from Keren Taylor, Executive Director
often say to me, “I wish there was WriteGirl when I was
a teenager!” And I share their sentiment. Having a place
where you are encouraged to express your emotions and ideas is
important at any time in your life, but somehow particularly
vital as a teenager, and still (yes, still) especially vital
Here in the world of WriteGirl, we are all about giving girls and women the
space, time and permission to speak up, speak out, write it down and let their
unique voices loose. Some of our girls may go on to pursue careers as writers,
but all will have valuable communication skills to help them no matter what
they decide to do in their lives.
WriteGirl is for girls, but it is also for women. It is exciting to see women
writers develop friendships, make professional connections and help each other
through involvement in WriteGirl. Personally, I am constantly surprised, challenged
and inspired. As one young girl wrote to me, “WriteGirl should be everywhere,
for all girls.” And I agree. Let’s make that happen!
Executive Director and Founder of WriteGirl
Keren Taylor is a poet, songwriter, performer, visual artist and the guiding force behind WriteGirl. With over fifteen years of experience in arts education, public relations, sales, marketing, event planning, freelance writing and editing, she founded WriteGirl in 2001. Carefully overseeing its expansion for over 10 years, Keren has grown WriteGirl into a thriving organization that helps hundreds of Los Angeles girls annually.
Passionate about inspiring others to cultivate their creative ideas, she has conducted hundreds of creative writing workshops for youth and adults, and led staff development workshops on literacy programming for the California School-age Consortium, California Department of Education, California Para-Educators, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Guiding Lights Festival, LA’s BEST and the New York Partnership for After School Education, among others.
A sought-after speaker at conferences and book festivals, Keren Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Humanitas Philanthropy Prize for empowering authors, Annenberg Alchemy Champion, President’s Volunteer Call to Service Award, Business & Professional Women’s Community Woman of Achievement Award, Soroptimist International’s Woman of Distinction Award, commendations from Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others. WriteGirl was named 2010-2011 California Nonprofit of the year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and has twice been a finalist for the President’s National Youth, Arts and Humanities Award.
An accomplished poet, her work has appeared in many literary journals as well as So Luminous the Wildflowers – An Anthology of California Poetry from Tebot Bach Press. Keren has performed her original music nationwide with her a capella vocal group, The Trembles, and as a solo artist. Karen spent a year in Las Vegas as a featured act and has opened for Blood, Sweat & Tears, Marvin Hamlisch, Dana Carvey, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Gladys Knight. Keren’s art and mosaic pieces have been exhibited at the Barnsdall Art Center, Rock Rose Gallery, Gallery 727 and is in personal collections. She has designed the covers of all ten WriteGirl anthologies, which have won more than 33 book awards.
Keren Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and a Piano Performance degree from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.
Service Awards for Keren Taylor
Read article about Keren on kcet.org
on February 28, 2013 10:00 AM