WiR Professional Writers
Sarah Conover began her career as a producer for public television and subsequently spent many years teaching both English and radio production at the secondary level. A recent addition to the WiR program, she is excited about bringing multicultural perspectives into classrooms through writing. She is the founder and editor of the This Little Light of Mine series, which seeks to introduce children and their parents to the world's great traditions of wisdom and spirituality. The series includes: Kindness, a collection of Buddhist tales, Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs, which draws on Muslim tradition, and Harmony, a collection of Chinese folk stories. Conover holds a degree in education from Gonzaga University and an MFA in creative writing from Eastern. Her poetry has appeared in Rock and Sling, The Santa Clara Review, and Pontoon 10. For more information, visit Conover's website.
Susan Virnig has enjoyed working as a WiR teacher for three years now, sharing her passion for writing with a variety of elementary ages. She has also taught writing workshops in Spokane and the Yakima Valley and has been a rostered artist through the Washington State Arts Commission. In addition to an MFA in creative writing, she has a master's in organizational leadership and an undergraduate degree in Japanese language and culture. She founded the Garfield Young Writers Conference in Spokane.
Diana Mclean has worked in writing and education for more than fifteen years. Most recently, she has been facilitating creative writing workshops for both children and adults at various venues in and near Spokane, including the Libby Center's Odyssey Exploratories program for gifted middle school students in District 81. She earned a BA in English with a minor in education from the University of Nebraska and an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University. She writes poetry, memoir, and personal essays, including a monthly parenting column for the Great Falls Tribune, a Montana newspaper. She has been the guest poet on the Spokane Open Poetry Program on Thin Air Community Radio (KYRS) several times.
Daniel Harrington has been involved in the Spokane poetry and creative expression scene for almost a decade. He helped create and operate the Spokane Poetry Slam, and has also participated in the Writers In The Community and Writers in Residency programs and the annual Get Lit! Festival. Besides his work to bolster local arts and education, Daniel is a very passionate traveler, gardener, and artist. His creative work includes performing as a poet, emcee, and producer in the local hip hop, jazz, and reggae scene. Daniel is happily married with one child and currently teaches part time at the Bryant School enrichment cooperative.
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