village Press, April 2010). Read Judith’s blog and learn more about her work and about teaching arts and prison arts at her website or Redroom.
Maddy Clifford was born to artistic parents in Seattle. She enjoys writing and performing across the genres of page poetry, spoken word and rap. Her work has provided her with the opportunity to lead workshops in South Africa and perform on the historic Apollo Theatre stage. Maddy has taught writing workshops with Powerful Voices, Oakland Leaf and Youth Speaks. Her poetry has been published in The Black Scholar. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Washington and an MFA in creative writing from Mills College.
Sandra Garcia Rivera is writer, musician, and cultural worker. She is the recipient of the David Markowitz Award for Poetry, has been published in many anthologies, and is the author of two chapbooks. She has more than 15 years experience with education and arts institutions in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, including El Museo del Barrio, YBCA, and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. For the past two years, she has curated and hosted the monthly bilingual literary series Lunada at Galería de la Raza. Sandra holds an MFA in poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Roseli Ilano has nine years of community organizing and youth development experience with an emphasis on integrating creative writing, storytelling and arts into youth-led social justice campaigns. She has worked with several Bay Area youth development and media organizations including Independent Television Service, The Ella Baker Center For Human Rights, and Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership. She is co-editor of “Walang Hiya,” an anthology of Filipino and Filipino American writers and poets (Carayan Press, 2010).
Annie Rovzar has worked in youth development and education for the past five years. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco and has taught creative writing to youth through ExCel After School Programs. She has also worked with college students as a community coordinator for a study abroad program in El Salvador, and as as an English composition instructor at San Quentin Prison through Patten University. She is passionate about work that connects creative writing and social good.
harold terezón was born in Los Angeles and studied at the University of California, Berkeley and at San Francisco State University. He was awarded the PEN Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship in 2006, and a 2013 James D. Phelan Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His work has appeared in Blue Print Review, Amistad, Borderlands, Puerto del Sol, and Palabra. Prior to joining WritersCorps, he taught poetry and the importance of higher education to students in Los Angeles’ Salvadoran Corridor. He is working on his first collection of poetry, “13816 Judd St.”
Rose Tully holds an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University, where she received the Leo Litwak Award in Fiction. She was a 2010 RADAR Lab Retreat writer in Akumal, Mexico. Her work has appeared in Lit-Up Writers, Chicago Reader, SF Weekly, and in anthologies for San Francisco State University and University of Wisconsin Press. She is co-editor of the lit journal Reasons for Leaving. When she’s not writing and teaching, she spends the rest of her time making portraits. And riding around town on two wheels. And reclaiming kind of everything.