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Director Philip Metres founded the YWW in 2010, because he believed that high school writers needed

  1. mentorship from established writers, and
  2. a place to meet other young writers. Mentorship and community provide the kindling for the young writer’s fiery desire to write great stories and poems.

All the alums of the YWW have proved him right! Metres is the author of numerous books, including The Sound of Listening(2018), Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky(2015), To See the Earth (2008) and others. His work has garnered a Lannan fellowships, two NEAs, six Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Hunt Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters, the Beatrice Hawley Award, two Arab American Book Awards, the Watson Fellowship, the Creative Workforce Fellowship, the Cleveland Arts Prize and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant. He is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Visit Metres' website.

Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Lydia Munnell lived in Cleveland before heading west to pursue an MFA in fiction at Bowling Green State University. While at BGSU she worked as Fiction Editor forMid-American Review and taught both freshman composition and creative writing to undergraduate students. Prior to her teaching assistantship, she coordinated the after school program and assisted with off-site programming at Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit writing space, Lake Erie Ink. She now works in the Film Department at St. Edward High School. Her stories and comix have been published in The Adirondack Review and Appalachian Heritage.

Danny Caine‘s poetry has appeared in Hobart, Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, and Atticus Review, among others. Music editor for At Length Magazine, he has also reviewed poetry, nonfiction, and fiction books for Rain Taxi and Los Angeles Review. He’s the author of the Dispatches from the Factory of Sadness sports poetry column on Atticus Review’s More than Sports Talk. He has a bachelor’s degree from College of Wooster, a MA in English from John Carroll (where he was editor of The John Carroll Review), and he’s mostly done with an MFA in poetry from the University of Kansas. An experienced teacher, Danny has taught High School English, College Writing, and has received the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award. He’s a former intern for the Young Writers Workshop. Hailing from Cleveland, he lives in Lawrence, Kansas where he works at the Raven Bookstore.

Co-Director Anna Hocevar received her B.A. from John Carroll and is currently completing her Masters Program in Humanities. Anna has been an invaluable administrator for the English Department for many years.