Dear Friends,

The 2017-2018 year was one of growth, excitement, and challenges met for The Telling Room, including refreshing our mission statement to reflect our work more clearly: We empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world.

We saw our students soar again and again. From a collaboration with Opera Maine to personal narrative readings at The Portland Museum of Art and from a spoken word performance at a 1,400 seat venue to intimate readings on gun violence at the Portland Public Library, our students repeatedly demonstrated their passion to write, share, and inspire positive dialogue.

Our students wowed everyone who attended Big Night, our annual student showcase and book launch celebration. Nafviso Ali and Sarah Cyr, two Telling Room students and TR Ambassadors, emceed the evening with humor and grace. And we released our 12th annual anthology, Atomic Tangerine, which contains thirty-six student stories and poems bursting with color.

We also fulfilled a long-held dream of bringing our Young Writers & Leaders program to Lewiston. During a one-week intensive in April, twelve multilingual high-school students found their literary voices and revealed their confidence as writers, storytellers, and leaders in the community.

The Telling Room journeyed to Rockland as well, dedicating hundreds of hours of staff time to train local teaching artists and teach a slate of successful pilot programs, including two in-school residencies and five workshops in RSU13 schools. We learned of a genuine eagerness on the part of all involved for this work to continue. It is our wish to respond to this enthusiasm and design programs that inspire creativity and spark community conversations.

While our students wrote, revised, and shared their work, our staff and board were busy collaborating to create The Telling Room’s first-ever three-year strategic plan to grow and sustain our work. This plan provides a roadmap to achieve our goals to elevate our programs, publications, and public engagement efforts.

We hope you will be as inspired by the stories in this report as we are. At The Telling Room, students find their literary voices and gain new confidence to create, to speak their minds, and to become leaders in our community and beyond. And none of this would be possible without The Telling Room staff, teaching artists, volunteers, board members, and our donors, all of whom together help this organization thrive.

We thank each and every one of you for an amazing year.


Celine Kuhn
Telling Room Executive Director

Patty Howells
Telling Room Board President


Who We Are

The Telling Room is a nonprofit literary arts education organization in Portland, Maine. Our mission is to empower youth through writing and to share their voices with the world. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students’ stories through the provision of free creative writing, literacy, and arts programs for over 4,000 Maine youth each year. Since our founding in 2004, we have served over 24,000 students from all over the state, published ten major anthologies of student work with over 12,000 books in print, and grown into an award-winning nonprofit organization. We have been recognized for our achievements through awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Maine Association of Nonprofits, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Maine Department of Education’s Imagination Intensive Communities program, among many others.

We work with students who may be reluctant to write as well as those who already identify themselves as writers, including: children and young adults who are a part of Maine’s growing community of immigrants and refugees, those with emotional and behavioral challenges, students struggling in mainstream classrooms, homeschoolers enthusiastic to join a creative community, LGBTQIA students, incarcerated and other youth-at-risk, and passionate young writers who benefit from support beyond what their schools are able to provide.


Our Programs

All core programs at The Telling Room are 100% free to students and their families, ensuring that the students who need our services most – the students who are least likely to have a voice in the community – can participate. Our fun, innovative writing programs are the heart of our organization.

Through skilled, creative, and resourceful program delivery, we minimize overhead and maximize impact.

Each year, our programs are linked by a new theme, and the best student writing from the year is published in a major Anthology released every spring at a community event attended by hundreds of supporters.

We run literary Field Trips for local language arts classes that bring students to our Old Port writing center for a morning.

We visit schools to teach multi-week In School Residencies in which Telling Room writing teachers and community volunteers work in a local classroom to publish an original chapbook.

From June to August, we offer a variety of Summer Camps for writers of all ages and interests.

We teach an annual nine-month-long writing and leadership program for refugee and immigrant youth called Young Writers & Leaders.

In our Young Emerging Authors program, we host four students, selected through a rigorous application process, to write an entire book with us in a single calendar year.

Our Publishing Workshop invites current students and alums to learn publishing skills alongside professional editors and designers during the editorial and production processes of Telling Room book assembly.

And, we host weekly community Writers Block afternoons that give burgeoning writers time to work on their projects. Each session offers solo writing time, group work, and featured workshops with local artists and writers.


2017-2018 Programs at a Glance





Field Trips: 32 total programs, 100 program hours, 661 students served

Workshops: 52 total programs, 249 program hours, 823 students served

Residencies: 22 total programs, 268 program hours, 367 students served (and published!)

Writers Block: 6 total programs (in studio), 120 program hours, 68 students served

Summer Camps: 18 sessions, 492 program hours, 208 students served

Publishing Workshop: 2 total programs (in studio), 50 program hours, 20 students served

Young Writers & Leaders: 5 total programs (in studio), 330 programs hours, 66 students served

Young Emerging Authors: 1 total program (in studio), 75 program hours, 4 students served

*We also ran 36 special events and programs for our students outside of regular program hours.


Our students came from:

Bethesda, MD
Blue Hill
Brooklyn, NY
Cambridge, MA
Cape Elizabeth
Carmel, IN
Concord, NH
Greenwich, CT
Hollis Center
Laconia, NH

Long Island, NY
Meridith, NH
New Caanan, CT
New Gloucester
North Yarmouth
Owl's Head
Peaks Island
Philadelphia, PA
South Portland
South Thomaston
St. George
Tilton, NH


We offered services to these students with the help of the following collaborators:

Augusta School Department
Bowdoin College
Boys and Girls Club Bangor
Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Community Financial Literacy
Curtis Memorial Library
Intercultural Community Center
Island Institute
Lewiston 21st Century
Long Creek Youth Development Center
Merrill Memorial Library (Yarmouth)
Millay House Rockland
Multilingual & Multicultural Center
Portland Comedy Co-op
Portland Community Squash
Portland Museum of Art
Portland Press Herald

Portland Public Library
Portland Public Schools
Skidompha Public Library (Damariscotta)
Space Gallery
State Theatre
The Bee Hive
The Farnsworth Museum
The Forecaster
The Maine Mariners
The Portland Phoenix
The Portland Sea Dogs
Tilton High School
Tree Street Youth
Union Church (Biddeford)
University of Southern Maine
Vermont College of Fine Arts
WCSH Channel 6
Westbrook 21st Century

The Anthology Project: Atomic Tangerine

Color is everywhere even if we don’t actually see it. It takes its shape in the heat of emotions, the music we blast into our ears, the signals and signs that save lives, and the stories that prance off black-and-white pages. Color is how we interpret light, in the frequencies and intensities that define our visual perception. As you embark on the following poems and stories, we invite you to explore the color waves of your own existence, and afterward, share these young voices with other readers and writers.

We published our twelfth annual anthology of student writing, Atomic Tangerine, featuring the best writing to come out of all of the projects listed above—this year, with the organizing theme of COLOR. With hundreds of deserving pieces to choose from, our Publishing Workshop crew of students, volunteers, and staff had to work hard to choose just 36!

We hosted our annual Big Night event to launch Atomic Tangerine to the community and showcase the work of our students throughout the year with multimedia presentations, musical performances, readings, and more. Over 350 community members were in attendance and yet again the night received rave reviews from the audience. It was remarkable to see the auditorium full of Telling Room students, parents, teachers, volunteers, and supporters, all gathered to buoy a talented cast of young writers. And: Publishing Workshop students Sarah Cyr and Nafviso Ali were a smashing success as our first-ever Big Night student emcees! A total hit.


Program Highlights


St. George School Live Storytelling Workshop

We traveled to some new corners of the state this school year including beautiful St. George in the midcoast, where local TR teaching artists worked with eighth graders at St. George School on techniques to write and share stories more effectively. The St. George workshop was one of the program highlights for the whole year! We had the good fortune to work with a group of 8th graders who were ready to be role models for their younger peers at this small school. The whole 8th grade participated in an oral storytelling workshop, first writing, then rehearsing, then telling for a live audience true stories from their lives. The often poignant final event blew the audience away.

You can see snippets and photos of the residency here in a write-up by one of the students.


Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland

What made this workshop special was that every sixth grade read one of our Telling Room books, the illustrated novel The Stars are the Same Everywhere. This was the first time that a whole grade used one of our books in class, and it proved to be a bigger hit than we had predicated. It turns out that this story, which features a romance between two high school students, was exactly what 6th graders were looking for. Imagine their surprise when we brought the author of the book, 21 year old Maryam Abdullah, now a junior at USM, and they could ask her in person if the romance between the two main characters was based on real life! This author visit tied together a powerful workshop on stories of perspective. In addition to that capstone, all the students created an illustrated scene, and these beautiful creations are now displayed permanently outside the guidance office at the school thanks to help from a Maine College of Art (MECA) student.


Karuna Riazi Workshop

We actually did another cool program at the same school mentioned above, Lyman Moore Middle School, this one in partnership with Vermont College of Fine Arts. Once again the program centered around a book written by a young Muslim female author with a Muslim girl as the protagonist. The book was The Gauntlet and the author was Karuna Riazi, and yes, she traveled from New York to The Telling Room to visit with the 40 eager students! They had worked for several weeks to write speculative fiction inspired by The Gauntlet, which is a fantasy novel.

The young writers drew on their lives as middle schoolers in Maine as well as their memories from more than a dozen countries of origin. This was new territory for the young writers and so much fun! An alumna of VCFA taught a parallel program at another middle school, and her students came together with our students for an amazing final day of sharing and celebrating. At the final celebration, the students from the two schools met each other and Karuna for the first time. They asked terrific questions, noshed on pizza, showered one another's stories with positive post-its, and bravely stood to read from their work. The young writers stole the show with their readings. They laughed (some excerpts were hilarious), gasped (others were taut with suspense), and there may have been a few tears, too. We love bringing populations from different schools together for story exchanges, and we were thrilled to host the gathering.


Wells Junior High School Residency

Our relationship with Wells Junior High has grown over time, making it all the more fruitful. In 2014, a teacher at the school attended one of our workshops at the Maine Conference of ELA teachers. She booked a field trip for two 8th grade classes the following spring. The next year, and the year after, we provided one of her classes with a poetry residency. Those proved successful, but also painful in that she had to choose one class to receive the special project, so she decided to take her case to the school board. Her impassioned argument won her funding for residencies for the entire 8th grade this past year! We had our work cut out for us with over 100 students and the increased pressure of a final performance plus a chapbook, but we were blown away by the students’ work. The final event was an incredible show, a mixture of memorized spoken word pieces and beautifully read and written poems. Many of the students were on stage for the first time, and this was no ordinary stage - this was the stage of the brand new auditorium at the high school! We loved the venue but had some apprehension about high schoolers being in the audience, thinking our students might be nervous about older peers hearing their work. It turned out our anxiety was misplaced; the high schoolers cheered the loudest of all!


Kaler Elementary School Residency

Wells Junior High was our biggest residency of the year, but we’d also like to touch on a smaller one. We did our first residency at Kaler Elementary School in South Portland in the spring, and the mixture of English Language Learners (ELL) and non-ELL students we worked with consistently surprised and impressed us. Their task was to write poems about land masses they created, and then the poems and the land masses were to be mounted on globes they made themselves. It felt ambitious to combine social studies, poetry, and art - all with a fantasy world-building twist - but this group of 5th graders was up to the challenge! After doing a number of performance poetry programs, we enjoyed this change of pace. At the end, 15 unique globes hung from the ceiling of the classroom, their creators standing proudly below them reading their poems and pointing to the different land masses they had imagined. The teachers were so pleased with the result that they signed up for our Summer Institute for Educators to learn more about our approach and philosophy!


Writers Block Thrives

Our popular afterschool program wrapped up its second semester in late May with two very special readings at The Telling Room studio from students in all three sections (Word Play, Story Sleuths, and Works in Progress). It was a joy to hear our young writers share their poems and stories. A 25% return rate and long wait lists suggest we are meeting our goals of engaging students and celebrating their voices in an inclusive and fun environment. A number of students have or have expressed the intent to progress through the Writers Block sections as they become eligible by age, and some have applied for our intensive after-school program Young Emerging Authors. This year, for the first time, Writers Block students featured prominently in our annual Big Night event to launch the annul Anthology—their storytelling round robin was a highlight, and students were excited for their work to be featured front and center.


Summer Campers Write an Opera

It’s hard to choose programs to highlight because they are all special in their own way, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t highlight a one-of-a-kind collaboration from last year: a real opera! Yes, a group of 8 intrepid girls gathered in the summer of 2017 to write a libretto as a group. That libretto was then given to a composer, who composed an opera, and he then gave that opera to USM graduate students to perform. What a wild ride!

As a place focused on nurturing the voice of each individual who walks through our doors, we hadn’t done much collaborative writing before, and certainly none with this scope. There were moments of frustration, anger, and fatigue, but slowly but surely the libretto - and the group of writers - came together over this five day summer camp. It wasn’t easy to turn the piece of writing over to a composer after so much hard work; our students are used to maintaining creative control from start to finish. The wait from summer to the performances in April was excruciating, but the final product made it all worth it. Our writers got to see the opera, Girl in Six Beats performed at several of their schools, even introducing it and taking questions from the audience as they sat on stage.


Benedita Zalabantu: Founders Prize Winner

Benedita Zalabantu, currently a sophomore at Portland High School, first heard of The Telling Room when she was at King Middle School. Her teacher brought her to our writing center for a visit during her 8th grade year. Then, the summer prior to high school, she took our Documentary Summer Camp where she learned she would be eligible for Young Writers & Leaders that fall. She applied in fall 2017 and was one of just three freshman accepted in the program. She went on to win the 2018 Founders Prize for her poem “Drop of Melanin and Blood” and read it at Big Night in May to a rapt audience of over 350 people.

Benedita wrote the following letter to herself on the last day of YWL in response to the letter she wrote to herself on the first day of the program, ten month earlier (used with her permission).

Dear Benedita,

I have read your letter and I now came to a realization that you are not only a blessing but you are strong. You went through things this year that could’ve brought you down, gave you a sense of giving up- but no. Here you are smiling really big because of the accomplishments you have done. You are not only proud, but you’re thankful. You’re also laughing on the inside. I now know what you meant when you said, "The voices that you share with people are more than just voices." Benedita, the voices you give and share are messages, advices, moments, pain, laughter, they are news, girls secrets, they are quotes from your parents, moments in your life that you chose to visit because they are the little things that make or even made you Benedita. They are not just words that came out of your mouths, they are dreams that you wished was real, dreams that you wished wasn’t a reality.



Drop of Melanin and Blood

There’s something about my brother that scares me.
He’s black and a man.
He’s a black man in a world where his skin symbolizes weapon.
He’s a black man in a place where his skin symbolizes thug.
How can he move through the world
when his own skin is a shield for protection
and a weapon for destruction?

The way black men walk in this world portrays them.
The way black men walk in this world scares them.

A colored man walks with a weapon, meaning skin.
A colored woman walks with labels that will define her,
but can these labels be erased?

Black boy, don’t speak unless you’re spoken to.
Black boy, don’t make a move.
Black boy, don’t adjust while handcuffed.

At a young age, little black boys are taught how
they should and shouldn’t act when they’re stopped by the cops.

Black boy, breathe. I want you to breathe.
Black boy, you will be treated as a problem before
they realize you’re human.
Black boy, keep your hands visible.
Black boy, be scared, but not too scared.
Black boy, you will matter.

Don’t you know a black man is born
with a practice target that can never be removed?
Don’t you know black bodies are weapons?

My walk home with my little brother from
the bus stop is always interesting.
He talks about kindergarten as if it were heaven,
and I smile, glad that I got a brother whose personality rivals my dad’s.
Sometimes we see birds, sometimes we see rain,
sometimes we see snow. Ain’t nothing but change.
But we don’t often see cops.
One day we did, and he looked up at me smiling
as if it were his first time seeing a blue-and-white car before.
“It’s a police car!” He jumped and pointed with excitement.
His round face looked at me, smiling with a missing tooth.
His little brown skin always makes me happy and I smiled.

He don’t know yet.
He is going to be seen as a threat as he grows up.

It hits me: I’m afraid of how insecure
he will have to be around them,
around those who are trained to protect us but fail to.
I’m scared he won’t be smiling at them anymore,
afraid he will have to raise his hands up saying
“Don’t shoot,”
afraid he will have to say
“I can’t breathe,”
afraid my brother will look up at the sky and ask,
“Why me?”
afraid he will have to say
“I’m unarmed, I swear.”
I am scared because I know.
I know this is never going to end.
I know there will be a lot of reasons
he won’t be able to breathe, and the cops
are one of them.
I know he’s getting ready for a war that I can’t prepare him for—
never really knowing when danger is around the corner,
never really knowing when dangerous is in the media.

My melanin has meaning.
It is profound, dark skin
so greedy it gobbles up nouns, so tangled
look what it did to my hair,
reaching up to the sky at all angles.

To teach someone something about self-love
you got to start with yourself.
Your skin is not a dirty shirt that needs to be washed
like yesterday’s shirt.
Your skin is like hot chocolate that warms winter nights.
Like rings around tree stumps, you have a history
attached to your melanin.
Never let the glaring whiteness blind you
from the beauty you are.
Dark as the night sky,
constellations are tucked neatly underneath your bones.

You know what?
When they call you dark as the night,
tell them without you the stars wouldn’t have anything to shine for.
Perfection was not your destination,
dark girl, it was your starting point.
“Some say the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice,
I say the darker the flesh, the longer the roots.”


Little Bird's Flock

This year, students in our Publishing Workshop wanted to make something new and spread a little happiness, so they planned, wrote, revised, and published our second ever children’s book, Little Bird’s Flock. In this beautiful and whimsical picture book for children ages 4-8, Little Bird learns that her flock has left her behind on her first day of migration! Can she catch up to her family? She has help from animals she meets around the world—Tall Giraffe, Tiny Whale, Mother Crocodile, and Old Squirrel—in this happy, colorful adventure about inclusion, friendship, and migration. The young authors of the new picture book also planned the entire book release event in March—from foods from many nations to fun activity stations, an interactive reading and Q&A with all of the incredible authors, book sales and signing, and original artwork of Little Bird and her friends on display from local illustrator Ashley Halsey. It was a wonderful event all around!


Introducing the Telling Room Ambassadors

Our alumni engagement efforts have really taken off this year, most notably through the launching of our brand new TR Ambassadors program. Our TR Ambassador initiative is a way to extend our writers' impact in the community. In addition to speaking at events of all types, the ambassadors meet quarterly to advise on Telling Room strategy. Ambassadors make classroom visits as student authors to schools after classes have read their books; speak at educator conferences and professional development days; present at literary and arts festivals, conferences, and workshops; put on readings at local bookstores, libraries, and cafes; and much more! Our 2017-18 Author Ambassadors were Husna, Salar, Sarah, Liam, Nafviso, Cam, Siri, AK, Zainab, Maryam, and Salim.

The Telling Room Ambassadors initiative is made possible through the vital and generous support of Patricia and Cyrus Hagge.


Volunteer Spotlight





Sarah Cyr

As Publishing Workshop author, editor, and marketer, Sarah aided in curriculum planning, edited anthology pieces, met with student authors, and planned fun book releases. As a Telling Room Ambassador this year, Sarah was the first person to volunteer to emcee Big Night. She also worked many TR events, including our inaugural literary spectacular, Show & Tell, where she helped with set-up and gave up a prime seat with her parents to be in the book sales booth with us. Finally, Sarah co-created a brand new camp she co-led in July 2018: Treasure Hunt!

There is truly nothing Sarah wouldn’t do for The TR. What better way to top off this tribute to Sarah than by sharing with you some of her own inspiring words…she wrote the following lines in an email last spring:

Time is flying by, and I am honestly feeling it a lot more now as May is drawing closer. I have cherished every hour spent at The Telling Room, and none of it was a waste. You all helped to develop my passion even further, and I am happy to say I know working in publishing with The Telling Room is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life.

We will always save a seat for you in our publishing circle, Sarah. Thank you so much for everything!


Supporter Spotlight


Cornerstone Grant from Jane’s Trust

Many of you have been thrilled to see our nationally-recognized creative youth development program Young Writers & Leaders grow over the past two years to reach more immigrant, refugee, asylee, and first-generation teens in more communities—it’s been exciting for us too! Since 2016, we’ve more than doubled the number of multilingual international students we can serve each year in Young Writers & Leaders (YWL) and we now offer this powerful program to teens in three new cities in addition to Portland: South Portland, Westbrook, and Lewiston.

This expansion was made possible through the generous financial contributions of many of our amazing Telling Room donors and funders who believe in joining together to help our programs and the incredible young people we work with thrive. We sincerely thank them all for their dedication and critical support of our young writers & leaders.

One such vital contribution to this expansion effort came in the form of a truly transformational grant from Jane’s Trust—a regional family philanthropy working to advance educational opportunities and educational quality in northern New England. This was The Telling Room’s first grant from Jane’s Trust. In December of 2017, Jane’s Trust awarded The Telling Room a $125,000 grant to support YWL’s expansion in our second year of the three-year plan. This significant capacity-building grant from Jane’s Trust was instrumental in helping us to leverage additional funds and reach our financial goal for the full YWL expansion. Moreover, it helped us to propel YWL into an exciting new phase of its growth as a model program. We are serving more teens, engaging YWL alumni more often and more deeply, and looking ahead to how YWL may evolve next.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that all this would not have been possible without the support of Jane’s Trust. We could go on and on about how much of a milestone this funding is for YWL and for our organization in so many ways, but suffice it to say: This is huge for The Telling Room—and for the students we have the honor and privilege of working with every day—and we believe that it will have ripples of positive impact and inspiration well into the future.

From all of us here at The Telling Room to everyone at Jane’s Trust: thank you.


The Financial Story



Huge thanks to the generous individual, corporate, and foundation donors who supported us this past year.


See our full donor list here


Our 2017-18 Team



Celine Kuhn, Executive Director
Andrew Griswold, Communications Director
Shima Kabirigi, Young Writers and Leaders Teaching Artist / Programs Assistant
Molly McGrath, Director of Publications
Amy Raina, Volunteer Coordinator
Rachele Ryan, Development Assistant / Office Manager
Sarah Schneider, Development Director
Sonya Tomlinson, Young Writers and Leaders Program Lead
Nick Whiston, Programs Director
Marjolaine Whittlesey, Lead Teacher
Kathryn Williams, Lead Teacher
Evgeniya Dame, Communications Intern
Emily Laird, Development Intern
Rosie Hughes, Multilingual AmeriCorp VISTA




Patty Howells
Cooking Teacher

Vice President
Tim Schneider
Consultant, Tilson Technology Management

Lydia Atwood
Manager, Valuation Services Group, BerryDunn

Kim Kalicky
Assistant Vice President for Client Service, R.M. Davis, Inc.

Ekhlas Ahmed
Young Writers & Leaders Alum
Casco Bay High School

Chris Bicknell
Executive Director, New Beginnings Inc.

Dan Edwards
Principal, Edwards Creative

Anya Endsley
Associate, Private Clients Group,
Verrill Dana LLP

Catherine Fisher
Personal Historian

Anja Hanson
High School Completion Counselor, Portland Adult Education

Lily King

Kate Swan Malin
Co-Founder, Sassy Media Group

Maryann Shaw
Executive Assistant, KeyBank

Beth Stickney

Sean Tabb
Senior Marketing Manager, L.L. Bean

Paige E. Todorich
Financial Advisor, Wilkes Duffy Wealth Management | HighTower



Development Committee
Patty Howells, Chair, Board President
Mary Baumgartner, Community Member
Andrew Griswold, Staff
Celine Kuhn, Executive Director
Rachele Ryan, Staff
Sarah Schneider, Staff
Ruth Story, Community Member
Paige Todorich, Board Member
Anya Endsley, Board Member

Finance Committee
Lydia Atwood, Chair, Board Member
Kevin Cote, Community Member
Brian Eng, Community Member
Celine Kuhn, Executive Director
Rachele Ryan, Staff
Sarah Schneider, Staff
Tim Schneider, Board Vice President
Donna Simonetti, Community Member
Sean Tabb, Board Member

Show & Tell Committee
Alisan Kavookjian, Tri-Chair, Board Member
Kate Malin, Tri-Chair, Board Member
Alice Wagg, Tri-Chair, Community Member
Susan Conley, Writer
Sarah Cotsen, Community Member
Evgeniya Dame, TR Intern
Andrew Griswold, Staff
Shazelle Goulet, Community Member
Ann Hayes, Community Member
Patty Howells, Board President
Lily King, Writer
Celine Kuhn, Executive Director
Emily Laird, TR Intern
Katie Magoun, Community Member
Sean Mewshaw, Director
Tania Powers, Community Member
Amy Raina, Staff
Rachele Ryan, Staff
Sarah Schneider, Staff
Sonya Tomlinson, Staff

Governance Committee
Dan Edwards, Chair, Board Member
Anja Hanson, Board Member
Patty Howells, Board Vice President
Celine Kuhn, Executive Director

Human Resources Committee
Beth Stickney, Chair, Board Member
Chris Bicknell, Board Member
Jen Harnish, Community Member
Celine Kuhn, Executive Director

Super Famous Writers Committee
Susan Conley, Writer
Lily King, Writer
Celine Kuhn, Executive Director
Andrew Griswold, Staff


How to Support The Telling Room

Donating to The Telling Room is about believing in our students.

The Telling Room began as a grassroots group of volunteer writers and educators fueled by a belief in the power of the written word to change our community for the better. Your belief and financial support makes it possible for The Telling Room to be what it is today: a thriving nonprofit organization with a paid staff of twelve, three interns, a volunteer teaching artist in residence, and 250 volunteers serving over 4,000 students each year. We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

Tax ID # / EIN: 74-3136956