om Rose Metal Press in Spring 2012 and chapbook “In Case of Loss” from Toadlily Press in Fall 2012.

Sierra Nelson
Melanie Noel Broadview-Thomson K-8 School

Melanie Noel is the author of The Monarchs, a poetry collection from Stockport Flats.  Her poems have also appeared in Weekday, Volta, La Norda Especialo, Poetry Northwest and THE ARCADIA PROJECT. She’s written poems for short films and installations, and co-curated APOSTROPHE, a dance, music, and poetry series, with musician Gust Burns and dancers Michèle Steinwald and Beth Graczyk, and IMPALA, a reading series that took place in her grandmother’s car. She also teaches creative writing in hospitals, senior centers, and performance venues, and sometimes leads experiential workshops outdoors.

Melanie Noel
Michael Overa Broadview-Thomson K-8 School & TOPS K-8 School

Michael Overa is a Seattle native and holds an MFA from Hollins University. A steadfast believer that clear communication opens doors, Michael has taught writing throughout the Seattle area. His work has appeared in the Portland Review, Quiet, Pindeldyboz and the Denver Syntax, among others.

Michael Overa
Imani Sims Broadview-Thomson K-8 School

Imani Sims spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. She has gone on to teach performance poetry to youth and adults, publish her first collection of poetry entitled, Twisted Oak, on Requiem Press, and founded an interdisciplinary arts production company, Split Six Productions.

Imani Sims
Ed Skoog Port Townsend High School

Ed Skoog is the author of Mister Skylight and Rough Day, both published by Copper Canyon Press. Rough Day won the 2014 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Narrative, Poetry Northwest and Tin House. He has taught in high schools and college around the country.

Ed Skoog
Greg Stump Broadview-Thomson K-8 School & McClure Middle School

Greg Stump has been a regular contributor to The Stranger for more than a decade. He is the co-creator of the comic book series Urban Hipster, a former writer and editor for The Comics Journal, and the creator of the weekly alternative-newspaper comic Dwarf Attack. He teaches comics through a variety of schools and organizations in the Seattle area and recently completed his first graphic novel, Disillusioned Illusions.

Greg Stump
Ann Teplick Seattle Children's Hospital Education Department

Ann is a poet, playwright, and prose writer with an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For twenty years she’s been a Teaching Artist in Seattle public schools; Hugo House; Coyote Central; and Pongo Teen Writing, at King Co. juvenile detention and the Washington State psychiatric hospital.

Ann Teplick