Leaders

Jennifer Springsteen

is the co-founder of Portland Writers. She is a certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. She is the editor of Voicecatcher 4 and the recipient of the 2008 Oregon Literary Arts Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship for fiction. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her publications include Marco Polo, Bloodroot, VoiceCatcher, Wordstock 10, and Front Porch newspaper. She has published newsletters and educational manuals with Washington State’s department of education. Jennifer graduated with a BA in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University and with a Professional Collegiate License in Secondary English from Longwood College. She taught high school English for three years in Virginia before moving to the Northwest. She facilitated teaching and learning strategies with teachers and AmeriCorps members, Youth Volunteer Corps members and adjudicated youth.

Alida Thacher

is the co-founder of Portland Writers. She is a certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Instructional Technology from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked as an editor, a teacher, a television producer, a multimedia creator, and a web programmer. She is the author of eight children’s books and producer of several award-winning television programs.She has taught memoir writing, script writing, and television production to groups ranging from grade schoolers through senior adults. She has published stories, memoirs, non-fiction, and technical articles, and she currently is working on a historical novel.

Kim Taylor

is the author of the novels SIDE DISH (Rising Tide), CISSY FUNK (HarperCollins) and BOWERY GIRL (Viking). Cissy Funk was the recipient of the 2002 Willa Cather Award for Best Young Adult Literature. Bowery Girl was honored as a Best Reads for Teens by the New York Public Library. Visit her website at www.krtaylor.com

Thea Constantine

grew up in Hollywood CA and has worked as an award winning performer, director, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and playwright. She moved to Portland five years ago to persue her dream of being a full time writer. Her short stories have most recently appeared in ‘In Focus’, the quarterly magazine of the PEN Cyprus Center, Stellazine, Roving Writers, “On the Yellow Line” a running column for Street Roots, and ‘Portlandia,’ an original serial for the on-line magazine The Black Boot. She is currently working on a ‘Portlandia’ based novel Exit 300. She thinks finding PDX Writers is the best thing that can ever happen to someone looking for a safe and inspirational home for their work.

Richard Brown

wrote his first poem, “No One Really Knows For Sure”, when he was 13 years old. It was his first muse and he has been musing every since. He is a high school Language Arts teacher and facilitates a poetry/songwriting workshop known as the Deep Roots Music Project. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Laura Washington, who is a naturopathic physician and yoga instructor. Together, they lead poetry and yoga workshops.

Allegra Heidelinde

is a strong believer in creative expression. She holds a BA in Anthropology, Theater and Women’s Studies from Occidental College. She is certified to teach the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. She has written scripts, monologues, propaganda, songs, essays and poetry. Allegra has been published in the Santa Barbara Independent and Voicecatcher 2. Her creative endeavors include: Theater, Musical Theater, Performance Art, Costume design and construction, Lead/Harmony Vocals for several bands, Founding/Directing a women’s experimental theater troupe, and volunteering as a Rape Crisis Advocate. She has worked as a Volunteer Coordinator, Membership Director, Operations Manager, and Union Organizer. Allegra is a dedicated sensualist and communication connoisseur. Her background in somatic education brings a unique perspective to her writing and facilitation. She joins Portland Writers as a facilitator in 2010.

Claire Sykes

Since 1990, Claire Sykes has been a full-time freelance writer covering the arts, health/wellness, the environment, graphic design, business, restaurants, travel, homes and gardens, and general interest. Over 1,500 of her articles have appeared in more than 200 national and international magazines based in the U.S., Canada, England and Taiwan. Please see her website at www.sykeswrites.com

Sage Cohen

received her BA in Comparative Literature at Brown University and her MA in English, Creative Writing from New York University. She has taught creative writing to university students and led a writing program for patients in a residential hospital. Her poetry has been published widely in journals including: “Poetry Flash,” “The San Francisco Reader,” “La Petite Zine,” “Comet” and “Mudfish.” Visit her website at www.sagecohen.com
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