The D.C. Creative
Writing Workshop, based in the Congress Heights neighborhood of
Southeast D.C., unites parents, teachers and professional writers-in-residence
to transform the lives of youth through self-expression and the
power of the written word.
Schwalb is the founder and Executive Director/Artistic
Director of the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop. She has an MFA in
creative writing from George Mason University and has been teaching
creative writing at Hart Middle School since 1995. Her work has
been published in the GW Review, the Washington City
Paper, Vanity Fair, Barragua, Argus,
and the English Journal. She has served as a teaching fellow
for the Kennedy Center, is a six-time Larry Neal Award winner, won
the 2002 “Shayne” NonProfit Leadership Award, and was
honored as a "Local Hero" by the Bank of America Foundation
in 2011. Schwalb also founded the Youth Poetry Slam League.
Dwayne Betts is a professional writer. A Cave Canem
fellow, his poetry has appeared in several national magazines. He
is a Breadloaf Writer’s Conference scholarship recipient,
a finalist for the 2007 Ruth Lily fellowship and received Honorable
Mention for the 2007 Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest. He’s
taught poetry, and made appearances at several D.C. Metropolitan
Schools and currently teaches poetry with the D.C. Creative Writing
Workshop at Hart Middle School. A graduate of the University of
Maryland, Betts' debut book of poetry, Shahid Learns to Pray,
was just released. His memoir, A Question of Freedom, was
published by Avery/Penguin in 2009.
Weston Brown is a writer and the poet-in-residence at Busboys
and Poets bookstore and restaurant. His work has appeared in the
New Orleans Time-Picayune and the Washington Post
as well as in such literary journals as DrumVoices, Ginsoko,
Mythium, and Warpland. He lives in Washington, DC.
His first collection of poetry, Wisdom Teeth, was published
in May, 2011.
Chung started working for the Workshop in 2008 and can't
imagine a more amazing place to be. She graduated from Oberlin College
in 2011 with a B.A. in creative writing. While at Oberlin she worked
as a writing tutor at the Oberlin Writing Center and taught poetry
at Langston Middle School. She is also a graduate of the Clarion
West Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Strange
Horizons, Tor.com, and The Susquehanna Review, and
she is the winner of the 2011 Diana Vreuls Fiction Prize. She likes
science fiction, cooperation, and the judicious use of adverbs.
King's fiction and poems have appeared in the Arabesques
Review, Warpland, The Amistad, and Fingernails Across the
Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS, among others. A Cave
Canem fellow and Vona Alum, his work was also part of Anacostia
Exposed, a collaborative exhibit with Irish photographer Mervyn
Smyth that showcases the life and energy of Anacostia. Alan has
written articles for NewAmericaMedia.org, Prince George's
County Gazette, East of the River, District Chronicles, and
Washingtonpost.com. He is the author of his chapbooks "Transfer"
and "The Music We Are" – also the title of his manuscript.
Mallan is the Movie Director who provided the energy and
expertise to turn the students' plays "R Town" and "The
Notorious P.Y.G." into full-scale motion pictures. He has directed
and taught theater for 20 years both abroad (Ecuador, Costa Rica,
Spain) and in his native Washington, D.C., including productions
at the Washington Shakespeare Co., the In Series, the Hope Operas,
and Educational Theatre Company. His work has included bilingual
theater, Shakespeare, Mozart, and Zarzuela. This year, Tom became
a playwright as the In Series sponsored his musical play "Swingtime:
The Fabulous Forties" at the Atlas Performing Arts Center's
Sedar was our Play Director from 2005 through 2009 and
he continues to assist the Drama Club. Scott directed our Hart after-school
youth in five productions "Lysistrata 2K5: Sistas on Strike,"
"The Persians 2K6: Tragedy in the Hood," "Alcestis
Revisited: Red Hot Death," "For Better And For Worse,"
and "Doctor Faustus: Soul for Sale." He is a painter,
teaching artist, professional singer, playwright, and director.
Scott has also worked locally with the Kennedy Center, the Signature
Theater, and the Roundhouse Theater, among others, and has appeared
in the New York City Opera.
Board of Directors
Award-winning poet and professor at the University of Pittsburgh
Former Poet Laureate of the United States and professor at the University
Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and director of the
Creative Writing program at the University of Notre Dame
Grammy-nominated poet and professor at Virginia Tech University
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