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.
Chung, our Program Director, started working for the Workshop
in 2008 and can't imagine a more amazing place. She has an MFA in
creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin where she
was a James A. Michener Fellow. She graduated from Oberlin College
with a B.A. in creative writing. While there, 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.
Washington (aka Black Picasso) is regarded by many as one
of the country’s premier performance poets. Patrick represents
classic poetry for the hip-hop generation. Forged in Washington
D.C.’s now-legendary U Street Poetry Scene, Patrick is a master
of genre fusion. He has conducted interactive workshops for The
American Poetry Museum and has been a teaching artist for Words
Beats & Life. Patrick has also worked for: Young Audiences of
Maryland, America Scores, Youthbuild, and the Gateway Community
Development Corporation. He is half of the duo POEM-CEES, a musical
group that has four full length albums and has been featured in
dozens of compilations.
Taylor Brown is a filmmaker from Washington D.C. She is
a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BA
in Political Science and Minor in Communications. She has her own
production company, BarbaraJean Productions, LLC., and has also
worked with local artist Raheem DeVaughn’s production team.
Brittani currently films for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) program.
Brittani works for Prince George’s Community College in Largo,
MD with the Youth@Work Program.
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
CEO of Tollefson & Company Investment Management